Tool Gloatings

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Blog entry by wellington posted 08-01-2010 08:19 PM 2557 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still pretty new out here, but I really enjoy the concept of the ‘tool gloat’, so I’ve decided to partake.

This is (most of) my shop… It’s perpetually in a complete disaster state, but I suppose that’s a good thing… means that things are getting done.

We’ll start the tour at the most terrifying thing in the place… the 14” table saw… This, like pretty much everything else in here, was acquired by my dad about 30 years ago… and even then the stuff wasn’t new… However, these old machines were built to last, and they’ve proven that in spades.

Next stop, the 10” joiner. The sound this thing makes when it spins up is something that I’ve loved since I was knee-high to a grasshopper… or some other youthly colloquialism.

Right behind that is the 24” planer… because you never know when you’re going to need to plane something that’s 24” wide… I haven’t really bumped into that… but I make small things. The rack next to it has my dad’s “patented” angle gauges for the joiner… considering they’re older than I am, I’m not sure quite how accurate they are anymore.

A few steps back and we have the big disk (24”). This was my favorite thing in the whole place when I was growing up.

Just next door to that we have the Tree (manual mill), the little disk (12”), and an unused drill press… we’ve taken to using the Tree for our drill-pressing needs… because look at that thing! It’s crazy! Also, featured in this picture are two 12” x 192”, 4/4, pieces of cedar… which need to be turned into something…

Everything in here is connected to the wonderfully homemade dust collection system… Which is quite full currently… and should probably get emptied, because the place is a bit of a mess :)

Some work’n benches. The table in the middle is topped with a 48” x 84” x 2” piece of steel… Sturdy as a rock, cleans easier than anything, and there’s no amount of abuse that it can’t take… It’s also pretty convenient, because you can drill and tap holes into it to make jigs…

And, of course, the featured tool in the place… the HAAS CNC. There’s not much size reference in the picture… but it’s big enough that I can stand up inside it (I’m 6’2”)... Also, it was milling red board, which is what that kinda gross lookin’ thing in there is…

Not featured were the lumber racks, which are constantly piled with 8/4 pine and mahogany… the two massive air compressors that keep the place flowing with good ol’ compressed air… the paint room… the other CNC… the spindles… and my dad’s collection of vintage (ie. awesomely badass) woodworking tools.

Well, that’s where I’m always doing my work… and do feel free to wonder why it is that with all that, all i really make are cutting boards… I don’t really have an answer for that.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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Blue Mountain Woods

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 08:42 PM

Get that shop cleaned up THIS MINUTE, son!
Looks like a hella fun place to work (cleaned up, of course). I haven’t been on here for some time. Been really, really busy. For my troubles, I’ve been making a few bucks. The wife got a new Bosch dishwasher, Kenmore Elite refridgerator, 46” Samsung LED/LCD tv (wireless internet connected and with 4 HDMI ports) and a new computer system. 2 days ago, I took delivery on a Powermatic PM1800:

As a one-man shop, I don’t know what I would do with the stuff you have in yours, but I wouldn’t mind a Saturday afternoon in there.

-- Pete -----

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 08:49 PM

Haha it’s funny… because this about as clean as this place gets… There are always 15 projects going at the same time… and everything is constantly in use…

That’s a pretty bangin’ bandsaw. I’ve been itching for a new bandsaw myself… the two in the shop get the job done… but they just aren’t precise machines… and there are some things I would like to do that require that missing precision…

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 09:01 PM

HUU what a place to play HUU if you like maschines
even thow I try to learn to do with handtools I realy like those old ladyes :-)
speciel the TREE drill that look like a modern ironrouter
thank´s for sharing them with us


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#4 posted 08-01-2010 11:29 PM

I must say that you have quite a fine workshop! Put on a dust mask, open all doors and windows and fire up the leaf blower and have at it! I do that now and then.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 04:14 AM

impressive collection of machines!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 04:55 AM

those are some sick machines! will outlast us all and with power to spare.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 05:35 AM

Tool Gloat. I guess!!!!! That looks more like a furniture factory in Grand Rapids before that big sucking sound from China pulled manufacturing across the ocean .
You have some serious investment in machines. It looks pretty clean to me for a woodshop. That serious dust collection system can handle a lot, too. Just think what it would look like if you didn’t have that.
It seems too much for a one man shop. You could have 4 people working in there and they’d never bump into each other. How long have you or your dad been collecting machines? Most of them look like oldies but goodies except for that Haas CNC mill. I’ll bet you can make about anything in there.
Thanks for sharing.

ps. you need a wood lathe to round it off and open a whole new field of woodworking!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 05:53 AM

yeah, it’s definitely old school-tastic. it’ll be getting even more furniture factory-ish in the very near future, because i’m almost done blue-printing a fleet of coffee tables :)

there are actually 2 people working there full time (i’m not one of them)... it’s an industrial pattern shop during the day… and i’m in there nights and weekends so i can work by myself… because i’m weird about working with people around me.

the tool collection has been around for the better part of 35 years. all of these old tools are so much more robust compared to most modern tools that i’ve seen… i would love to have a saw stop table saw and a really precise band saw for resawing lumber… but neither is really in the cards.

as for the lathe, we used to have an absolutely enormous one (and a tiny one too), but 99% of the time, they were just collecting dust… so they made room for other toys! of course, now i’m looking for another mini lathe, so i can turn pens from my leftovers…

nothing is better than having the place humming at 10pm on a Saturday night in the summer with the overhead door wide open… i live for that.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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