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Workshop by rasp posted 03-21-2012 02:55 PM 1103 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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Rockwell Beaver 9” tablesaw
Rockwell Beaver 6” jointer
Rockwell Beaver 3400 lathe
Rockwell UniSaw

Craftsman 12” planer
Craftsman 14” bandsaw

Ridgid 10” mitre saw

Mastercraft floor model drill press
Mastercraft Maximum scroll saw

our garage is shared between three main hobbies. first and foremost would be automobiles. we have a 9000 lb Dannmar hoist in the middle of the garage for servicing vehicles. we’ve done anything from brake jobs to engine swaps. woodworking and metalworking are the other two hobbies. we have two lincoln welders, a metal chop saw, torches, and a very heavy metal lathe from Hungary. lots of hand and power tools as well.

with the big garage door open and a nice breeze coming thru, it’s a nice place to make dust. will add pictures later.

I have a hand me down Mastercraft tool box. it served my dad well for 20 years and when it came time for him to upgrade, he gave me his old box. my tools don’t exactly fit in this box, but i’ve made do. I don’t really plan on getting rid of it anytime soon. It has some deeper drawers near the button, you just have to be choosy about the space. most of the time it’s hard to keep order of this chaos. the drawers are lined with heavy (3/8” ?) industrial felt. our main workbench is also covered with a layer of it. i priced a replacement piece at 500 dollars. so the felt in the drawers is more expensive than the toolbox itself. in the chisel picture, I have a Narex set of bevel edge chisels, a set of Mastercraft maximum chisels I practice sharpening with, and 3 or 4 chisels found on job sites. there is a sandvik chisel in there, perhaps one of the better ones I have stumbled across.

the big lathe is my pictures is my brothers. he’s a machinist apprentice and this is his toy. i bought a rockwell 6” jointer on kijiji, but it needed some work. somebody had tried removed a large bolt without backing off the set screw and the threads had been mashed. my brother turned me a new piece for my jointer, all is well. it’s nice to have a machinist around. (:

the second last picture is the welding table, which is usually piled with stuff as it would probably hold something in the the tonnes. the top is a 3/4 inch steel plate, the exact measurements i’m not entirely sure. the table is extremely heavy. sitting around the table, we have a metal chop saw, a huge grinder on a heavy duty stand made from steel plates, two lincoln welders, small set of torches, a 3 phase motor for my brothers lathe, the scrapyard toolbox, a rubbermaid full of tie downs, and other heavy items.

finally, the last picture is a good view of the main workbench. I wouldn’t use this for woodworking. the top is covered in very greasy felt (it’s been the top for 15+ years) and could use replacing. I would like to build a drawer unit on the right instead of a cabinet with doors. I think drawers would be a more efficient use of space for the air tools. We have a CH 60Gallon compressor. it has served us very well over the years. The vise is mounted onto a massive, thick walled steel post, lagged into the concrete. my dad built himself an air manifold above the workbench which delivers air at 3 locations , straight from the compressor, filtered, and lastly dried, for painting.

some of the other notable objects in this garage are the pile of motors we have on a steel rack. we have a 327 chevrolet motor, 350 chevrolet block, crank and various parts, two GM 4.3L V6’s, and about 5 sets of heads. Hopefully we are moving this stagnant rack to the shed, as we don’t often rebuild engines. We have a 20 ton home made hydraulic press which is indispensable when you have to remove machine fit pieces, gears from arbors etc. I also use it to some small glue ups from time to time. we have a computer station in the back corner, with big speakers and the internet, infact it’s where i do most of my lumberjock browsing. storage cabinets hang off the wall, filled with magazines and shop literature, reference manuals, etc. We have an old traffic light hanging on a home made bracket. it adds a certain atmosphere during those dusky summer nights.

I’m probably forgetting something…. ohh…

The truck underneath the cover is my dads pride and joy, and there is absolutely NO working of any kind done within ten feet of the truck. It is leaving soon for spring tune up and some other odds and ends. it’s a seasonal truck that only seens sunny days and dry pavement (sometimes I wish we lived in Arizona, Texas)

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 03:57 PM

Your shop sounds like an interesting place, rasp. We’ll be looking forward to see some pictures. In the mean time enjoy yourself.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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