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October 2005 my workshop suffered a bit of a mishap. I’m not sure how much news about New England gets around to other workshops, but last October we got 10.5” of rain one Saturday. We were woken up Sunday morning at 4:30am to the fire rescue trucks sounding their sirens to wake people up as we were getting some flooding. Heading down in the basement, I found about 6” of water down there. By 3:00pm, when we were told to evacuate, there was 4.5’ (yes that’s feet) of water in my workshop basement.

Now before you begin to wipe the tears of hearing that my workshop was flooded, let me explain that my nephew and father-in-law helped me remove all of my tools projects and lumber before they were comsumed by the flood waters. I lost a couple of hand tools including my ROS and my fathers belt sander among some others.

That is the desctiption of the first picture.

Now, I’ll skip up to today. I’ve got my workbench pushed up to the far wall and have setup my turning station there. I’ve got my Jet mini, bench drill-press and bench grinder there.

One wall is consumed with the oil tank and shelves for lumber. I’ve got my jointer setup near my turning station. And the tablesaw is located across the room from the turning station over near the lumber racks.

Across from the washer and dryer (not shown) is a table that I have been using for finishing and laying out lumber for grain and color matching.

I should also point out that at 5’8” I don’t have much trouble walking around with the exception of a few low hanging water pipes. Oh and the rather ironic part of the flooding last October is that I was currently working (and had to rescue) on a couple of Adirondack chairs that I had donated to raise money for the flood victims in Louisiana!

And I’m not too proud to say that yes, I did clean up a bit before snapping these pictures tonight!

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#1 posted 2926 days ago

Sorry to hear about your “mishap” good to see your back up and running again!

-- Vin, Littleton, Ma.

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#2 posted 2926 days ago

I wasn’t out of commision for long. It took a couple weeks to get things dried and cleaned up, but I had those chairs to finish!

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#3 posted 2914 days ago

I’m glad you’re up, & running again. I won’t feel so bad now, when I have a small leak in my basement.

I’m sorry this had to happen to you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 2909 days ago

my shop was only out of commision for a few weeks. I try and look at the bright side, it finally got that cleaning that it really needed!

I’ve been able to keep the whole situation in perspective, I had a co-worker whose father-in-law was swept away in the floods and I have several customers in the New Orleans area. My bit of water was a hassle, but it could have been much worse.

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#5 posted 2802 days ago

Darrly, sorry to learn of your recent flood, but it looks like you’ve recovered well. Now get back to work messing up that shop!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2722 days ago


Is that a Rigid planer? Do you like it? Would you buy it again?

-- John

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#7 posted 2722 days ago

yeah that’s the 6” Ridgid jointer. A birthday present for my self a couple years ago. I do like it. The only complaint I have is that while I got it from Home Depot, they don’t stock replacement blades… and I could really use another set! Dang that staple in that board!

I’ve been very happy with the Ridgid tools I’ve got. I also have their Thickness planer and I’ve got my eye on the Ridgid plunge router.

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#8 posted 2720 days ago

Glad to hear that you saved the tools! Not much head room, but a very neat and productive shop you have there.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 2627 days ago

Anything new in the shop?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 2610 days ago

I added a Ridgid thickness planer back around Christmas time, not much room left for anymore tools! Need to start building some more stuff though!

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#11 posted 2336 days ago

Hi Darryl,

I am just now getting around to your shop post. You have a nice shop there and you have some nice tools as well. I really like your lumber rack. It looks solid and well built.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#12 posted 2336 days ago

I am glad you survived the flooding and are back up and running.

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#13 posted 2335 days ago

rikkor, yeah apparently I need to update my shop notes. the flood was back in ‘05 right after katrina hit new orleans.

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#14 posted 2266 days ago

Nice shop darryl, sorry about the mishap.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 2264 days ago

Wow! What an ordeal.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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