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.