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Laporte, CO 80535
United States

Photos updated July 06, 2016

Cozy but adequate, My workshop is in the front half of an old trailer house. The area is 12 by seventeen or about 200 square feet . My ideal workshop would be bigger, say 20 by 24 but it is hard to justify constructing a new building when I already have an old trailer house. Fortunately, I have found that I can do a surprisingly large amount of work in my small shop.

The narrow shop works out fine with my old radial arm saw, which does a great deal of precision work, cutting panels, surface planing chunks of wood that I can’t put through my planer, it is very accurate. I chose the old Craftsman table saw because it came with a fence and table system that was easily adapted to fold out of the way when not needed. I have two fences, one set up for the saw and one for the cast iron router table wing. The setup works well for me. I picked the old Atlas 6 inch jointer because it is a very nice, heavy, old tool. The old Shopsmith provides versatility in a tight space, the lathe, drill press, and disk sander see a lot of use. I have never used a nicer drill press for woodworking, although, lately, I use the small Rockwell radial drill press more frequently. I have the scroll saw for the 10er, which stores out of the way until I need it. The two wheel 12 inch Craftsman bandsaw is not the fanciest bandsaw on Earth but it works quite well and is an improvement over the three wheeled saw I replaced with it . The other bench top tools are there to serve a function, 4 inch Delta belt/disc sander sands, the old ribbon sander generally modifies hardware, the Craftsman Bench top drill press doubles as an oscillating spindle sander with a cool delta spindle sanding attachment, the portable router table can be left set up (As many here know, the aggravating downside to having your router table on your table saw is that the two can conflict at times), and the bench grinders help keep things cleaned up and sharp.

My shop has a covered porch where I store lumber and cut sheet goods down to size. I have quite improved fastener storage since these pictures were taken and I have put my drill bits and accessories in the cabinet under the pictured drill press, but I still need to build nicer shelves for the handheld tools. Once I have made a few more improvements I will post more new photos.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy seeing my little shop as much as I enjoy looking at all of the other workshops posted here.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 08:23 PM

Very nice shop

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 09:31 PM

LOVE that table saw!!

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 03:33 AM

Good looking shop. Must be a great place to work.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 05-12-2016 01:12 AM

Love your shop especially the lathe

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 05:24 PM

You have a nice shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 12:10 AM

Thanks Charles, Hoss. Old shopsmiths are just cool. I need to update a few of the pictures as I have added a couple of things since I posted, but I need to clean the place up first.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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