"Workshop" tour

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 05-21-2007 11:58 PM 4027 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oops..posted this in projects by mistake….here it is in blogs.

Last minute…no editing…..not that you wouldn’t be able to tell.

OK…I figured that I would make you all feel good by comparison. My shop “workshopette” my wife calls it, is about as small as you can go and still call it a shop. I do manage to build some fun stuff though. The morris chair is underway and a stand up paddleboard paddle for my brother is going to start soon.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 12:39 AM

Thanks for sharing, every man should have some sort of castle.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 02:05 AM

The legacy of your Diston is cool. I like how you can work under the awning to beat the heat but still avoid some of the dust issues and get that air. I usually roll my router table and jointer out of the shop and work ‘outdoors’ when I can. Your garden project seems very nice. Not a bad path to walk when heading out to the shop!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 02:30 AM

what a heirloom to have that miter box passed onto you. what a great honor to have the sense of grabbing that handle which has family history. thanks for sharing that bob.

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 03:10 AM

This is just one yard? Nice! Nice to have the tool legacy! Thanks for sharing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 04:04 AM

Very nice tour and a cool castle! I really like the story of your miter saw – what a legacy to treasure.


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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 04:34 AM

I really treasure using my Grandfather’s old tools. He was a carpenter by trade and helped build some of the grand old theatres in Boston in the early 1900’s. I also have a drawknife, a brace and a slew of old brace bits that were his. My Dad used the saw frequently but usually used his electric drill. I find myself drawn to using the brace bit more and more, especially when I’m building rustic items. There is a lot to be said for not turning on the power tools…..of course I also can’t wait to get my new bandsaw….:)

-- Bob

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 08:49 AM

The not-so dead level assembly table!. I need to build one of those. I am always amazed to see what people can do with a modest space. Really great job!

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#8 posted 05-23-2007 04:23 AM

I saw this one last night, didn’t I? You have a lovely place.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-23-2007 04:02 PM

Great little space. I worked out of my basement and the shed for a while. Thanks.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 09:02 PM

that’s a great shop—sounds like it serves the purpose well.
I love the yard. I’m going to save this for future reference. My backyard is starting to take shape. I love your bridge entrance. and … and.. and..
Very nice

oh and the saw…........ priceless.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 05-24-2007 10:01 PM

Thanks for the kind words all. I’ll have to show you a better tour of the gardens Deb. My yard and the treefarm have been my primary hobbies for 25 years. Our landscaping is unusual and eclectic. Primarily because I don’t like to spend a lot of money on materials and site furnishings so I’ve scrounged for materials and built a most of my own stuff. Hundreds of feet of stone walls, the water garden you’ve seen a peek of (the moss garden inside it is pretty cool), decks, patios, brick walkways…yada…yada…yada.. I even have what I call my “Odd Rock Garden” (the boss thinks it’s me that’s odd)

I built the shed about 20 years ago and then put a post and beam addition on the rear (for garden stuff) 5 years later. I kicked everything else out of the front shed (well almost everything…tbe boss still has her painting supplies in there.) 10 years ago and turned it into my “workshopette”.

Someday when I grow up I want a big shed….:)

Oh…and I’m going to be rebuilding my bridge…the one in there now was a “temporary” solution. It’s just some 2×6’s cut with a jigsaw and some extra cedar fencing from the fence. It’s starting to show it’s age and I want to guild a nice one…when I get the plans done I’ll share them.

-- Bob

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#12 posted 05-25-2007 12:27 AM

I can’t wait to see the video!! I’m holding you to it :)
I would love to have this in my yard.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 05-30-2007 03:58 AM

Hehe….rofl…love the new picture Deb.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 06-05-2007 08:58 PM

thanks Bob :D
It’s my “patriotic” look lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 06-11-2007 08:34 PM

i use to work in a space about that size i tell you what my tool cost were allot less then too. now i have a big shop and dang it im going broke tring to fill it up lol

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