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Blog entry by PeterJ posted 03-22-2007 11:18 AM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 03-22-2007 11:31 AM

Wow. Rick and I call this “the kitchen” .. and I really like the white paint.
Everything is so clean/organized and right where you need it.

It looks like you have spent a lot of time and though in setting up the dust collection. We’re just beginning that process. You can be sure that we’ll be checking this out thoroughly!!

What a great shop Peter.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-22-2007 11:35 AM

Thanks Debbie for your kind comments.

The dust collection system is the most important tool in my shop for it makes sure that I stay healthy. Wood dust is very dangerous to your health and it is often not realised.

I have just finished altering the 2 bag DC into a cyclone and I will featured the whole DC system in one of the installments.

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#3 posted 03-22-2007 12:04 PM

that would be great—it would be nice to set ours up right – right from the start rather than slapping it together.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-22-2007 01:24 PM

Ten out of ten I try to be that neat and tidy but never quite make it
Well done something to strive for

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 03:10 PM

That’s a laboratory. You sure have everything neatly placed. I need to get more storage in my shop to do that.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 03:12 PM

build BB.. build!!

that’s my goal as well. I’m not much of a “housekeeper” but I would like everything to have it’s own little place. No confusion about where it goes or where to find it.

Then my workspace could be “creatively messy” with the storage all nice and neat: best of both worlds!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 05:05 PM

Looks like a professional shop! Very nice.

I guess the Mortise machine will be an installment as well?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 07:28 PM

the time and planing put in to your shop is awsome!!!!What a clean shop.

P.S. I want to see your shop in use,what it looks like in the middle of a project.Post some pics.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#9 posted 03-23-2007 07:19 AM

Bill, the mortice machine is a small desktop type, Taiwanese in origin, which was too cheap not to buy, about A$230 with two sets of chisels and a chisel sharpener thrown in. I have used it a fair bit and it sure comes in handy.

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#10 posted 03-23-2007 07:24 AM

Phil, during a major project the shop gets a bit messy, hence the need for a large workbench with vices at either end.

I normally don’t clean up at the end of a day. However, it never gets too bad, as I use the 10 tool item policy. Whenever I come in the workshop at the beginning of the day or after lunch I put away up to 10 tools not immediately needed and in no time everything is back in its place and thus readily available.

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 02:16 AM

Da**. I can barely find time for a project. I have been told I am OCD but if you saw my shop during a project you would laugh. Please tell me you’re retired. Beautiful place.

-- Mike Jones, Jasper, Al

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#12 posted 04-04-2007 07:57 AM

Thanks Mike, not quite retired but very close, still work one day a week and I do one day a week voluntary work at a local op shop.

So my weekend is as long as most people’s day job. But I still never have enough time.

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 04-05-2008 02:24 AM


This should be the “dirtiest” area of you shop but I don’t see any sawdust at all. It is clean and well organized as the rest of your shop.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#14 posted 04-05-2008 03:07 AM

That’s just way too clean. I bet you don’t work in there.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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