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I just found this web site today and it looks like fun.

I am a retired advertising executive who has been building stuff since I was eight (1948) beginning with gas model airplanes. I started my shop when I was about seventeen using the money from working on weekends and during the summer at a local hobby shop to buy a Sears table saw, drill press, and 6” Atlas metal lathe over the next two or three years. In my late twenties I was working as a sales representative for a large local printing company which put me in touch with the major advertising agencies in the Southeast. This led me to building special props for television commercials on the side in my basement which gave me some nice pocket money to buy tools without irritating my wife about my spending money. The money was used to purchase more machinery which led to the extensive shop I now have. One thing led to another and I ended up building artwork and decorative details for large hotels being designed and built by a local architect by the name of John Portman. I also was commissioned to build custom furniture for his home which has many curved walls. All of this was done as a sideline in my basement shop.

Now with my retirement I have a lot of time to spend in the basement shop doing what I want. A short while ago I found some really nice solid oak commercial laboratory floor and wall cabinets that were being removed from a local high school chemistry lab – the school was being closed – and I bought the entire room of lab cabinets. I am now in the process of rebuilding and remodeling my shop using the cabinets. I am refinishing all of the cabinets using a belt sander to remove “Harry was here” and “School sucks!” and the like. I started this past January and it is now August and I am still only about 2/3 finished even though I work almost every day at it. I figure it will be around the end of the year when I get everything like I want it. A photo of where I stand on the shop rebuild was taken a couple of weeks ago and is posted here. The tools and cabinets are not in their final place, just shoved aside for room, and there are a lot more tools than the allowed six photos show.

-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#1 posted 08-09-2008 09:48 PM

looking good I hope you find peace and harmony with your tools and shop as I do.As I said sometimes it’s just nice to go sit there and potter around with sorting things out to your satisfaction even if your too tired to work on that particular day.Kind regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-09-2008 09:57 PM

Nice looking shop. With all of those metal and woodworking tools, we expect to see some really nice, mixed media projects. Welcome to Lumber Jocks. This is the best place on the web. Enjoy yourself.

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#3 posted 08-10-2008 04:10 AM

You have a nice shop space in which to work and you made a nice score on the cabinets and flooring as well. The effort that you are putting into them will be worth it when you are finished. You have organized your shop well too it looks like.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#4 posted 08-10-2008 05:38 AM

As I’m new here I’m not sure this will post in the proper place though I think it will.

I want to thank everyone for the nice warm welcome I’ve been given! I think I know of Alistair as he is also on the Home Shop Machinist discussion website. I think i will enjoy it a lot here.


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#5 posted 08-10-2008 05:47 AM

Nice shop!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-10-2008 04:52 PM

Hey Rufus….

I got over here and looked…

Nice shop..

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 07:43 PM

Rufus, that sure is a nice shop that you have there. You have lots of nice tools and equipment and I love that combination lathe/mil. I wish I had the room in my home shop to have a small lathe and milling machine. It just wouldn’t work. You keep it very clean and orderly and you have a great work bench. Nice work!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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