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Irvine, CA
United States

Well, less a workshop and more a two car garage, I share my space with two bikes, big buckets of toys, and some beach chairs. During the warm months the shop expands to about 80% of the space, with everything on wheels. But without the benefit of heat during the winter months (and the fact that my wife wants at least one car to fit into the intended purpose of the space), most things collapse down for storage. The table saw and dust collector stay handy, so with space heaters at least some cutting can get done, but any finishing work has to wait till April.

The ‘shop’ is an odd mix of large and medium ‘stationary’ tools and a bunch of hand tools. Including:
- old Craftsman (Emerson) contractor style table saw with Incra fence
- Jet canister dust collector
- Delta 13” planer
- Delta disc sander
- Delta table top drill press
- 10” Porter Cable miter saw
- Porter Cable circular saw
- Several corded and cordless Bosch drills and drivers
- Bosch power hand plane
- Porter Cable slot cutter
- Porter Cable orbital sanders
- Several Porter Cable routers (one mounted in a table)
- Bosch Colt palm router
- Lots and lots of manual hand tools and measuring devices
- clamps, tons of clamps

-- Thomas, Irvine, CA

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 11:56 PM

Hey Thomas
Welcome to Ljs sounds like a good asortment of tools .All us Ljers love photos of peoples shops do you have a couple you can share?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 12:46 AM

Thomas, I agree with Jim. Visual tours of other shops are always well received.

Your shop sounds interesting and it is a bummer about the “non-essentials” being stored in there but I guess they have to go somewhere – even if they do take up YOUR shop space. And I can empathize with you about your wife’s car. I am just glad that we added a third garage in our basement when we built. If I had to ask my wife to give up HER garage space I would be out in the weather before her vehicle would be.

I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your shop when you get the opportunity to post them.

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

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 01:00 AM

Yeah, haven’t had a chance to take many pictures, but I’ll get them posted—it is my first few hours here. I’m rushing to finish a kitchen island before good varnishing weather ends.

-- Thomas, Irvine, CA

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 11:03 AM

Hey Thomas,
Post some pic’s when time permits.

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#5 posted 11-04-2009 03:52 PM

Look like you have the necessary machines & power tools.
Take your time to take some pictures and we are happy to visit your shop again.
Have a nice day!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 10:29 AM

Greetings Thomas,

I’ll repeat the above and kindly request some pics of your work space.

Would especially like to see how you store your “tons of clamps.”


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#7 posted 11-16-2009 02:35 PM

I know, I know. A damaged saw arbor equaled a delay in my project work. Its getting colder, so varnish time is running out—but the saw was put back together and calibrated this weekend. So once I clean up the huge mess from the take apart and get back to finishing my current project, I’ll take some pictures.

-- Thomas, Irvine, CA

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 04:18 PM


Sonds like you have a great shop. But…...........

This thread is useless without pics


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 10:38 PM

Thomas, thats a nice workshop!

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 11:37 PM

Thomas, you have a nice shop. It does look like you have quite a bit going on in there but it appears as if you have organized your shop well. And you have some nice tools to play with as well. I particularly like the improvements that you have made with your table saw. The fence system is an inherent weak link with Craftsman contractor saws but adding the Incra fence and miter gauge markedly improved the performance of your saw, I am sure. I used to have a Craftsman saw in my shop and would often spend up to 5 to 10 minutes lining up a cut with the stock fence. If I had made the changes that you did I probably would still be running the saw today.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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