|Workshop by summerfi||posted 175 days ago||439 reads||0 times favorited||12 comments|
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This is the workshop I built after I retired, and I must say I’m really enjoying it. I did all the work on the shop myself, except the concrete work. It is 24’ x 32’, two stories, with a lean-to off each side. The bottom story is my shop, and the top story is currently used for storage. Notice my solar heater on the front. It works GREAT, and you can read more about it here.
The left bay is where my 1940 and 1941 Chevy pickups live.
I keep my 1955 IH Cub tractor and my Norwood sawmill in the right bay. I cut most of the framing lumber for my shop and for a large addition on my house with this sawmill.
This is the rear of the building where the access to the second story is. The stairs are a bit interesting. The stringers are 18’ and I couldn’t figure a good way to make them out of wood. Then I got the idea to make them out of some highway guardrail that I got for nothing. My son is only 22, but he’s a pretty good welder and an excellent automotive mechanic. We used guardrail for both the stringers and treads, with expanded metal welded to the tread tops. Jordan did a great job of welding them up and they work like a charm and look nice too. I still have to build a handrail around the deck part and paint the stairs, but that will wait until summer.
So now we enter the shop, and I’ll show you around in a counterclockwise direction starting at the door. First is a stand where my router and spindle sander sit, with drill press in the background.
Next is my workbench. This is kind of special because it was built by my grandfather in the 1970’s.
Next is a storage area. The large cabinet on the left is where I keep my finishing supplies.
Here are my two bandsaws. The larger one is used for resawing. The chest between the two saws was also built by my grandfather.
Here we have a stand with my grinders, disk sander and vise. There is a sandblasting cabinet in the corner, and my planer is on casters so I can roll it out as needed.
This is my radial arm saw with attached bench. From all the junk sitting on it, you can tell I didn’t clean up before taking these pictures.
My father in law and I built this lathe many years ago. It was actually one of the first power tools I owned. It works OK for a homemade job. The nice thing about it is, I can turn 48” stock on it.
This is my daughter’s work station for her mini lathe where she turns pens, hair sticks, fishing rod handles and other items. She does a beautiful job. You can see her work here.
Well this is obviously a garage door. I added 1 1/2” of foam insulation to it. It stays closed at night and on cloudy days, but is open on sunny winter days to allow the solar heater to work.
That’s the perimeter of my shop, but now a couple shots in the center. Here are my table saw and jointer.
On the back side of the table saw is this stand that I use as an outfeed table, general work space, and a stand to hold my clamps.
Well that’s it. I hope you enjoyed visiting my shop. If you’re ever in the vicinity stop by and we’ll spit & whittle for awhile.
-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad