|Workshop by Thos. Angle||posted 08-12-2007 03:10 PM||5468 reads||2 times favorited||33 comments|
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This is how our shop used to be. I sold off the machinery in March of 2009. I kept my hand tools and the saddle shop.
When Carleen and I bought this place , we felt like we bought the shop and Johnny threw in the house. The shop is 24×36 with a 10×16 addition on the east side. We have worked for ever on it and are still not done. The first thing I did was to install a 150,000 BTU propane furness. There is a roll up door in the wood shop side which is open most of the summer. You can tell where we worked by the new OSB. My son-in-law and I put a floor in the back room which was just gravel. We had floor tile so I installed them. Now it is about like a skating rink if you’re not careful. We had to move in tools and machinery because we were remodeling the house to make it livable. I think I might have a lifetime job here.
We bought the Jet tablesaw new two years ago. I got the band saw from Idaho Tool in Nampa. I had the DeWalt miter saw, ShopSmith, and a lot of the other tools. Most of the hand planes came from E-Bay. We decided to combine the wood shop and the saddle shop to see what we could produce.
The first photo is looking in through the roll up door. you can see the planer on its roll around stand and the chop saw on the right. I have a Kreg fence stop on the miter saw which I keep zeroed in. The second photo shows my old bench(17 years old) and plane boxes and chisels, etc. The third photo is the new bench I just finished. The Shopsmith I use for the drill press and the disc sander and occasionally as the lathe. The fourth photo is of the back room. The band saw is a 20 ” Delta(old). The lathe is a small Delta and the over arm router came with the ShopSmith many years ago.You can also see some of my sheet goods and lumber storage. The next photo is the saddle shop. This bench is also 17 years old. I built it when all I had was the ShopSmith. All the drawer are full of stamps and other things.The table top to the right has a cabinet with 2 drawers for pattern storage and open shelves as well. The top is a full sheet of 3/4 MDF over ? other layers and is used for cutting out leather items. The big black rock on the Bench is a black granite surface plate from Grizzly. It is 24” square and 3” thick. The green machine is a spliter, kinda like a planer for leather.This is where I carve and stamp leather. It is also used to skive(thin) saddle parts. Leather storage is straight ahead. The last photo shows my Pearson #6 harness stitcher and a small Singer we use for light leather. The singer has the only motor on this side of the wall. The stitcher is treadle operated and can sew up to 3/4 of an inch of heavy leather. The saddle shop is 20 by 24 and is also used for finishing and glue up of wood products. I really liked this shop and enjoyed most of my life here.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon