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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 01-27-2007 10:30 PM 916 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Big changes at Philsville. Yes, I’ve been changing the workshop around. Again….....
First up – the garage door. I have a large double garage door at the front of my workshop (Well, it is a double garage) and, whilst giving easy access, also allows all the heat to disappear in the Winter as well as letting the wind whistle though…...not perfect.
So, Plan A was turned down by the Authorities (well, the Missus) On to Plan B. I knocked up some timber studwork around the inside of the door, stuffed it with insulation and overboarded it with 18mm water resistant chipboard. A couple of coats of white paint later and the place is transformed!
Well, after this triumph I had to dabble a little more….....;)
I have now moved all the major machinery around (except the table saw). And what a huge difference it has made! It feels twice as big as it did yesterday. Amazing!
I’ve put some pictures here on my website for you to browse. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 01-27-2007 11:31 PM

Philip, it’s looking good. And yes, it does look like you have more space. I guess that was achieved by moving some of your stationary tools up against the new wall.

I found it interesting to note that we own identical table saws – yours is branded Excalibur and mine carries the ‘Leda’ brand. The one aspect of this saw that I don’t like is that the blade comes through the table to the right side of the opening. This means that commercially available zero clearance blanks don’t work. I’ve also found it difficult to make one. (This was one of my motivations behind my sliding table jig.) What have you done if anything to overcome this? I also notice that we share the same miter gauge.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-27-2007 11:49 PM

I’ll bet it does feel larger now. You’ll also get more wall space for hanging tools.
My garage is 20 X 24, and My shop is 8 X 24. I’ ve been thinking of making it all shop. The only penalty is my heating costs will go up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-28-2007 12:03 AM

Phil, looks great! I am truly jealous. It is always fun having a chance to peak into another shop, I always get good ideas.

By the way I enjoy your website. It is on my daily “web rounds”. Keep up the good work.


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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 01-28-2007 05:16 AM

Who needs a powered table saw when you have 11 hand saws in your shop? Any Obsessive Compulsive Disorders you’d like to share with us, Phil?

The shop looks great, by the way! Makes me think I might be able to squeeze some more open space out of mine with a bit of rearranging, as well.

-- Ethan,

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Philip Edwards

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#5 posted 01-28-2007 11:46 AM

To make a zero clearance insert I stuck the meteal one that came with the saw to a piece of timber with double sided tape, trimmed round with a jigsaw and then cut it to a perfect copy with a router and bearing guided bit. Lower the blade fully (you may need to use a smaller diameter blade if you don’t clearance), clamp a piece of timber over the insert and gingerly turn the saw on and raise it though the insert. Voila! And yes, Th Osborne EB3 is a great mitre gauge – wouldn’t be without it!!
Your car will be just as happy outside – and you’ll be much happier with a larger workshop!
Glad you like my website – and that someone actually reads it :)
Ahhh, yes. I do have a tool problem, I freely admit it. I love ‘em!
Just glad you didn’t notice my saw til holding another dozen “decent” saws…..;)

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