|Workshop by stefang||posted 05-27-2009 06:55 PM||10610 reads||10 times favorited||73 comments|
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I thought I better post some pictures of my real workshop in case anyone thought I just had drawings. If you’ve been in on my home page work shop the following is what you saw. I put the overview in here so you could make sense of my detailed photos which follow. The shop is 220 sq. ft. and was a carport attached to the garage with a small workshop running across the back of the garage. The loft which is about 550 sq. ft. spans the garage and the workshop. It’s all insulated and paneled in pine. I plan to make it into a finishing center eventually.
I’m on my way to my shop. It used to be a carport and I poured concrete and enclosed it. Did all the work myself except the electric and lighting. The floor is concrete topped with plastic sheeting which has a 2” layer of polystyrene on top of that and then impregnated flooring panels to top it off. I painted the floor with enamel paint which has really stood up well. The floor is never cold and is very easy to maintain. It would be slippery though with MDF dust on it, but I don’t have a problem with that. I used the left over floor boards to make the drawer cabinet that my little Delta disk/band sander sits on.
This is my old (now gone) bandsaw and drillpress right across from the lathe. It’s pretty close, but works just fine. I often use the drillpress table as an outfeed table for the bandsaw since it is adjustable in height. Pretty handy. The drillpress is mounted on wheels like most everything else in my shop.
This is clamp storage on the wall next to my assembly/marquetry bench. The area also includes my shop made chevalet marquetry saw and my Excalibur scroll saw.
Here is my electric handtool storage. The drawers house glue gun and supplies, soldering iron, handrill accessories, etc.
This is what you see coming in the entrance door. Left is platter storage. First right is my shop-made router bench and just beyond that my 5 function combination woodworking machine. It has a tablesaw, shaper, jointer, planer and mortising attachment. A cheap version of similar machines, but good enough for me.
A newer addition A Woodfast 12” disk sander equipped with a shop made sanding gig for my segment turning. It’s a great tool and I will no doubt find a lot of other uses for it as well.
Opposite view looking towards the entry door. Stacked against the wall at the end is the garden bench components constructed so far and which I hope to finish soon. Remember my Garden Bench blog #1 before summer? Well, I’m not very fast or productive. Lazy Larry will be ashamed of me!
This is the sliding miter saw my wife gave me for Christmas last year. I love it! It’s mounted on a sliding torsion box so I can slide it out of the way when I’m not using it. As you can see I have a very narrow shop. Please note the round thingies on the dust hood. One on top and on each side. These are vacuum hose holes with removable plugs. This way I can put a hose in whichever way the saw is pointing.
This shows the SMS pushed in (it does go in all the way). My 2000W 2 motor 50 Gal. drum vacuum is tucked under the counter in it’s own place.
Part of my improvement campaign was to freshen up with some paint as shown below.
My Record 1/2 hp 3 speed lathe. It has a swing of 12” over the rails and 16” using the extended tool holder attachment and with the headstock swung 90 degrees to the the right. Not a particularly hefty or even good lathe, but extremely reliable. I’ve had it for 13 years now and never had a single problem with it, or replaced any belts or parts. The 2nd photo shows my turning chisels and accessory storage. I’ve made a dust catcher from an office lamp shad which attaches to the vacuum hose. You can just see it at the right under the rails.
One thing I didn’t mention above is that the counter tops, electric tool storage top, combi machine and router cabinet all are the same height. This comes in real handy to support long pieces.
A recent addition to my shop is this Woodfast 18” bandsaw. I just got it in June 2010 and I haven’t used it a lot, but I already love it anyway. It resaws like a dream and is very user friendly when it comes to adjusting guides, and all.
My latest purchase is my Tormek T7 sharpening machine. A wonderful tool!
This is the new plane till that was just finished and I moved the tool cabinet which was hanging over my workbench to a need location and I mounted my chisels, carving tools, screw drivers and files on the wall where the tool cabinet was.
*I am now in the process of updating and improving my shop. I will add photos of the changes as the work progresses.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.