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Blog entry by NBeener posted 03-06-2010 07:54 AM 4005 reads 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking at all the shops of the new LJs (and many of the old ones) got me inspired.

So … the camera and I made a trip downstairs.

Here’s where it stands. I think I’ve taken tremendous liberties with the notion that every new project demands a new tool. I think I’m working with a ratio of closer to 20-to-1 :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

What I look like … when I’m not there…

The same old grind….

Whenever they mention the town of Milwaukee….

The router was complaining about a breeze, so … I wrapped it up….

I like a good jig….

My beloved band saw … with its beloved TimberWolf blade…

The Grizzly mortiser. I like it. I like it a lot (there. That’s my review!)....

The thickness planer….

Having a great time with the Oscillating Spindle Sander, too….

I shall fear no dado stack….

The HF 2-ish HP DC … with the Wynn 35A filter … plugged into an X10 remote….

Breathe deep … the gathering gloom … or … not :-)

NEW TOOL!!! Gift from my brother. Thanks, Ted :-)

Craftsman drill press….

Sometimes, the power does fail. Then … I go neanderthal….

The saw that won’t let me upgrade to a cabinet saw. The Forrest WWII arrives this week….

This bad boy … just works and works and works and works….

Though each individual piece looks neat and orderly, the sum of the parts is quite chaotic….

If I can’t blow it out, suck it in, separate it, filter it, or collect it … then … something’s really wrong :-)

This is powering my Craftsman brad nailer and HF pin nailer … for now. It also blows the shop ‘clean….’

I like the way it looks. I like the way it works….

Left to right: Ryobi 3/8” variable speed drill, Ryobi plunge router, Ridgid belt sander, Ryobi ROS, Black & Decker 1/2-sheet sander, Porter-Cable 557 Plate Joiner, Ryobi Jigsaw….

The other side … of the same tools….

Where all the grandest plans are concocted, and all the biggest screw-ups take place :-)

My version of a Sjoberg workbench. HD sawhorses, 3/4” BB ply, and 1/4” pegboard on top….

That’s all, Folks! Finished projects coming soon. I just have to decide whether to apply finishes IN the basement shop or wait a few weeks for (hope, hope) warmer weather, and use the garage.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 08:11 AM

Nice looking place. Thanks for the tour.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 08:27 AM

Neil, I can see you have a nice dust collection system and I’m sure that keeps a lot of sawdust from ever hitting the floor but I gotta say, your shop may be a little too clean for me. It’s prolly just me trying to justify another fault of mine, so just ignore that last comment. Great job on the blog post.

-- Jim

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 08:31 AM

That looks like fun!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 08:33 AM

Wow Neil great collection of tools your shop is really comming together.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 09:04 AM

WOW, you have a lot of really nice tools. I have tool envy now. You’ve got a lot of us bet on cool toys department. As you say, thanks for having us stop by for a tour.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 10:39 AM


Nice set of tools!


-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 10:45 AM

Looking Good! My very first shop was in a basement and I finished there all the time. It makes you clean after every project. In fact I still do that with my new shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 10:57 AM

Hey Neal,
Nice bunch of toys you have there…welll done.

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 11:35 AM

Great looking space! Nice assortment of tools! Have fun and be safe!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 11:43 AM

many stuffs, do want

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#11 posted 03-06-2010 11:58 AM

You’ve got a great assortment of equipment there, Neil!!
I gotta tell you, the cleanliness makes me a little nervous though… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 03-06-2010 12:52 PM

Your well equipped Neil and ready for just about any project. We have that Bosch table saw here in Norway too and it actually looks pretty darn useful. Now, about those cement walls….................?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-06-2010 01:24 PM

Very nice!

It looks like you’ll be able to handle about any kind of project now.

I love looking at someone else’s clean shop.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 03-06-2010 01:45 PM

Neil, thanks for the updated pictures. It looks like you are ready for just about any project. I am not sure how many more “new projects” you can take on now if you need a new tool to get started. :) It looks like your shop is pretty well set-up.

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

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 01:51 PM

you have a great assortment of tools….you have a beaming skill level, you have wood….you have time….....and you have lights and power…....BUT YOU SERIOUSLY NEED A PROPER WORK BENCH…..with at least one good vise…..what are you going to do about that….....I THINK WE NEED TO DO A BUILD OF A WORKBENCH…....wish i was there..with some of my extra wood….it would be a jim dandy…new goal…work bench….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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