|Workshop by jbswearingen||posted 06-27-2012 02:59 PM||651 reads||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My workshop is my garage. It’s a single car width, but deep enough for almost two cars to fit into. It is my man cave and is dedicated to my ww’ing and motorcycling addictions.
The walls are finished, after a fashion, and most of the bare surfaces are painted with white to help brighten it. I have a truly ugly 80’s vintage ceiling fan hanging over my lathe to help move air around, as it gets dreadfully hot in MD in the summer. No flatwork goes on under it, so it’s safe from planks of rough lumber.
I’m an admitted dumpster diver and have outfitted my shop with lighting scavenged from work dumpsters. Most of the lighting fixtures are from desks being dismantled and discarded, so I took them and hung them where ever there was enough space for them to fit. It’s haphazard, but it’s well lit!
My tools include a CL find ‘71 Rockwell 3ph lathe that I added a converter to so it’ll run on 1ph power, which now gives me infinite VS from 0-3000 rpm. My table saw is a Rigid TS2424; not a wonderful saw, but it works great for my needs. I’m about to go pick up a ‘77 Rockwell Model 10 saw from a friend that needs some TLC to get into running shape. I built a router table for my Bosch 1617EVS router using Rockler’s router top and fence system. My BS is a recent vintage Delta 14” with several add-ons that I bought from another turner over on www.woodnet.net a few years ago. I have several hand planes and all the accompanying stuff for them, but never get the time to get good at using them, so they are in cabinets until I retire. I have a basic Delta DC system that a buddy gave me for the amazing price of “come and get it”. The starter cap is out on it, so I just bump start it by hand. It works great for my needs, otherwise. The same buddy also gave me a Jet mini lathe with a burned out motor. I’ll eventually put a new motor on it and turn it into a buffing station. My planer is a used Rigid benchtop that I found on CL (see a pattern here?) for dirt cheap. My RAS is an older DeWalt that I found on CL—the seller was in his 50’s and was selling his late father’s ww’ing equipment that had been in his garage for at least a decade.
I don’t own very many tools that I bought new…I have a benchtop Delta drill press that I should have found used, and a DeWalt ROS. And then there are all the accessories for the lathe…that thing IS the devil…
-- Semper fi, Brad