|Workshop by TheDane||posted 05-26-2011 01:58 AM||4511 reads||1 time favorited||17 comments|
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Retired in January 2012, put the old house on the market in March 2012, and sold it in SIX DAYS!
Bought the new house in April 2012, made the move, and built the new shop.
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Ever hear the old saying “You can’t put two ton of fertilizer in a one ton truck” or a similar saying “You can’t put 6 pounds of s### in a 5 pound bag”?
Well, my ‘shop’ is proof that you can.
My shop area is about 110 square feet in the end of one stall of our garage. Most of the time, we refer to it as the ‘Stealth Shop’ ... it’s there, you just can’t see it. These pictures are of the shop in stealth mode … sometime when I have the tools out and setup, I’ll add a couple of pictures of it that way. And you would never guess it, but I am a bit of a neat-freak … which is why the machines are covered with tarps or plastic.
In addition to Jeep Liberty (moved outside for these pictures), this space is home to:
—Jet JWTS-10 Table Saw (with fold-up outfeed table)
—Jet 708115K 14” Band Saw
—Jet JBM-5 Hollow Chisel Mortiser
—DeWalt DW733 12” Planer on a Larin pneumatic lift table
—Grizzly G0452 6” Jointer
—Ridgid WD1250 5hp vac with Oneida Dust Deputy
—Bench Dog RT100 Router Table w/Porter Cable 6902 Motor and WoodPeckers Quicklift
—Performax 90219 Drill Press
—Bostitch CPACK compressor
—Bostitch finish-nailer, brad/staple nailer, pin nailer
—Dremel 1830 18” Scroll Saw
—Pro Tech 10” CMS
—Kreg Jig K3 Master Pocket Hole Jig System
—Porter Cable #694VK Router Kit
—DeWalt DWP611PK Router Kit
—Porter Cable 390K and 342K sanders
—Performax Belt/Disc Sander
—Performax Oscillating drum sander
—Home brew 18” VDrum Sander (Stockroom Supply kit)
—Ridgid Fuego 6 1/2” Circular Saw
—Skil 7 1/2” Circular Saw
—Skil and Black & Decker jig saws
—Rockwell Sonicrafter multi-tool
—Collection of about 100 router bits
—Collection of brad point, HSS, and Forstner bits
—Built-in workbench with mechanics vise
—Rolling woodworker’s bench with front vise, tail vise, and cabinet with 6 drawers.
—Small collection of hand planes, chisels, measuring/marking tools.
—ShopVac Air Cleaner
—Other stuff too numerous …
How doi I manage this? It ain’t easy. I need to:
1) Carefully plan the steps of a project and the required tools
2) Move the Jeep outside
3) Setup only the tools I need for operations I plan to do that day (or days if the weather is good and the Jeep can stay outside).
4) If the weather is good, I roll the tools out on the driveway … the light is better out there!
5) Do what my Mom said: “Gerry … PUT YOUR TOYS AWAY!”
I am a bit surprised at how much work I have been able to turn out of this cramped space … it is heated, so I can use it year-round. I guess it is proof that one can adapt if you have enough of a passion for what you are doing.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. I will be retiring in about 8 months and relocating across the state to be closer to kids and grand-kids. Among the requirement for the ‘new’ house will be enough space (either in the garage or separate building) for a decent shop and home for my tools.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"