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Workshop by marcb posted 05-05-2008 06:53 PM 1399 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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One of the main draws when we purchased our house was the 3 car garage (with a great layout) 2 stalls exit to the street and the 3rd stall is 90 degrees to them and exits to the alley.

I put up a partial wall to help contain the dust and this gives me my own space for the bulk of the shop.

When I need more room the car and truck get booted to the outside and I have a huge amount of room to move things around in.

The king of the shop is an old Rockwell 10” contractors saw. 30 years old and still purrs like a kitten (after the belt/pulley upgrade). A couple Freud blades ensure clean cuts. I replaced the factory fence (which is nice in its own way) with a new Delta T2. A little work and a couple test cuts later it produces beautiful results.

Next is the 15 1/2” Craftsman Drill press model 113.24580. Old and all cast iron. It would be nice in some ways to have a newer DP as moving the Head up and down is like working out at the gym. I have a cheap machinists XY vise attached to the base and swing the table out of the way when using that.

I just upgraded the stand the drill press was on. Originally it was mounted to a beat up 3 drawer filing cabinet. That wasn’t the most sturdy option. I had a large 4’x8’ table with stamped steel legs. I cut 22 inches off the top and move the other leg under it. I then made a lower shelf and a drawer to hold the drill bits and other accessories. Really makes a difference having close at hand storage.

The Dunlap belt and disk sander is a nifty item I bought in a garage sale for about $5.00. I tore it apart, derusted it and repainted it. Shined up the platen and table and installed new bolts. Its powered by an older 1/3 HP motor. It has an 8” disk and a 6×36” belt. I found a place that makes custom order belts with no special charge so I’m going to order a handful of grits from there to get the full capacity.

I recently picked up a Delta Bandsaw off of Craigslist. I got a great deal, the saw was in great shape, came with the light, fence, riser and a bunch of blades, along with all the original paperwork and a book on using the bandsaw. This really rounds out the shop and makes curves a breeze. Prior to that I had to bust out the jigsaw and figure out a way to clamp the piece in place.

The last major power tool is a small “Tool Shop” brand thickness planer. It has a 10” width capacity so smaller than most. The number to call for parts still works and they still carry the knives (thank god) so I bought a couple new knifes to keep around.

I have a small collection of hand planes. Stanley Baily #3 and #4, Craftsman Rabbiting plane, Craftsman #5 knockoff, and a Ohio Tool Company Jointer plane. Tuning these up was a chore and a half. However now that they are flat, sharp and ready to go they opened up a new world of smooth to the wood finish.

I’ve added a few more pictures.

You can see the Drill press and router table along with the heater and “Air King” shop fan. On high that fan is like a mini-tornado.

Next up is the overloaded shop cart, you can see the Rigid vacuum (or as I call it “dust collector”) poking its head in (its the one they always put on sale for about 30 bucks)

The last picture is the built in shelf that I want to replace. And the steel shelves that I was given by my brother in law, those things are heavy. I also have some welding equipment that helps out a lot when its needed.

Under the shelf in the last picture is the Tool Shop planer and above that is an old WWII era Kennedy toolchest that I restored. It was dented badly and painted in army paint from that era. I stripped it off and used Rustoleum “Hammered Finish” on it for a nice unique look.

I sold my Pallet Jacks so the night before the gentleman picked them up I rushed around, tore the shop apart and used one of them to help get the compressor moved into place. I took the time today to wire in a 240 Circuit to power it, and get it leveled (but not anchored in yet).

Its a Craftsman Professional. Not a highly rated compressor by the online reviews, however free has a way of making tools nice. Now to plumb some hookups in. I have a couple cast off Filters and pressure regulators + a small oiler that I can use.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 07:05 PM

Hi Marc,

It sounds like you have an interesting shop in which to work. I see that you have posted a picture of your Rockwell saw. How about the rest of your shop? For those of us who are avowed shop junkies the one photo is only enough to get us started. :)

If you have more pictures that you would care to post that would be wonderful.

Thanks for the post.

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

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GaryK

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 07:12 PM

Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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marcb

762 posts in 2360 days


#3 posted 05-06-2008 09:43 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’m working on the pictures. Need to vacuum up first Shavings everywhere!

I’m also whipping out some trim for the bedroom, we’re finishing repainting it so I figured a little custom trim will help justify the tools ;)

I’ll try to get each of the main tools. Next major project will be a real workbench. I don’t even have a fake one right now.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 01:59 AM

Thats a nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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