|Workshop by Glen Peterson||posted 03-15-2011 02:31 AM||2550 reads||2 times favorited||15 comments|
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My wife built me a detached shop building 3 year ago. It’s 2 stories tall and a bit bigger than a 2-car garage. It’s rather luxorious in that it has a finished second floor that includes a wet bar and fridge and it has a bathroom. The shop has an overhead door and lots of windows. It’s a nice place to work. Photo 1
I’m certainly not a neanderthal, more of a blended woodworker, combining machine work with final dimensioning and finishing with handtools. The heart of my shop is the bench and it’s where I spend most of my time. In the background you can see some of my chisels and the windows overlooking the backyard. Photo 2
I’ve tried to accumulate a collection of good handtools including Lie Nielsen planes and chisels, Veritas saws and planes, Starret rules, many cabinet scrapers, as well as many Japanese tools from my time in Tokyo. I also have lots of older user tools such as Stanley 750 chisels. Photo 3 is my handtool storage corner.
Since we finished the shop I’ve upgraded most of the machinery. I now have a 20+ year old Powermatic 66, an 8” Grizzley Jointer, and an older 15” Powermatic Planer. Photos 4 and 5
For turning I use a Powermatic 3620B and my daughter has a Jet Mini, that she won at the American Woodturners Association Conference last year. I also have a Powermatic 17” bandsaw with a 6” riser. Photo 6.
Of course, owning hand tools requires sharpening. In the sharpening station I I have a Baldor 6” two-wheel grinder and a set of Shapton Professional Series Stones to 12,000 grit. I also have a set of DMT diamond stones for sharpening cabinet scrapers, as well as sundry slipstones. I use the Oneway Wolverine system and have most of their toys for grinding turning tools such as the Verigrind. I also use the Ellsworth jig for my bowl gouges. There isn’t enough room in the gallery for all the photos so the rest are embedded below.
I have a rather new Delta drill press and a beautiful 1940 Delta Drill press that runs but needs restoration. I also picked up a Jet mortiser for a song.
Like many of you I have far too much lumber. I probably have a life time supply, but I can’t stop accumulating. Muich of the lumber I’ve had for many years. Last summer I met a gentleman who was in his late 70’s and decided to give up the hobby. He was selling his tools and lumber. I bought every stick of wood he owned. Unfortunately, my lumber racks were already full. Now I’ve started acculmulating reclaimed wood. This is the lumber storage area and chopsaw. I also have turning blanks all over the place, and far too much scrap. Now that I’m turning I have a growing collection of logs on palets out back.
The next big shop project is to install ducting for dust collection and plumbing for air.
Thanks for checking out my shop.