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Owosso, MI 48867
United States

My shop is still a little on the cluttered side. I have made vast improvements over the last couple of years. It was a pretty dark and scary looking basement at first. I fixed a couple of the florescent fixtures down there and added some clip lights around the work area. The wiring around the ceiling really needs to be cleaned up. The previous owners did not understand that wires should go through the joists not left hanging everywhere. Future project for me. I was able to tap into the dedicated dishwasher circuit and add a dedicated outlet box for the power tools. When the dishwasher is not running, I know I have the full circuit for whatever I am running.

I purchased the RS3660 Ridgid tablesaw at the beginning of the year and the Jet benchtop combo jointer/planer last month. The Ridgid replaced a Craftsmen economy model that I learned to hate :) I am still getting familiar with the Jet planer/jointer. I had some knife slippage while running that gives me some concern. I was able to resurface some reclaimed lumber rather well and I hope things will become “plainer on the planer” after some more use.

The hand tool rack I made by screwing some pegboard on to an old reel tape rack that was in the trash at my workplace. Old printer stands make good portable benchs so have a few in the corners of my basement shop. I have two benches downstairs, one large one for assembly and bench tool use, the other for assembly of small craft projects. Benchtop tools include the 9” Ryobi bandsaw. I won’t be resawing lumber with it but it works fairly well and has nice features for a benchtop. I also have a 12” Ryobi Mitersaw where I began my experiments in self destruct..err.. I mean woodworking. I picked up the Delta variable speed 6 inch grinder for sharpening chisels but still have not gotten the hang of that.

Harbor Freight tools include the lathe pictured, a benchtop belt sander and a 5 speed benchtop drillpress. I tried cutting holes to house wheels for a toy train for my oldest through the wide section of 2×4. After my attempts to make level holes with a hand drill made me cry, I went out looking for a hand drill guide. The guide was listed for 20 bucks the drill press was on sale for 30. Hmmm, I went with the drill press. Haven’t regretted that purchase yet.

I have a couple of Craftsman routers and a HF plunge router, plus the Ridgid 5.5 am palm trimmer. I picked up Ridgid’s 18v drill/driver with a free impact driver in the bag. Apparently I have become a fan of Ridgid tools of late. Aside from that, I have the usual assortment of sanders, handtools, and misc. common to all woodshops. I look forward to the day when I clean everything up and put in some cabinets and some decent dust collection but, until then, I am happy with the improvements made and I will keep plugging along.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 12:51 AM

Looks very functional. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 02:37 AM

Dave—Thanks for posting your shop pix. Nothing wrong with Ridgid tools … I have a couple of their power tools, and they are top drawer.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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David Craig

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 02:48 AM

Thanks for the comments Wayne and Dane. Yes, the shop is functional and I am very happy with the higher quality tools I have been working with lately.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 02:51 AM

Nice shop. Thanks for the tour.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 02:55 AM

A good work space and some super tools too.

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 04:55 AM

David this is a pretty nice shop. It does look like you have a lot going on in there. Like you I enjoy using pegboard to organize and store hand tools. It is pretty economical to set up and keeps hand tools readily available for use. You also have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 05:33 AM

Nice shop, thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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David Craig

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 06:55 AM

I was warned that this site was addicting, I now understand why. Good thing I am an IT worker and have to use my PC for all work related tasks :)

Thanks everyone for the kind and encouraging comments. Woodworking is a tough (but rewarding) hobby. We need all the support we can get.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 10:42 AM

Hey David,
Sweet shop with great toys…well done.

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 03:04 PM

Hi David, nice shop thanks for posting

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 12:45 AM

I like that saw!! good looking shop. thanks for the tour.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 01:20 AM

Nice shop David.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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David Craig

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#13 posted 03-20-2010 10:56 AM

Thanks for the visit and the comments. I am going to have to change some of these photos soon. I have been modifying the workspace some and the shop looks a little less cluttered these days.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 07:17 PM

Cool shop, they say a meesy shop is a productive shop. Mine goes through stages, either real messy or real clean for finishing. I have the same Table Saw as you, got rid of the base wasn’t a big fan. I bolted a router table on the end of it and love it cleared up some work space. This might be something you would be interested in. Keep it up and have fun, I grew up in Michigan but been in So California once I got out of High School.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 10:16 PM

Nice Shop !

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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