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Update …

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.

See: http://lumberjocks.com/TheDane/blog/29725

See: http://lumberjocks.com/TheDane/blog/29852

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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
—WorkSharp 3000
—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

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"


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NBeener

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#1 posted 1155 days ago

Gerry,

Is … is that a submarine, you work in ?? ;-)

First, you’ve got … well … everything in there, which is extremely cool.

But … more importantly is the woodworker whose shop that is. Your posts are always smart, thoughtful, civil, and informative.

So … whatever it is you’ve got going, there … you’re doing something right !

Cheers !

-- -- Neil

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 1155 days ago

Geez Gerry, you gots alota’ stuff! Great! I’m still working on my browser (Firefox) to enlarge the pictures, but from what I see of your extensive list of goodies I wish I still lived up there. Got a sister in Burlington, down near Lake Geneva. Well done!

Well, it seems to be my browser (Firefox) that is having problems with the images. IE7 opens them up just fine so we are good to go!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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TheDane

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#3 posted 1155 days ago

Neil—With as much rain as we have had this spring, maybe I should be thinking about a submarine!

Forgot to mention … about 5 months out of the year, the snow-blower lives in this space, too, making things just a bit tighter.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1155 days ago

Gerry, I have to say it is about time that you gave us a tour of your shop. :) You have a nice looking shop and you have put together a pretty nice tool collection. I tried for a long time to keep both a garage and a shop but eventually just settled for having a shop. My truck has to sit outside in the weather but it did give me room to add more tools.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop and it looks like a place that I would enjoy working in.

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 1155 days ago

Gerry, thats a nice looking shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1155 days ago

Wow, yep… two tons of fertilizer in a one ton truck for sure! (Not saying your rig is fertilizer, just saying quantity stuff…)
You sure squeezed a mess of top notch gear into next to no space…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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redryder

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#7 posted 1155 days ago

Very well organized. I like that…......

-- mike...............

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Splinterman

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#8 posted 1155 days ago

It may be a small shop but there is lot’s of cool toys to play with…well done.

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 1154 days ago

Wow Gerry, I still can’t get over the vinyl tile flooring in the GARAGE! The more I keep looking at your shop the more I like about it. It is almost museum-like in how neat you keep things. Definitely a shop to be proud of for sure.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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TheDane

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#10 posted 1154 days ago

The floor is actually epoxy with aluminum flakes to keep from slipping if it gets wet.

When we bought this place, the garage floor was a mess … some previous owner had put linoleum down, then later stripped it up, leaving gobs of mastic that ultimately were embedded with grease, dirt, and whatever. You couldn’t walk through the garage without tracking crap into the house (no wonder the carpets looked so bad!).

We ground it down to bare cement with a diamond grinder, repaired a few cracks, put on a primer, then gave it a couple of coats of epoxy and a sealer. That was six years ago, and it still looks pretty good. Plus, it is easy to sweep. The only downside is that the flakes are hard on shop vac tools when we suck up water from snow-melting off the cars.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bertha

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#11 posted 1154 days ago

Gerry, you got some STUFF, brother! I love this shop and I bet you know where every single tool is:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mafe

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#12 posted 1152 days ago

Wauu what a order.
I usually are scared by my own order but you beat me. You are my order hero now.
That looks really like a nice place and what a collection of nice machines.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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TheDane

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#13 posted 1152 days ago

Mads—Moving the shop to a larger space is something I have been planning for a long time. We will be buying a new house in a city about 320km (210 miles) from where we live now … 249 days from today!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mafe

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#14 posted 1129 days ago

Wauuu congratulation.
That sounds just wonderful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1129 days ago

Gerry, it’s a wonderful shop. You maximize your space very well.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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