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Here is a portion of my shop ( it look suspiciously like a garage), I am always and forever working my way up the tool ladder. Currently I have Jet 1642 lathe (for info check my reveiw), a craftsman 13” planer, grizzley 2 hp dust collector, grizzleyG0555 X bandsaw with 6” riser block, a middle upper lever Craftsman table saw ( I like it a lot, it was a big step up from the contractor I had) Rikon mini lathe, 12” craftsman drill press ( traded broken ryobi bandsaw for a working dp) Rigid oscillating spindle/belt sander. Black and decker plunge router, Porter cable 2 hp fixer base router, and some other stuff, I am starting to like hand tools more and more, will really focus on that collection soon. I also have a Harley Road King, broken Kawi KLR 600 (1985) and my wifes Harley sportster hugger. I consider them to be power tools of transportation. The whole shop gets a little cramped, cause sometimes my wife wants to park on one side.
The last picture is of the work station I recently finished, the description is pasted from the project page.
Finnally my Router table, and Mitersaw have a home along with my compressor. The whole is made from 2X4s and scrap. I spent a total of $75 on the whole thing.
$10 screws
$30 vise
$12 hold fast
$5 glue
and $20 on 2X4s. I used a lot of HDs finest cull at $.51 each.
The whole deal is 1/4” lower than my Table saw. The fence for the router table can be used to extend the fence for the Mitersaw, I still need to make the fence extension on the other side that fits into dog holes. Then I will bolt the MS in place. The butcher block contains ash, hickory, cherry, oak, maple and poplar. There is a down draft table, and sander storage behind and under, and none of my sanders are tall enough to get in the way when the DD is in use. I built a chisel rack behind that. There is also a good deal of pegboard. There is a dust port that exits behind the router table and through the pegboard. I think I built in as much function as I could into a 9 foot table. Incedentally the green drawer under the router table is from my old dresser. I know it is not pretty, but it is solid and utillitarean.
I now have a good place to dut dovetails.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 08:46 PM

Sounds good any photos?

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#2 posted 08-25-2009 10:20 AM

Hey Andrew,
More pic’s required…lol.

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#3 posted 08-25-2009 01:02 PM

Andrew, it looks like you have a nice set-up with your lathe. I have always regretted not having enough room in my shop for one as it looks you are having fun with yours. Bummer about the “non-essentials” being in there with your woodworking tools. But I know where you are coming from. I am glad that we added a third garage in our walkout basement when we built the house. I converted it to a shop and can guarantee you that if I tried to use my wife’s garage for a shop that I would be outside before her vehicle would be. :)

Post some more pictures of your shop when you get the chance. It looks interesting.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 10:02 PM

That’s a nice setup you have. I have the same problem about keeping sawdust out of the greasy things,and grease out of the wood things. It’s a constant battle, but I am winning so far.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 10:26 PM

Love the sawdust angel! I had enough of it on my floor last weekend to do the same. Wish I’d thought of it.

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 03:55 PM

Nice shop.

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 07:49 AM

Wood angels!

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 06:30 PM

Wow, you really must like turning! If you get tired of that Big Jet lathe, I can store it for you :-D…

Good tools listing… You seem like you are really well set up and going. And from that hall bench you show, the results are really nice…

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 03:45 AM

Hi Andrew,
Noodling around, I came across a couple of your posts and jusrt checked out your LJ site. Way cool! Your lamps and shades are truly unique. Your sawdust angel reminded me of the night I spent sleeping for 20 minutes or so at a time on the floor while my lathe detailed a part. The lathe was set to activate a buzzer when it finished a part. I’d get up, half asleep, put another piece on and hit the floor again. I spent a total of 46 hours without real sleep…and the parts got delivered by noon the next day. Thanks for joggin’ the noggin’!
Stephen Mines

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