New Shop and house

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Blog entry by Mike Shea posted 09-13-2009 12:07 AM 17571 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 5 months of not woodworking i am finaly back at it. The first words my Fiance said to me were “Thank god you have your shop back. Maybey now you wont be such an ass” Aparently i was driving her crazy. 5 months ago my craftsman tablesaw broke on me. Its an extremley long story. I will just say that when sears could not fix the saw they refused to replace it. Even though i had purchased the factory extended waranty I was told that i needed 5 or more cervice calls in order for sears to grant the replacement. To make a long story short they dilly dallied with me and it took months before finally getting the new saw. If i had the choice to get my money back i certainly would have. I would have gone with a much better saw from a company who has allot more care for thier customers

To top it all of my fiance and i finally moved out of my moms house. The new place is a 3 bed 2 bath house with a 2 CAR GARAGE and a good sized yard for the dog. It seemed like it took forever to move all the shop tools in. It took even longer to set everything up. When I first moved in the garage only had 1 outlet with a 15 amp breaker. No drywall and no insulation. I now have some power and a few more outlets. its a work in progress but its all coming together.

This is the Front yard of the new place. I seeded for a new greener grass and also did allot of gardening in the old dry beds.


Heres the new shop looking in from the garage door.


The new tablesaw


The router table.


The lathe station and soon to be sharpening station


Drill press and workbench with my finish cabinet on the left


seting up for the dust collection is never fun


I made this to hold my dowels. I saw it some were on here and i just had to make it.


Everybody has thier own version of the crosscut sled. Mine is simple and SQUARE. thats it


More of my Excellent gardening




Here is the inside of the house



The RASTA ROOM, music and computer room


-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 12:19 AM

Gardening & fine woodworking – You are a renaissance man!

In a man’s shop – there he will find peace for his soul.

Hey man, you need to put your skills to use and fix that door on the bottom of the entertainment center.

Great to have you back!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 12:24 AM

Nice shop space, Great house.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 12:25 AM

Todd – you do have an eye for excellence.

Hey, Mike – I like everything about your place. Looks real nice. Nice shop too.

Let us know when you’ve rehung that door.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 12:29 AM

You do have a nice looking place and shop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mike Shea

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 12:57 AM

hahaha i know those darn doors are about to fall off. i hate that entertainment center. its going in the trash as soon as we find another one. i would make my own entertainment center but we all know how us woodworkers like to say we are going to make new things for the house but we for some reason never get around to doing it. thank guys.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 01:23 AM

Mike – that is quite some old Oliver lathe you have there. Does that thing still run good? I rebuilt one a few years ago for a buddy and they are built stout!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 09-13-2009 01:26 AM

Looks great Mike very very nice

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 02:39 AM

Beautiful home and shop! You have been Blessed in many ways. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 09-13-2009 06:12 AM

Congrats on the shop and the house!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Mike Shea

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#10 posted 09-13-2009 06:33 AM

Jeff- You might be suprised to find out that i purchased that oliver lathe last year on ebay for a wopping $150.00 lol. the gentlman that i got the lathe from lived on a military base in the middle of nowhere. He was selling it cheap because of how expensive it would cost to mail it to someone. He had been trying to get rid of it locally for months. I only lived 2 hours from him so i bought on ebay and picked it up in a single aftrenoon. He was not the original owner however he had taken very good care of it. He had also just replaced the old motor with a brand new heavy duty motor. everything else was in prime condition. do you know what the size of the origonal motor was? what Voltage it ran off? im just curiouse. also the new motor has a switch behind the lathe. you have to reach over the turning workpiece in order to shut off the lathe. where was the original on off switch?

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#11 posted 09-13-2009 08:10 AM

I like the new shop and house. Thanks for the update and photo tour. Its kind of nice sometimes to have a fresh start with a shop. Congrats on the new living/working spaces.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 09-13-2009 10:48 AM

Hey Mike,
Well done on everything.

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#13 posted 09-13-2009 05:40 PM

congrats mike, It all looks first class, the organization is super.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#14 posted 09-14-2009 07:29 AM

Great house and shop. You are multi-talented I see with gardening and such. Congrats on your sobriety too. I visited your site. Very nice, first class work. I hope your business is a success. I wish you the best of luck.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Mike Shea

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#15 posted 09-14-2009 10:12 PM

Thanks “blondwood” that means allot

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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