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bandit571

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1265 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip bandsaw lathe drill press

I had an old table out in the shop. No legs, someone had cut them off long ago. I also had a few benchtop tools needing a “home’ to work at. I also had a pair of old sawhorses taking up space. Hmmm. Maybe a “marriage” is in order? I placed the top on the horses, screwed some plywood scraps to both the legs ( hobbled the horses?) and to the sides of the tabletop. Next, a couple 1xs across the horses to make a couple lower shelves (more on that later). Now, to power the tools (toys) up. A hole was drilled in the center of the table, and a double outlet box installed. An eight foot pigtail cord was dropped down the hole and wired to the two outlets in the box.

Tools: along one side, my old Craftsman lathe was bolted down. The lower shelf below is angled so that lathe shavings will just slide right to the floor ( or a box)

An old machinist vise was mounted at the end of this side of the table. Beside it is a 6” dual wheel grinder.

Turn the corner and there is a benchtop drill press. Next to it, and on the corner, is my old Craftsman three wheel Bandsaw. These last two tools can work together. The table on one will help support work pieces on the other tool. Above the table is a dual 48” shop light. Power for the light comes from over haed.

I can just walk around this table, going from tool to tool as needed. Since I can ( usualy) only use one at a time, not much strain on the breaker. That second lower shelf? It sit in front of the drillpress/bandsaw area. I keep bits and other “helpers” on that shelf.

Just my shop.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1265 days ago

Sounds great. Where are the photos? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1265 days ago

Warning: this could be ugly. just a small one guy shop.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 1265 days ago

The table set-up is just beyond the tablesaw. There is just enough room to walk between the saw and the table.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 1265 days ago

Now that’s a nasty, gritty shop. I like it!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

Yep, and the only thing it needs…..HEAT! big,old pole barn. Nothing between me and the outdoors but some sheet metal siding. Down south wouldn’t be so bad, but this shop is in west central Ohio! This morning it was 0 degrees! Five more ohio winters, and I’m heading southwest! NO MORE SNOW. Still, in the summer, this shop is nice and comfy. Just open the two big doors, and let the breeze blow through.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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