|Workshop by mountainaxe||posted 07-21-2011 01:23 AM||3143 reads||2 times favorited||18 comments|
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I’m a recreational woodworker…if there is such a thing…living in south central Texas (on the Medina River). The property had a chicken coop that I converted to my workshop; even with a low ceiling and limited square footage (20’ x 20’), the space works well.
For the general layout design, I built a “U-shaped shop” (based on an article in the September 1963 issue of Popular Science magazine http://books.google.com/books?id=3yEDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA109&dq=%22shape+shop%22++1963+popular+science&hl=en&sa=X&ei=crYcT9DsH4LlsQL_jamoCw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22shape%20shop%22%20%201963%20popular%20science&f=false) using surplus lumber from prior house renovation work. The torsion box workbench is adapted from American Woodworker magazine http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/03/04/tom-s-torsion-box-workbench.aspx. The revolving corner bench/storage system is based on Shopnotes and Popular Science articles.
I own a range of power and traditional hand tools. The list of larger equipment includes:
1. Red Star 10” RAS, Multiplex 30A (1946 wired 230V)
2. Dewalt 9” RAS, model 925 (1959 wired 230V)
3. Craftsman (Emerson) 10” RAS, model 113.23100, (1975 wired 230V, w/most attachments)
4. Craftsman (Steel City) hybrid table saw, model 152.221240, wired 230V —Biesemeyer fence —Osborn miter fence
5. Jet Belt/Disc sander, JSG-96
6. Delta 6” 37-90 Deluxe Joiner
7. Craftsman (Emerson) 12” bandsaw, 113.248321
8. Craftsman (Colovos) 12 1/2” planer, 351.217581
9. Craftsman (Delco) 6”, 1/3 HP grinder, 397.19390
10. Toolkraft floor model drill press/router 452
11. Powermatic PM701 Benchtop Deluxe Mortiser
12. Jointech IPM-1 Cabinetmaker system
13. Tormek sharpening system
14. Central Machinery 12’’ x 33-3/8’’ Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
15. Shop-made air filtration device
The radial arm saw station is the focal point of my shop. I understand how to keep them in precision tune; they’re just as accurate as my table saw…only more flexible without all the fussy jigs. As with any power tool, the key is to know how to use it correctly and safely. Because they are built into a long bench, they provide a great deal of storage while taking up minimal space; one is set for cross-cutting and the second used for dadoing, etc.
My Dad introduced me to woodworking and left me much of his equipment. This is my first dedicated shop and I escape there whenever possible to dream and build.
-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."