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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 02-24-2010 05:03 PM 6805 views 23 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the back side of the clamp rack I posted 2 days ago. Since I finished my grandaughter’s bed in December, I’ve been on a mission to organize my shop. Sometimes that is overwhelming, but at least I’m making progress.

I sure feel better when my shop looks good, and it sure makes working more pleasant and productive. It seems like one project will usually create 6 more when I work on my shop.

What you see is obviously my lathe tools and some of my jigs, including my mortising jig. Rockler Fluting jig, and my bandsaw fence. Of course, as usual, this was built entirely from leftover material from other projects.


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#1 posted 02-24-2010 05:09 PM

Great shop organization work.
The floor is so clean that you will easily find a brad drop off your pouch. I always lost my pencil…in the dust!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:14 PM

Looks great, nice and organized, clean, must be a good feeling. Must feel good to just walk into. Then the next project starts, but it is nice now and you have pictures you can look at.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:17 PM

Fantastic looking shop. All these posts by you super organized guys is making me feel quite embarrassed. thanks for the motivation.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 05:23 PM

very nice, i wish my shop was that clean. one question, have you had any problems with stuff flying off the lathe into your turning tools on the wall?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 05:28 PM

Nice work, Kent.

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 05:30 PM

lookin good man!
i have the problem Roper mentioned.
the chips/shaving etc off the lathe stick on the back wall shelves and behind lathe etc..hard to clean up so rarely gets done.

what is that big lance-like stepped mandrel thing?
looks like it’d be good for the rings and bangles i just got into!

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 05:32 PM

Sweet looking addition Kent. Pleasing to the eye and very practical. Thanks for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 05:44 PM

Great shop , great selection of tools! Next yr I really want a lathe and to start turning.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 PM

Greetimgs Kent….. Stellar job on the tool cabinets. They look really great! I’m not into turning, and it looks like you have to have a lot of tools to do it. I guess I need to learn to do it, but I just never have liked it.

I really like to see a well originazed and clean shop, you have out-done yourself. I like to keep my shop clean as well, and that way you can find whatever you need….lol.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 06:25 PM

looks great , kent .

the hidden hook ,
in the tool collecting game ,


maybe an airplane hangar ,
like rob ( socalwood ) has ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 06:28 PM

Roper and Matthew—-Good point about the mess. To be honest, I haven’t used my lathe since I finished this
project (That was yesterday) I frequently use my air hose to blow off any of my cabinets and racks, so I don’t think it will bother me. In fact, I get kind of anal about that anyway. I usually don’t leave my shop without blowing dust off of something.


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#12 posted 02-24-2010 06:32 PM

Greetings Kent,

It is indeed a pleasure to see some of your shop pics. Judging by your knowledgeable and eloquent posts it’s no surprise you have a magnificently loaded and organized shop. In a word, superb. I could easily feel comfortable and secure working in there. As you mention, in an environment like this, the creative juices seem to flow naturally and effortlessly.

There’s one concise sentence of yours that says it all about the organized shop… “I sure feel better when my shop looks good, and it sure makes working more pleasant and productive.”

My genuine thanks for posting. One can only hope for many more of your informative submissions.


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#13 posted 02-24-2010 06:34 PM

Nice set up you have there.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 06:43 PM

very cool Kent! I like the dual purpose and the reuse of the clamp racks back.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:43 PM

looks good Kent

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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