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Workshop by Nils posted 10-27-2007 09:44 PM 1783 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I started woodworking this year, although I grew up on a farm and learned to use tools, including radial arm saw, lathe, circular saw, etc. at that time. I’ve always thought of myself as a “maker,” only now I’m actually making things.

I work in (and outside of) a very small one-car garage in Menlo Park. To use my shop, I basically have to unpile all the tools out into the driveway. I store the bandsaw on top of the table saw, and the lathe is mounted to a torsion box that I normally just lean against the workbench. When I want to turn something, I lift the lathe onto the workbench and clamp it down. I guess you could say it’s like a Shopsmith, in that I can only use one tool at a time, except that each tool is separate :-)

The first two pictures show the table saw in operating position just outside the garage. The third pictures shows a lot of the tools arrayed in the driveway as I worked on the workbench.

I have a lot of tools, most of which I’ve gotten from friends who weren’t using them. They are all small! Here’s a short list:
  • From a friend’s late brother’s shop
    • 9” Craftsman table saw
    • 10” Craftsman bench band saw
    • Small drill press
    • Craftsman 6” belt sander/8” disc sander combo
  • From a friend’s late grandfather’s shop
    • 6” Craftsman jointer
    • 12” Craftsman lathe and set of lathe chisels
    • Complete set of firmer chisels
  • Ryobi plunge router
  • Ryobi 8” bench grinder

All I’m missing is a planer. I built my shop up pretty much by telling my friends that I was looking for shop tools. So far this hasn’t worked for the planer, but I still hold out hope!

I have also made the following tool accessories
  • A very simple router table that attaches to my Workmate
  • A workbench (see my projects)
  • A miter sled
  • A table saw outfeed table that clamps into my Workmate
I have lots of future plans, including my wishlist for this Christmas:
  • Incra Miter 1000SE miter gauge
  • Pen turning equipment
  • A better drill press

As well as upgrades in all the other power tools. Planer is obviously the number one need, but a table saw that can actually cut through large chunks of hardwood (and had a good fence) would be a very nice addition.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#1 posted 10-27-2007 10:12 PM

Looks like you have a good start on the basics. Maybe someone will come up with the planer for Christmas?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 10-28-2007 01:03 AM

Good looking set of tools. Have you been checking on a regular basis for upgrades/planer?

Also welcome. I’m up in Sacramento.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 12:22 PM

Hi Nils,

I am just now getting around to looking at your shop post. You have a nice shop but I thought that I was the only one on this site who had to roll my tools out into the driveway. :) I have to do because my wife yells at me for cutting inside the shop. It looks like you have a nice start with your tool set and putting them outside (weather permitting of course) gives you plenty of space in which to work.

Thanks for the post.

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

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