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Workshop by VanLewis posted 06-22-2010 07:08 AM 1778 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I use machines for the heavy work, mostly milling and cutting, and I use hand tools for everything else. I hate routers and hand-saws, so my prejudices are equal-opportunity. Routers scare me, raise a helluva lot of dust, and make bland-looking details with their expensive bits. Handsaws take a lot of work and don’t cut well compared to a nice carbide-toothed blade at 5,000RPM. I’ll list the machines first, and a few of my favorite hand-tools.

Roughly in order of use for a typical project:

Laguna LT 18” bandsaw
Delta 8” jointer
Makita 12” planer [upsizing soon, but I love this tool]
Powermatic 66 tablesaw
General tilting-head mortiser
General 17 drill press [new!]
Makita 12” mitersaw
Oneida air cleaner
My routers are Porter-Cable
Milwaukee circular saw
DeWalt biscuit joiner
Porter -Cable sabersaw
Can’t think of the brand of compressor.
I’m sure I’m missing stuff.
If business improves: Oneway lathe. I’d like to do more turned work, which now I job out to a specialist. It looks fun.

Hand planes are mostly old Records with Hock blades and cap-irons, with a few Lie-Nielsens. Chisels are mostly old Sorbys, with a set of Lie-Nielsen’s A2s. Carving tools by Barr and Kestrel. Measuring and layout tools are mostly Starrett. Tons of Jorgensen clamps, and a growing collection of handscrews. Lots of cheap Chinese-made spring clamps. I made the workbench. My favorite old Record vise was stolen, and I’m building a new Lee-Valley vise. Also building a new torsion-box assembly table, 4’ x 8’ this time. I think that’s about it.

-- Van

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 07:13 AM

Hey Van
This looks like an amazing shop . It would be great to see photos with all your eqipment in place.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 07:24 AM

I hope I can get everything set up soon. I’ll post better pictures when I get back from vacation.

-- Van

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 11:52 PM

Van, I agree with Jim’s assessment of your shop. It looks like you have a wonderful shop space to work in. It appears as if you have plenty of room in there to work and it looks to be solidly built. I will be interested in seeing additional pictures of your shop when you get a chance to post them.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 04:29 AM

Hey Van,
Now that Sir will be one heck of a sweet shop….just love those beams…..great job.
Post some more pics when time permits.

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 08:32 AM

Thanks for the kind words, gents!

-- Van

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 10:14 AM

Really beautiful shop – beautiful beams & framework. I love to see your machines too.
Enjoy working with wood.

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 05:16 PM

Love the beams. Those things are huge.

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 02:00 AM

Seems like a nice place. And I’ve got a sister in law in Escalante. Pretty nice up there.

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 05:40 AM

Great space, will be nice to see who you set up your tools. good job. Steve in Oregon

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