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Workshop by Madtapper posted 03-05-2011 02:28 AM 1524 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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The dream of a large workshop compacted down into a small two-car garage! This shop is the place I like to go to build the things I need (and want), and to escape from my real job. For nearly ten years I have been building using only a Rigid contractor’s saw, a Rigid 13” planer, a Jet drill press, a 6” Jet jointer, a Rigid shop vac, and a smattering of hand tools. In the last five years, I have been fortunate enough to finally start buying the tools I have always wanted. It is amazing how the right tools tend to make the job easier and much more enjoyable. My goal is to build my dream shop in the next five years. My plan is to learn as much as possible from all my fellow wood workers.

-- -- Jerry, Gig Harbor, Washington

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 08:13 AM

Nice shop floor…....

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 08:23 AM

Hey Jerry,
Some real cool toys in there…well done.

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 01:32 PM

Jerry, you certainly have put together a good looking shop. It looks to be well organized and you have a nice set of tools to play with. I am a PM fan so I would feel right at home in there. And it is nice to see you have a shop helper as well. I had a chocolate that enjoyed spending time with me in the shop as well. There is nothing like ‘em.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 11:27 PM

Looks really good. A Powermatic fan I see. Is that floor from Costco? I’ve been thinking about using it. How do you like it?

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 12:57 AM

Thank you for the warm welcome everyone. It is going to be an absolute pleasure to be a part of the learning and banter of Lumberjocks.

Scott—I love the Powermatic equipment. My dad was the one who set me down the path of Powermatic, and I have rarely, if ever, looked back. The chocolate lab is always a welcome addition to the shop. He enjoys chewing on scrap pieces of wood from time to time. Once he “accidentally” took off with a walnut leg for my coffee table. That was a lot of fun….

KMT—The floor is, in fact, from Costco. I had to find something to help protect my tools when they hit the floor. I really enjoy the floor overall. It does not get much in the way of support to my knees and back, but it has definitely saved a few chisels and squares. If you do get it, I would HIGHLY recommend unrolling it in a warm area and letting it acclimate. The plastic has a pretty good “memory,” and it is a pain to put down right off the roll.

-- -- Jerry, Gig Harbor, Washington

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 12:59 AM

great set up I want one of those saws so bad. I guess I’ll just have to upgrade my delta with parts from the pm2000 and new delta saw.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 09:37 AM

nice shop Jerry, Hope all your dreams are full filled in the next 5 years as you plan out your wood shop. Thanks for sharing with me. I used to shop in Federal Way as I used to live in Covington , Wa for 5 years with a nice set up in a one car garage with my wood shop. and yes my wife let me have the whole garage to my self there with no car to go into it.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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