|Workshop by Gerald6279||posted 12-18-2011 07:13 PM||1250 reads||0 times favorited||1 comment|
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My old workshop was in a 2 car garage shared with a car along with all my wife’s gardening stuff. Every tool was on casters except the drill press which took up the back left corner of the work bench. The tools were rolled out as needed when the car was out of the garage.
Speaking of the work bench it was something else. It only cost me around $5 in hardware to build as all the lumber was salvaged from discards found in the alley! It had a solid oak door for the top and 4×4 legs with the rest built with 2×4 and 2×6 treated lumber. Needless to say, this thing was a heavy, solid monster of a work bench. When I moved I had to repurpose the old door so I had to make a top from scraps of plywood and topped with a sheet of luaun
The tools currently in the shop are a Craftsman 10” table saw, Craftsman 10” radial arm saw, Craftsman/Dunlap lathe (that is older than I am), an old table saw cart with DeWalt 733 planer, Craftsman 5 1/8” jointer, another cart that looks like a saw horse with a wide top on it which has a 9” Delta band saw and Delta scroll saw mounted to it back to back and also serves for clamp storage, a shop made router table with Porter Cable router mounted under the horizontal table top, a craftsman router table with craftsman router, a Craftsman plunge router, a Porter Cable plunge router, a Delta bench drill press mounted on salvaged kitchen base cabinet, an old microwave cart was converted to storage for additional drilling supplies and bits. a Craftsman portable belt sander with shop-made jig to convert it to bench sander, six hand planes (stanley/bailey, dunlap, craftsman), several sanders, jet dust collector,delta grinder mounted to support pole in basement and beaucoup hand saws both american style and Japanese, and additional work tables and shop-made jigs. The totes in the pictures are for storing the small scraps of wood. There’s also a microwave for the times my wife will bring me meals and I get too busy making saw dust to eat it while still hot. I am still looking to add more tools to the list like a good 14” or 17” bandsaw. thickness sander, better jointer, more hand planes and so forth.
Most of the tools that were on casters have become stationary equipment after my wife and I moved to our new place. It has a walk out basement which opens to back yard and the garage. My shop is in a dedicated area of the basement 15’ x 22’ with doors to close off the saw dust from the rest of the basement which will later be made into my “man cave”. The dust collector gets rolled onto the back porch, through the back basement door, to release that 5 micron and smaller dust to the wind! The breaker box is in my shop, so no running a long distance if by any chance I throw a breaker. Looking forward to finishing all the set up! It is still a project in the works but gets interrupted when I just have to make some saw dust! Hope you like the pictures as it currently is. I make do with what I have for now, but, I am still envious of the guys with the great shops!!
-- Gary, Indianapolis