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Workshop by Gray posted 09-23-2011 01:09 AM 1812 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My workshop is located in my 2 car garage. I have built shelving along two sides to accommodate storage. This helped my wife and I organize our stuff while at the same time, giving me an excuse to setup “shop”. My main work area is about 7 ft of that shelving that I claimed for my workbench. It is located right under a window, providing natural light while working, an added benefit.

The main difficulty is fitting our two vehicles into the garage each night. One of my prerequisites for working out of the garage. I can do whatever I want to during the day, but each night, the cars better be able to fit back in.

I do have my power tools along the other wall of the garage. Ridgid R4511 Tablesaw, Ridgid 15” Drill Press, Ridgid 14” Bandsaw, Ridgid 6” Jointer. Yes, I know, a lot of Ridgid. Well, I bought them for $100 each from a guy clearing out his storage and I just couldn’t pass them up. I also have a 1961 DeWalt 925H Radial Arm Saw that came with literally a suitcase of attachments and extra blades for $50 total.

I’m trying the “blended” form of woodworking. I am interested in the hand tools because this is just a hobby of mine to escape the day to day computer programming. I am more interested in enjoying myself and learning the skills of working with wood. I have the Stanley planes 3-7 I am learning on. A couple other planes, 45 combo, 71 1/2 router plane, a couple rabbet planes, spokeshave, drawknife, etc. I am enjoying myself. I definitely have contracted the tool virus. As long as I keep it under control, I don’t mind being ‘sick’.

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 10:20 AM

Nice collection of planes and hand tools…well done.

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 12:41 PM

Gray, let me also say that you have put together a nice collection of hand tools. I have always had a great deal of admiration for those woodworkers who take the time and put in the effort to develop their hand skills. Your shop does look like it would be enjoyable to work in.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 01:17 PM

Sounds like you have a workable plan and you have some nice hand tools.

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 03:05 PM

Gray, nice collection of hand tools.

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 09:57 PM

Looks good. Love the planes! I gotta ask about the R4511. Is it severely dusty or did you paint it? It looks almost grayish… I’ve seen guys paint major power tools, but rarely if ever a new(ish) one…

I really like your plane till as well. One thing to consider. You really shouldn’t store planes on the sole directly with the blade touching. I use felt pads in my storage cab to lift the sole and leave air under the blade… Just something to think about to help maintain that nice plane fleet….

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 10:18 PM

Thanks for the comments. I do enjoy rehabbing old tools like the planes I have. I thought about the plane blades touching, I’ll have to come up with something as I haven’t finalized my locations yet. Probably won’t ever ‘finalize’ my tool set. So it is a good suggestion dbhost, thanks.

As to the R4511, I’m sure it is a little dusty, but the color difference from new is actually the paint fading from sunlight. My garage door faces west and is open most afternoons. It faded pretty quick, before I really noticed, so I didn’t have a change to come up with some type of cover to protect it. My wife even mentioned it, saying that I should paint it to make it look better. I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do with it.

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#7 posted 09-24-2011 06:10 AM

I be liking that DeWalt radial arm saw and why can’t the cars be outside????

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 11:42 PM

Like the cleat wall. Very nice.

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 11:55 PM

Main thing is you are enjoying yourself… Nice setup

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