|Workshop by shopmania||posted 09-13-2011 01:04 AM||1994 reads||0 times favorited||14 comments|
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I recently had to push everything in my shop to one side for a week to make room for another function, and took the opportunity to reorganize and tidy up. I figured it’s never going to look any neater, so I should take the opportunity to take some pictures.
My shop has grown into the bulk of our oversized 3 car garage. (Garage measures 31’ x 40’) It started off in about 1/3 of it, and has expanded as I’ve acquired more tools. Fortunately, my wife has been supportive of both my tool acquisitions, and my gradual takeover of the garage. (She still wants to be able to fit one car in there.) We also have covered area between the garage and house, so we can park under cover, even though we’re not in the garage.
My tools are a mixture of new, Craigs List specials, and some used that I got from a fellow Lumberjock who was a full-time professional woodworker, and who has decided not to do it for a living anymore.
I have a Rigid R4511 granite top table saw, a Hitachi Miter saw with a Kreg measuring system that sits on a miter saw station I made (my first cabinets). I have a Bosch router in a Woodpecker router table with a sidewinder lift, used Jet 14” bandsaw and 12-36 lathe, a 12” DeWalt planer, and a used Craftsman 6” jointer. A Delta drill press, a Jet oscillating spindle sander and Skil belt/disc sander round out my traditional power woodworking tools. Acquired from my Lumberjock buddy is a table mounted /compressor operated pocket hole jig, which is really cool, and saves a lot of time when you are drilling a lot of pocket holes. On a recent project I drilled over 200 pocket holes in about 10 minutes, and didn’t get my wrist/arm tired. It may be my favorite, or at lest my new favorite tool. Here it is.
I also got another tool from him that he had let me borrow a few times before. It is called a door making machine, and it basically has 3 cutters mounted in it for all 3 cuts you need to make to assemble a raised panel door. (rail, stile, and panel) It is very slick and makes short work of any raised panel construction, avoiding many set up cuts and a lot of trial and error. I also have a Shop Fox dust collector that is hooked to my tablesaw and router, and another smaller one that is used for my planer, spindle sander, and bandsaw. I also have a lumber rack i recently made, and an old desk that my father made over 50 years ago for my two oldest brothers, that I now use as a work table. It has obvious sentimental value. Here it is (dark green , w/ a hardboard top, end view) along with my portable lumber rack.
Here is a work table I made, one of my first projects. It has Kreg clamp track and single clamp on it.
Last but not least, my new router table and lift. Thanks for looking!
-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)