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Workshop by johnnie52 posted 03-09-2009 07:31 PM 892 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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I am currently working in a 10×10 shed with an 8X8 “deck” in front of it. The bigger machines are setup on the screened in carport. This limits the size of the projects I can build. I have managed a couple of children’s toy boxes for my grand kids, a kitchen table with corner bench, my computer desk, and a few other things. Not to mention installed bamboo flooring in the house, and keep the family SUV running in top condition.

So just so I can make a fool of myself right at the start, here are some pictures of the shed I call The Dam Yankee Workshop.

The Damn Yankee Workshop
I was born in New York. Moved to the south many years ago. I’m considered a Dam Yankee cause I came here and stayed instead of going back up north. What could I do? I married a gal who was born here and refuses to live up in snow country. Besides… Norm already had dibs on that other Yankee place.

These pictures where not taken in any order, so things will change between the different shots. Later shots will be much more of a mess….. :)

Here are the chests for the wrenches and stuff to work on my truck and my grinder on its little shelf…
The big boxes

The next ones are different sides of the shed. The “bench and stuff to the right (this is where most of the hand held power tools live along with the 10” compound miter saw and bench top sander). and the Drill Press, Band Saw and jointer on rollers in the middle. Plus another bench on the left with a vice and drawer (filled with boxes of screws). The grinder shelf is attached to the other end of the left side bench.

Behind the plywood wall seen at the left is my air compressor and on a shelf below the grinder is a real honest to goodness air refrigerator-dryer that came from a shop that had to have totally clean air for the assembly robots. It works great to keep any water from the compressor getting into finishes that I’m trying to spray.

Then there are the large machines that live on the screened-in car port (no garage)

You can see my radial arm saw (this was given to me as a broken saw that would not work. $40.00 for parts and shipping and I got me a perfect RAS!!!!), 12” sliding compound miter saw, and wanna-be table saw that has been with me a very long time (15 years at least). It seems like each time I plan to replace it with something better there are other things that need the money….. So over the years, I’ve spent almost as much as a good saw would cost to modify and re-create the tool that I’ve come to call FRANKENSAW !

Don’t laugh too hard guys. Its got a full sized fence from a Craftsman Contractor’s Saw, a router table (I like mine on the left rather than the right side), out feed shelf, right wing extension, ZCI’s for single and dado blade operation(thanks again Tom for sharing the ideas on how to make them). Its even on a Hercu-lift so it rolls nice and easy. One day I’ll replace it and give this saw to a good cause (like the old saw graveyard) and as I’ll probably have to replace it with a used contractor’s type, I’ll already have the lift to use on the new saw.

And last but not least…. my special custom dust collection system!

So that’s it. It’s not much to brag about, but it works for me for now.

-- John - Tampa, FL - American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TIAWAN!

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 12:17 AM

John, I have often said that any shop is a good shop and have repeatedly told the story of a former co-worker who worked out of a 10×10 shop with a planer, table saw and jointer in there. It was crowded but he managed to turn out some gorgeous furniture from his shop.

Your shop sounds interesting. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it.

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

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