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Workshop by JerryL posted 04-28-2007 06:13 AM 1355 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I always wanted to inventory my “shop”. This looks like as good a place as any.

The layout is really odd. I have about 1/4 of a two car garage for some stuff and a 6”x10” space in the basement with the rest. The garage has my two main power tools:

1. A cheap, cheap, cheap drill press off of ebay for $45.
2. A Grizzly 10” contractors saw – new in August 2006 – I love this saw!!
3. A reconditioned Shop Fox 4” belt sander – used once to test it
4. 8 gallon air compressor for bike tires and shooting brads

The basement has a flat storage area some people call a work bench an a fixed base Craftsman router in a Craftsman table mounted to a Workmate. I have a circle cutting jig on the router table that almost never comes off. I’ve found that with a board clamped on for a fence I can make just about anything on the router table.

I have various drills, a sander, and a circular saw to round out the list.

Tools on the wish list:
Variable speed plung router
Random orbital sander
HVLP spray gun
Planer
Vacume bag setup

About the pictures:
1. The garage portion showing (from left to right) the sander, lawn mower, drill press (behind the shelf sides cut from 18mm oak ply), the junk corner (soon to be cleaned), and the table saw.
2. Big Green. I love this saw. I know there are better brands out there but this is the best saw I’ve ever owned.
3. The Ebay drill press and table. It gets the job done.
4. The tool pile (cart). This was the first project with the new saw just to test out the various blades and to replace a single surface cart that made it to the trash.
5. The basement shop – the workbench came with the house.
6. Router table. The Craftsman table has been enclosed to allow for dust collection out the back. The jig on top is my circle cutting jig. It slides back and forth on screws set into the groves that connect to the fence mounts on the table. This jig is almost never taken off the table. I did just see a really nice setup over at Eagle Lake Woodworking that I will probably copy if I ever build a “real” router table.

-- Jerry L.


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WayneC

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#1 posted 04-28-2007 06:16 AM

Sounds like a good working solution. Are you going to post any photos? No Jointer on the wish list?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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woodspar

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#2 posted 04-28-2007 06:23 AM

Jerry, splitting the shop between the garage and the basement – sounds like here .

Hey Wayne, he said he had a router in a table, who needs a jointer? :-) :-) :-)

Post some pix!

-- John

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JerryL

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#3 posted 04-28-2007 06:36 AM

I’ll get a few shots soon. The big problem is that you can’t see anything because of all the stuff I have pilled up :-(

-- Jerry L.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 04-28-2007 06:39 AM

LOL - you have not seen my shop photos.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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oscorner

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#5 posted 04-29-2007 07:32 PM

Welcome from Louisiana!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 02:32 PM

Hi Jerry,

You have a shop space that looks a lot like mine at times. It seems that when I am working on a project every hand tool I own migrates to the assembly bench and then I have to sweep them aside to assemble the project. But you have a nice shop space to work in and a nice set of tools to play with.

Thanks for the post.

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

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