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Workshop by Vollkraft posted 01-07-2017 11:37 PM 1692 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I need more space! At least there is heat in winter and it’s cool in summer. 2 car garage through the side door when I need the extra work room. Yea, i still have my Shopsmith Mark V. Bought it new back in 1992, no garage and I would set up and work in the living room of the tiny, 650 sq ft cottage house my wife and I were renting at the time. I’ve cut it in half, bought a variety of extra parts that I’ve modified and can set it up for a variety of odd tasks. Can still use the bandsaw, joiner and belt sander accessories as well as set up as short bed lathe. It really does come in handy with my limited space. Large dust collector and air compressor sit on other side of wall in the garage and are plumbed into the shop through the wall. That saves alot of space and keeps noise down.

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#1 posted 01-08-2017 02:18 AM

nice shop volkraft glad to see you decided to stop lurking and show youself-lol.ill still give you a welcome though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 05:57 AM

Nice shop vollkraft. I think we with small shops must keep them cleaner to be more efficient.
Let’s see some turnings from that beautiful lathe you have.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 09:39 PM

great shop space!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 09:51 PM

You have a very nice show. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 11:08 PM

Yes, this is a nice space! I especially like that bank of drawers … hardware I presume? Awesome looking cat … what’s its name?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 01-16-2017 10:10 PM

Did you put a white board under your drafting machine? That is brilliant! Nice shop.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#7 posted 01-19-2017 06:07 PM

Your shop may be small but it looks mighty!! Great organization and creativity of tools…..thanks for showing..

-- Mike

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#8 posted 01-20-2017 05:07 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Just before the pictures were taken I had sort of cleaned up and replaced all the regular fluorescent light with LED tube light fixtures I got from Costco. I couldn’t believe how much more light I had. Almost hurt my eyes. Got used to it quickly though and really like the new lamps.

Ron, I really like the panel of drawers too. Each one can pull all the way out and take to where I need it. Cat’s name is Tag. Big black and white bruiser.

Jeff, It took me a long time to figure out how to have my drafting desk and machine in the shop itself. I took the top off. Got rid of the desk part. Bolted a 2×4 across the top on the back of the table top and put some really big eye bolts through the 2×4. Screwed some giant hooks into the studs on either side of the window and hung the table top on them. Can have it set up in several configurations. I had already had the white board up on a wall but didn’t want to get rid of it cuz they are so handy but it was taking up alot of precious wall space. It took some thinking but finally thought to just tack it to the drafting table. Can still use paper when needed, etc. Thanks for noticing.

Thanks again for you nice comments.

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#9 posted 02-19-2017 01:04 AM

Wow, looking at the map your shop is really really remote :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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