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My workshop is progressing right now. I’ve managed to attach all the piping to the dust collector for the bandsaw and the jointer. I just need electricity right now to those two tools. Plus I have a few little cleanup chores…such as making the rolling workbench a little more friendly. My Leigh jig has arrived with attachments. I still have to build a base for my Tormek sharpening system….which might also include a router table if I can design one to my satisfaction. It takes forever for me to imagine what I want or where to put things. I take more than my fair share of time. Plus, I’ve just found a used a 10 inch lathe with tools…an old Rockwell I might buy this afternoon, 10/05/07…we’ll see, I have an appointment. Note the extra hose in front of the jointer…that’s for the dust attachment to the thickness planer. I already have some plans for a rolling wood rack in mind so when I finish it I’ll toss up another picture of it. I’m making progress…but progress is really slow around here. I get things done at a snail’s pace since I have homemaking chores for an elderly parent. But I’m making progress….one day at a time. A couple of these pictures are old since I’ve managed a little more clean-up on my rolling desk/workbench. The date is wrong on those since I only took them just after I joined Lumberjocks. I have added another picture of the trailer since I’ve added a winch. The winch is a 3500 pound hand winch with a 2500 pound steel cable. It easily pulls a large tree trunk onto the trailer…something I did once with the maple tree given me by Jack Barker.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 09-27-2007 10:10 PM

Welcome to LJ. I have been out a while and I had to check your shop out after you visited mine.

You never know Barry, I might stop by. My mom’s side of the family is from Rapid City and I have an aunt that lives in Blackhawk. I was born on Ellsworth AFB.

Right now I am working in Ohio I and I travel through Rapid on my way home to Billings.

So you better get your tools in order. Is that an 8” spiral head jointer? They are the best.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-27-2007 10:18 PM

Barry. I don’t see any dust have you used any of the tools Yet. Nice shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 09-28-2007 01:17 AM

Dust? to answer Karson….Well, there’s been dust here and there…but I’m “between” major projects now concentrating on the shop amd tools. I was explaining to Todd that I’ve added the band saw and the jointer recently…and the dust collection that has to go with them…and I’ve added a Leigh…the order not complete yet…anyway, I built the sides and gate on my trailer…rough building stuff. My projects now include getting the dust system up and running and the electrification to the major equipment. The electrician comes Friday. I’ve had the big tools for 4 months or so…maybe 5…I don’t know. I just have to spend so much time with my elderly mom.
And the house chores, etc. I’m the only one in the family who cares…so I don’t have alot of time to get to the shop. Today, I put together a mobile base…I don’t know what I’m going to use it for since I decided to plant the bandsaw and the jointer permanently…I might use it for stacks of boxes, etc…always something to move around. It looks better today than the pictures on this site…since I’ve been cleaning up and getting things seriously ready. I’ve got to make a cabinet for my Tormet sharpener. That’s one of my next projects besides the piping for the dust collector. I have parts to buy on Friday. I only get four hours out each week away from my mom….so I go through my list of things I need to do and parts to buy when I do get out. Things happen very slowly here. But I’m very anxious to get using some of this equipment…I put the fence and everything on the bandsaw just the other day. One thing at a time. I have arranged to get some nice tree trunks farther away from here in the spring….some really big ones that I’ll winch onto my trailer and tow back home. I have a buddy up in Spearfish, SD who has a bandsaw mill….he slabbed the 21 inch x 10 foot maple I scored this summer. There should be a few usable feet from it in a few years after air drying. The wood I get is very precious stuff. I score points for getting trees that would otherwise be chipped into oblivion. I don’t know who’s giving out the points…maybe I create them for myself. Nope, no sawdust now…but very soon. I’ll post my efforts as they come mentally and physically to the foreground. I’m dreaming in maple now…and in American Elm…I have some spalted birch in my woodpile I’d like to resaw…a tree from our small property that died a few years ago….and there’s a tree, an ash I think, that has died across the creek from the house…also on our property…we only have an acre…but I have two large ashes on the other side…and one dead one…it’s not a large trunk…but it’s been dead for awhile and I suspect that it may yield a few useful pieces of wood. Oh sure, I have access to hardwoods locally at a supply warehouse that I’ve visited. But I’ve found nothing rough there…no large pieces…no flitches…slabs…nothing. I’ve only found commercial cabinet makers materials…a few boards here and there…but at 8 or 12 dollars a boardfoot…well, my budget would be better spent trying to find whole tree trunks in need of a lover. And I’m doing well at it so far. In just a year or so I expect to have more wood than I need to make projects in my shop. And I’d like a nice shop workbench, which I don’t have. So that’s something I’m going to have to make. I’ve found some wheeled supports that I could press down and raise a nice cabinetmaker’s workbench and still have it rest solidly on it’s own legs on the floor….giving me something else to roll around…but usable.
That’s going to require an investment in wood. I’m beginning to run out of bucks and I’m probably going to have to create some projects just to get a few dollars in the door to build the workbench. Ok…gotta get back to the house. dinner time…dog and mom need fed…I’ll probably get to the shop again late tonight after mom’s in bed….for another hour of thinking and this and that.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 09-28-2007 02:07 AM

Take care of yourself and your Mom. And God Bless you for doing it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 10-05-2007 09:57 PM

Update on my shop photos…progress

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 03:30 PM

May God bless you and give you more time in the shop.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 12:19 AM

Hi Barry
Before moving to Indiana 5 years ago, I ranched north of Newell, SD (close to Castlerock) for 23 years. My daughter lives in Spearfish and I get back there every few months. I hope you are keeping warm, I sure don’t miss those South Dakota winters!

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#8 posted 03-23-2009 04:20 AM

Barry, thats a nice shop.

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#9 posted 10-11-2009 06:24 PM

Nice shop, great machines & tools, and shop storages.
I wish I would be able to check out every LJs’ shop. Starting from yesterday, my target is to visit 5 LJs’ shops
a day.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 10-11-2009 06:46 PM

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