THAT post in the middle of the shop

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Project by redryder posted 04-20-2011 08:35 PM 4846 views 15 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you may have THAT post in the middle of your shop like I do. You know, the one that is like the neighbor you really don’t care for but have to live by. I had two of these posts. I removed one and replaced it with a 2×10 beam. I didn’t want ot press my luck with the second post. I figured a roof over my head was a bonus. I have tried to work with this post by making a place to put my bench top machines. I have a drill press, spindle sander, scroll saw, bandsaw and a vice around this post. I have found that it has freed up space on the wall work benches I have. I have recently added dust collection to each tool as well….....

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 09:01 PM

what can we do other than envy a shopspace with a luxus problem …. LOL
niiiice shop you have :-)
and working around the post with a table is an old solution you have execute very well … congrat´s :-)
but it´s in the cobination with maschinery and the smoooth way you have solve the dust problem
that makes it outstanding

thank´s for sharing several good idea´s with us :-)

take care

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 09:07 PM

Great solution to a pain of a column. The only part that looks troublesome was the bandsaw…. Didn’t look like you had much room behind it to run stock thru it. It needs like a slide out table where it can be rotated 90 degress. Awesome work thought and a great shop as well….

-- John Gray

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 09:13 PM

That’s about what I did. Nice setup!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#4 posted 04-20-2011 09:14 PM

Looks like a great pitcher of lemonade you’ve made there :-)

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#5 posted 04-20-2011 09:38 PM

That is a GREAT use of otherwise wasted space…

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#6 posted 04-20-2011 09:52 PM

I have a post problem but I dont have that much space to work around but Im slowly figuring out how to make it work in my spare time when ever that is lol

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#7 posted 04-20-2011 09:57 PM

Creative use of space, great project ;)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#8 posted 04-20-2011 10:35 PM

Your right John G. The bandsaw does have to be moved around sometimes to work on longer stock. It’s that damn post….....

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 04-20-2011 10:43 PM

I too have that wonderful post. The good thing though is it provides a means to drop wire, air hose and dust collection to the middle of the shop. It also supports a few hangers that I use to hang my rotary tools and magnifying lights on (my bench buts up to the post) if I have to live with it….might as well make lemonade (old saying – if life gives you lemons….make lemonade).

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 04-20-2011 10:56 PM

Problem fixed.. Good job and very nice shop

-- Ralphie Maine

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#11 posted 04-20-2011 11:04 PM

Oh, to have such a problem. With a 9’ x 11’ shop such things do not exist. You’ve shown that a seemingly useless pole can be turned into a great work station. Way to go.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#12 posted 04-20-2011 11:32 PM

Great use of space and a very nice design. I might have to add a post or two in my shop.

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#13 posted 04-21-2011 01:42 AM

I wish my shop was that big so I could “complain ” about a post or two !! LOL
You did a fine job with all of the tools and DC plumbing : )

Daiku hit the nail on its head with his comment : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 04-21-2011 01:45 AM

Thanks for posting your post :)) Good job of working around a would be problem.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 04-21-2011 03:47 AM

A very creative solution.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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