|Workshop by marcb||posted 05-05-2008 06:53 PM||1610 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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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.