Tony's Workshop

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My workshop is a 20ft by 30ft shop on one end of my barn with a roll up shop door at the end. The barn itself is a steel quonset-type building.

The first picture shows the tablesaw, air compressor, router table, and bandsaw. The contraption sitting on the tablesaw is my shop-made box-joint jig. I found that setting the tablesaw by hand to cut box joints is essentially impossible so I built this jig, which is a modified version of a plan by Matthias Wandel shown here. This jig will be posted as a project soon, along with a box or two that I have made using the jig to cut the joints.

The bandsaw is mostly used by my teenage son to cut out blanks for his fishing-lure carving hobby.

The second picture is the same area from a different angle. I use whiteboards constantly, including the one hanging on the shop wall. Another workbench is also visible in this picture. You can never have too much workbench and cabinet space. Beside the tablesaw is my Rigid miter saw. This tablesaw and miter saw have worked great for me in general carpentry work, but now that I am getting started in some finer woodworking, I would really like to have a cabinet tablesaw. I can make molding that is caulked and painted look great, but I have had difficulty making miter joints for small boxes and other projects fit precisely. Until the tool budget allows a higher end saw, I plan to put a bottom in this tablesaw to catch as much sawdust as possible and install some type of dust collection.

The third picture shows a workbench which divides the shop space into two different areas. This bench supports the belt sander, buffer, grinder, drill press, and chop saw. Approximately two-thirds of the floor area, from this workbench to the wall in the previous pictures, is primarily the the woodworking area. The space behind this workbench is the metalworking area. The welder is on the shelf underneath this bench.

Picture four is the blacksmithing area with the post vise on the left end of this workbench and the blower and coal forge at the right end. Since the forge has no flue, I just open the shop door and set it just outside the shop when I fire it up. That way I can reach it without stepping off the concrete shop floor and the smoke rises outside the shop. Picture five shows the back of the workbench from picture three with the anvil just behind it. While the belt sander sees some woodworking action, it is primarily used for shaping forged knife blades and knife handles. The buffer and grinder are used almost entirely for knives.

My lathe, shown is picture six, is in another room behind the shop. The lathe room was used as a tack room by the previous owners, who had horses. Since I have cows instead of horses, I have no need for a tack room and this space is perfect for the lathe projects. The opposite wall of this room has yet another workbench/cabinet, not pictured, which is used to store pen-making supplies and assembled pens. The lathe is a Rockwell, which I believe was made in the 1960’s. I acquired it at an estate sale several years ago. The cabinet underneath the lathe was built by its previous owner and contained a full set of turning chisels, several tool rests and faceplates, and about 20 router bits, which were all included when I bought the lathe.

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 11:12 AM

Hey Tony,
Sweet looking workshop and a great Lathe work station…well done.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 02:42 PM

Tony, this is a nice looking shop that you have. It appears to have plenty of room in there to work and you can easily maneuver between the different tool stations. You also have added some nice cabinetry and benches to your shop.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. And that is an interesting looking box joint jig that you built. I will be looking forward to seeing more information on it.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 12:23 AM

Nice shop Tony, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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