|Workshop by Dan Katz||posted 03-11-2011 05:16 AM||1631 reads||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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After running a woodworking business for about 15 years in Chattanooga,
my wife and I decided to move to Israel.
In 2000 we sold the house, shop, and all my tools. (3 phase bigger stuff included)
We planned on staying but after 4 years we had to return
when our son was badly burned in a welding accident.
We bought a new “old house” and I went to work.
In my spare time, while I was resting, I built this small shop
with the help of a good friend. I took about 4 months to erect the first section which is 14×14x 10 high.
In one corner is a slab of concrete 20” deep where the post for my trolly is embeded.
The trolly system cost about $400 to put in.
The steel was about $275 and the trolly wagon and hoist came from Harbour Freight.
Worth every penny. If you have limited space
you can move the machines around to accomodate your needs at will.
My lathe is set up right under the beam.
I made do with the one room for about 2 years and then
built off the back another 6 foot to house my small Ryboi planer, jointer and Delta contracters saw.
Just recently I built off the side and doubled my space. 500 sq ft now.
Now the main room has my Rockwell 20” bandsaw, Powermatic 3520-A and old Delta saw.
I bought the lathe and had it in storage at the millwork place where I was working before I built
the building. Back then they were only $2600. It’s a great machine. Best lathe I’ve ever had.
Just last week my Dad bought me a Woodmaster 718 w/pro pack. Ran my first board through it today.
At first it would’nt cut. Woodmaster told me to check the feedroll pressure. One spring was a little tight.
Seems to work OK now. It’s a little different than what I’m used to
but I’m looking forward to making some moulding that I can then handcarve.
I’ll keep you posted on that project. I’m now thinking about updating my table saw setup.
Thinking about the Incra fence and miter sled systems. The accuracy capabilities
of those things intrigues me, but I really need a better saw. So many choices!
I need to go to sleep now. Lila Tov.