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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!


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CFrye

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 03:58 AM

Sounds good. Don. Looking forward to pictures!

-- God bless, Candy

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 08:31 AM

Waiting pictures as well. Hope one day to make a tour through your area to meet many LJs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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lightcs1776

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 01:08 PM

Sounds like a great size for a shop. Look forward to the pictures.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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JL7

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 02:26 PM

Hey Don, it’s all nice to hear about the positive progress after the hurricanes. I really can’t imagine how difficult that would be. So nice to hear the shop was re-born! You said 9” big-ass fan, maybe you meant 9 foot? We were looking into installing those at a former employer of mine and heard they really do work well. Pretty important in your climate!

Will have to go back and read the blogs….I quickly skimmed the 113 TS blog and looks like you worked a miracle there…..anyways, looking forward to the pictures!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 03:21 PM

It sounds like you have a very nice shop and I’ll be looking forward to seeing some pictures whenever you are able to post them.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 06:33 PM

I love the openness of the shop. Our weather is way too crappy for that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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English

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 07:22 PM

That’s a big a”” fan. Love the open barn doors. Looks like a good place to get lost to.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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freddy1962

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 08:28 PM

Love the big ass fan. Cool mitre box, vise, Parks planer, dp and uni.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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JL7

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 08:58 PM

What a cool space Don, literally and figuratively…..the cypress barn is loaded with character and some cool old iron…..and a few radios to boot…...looks like a fun space Don….......thanks for posting…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 09:18 PM

Sandra is going to be VERY happy!!!

Great space to hide away in!!!
As horrendous as a hurricane can be….
It all turned out well!!!

Great rehabs….I remember reading the 113 rehab blog….
I had little experience with my 113 at that time, so could not offer any advice!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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CFrye

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 09:49 PM

Wonderful shop space, Don. Two big ole sliding barn doors AND windows! You gonna restore those roller skates? And you can never have too many radios, er clamps, what? Heeheehee Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 10:43 PM

Really like the shop, Don. The two way doors are great as is the Big Ass fan.
Beautiful old miter box and a great looking WIP planer.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 06-17-2014 01:06 AM

Thanks for all the comments. The barn doors really do permit those nice breezes to cool off the shop, with the fan’s help. That said, I did lose a lot of wall space because of the doors. I think my next shop project is going to be a lumber rack. After I took and posted the pictures, I spent the day trying to correct that embarrassing condition.

Candy—I picked up the roller skates as part of this package. I was planning on giving them to my 85-year-old Mom at her request, by my stepfather was against the idea and strongly discouraged that gifting. She used used quad-roller skate when she was a bit younger, and could probably still do it. I understand the risk issue too. I’m not really a collector of old radios, I’m more like a gatherer. Most of those on the shelves are just for looks, but a couple of them do work.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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7Footer

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#14 posted 06-17-2014 05:49 PM

Good looking shop you got there Don, I dig it. I was going to ask if that was a Big Ass Fan, and then I read your description, we get the ads for those things at work all the time, they look really cool.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -

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Tedster

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 04:06 AM

Nice shop, Don. Now clean it up and git to work… we wanna see some projects! (disclaimer: mine is more of a mess / depository.)

That’s one serious ceiling fan. Did you take it off a helicopter?

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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