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Winter 2013-2014

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My Gara... um I mean my Shop.

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My modest and humble wood shop.  It used to be a single car garage. but that was "back in the day". Now the 12' wide by 24' deep and just about 8' high block structure has been tranformed into a functional wood shop. The shop has undergone many rearrangements, all in the hope that flow will be easier and more efficient. But that will probably never happen. I started with a Craftsman bench top table saw. Eventually that thing got so beat up that I had to hit the side of it with a piece of scrap to get it to start.  Then my wonderful wife agreed that it was time to  purchase a new one. I got the Rigid 3650 from HD. This thing is sweet. Especially when I added the Forest WW2 blade. Cuts like butter. I added my router to the right side of the TS to consolidate space. Going from a bench top to a stationary saw meant it was time to rearrange. A year later I bought a Rigid Band saw. It was a lot bigger than my bench top band saw so yet again I had to rearrange.  I have a  Dewalt RAS and Ryobi chop saw incorporated into one bench. Under that bench is an old 4" Rockwell jointer that I put on a mobile base. I slip it under the RAS bench when not in use. My Ryobi planer is installed on a flip-top cabinet, when not in use it's folded into the cabinet giving me another flat surface to work with. I built my dust collector using plans from a magazine article. I piped 6" HVAC duct to 4" ports with blast gates. It works pretty well. I knocked a window out and re-placed it with an exhaust fan with louvers.  I just recently built a new workbench. It's smaller than my first but alot sturdier.  I had to incorporate some where to store my wood.  I built a wood rack on one side of my shop so all the wood it hung on the wall high enough for me to reach yet the space underneath is able to be used.  For my hand tools I built a fold out wall cabinet.  By having it fold open it stores alot of tools and requires less space.  Until I reach my goal of owning a 30x30 shop there will always be rearrangements and revisions but I will deal with what I have and build the necessary cabinets and such to deal.


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Dan Mule' wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-14-2009 8:12 PM

Please excuse my mess!!

bricofleur wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-15-2009 8:14 AM

Hi,

A fact: What a mess!!! (just kidding).

As I always say: "My shop is not a nice shop to look at but a great shop to work in."

I believe you enjoy yours as I enjoy mine!

    Best

         Serge

www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

*** wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-15-2009 7:34 PM

Hi Dan,

Your shop looks a lot like my shop. I work out of what was a 13 x 23 one car gara (I think that is what you called it). But you know it works just fine, I think we spend more time moving things around than building but at least we are building.

chuche wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-15-2009 11:55 PM

Hi Dan now i know that I am not the only one with a messy shop but ,hey, isn't that the place we enjoy the most ?.

Trubs wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-16-2009 1:45 AM

That`s not mess. You just don`t understand his filing system !!

Dan Mule' wrote re: My Gara... um I mean my Shop.
on 04-16-2009 12:17 PM

That`s not mess. You just don`t understand his filing system !!

You got it Trubs.

Thanks for checkin it out guys.