|Workshop by WoodMosaics||posted 11-18-2008 10:25 PM||2020 reads||0 times favorited||3 comments|
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Northeast Corner of Shop
The outside measurement of my shop is 14 feet wide by 20 feet long. I show the pictures again in the text here. You can click on these pictures and it will take you to my Flickr site where I have “Notes” on the pictures that shows where the different items are;
This picture is of the Northeast corner of my shop. Tucked in behind the wood heating stove is the dust collector and drill press, which I bought new. And a small band saw with a narrow blade for tight curves. The band saw was given to me in unusable condition. I was able to replace some missing parts and hang an old blower motor under it to get it to working.
North Center of Shop
The table saw in this picture is the first one I got, and is still my main table saw for general cutting. I paid $50.00 for it at a flea-market. Just north of the saw used to be a window in the wall. I took out the window and the wall under it and made a 30 inch offset sticking out the back side of the shop so I could slide several sheets of 7 thicknesses of Baltic birch plywood in there and only have it stick out into the room 30 inches (To make up for the lost window, I made the roof on this area so I can tip it up to get some air flow for cross ventilation). The middle of each piece it on the sill of the old wall. This way I can flip them to one side or the other to easily get to the thickness I am after, and then pull it right out into the room.
Northwest Corner of Shop
Continuing on toward the corner of the shop I have a couple finish sanders and 3 sizes of belt sanders on my $5.00 work bench I bought at a school sale close to 40 years ago. It’s not fancy but it serves the need, and the price was right. In later years I was able to buy a Plainer I keep on the bottom shelf of the work bench, and when I need to use it, I set it on a cart and hook it up to the vacuum coming down onto the bench. In the corner is another table saw I use for any angle cuts I need like on some of the side pieces of the cabinet drawers. (I have 6 table saws that I use in different ways, all of them bought at flea-markets for from $10.00 to $50.00, mostly in the $10.00 to $20.00 range.) You can see another table saw hanging on the wall just to the left of the table saw in the corner. I have it mounted on a board and when I want to use it, I just have to lift it off the nail it is hanging on, set it on the cart and it is ready to go. I use it to cut the strips for my half size diamonds and triangles. It is set with a homemade fence to cut the strips .520” wide. Hanging on the wall over the table saw is a small lathe mounted on a board I can set on the cart and use when I need it. Up on the north wall over the bench and table saw are wood racks for different kinds of wood. I like to use strips of wood as close to 24” as I can so the boards that goes up there are as close to that measurement as I can cut the longer board to keep them even. In front of the west window is my main band saw I use to cut strips off the edge of boards. I use a half inch blade when I cut the strips and can get 4 strips per inch, all .200” thick. I got the saw from a man in town for $100.00 but he had taken it apart and had all the small pieces in a plastic dishpan out in a leaky shed and they were all orange with rust. I got them cleaned up and put together and I even use it to cut iron as it has a transmission that you can slow it way down besides the 4 step pulleys on it.
Southwest Corner of Shop
On the west wall beside the band saw I have some shelves I have blanks for some boxes, trivets and lazy susan bottoms among other items. The table saw on the right I use when I saw some strips from rough sawn lumber, it just smoothes up one side of the strip, leaving enough extra that I can run the strip through the other table saw beside it and smooth up the other side. All strips are ran through the second table saw as it is the one that narrows the strips down to .734” wide, ready to cut the diamond and triangle from them. This second saw is also the saw that I used to use to cut my diamonds on before I made the foot powered table saw. Back then I would use the fence as the stop, now I have an adjustable stop on my jigs. Next to the second saw are more wood racks.
South Center to Southwest Corner of Shop
Here is where I have my Foot Powered Table Saw in front of the fan to keep the power supply from overheating.
Southeast Corner of Shop
The sixth picture shows another view of my saw and the table where I assemble the smaller items I make. When I make larger items like a table, I set the top on a lazy susan on a portable work stand so I can turn it around as there is not enough room to get all the was around it in the space out from the band saw. If I want to get to something on the other side of the table I’m working on, I just turn it around to my side. Kind of like bringing the mountain to me instead of going to the mountain. You can see part of the set-up in this picture;
I have set up my shop to make what I am good at making. There are a lot of things in woodworking that I have never done or made. I don’t have, nor can I afford a lot of the nice woodworking tools that are out there, but I get by with what I have in making what I make. Back in the early 80’s a neighbor wanted a small house he had on his place tore down. This is where I got the lumber to make my shop. I added an open air area at one end out of pallets for some extra storage space, it works. Here is a couple pictures of it when I built it back in the 80’s;
Thank You for looking,
-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.