|Workshop by Don Broussard||posted 06-16-2014 03:12 AM||1861 reads||1 time favorited||27 comments|
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Here is my workshop. Seems like it is always in need of a good top-to-bottom cleaning. Like others, I seem to be the depository for OPJ (other people’s junk). The structure was build over a slab that was previously home to a carport and storage area—that structure was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav in 2008. The overall size is the new shop and storage area is 22×30, with 12’ eaves. It’s made of new cypress inside and out. During construction, I considered including air conditioning but decided against that. I added a 9-ft diameter Big Ass Fan instead, and it works great! The shop has two large sliding barn doors on which I store thin items like jigs or patterns and ZCIs. The area formerly serving as a shop/storage area is now a lockable storage area with a roll-up door that you’d find at a rental storage unit. That part also has a loft where we store ice chests, seasonal items and lumber.
My large electrified machines, all of which are “found” machines, include a Shopsmith Mark V with bandsaw, a Craftsman 113 table saw (the rehab of which was discussed here, and a 1947 Delta Unisaw (about which I blogged here). I also have two machines I’m redoing: a 15” Delta drill press, which was given to me by LJ eddie during a recent visit that involved crawfish and gumbo; and a 13”x4” Parks planer. The planer is just about ready for prime time, except that the electrician that wired up the switch for the previous owner has the cutter head running in reverse. I installed a 220V, single phase outlet to power up the planer.
I also have the usual electric hand tools like drills, random orbital sander, bench grinder and the like. I also picked up a Foley Belsaw AutoSharp to sharpen my circular saw blades. I am starting to get a pretty nice collection of vintage hand tools, which i drag home, rehab and put back to work.
-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!