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thelt

616 posts in 1981 days


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Here’s a nickel tour of my workshop. My son & I built it (except for the slab) about 10 years ago. Some of my big stuff is a 15 year old Craftsman Contractor saw, a 25 year old Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, a Craftsman 6” jointer, a Craftsman floor model drill press, a Rockler router table (4 different routers), Harbor Freight 10” miter saw, Jet 14” band saw and a Delta Midi lathe.

A story goes with the jointer (picture #2). I got this one at the best price possible, FREE. It’s not the prettiest, but it works. While deer hunting, I found this laying in a ravine (minus the mobile base) in the woods. I have no earthly idea why someone would throw away a perfectly good jointer. Needless to say that ended the deer hunt for me that day. I went and got my son and loaded it in my country Cadillac. Took it into the shop, plugged it in and it ran. It had a ticking noise as it ran. I unplugged it and rotated the cutters by hand and found one of the blades were out of adjustment and hitting the table top. Readjusted the blade and it ran smooth as a top. I have since sharpened the blades and use it quite regularly.

The mobile base is from Harbor Freight and the wood is made from a piece of scrap laminated ceiling joist, cut to fit the mobile base.

All in all, I’ve got maybe $40 (US) in the whole thing. I’ll take some better pics and post ‘em soon.

In pic #3, behind the Midi and the Router table is wood storage. I built it from plans in one of the woodworking magazines. It’s built in an inverted ‘V’. The side that you can see is for sheet goods and the opposite side has bins for cut-offs. In the middle of the ‘V’ are shelves for dimensional lumber. It is 8 ft long, so full sheets of plywood and 8’ boards fit rather nicely.

That’s the nickel tour.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."


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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2423 days


#1 posted 1981 days ago

This is a nice sized shop that you have to work in. I like the OSB walls. It makes hanging things on the walls a breeze and expands the wall storage area. Great story on the jointer as well. Like you, I cannot fathom why anyone would simply toss out a jointer but their loss obviously was your gain.

Nice shop. Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the visit.

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

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cabinetmaster

10874 posts in 2160 days


#2 posted 1980 days ago

Great looking shop and I dido Scott’s remarks on the jointer. Nice find.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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thelt

616 posts in 1981 days


#3 posted 1980 days ago

I’ve cleaned it up a bit since I took the pictures. At least I can see the workbench top now. LOL

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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thelt

616 posts in 1981 days


#4 posted 1980 days ago

The OSB was a steal. The co. my son worked for had to have some OSB for a job they were doing and purchased a whole pallet and only used a few sheets. Got the rest of the pallet for $50.00.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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sandhill

2104 posts in 2525 days


#5 posted 1894 days ago

You never said what a nice shop you had.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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thelt

616 posts in 1981 days


#6 posted 1891 days ago

Thank you, Sandhill. It’s all cleaned up now with just a couple of exceptions. I want to reorganize in now for a better “work-flow”. I’ll get some more pictures soon now that it’s not so cluttered.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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khop

134 posts in 2278 days


#7 posted 1718 days ago

Thelt, Nice shop. I noticed we have alot of the same tools. Radial arm saw, router table, lathe, cordless drill,one of my band saws, and the small red rolling cart. Let me see what else I can barrow. I also lined my shop with OSB. I went ahead and painted it to lighten up the shop some. Let’s see what else is on sale at Sears, lol
KHOP

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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thelt

616 posts in 1981 days


#8 posted 1717 days ago

Thanks Khop, Never thought of painting the walls. LOL I guess it would lighten things up. Just replaced 3 old rusted and not working 4 tube 48” fluorescent fixtures with 2 eight foot 2 tube fixtures. That sure lit things up! I think I’m going to put one more to lighten up that back corner where the white cabinet is, in the second picture.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1477 days ago

Nice workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 1441 days ago

thelt, you have a very nice shop with lots of nices tools and equipment. I love shops that are in their own stand alone building. Nice work.

-- 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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