THAT post in the middle of the shop

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Project by redryder posted 1191 days ago 4099 views 14 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 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

That’s about what I did. Nice setup!

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#4 posted 1191 days ago

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

-- Cal Noguchi

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#5 posted 1191 days ago

That is a GREAT use of otherwise wasted space…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

Problem fixed.. Good job and very nice shop

-- Ralphie Maine

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#11 posted 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#13 posted 1191 days ago

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 1191 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1191 days ago

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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