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Workshop by Ted78 posted 12-11-2012 02:23 PM 1685 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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2000 s 7
Lincoln, NE 68502
United States

My workshop is just the partial unfinished basement of my tiny 1914 house. The biggest challenges, aside from space, are the uneven cement floors that make levelling and moving workbenches and machines difficult, the brick walls that taper in toward the floor making things like cabinets, shelves and pegboard difficult to intall, ad the fact that it’s at the bottom of the rickety basement stairs. But despite all this I;m rather fond of it.

The only real quality power tool I have is an old jointer.

I’ve have a 80’s era craftsman table saw that belonged to my grandfather-in-law. It functions but, not terribly well
I’m in the process of restoring a old Delta Rockwell 9” table saw hoping it will be a less frustrating machine.

A Harbor Freight bench top drill press that gets a LOT of use, drilling, sanding, hole sawing, clamped to the bench on it’s side as a makeshift mini lathe etc. No bells or whistles, and it’s not real big, but it’s actually pretty well built.

I also have a small band saw I picked up for under $100 at one of the big box stores. It gave me some grief until I bought a set of “cool blocks” for it. the original blade guides were just little bits of steel, the cool blocks I think are just bits of graphite impregnated plastic of some sort. It’s not the speediest band saw ever built, and it’s not going to mill any lumber or do any serious re-sawing, but for most band saw work it works just fine if you are willing to be patient and go slow.

I also have an old craftsman router mounted in a stamped steel router table. It doesn’t get a lo of use simply because I’m not that well versed in how to make good use of a router.

Hand tools, especially old ones picked up at garage sales and the like are much easier for me to obtain, and I’m learning that if they are sharp and well cared for, they aren’t really that much slower then power tools.

What I really want is a thickness planer. Then I could start out with wood from the firewood pile and between the broad axe, the jointer, the thickness planer and the table saw I could square it up. As it stands I don’t have any good way of getting the faces of boards parallel to each other.

I am lacking a decent set of had planes, which is just as well sine I’m also lacking the knowledge of which planes to use for what. I recently picked up a eggbeater drill, a small broad axe, a draw knife, and a hand rip saw.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 02:27 PM

Looks Like a good shop Ted with most of what you need to get the job done.

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 02:39 PM


-- Ted

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 04:35 AM

Looks like a pretty nice set up. I woodworked maybe 39 years without a planer & now that I’ve had one for a year, all I can say is, it’s wonderful. Still use the jointer a lot, the 2 together, make working so much easier.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 08:41 AM

I agree that it’s not just about tools. Ancient craftsmen made some wonderful things with tools that we would probably laugh at today. you seem to have a pretty good tool kit compared to some. Your creativeness,skills and desire to make things are what’s most important.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 09:15 AM

uneven floor been there done that (still working on mine tho I have one one part…) My basement same era 1915 and I have house piles and the hill to contend with…

The trick is… ummm thre is no trick other than one thing at a time… depending on how uneven get so floor leveling compound…

I don’t have a jointer/planer or thickness or even a decent drill press or a bandsaw for that matter… :-/ heck don’t even have a decent vice… lol

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 09:41 AM

Since the subject of uneven floors has come up, I have a good solution and it’s not too expensive either. What I and many others here in Norway have done is to make the floor even with dry clean sand. The type of sand used in mortar will do. The sand fills the dips. Normally you don’t need a whole lot, maybe three or four 8lb. sacks for a typical 200sq.ft. space.

A plastic membrane (thick plastic on a roll) is placed on top of the sand. Then a layer of Styrofoam about 2” thick, then a flooring material on top of that. We normally use tongue and groove impregnated chipboard in18”W and 6-1/2 ft. long. We call this a floating floor. I have used this type of floor in the basement of two prior homes and I have had it in my workshop for the last 12 years. It works great and with the Styrofoam insulation it is warm too. Best of all, it is an inexpensive alternative and gives you a flat floor. You can see mine on my workshop page.

You might want to check the building code to make sure it is allowed there. We have very strict building codes here in Norway and it’s ok here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 05:36 PM

I really dig the jointer Ted! Thanks for posting!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 05:39 PM

Your shop looks ok to me from what I can see of it. Congratulations and welcome to LJs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 04:59 AM

Thanks dnick I’ll keep saving those pennies for a planer.

Nighthawk, nice to hear from a sympathetic fellow woodworker who understands what I’m dealing with. Took a look at your workshop page, it looks familiar.

Stefang, I’m definitely going to look into the sand to level the floor. I’ll have to come up with a way to work around the floor drain, but that shouldn’t be to hard. Think of it A table saw I can roll around so my piece doesn’t hit the support posts!! The idea is intoxicating.

I like the jointer too I bought it at a garage sale down the street for $30 It was on a little dolly, I literally rolled it down the street to get it home. Had to take it down to the basement in pieces.

Thanks hellusawreck. I’m really enjoying it here at LJ. I took a look at your woodworkingexpo page. I’m envious of your organizational skills. My lack of organization has pretty negative impact on my productivity.

Now, on to research sand-levelled floors….

-- Ted

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