Evolution of a Shop #34: A flip, a turn, a stack, and a twist

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Blog entry by Cory posted 10-22-2012 05:33 PM 14328 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: Bandsaw dust collection Part 34 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 35: Quick drill press table fence upgrade »

I wrapped up a productive few shop sessions recently.

The flip: the ever-present flip top cart for my planer and OSS.

The turn: I rotated the base of my drill press after reading the tip in Wood magazine. Great idea! I’ve now got more cross cut capacity on my CMS.

The stack: another pair of nesting sawhorses that stacks neatly with my other set. This time lower: 24” off the ground. They’re great for assembly and also act like a saw bench. Made from poplar and walnut.

The twist (and the best part): My great grandfather was a farmer. By definition you rely on yourself for most things, like building a barn. My great aunt, who still lives on the farm that’s been in our family since the late 1890’s, has an old chicken coop filled with “stuff”. I rooted through it a while back and found some of my family’s old woodworking tools. It’s fun to imagine my grandfather and great grandfather on either end of that huge (6’) two man saw cutting down a giant oak tree for barn timber and then using the bow saw, Diston saws, and drawknives to bring them to dimension. It’s a terrific inspiration and I’m proud to display some family lineage.

As always, thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 06:53 PM

i’m like rotating the base on the drill press

-- Joel

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 07:51 PM

I’ve been watching your series for a while now, but never commented before. It’s great to see how your shop is evolving, and the care and attention to detail you put in to each item.

Thanks for continuing to post, I look forward to part 35,



-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 08:10 PM

some nice shop helpers :-)
but as a handtool user and little of a galoot too
IMO you shuold restore those beautyfull enheriage tools and bring them back to work
as soon as you can :-)
untill then you did right to display them as you did


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#4 posted 10-23-2012 12:47 PM

Nice idea for dust collection at the drill press. Shop and accs. are coming along nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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