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Workshop by poopiekat posted 03-21-2008 05:57 AM 3229 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Two table saws, bandsaw 12.5” thickness planer, 6” jointer, edge sander shaper, router table, 14X40 lathe, 4” dust collection 5 rollaway chests full of stuff, and a collection of old planes clamps and measuring tools. All this accumulated over 43 years of woodworking, in various capacities from rough and finish carpentry, a cabinet-making apprenticeship, antique furniture restorations and my garage sale addiction. My workshop has followed me from Southern NH, Arizona, to Coastal Maine, North Carolina, and now Canada.

[Edit May 2015]

^^ Wow^^ Been some time since I filled out that workshop info! and a lot has happened, most of it not very Positive.

Though there are a few people here with whom I’ve shared some good will with, there have been plenty of people I’d have preferred never to have crossed paths with. Sometimes even I blame myself, like with this example. An LJ near to me announced his acquisition of a lathe, and I offered my spare factory base off my Delta lathe to him. I was three months past my coronary triple bypass at the time. I struggled to get the base unburied from my garage and loaded it into my truck, along with some beech and walnut blocks. He made me bring it across the street to his house, complaining of his own physical maladies. He made critical comments about the ‘rough cut’ quality of the lumber I gifted to him. He then talked up a guy he knew who had great cabinet lumber he was trying to sell. He insisted we take my truck. He complained because I did not want him smoking in my truck.

We arrived at a house where the man had crappy crate plywood he salvaged from Boeing. This LJ had already made a deal to purchase this rain-soaked dog-crap plywood. I had to load his purchase in the back of my truck without any help on his part. You guessed it, I lumped it into his house for him as he looked on. That $#!@# lathe stand was still sitting in his front yard a year and a half later, and for all I know it is still there where I dropped it.

Then there was the LJ who outbid me on a tool and gloated about it after. He paid $23, and immediately offered it to me for $100. Cripes! It bothered me more that I posted the auction link because it happened to be currently a topic of conversation.

Worse yet, an LJ started sending me harassing PMs of an increasingly threatening nature. Stuff like “you’re not going to live much longer” and pictures of his arsenal, and finally, a Google street view image of my own house!!

So… I resolved to tread more carefully about any face-to-face interactions with LJs. But it doesn’t stop there. Having a bit of pride over my substantial plane inventory, a few good people have made positive comments BUT there have been many who hit me up, mostly in PM, about how they thought I should GIVE them a plane of their choice since I have many and they have few. Some of these messages are even hard to take seriously!!! But, serious they are, one of whom was very specific that all the cutters, guides, and depth stops had to be included in the plane he felt he deserved from me, ”Because replacement parts are expensive”!!! What chutzpah!! Cripes, not even an offer to pay the international shipping!!

I now have MIG and oxyacetylene torch capabilities in my garage. I will be fabricating some fixtures and dozens of repair jobs too, a few of which are handplanes. Lumberjocks will become a far less important diversion for me, as other challenges and opportunities flood into my leisure hours. It’s all about better use of my time, though I’ll keep a few threads on “Watch”.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 03-21-2008 12:24 PM

Hi Poopiekat,

Your shop sounds interesting but how about posting some pictures. I find visual tours of other shops to be very interesting.

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 04:11 PM

Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

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

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 01:16 AM

Nice looking shop!

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 02:08 AM

Where did you live in North Carolina?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 06:19 PM

just some more views of my menagerie!
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-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 11:56 PM

Its plane to see we have the same addiction

-- JustplaneJeff

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 06:02 PM

Just some more shots of my most recent shop morph. Hope you like.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 06-22-2013 08:52 PM

morphed once more!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 08:13 PM

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 04-27-2014 09:12 PM

And now a bit of a repurposed showcase, for things I’d rather spare for prosperity:

mostly Stanley 45s and planes still in their original boxes.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 04-27-2014 09:30 PM

That’s plane amazing poopiekat. I can fit my hand planes on one shelf that is 12” by 18”.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#12 posted 04-27-2014 09:39 PM

Thanks, Bill! Buy smaller planes, you can fit more on the shelf! :-)
I recall reading an article about an old-school journeyman woodworker who laid out his entire woodworking collections on one shelf, 12” deep and six feet long….and went to work making gorgeous furniture with that meager collection.

How’s that for inspiration?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 04-27-2014 09:49 PM

After the Red River floods its banks with spring runoff and ice jams, one of these years, I’ll buy one each of the planes offered by Lee Valley or equivalent. And buy one board at a time from the hardwood lumber dealer. Four C-clamps and four pipe clamps. A bandsaw and I’ll drag the old B&D shop-mate out of the garage.

Minimalism? I get it… now.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 04-27-2014 09:55 PM

Good point, smaller planes. That’s impressive, but I’ll never get my tablesaw, jointer, thickness planer, drills, bandsaw and various other power tools on that shelf. I should be able to make nice stuff even if I can’t get it all on one shelf.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#15 posted 06-12-2015 09:46 PM

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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