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Bowie, MD
United States

First Photo. In 2007 our furnace gasped its last and had to be replaced. This shows the state of my shop while the furnace was being replaced in the utility room, through the center-back door. The shop is in a single car garage and there is a door on each wall frustrating optimal arrangements. I chose this photo because it shows several of my “make do engineering” projects. ;-)

  • The rolly-workbench mentioned in my “About” info is in the right front with the ironing board leaning on it.
  • A 4-foot counter top, photo top right, is strong enough to span the door unsupported and hold a lot of stuff.
  • The cabinets on the far wall came from the neighbor’s curb when they remodeled their kitchen.
  • The narrow piece of plywood bottom-center is the knee-able off switch paddle for the TS. (I didn’t make this until after the first time I really needed it. Shame on me…)
  • On top of the Griz TS is a wooden spool. It was on someone’s curb till I drove by. At the 8:00 position is a block for the french cleat over the garage door. I store a lot of stuff over the closed garage door, but I can take it down and open the door if necessary.
  • The white thing straight up from the ironing board at the corner of the counter top is a roll of paper towels on a bent wire coat hanger. It took about a minute to make and it’s still in use 10 years later. ;-)
  • My teenage children wanted a chin-up bar. It’s at the top hanging from a chain in the opening to the attic. (Just one side of chain is visible.) The chain is around two 2×4’s on edge, lying across the attic opening, clamped together and clamped to the joists so they don’t move.

There are many more but they don’t show up too well in this photo.

Yes there is both a blue Jet table saw and a green Grizzly in the photo. The person I bought my jointer, drill press and band from also had a TS. I didn’t buy it and he took it apart and put it in storage. Later he wanted to get rid of it and didn’t want the hassle of setting it up to prove it worked so he offered it to me free if I’d come and get it. I said “Sure!” because I already realized that if I replaced the right wing of my Griz with a spacer and another TS without its left wing I’d have one TS that could have a dado blade permanently! But I didn’t get around to building the box to mount both TS’s on, got tired of the Jet always in the way, and gave it way to someone who wanted it.

Photo #2. This router table was my first “real woodworking project.” I made plenty of mistakes but I have been using it for years. The Grripers let me safely route grooves in 1/4” hardboard an inch wide. Make-do items:

  1. I used this table long before I had a shop vac or dust collector. This removable box caught the dust ejected to the rear and was easy to take off and empty. Now it holds test scraps etc.
  2. I made a switched extension cord, but put the switch in a separate box with a nice flexible cord between them. I put the switch by whichever tool I’m using to control the shop vac or dust collector.
  3. Plumbing parts collect router dust two places. Some cuts are almost dust free.
  4. The bracket and bit of rope by the featherboards are part of my clamp-on foot-operated up-plunger. The pulley, foot board and the 2×4 that just lays under the Dewalt 621 plunge router are not visible.
  5. A piece of scrap (from the desk that my rolly-workbench came from) with a groove for each size of my straight router bits. It makes it a lot easier to get the right size bit the first time. ;-)
  6. My router fence micro adjuster. The dowel on the stick goes in one of the two large holes and a piece of wire goes from a hole in the stick to the small hole in the end of the fence.

Third Photo. When weather and the project permit I like to work outdoors. For one thing I don’t have to vacuum when I’m done.

3 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 06:31 PM

Looks like a good shop and good tools

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 10:42 AM

Hey Mark,
Looks like a lot going on in there with cool tools to play with.

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 10:55 AM

Welcome to LJ!! I like the 3rd photo shop too. Especially the lawn where i can’t find any thing to clean up :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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