Eeyore's Workshop

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Workshop by Eeyore posted 07-27-2020 02:31 AM 1686 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Eeyore's Workshop    

Pittsburgh, PA
United States

My workshop is a corner of the garage, which means that all my tools have to be portable, or at least mobile, so that they can be packed away to allow parking. I have a collection of both power and hand tools, and use each as I feel like it. Sometimes I will decide to do everything by hand, just to be difficult. Sometimes I will do everything by machine, just to be fast. Usually, I do a bit of both, using hand tools when it’s more fun and using power tools when it saves a bucket of time or the power tool can do it more accurately.
In hand tools, I have a small collection of Japanese hand tools, since Japanese woodworking is a particular interest of mine. I’ve managed to acquire some of the older style tools like the yari kanna (spear plane), leaf-shaped saw, and kiri gimlets. I do medieval recreation through the Society for Creative Anachronism, so learning how to use some of these tools that you only see in paintings is fun for me.
For cordless power tools, I’ll admit to being a Ryobi 18V devotee. I bought into Ryobi tools more than 20 years ago, and I am pleased that not only is this platform still well supported and expanding, but all my old tools still work. The only tool I have had completely fail in all this time is a finishing sander, which just got so gummed up with dust that even a thorough cleaning didn’t save it.
Sorry folks, I’m not going to post a detailed catalog of everything I have, since it seems like a way for people on the Internet to target people for theft.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#1 posted 07-27-2020 02:51 AM

Good narrative. Pretty descriptive, but most of us here are in need of shop setup porn. Pictures will go a long way.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 07-28-2020 02:23 AM

I’ve added a picture of what the garage looked like when the Shourou was still in progress. On the left is the work area, with lumber, tools, and sawhorses. In the middle is the assembly area, naturally. On the right I have the band saw set up so I can do resaw on the 1×4s to make roof boards. I have that on a wheeled base, so I can roll it away when I’m done with it. Behind the saw, you can see the tall tool chest. It’s a nice Craftsman chest I got on sale at Sears like five or six years ago. To the right of that is the workbench, which is tucked into an alcove at the back of the garage.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#3 posted 07-28-2020 11:15 PM

looks snug but i do the same, every tool and bench in my shop is on wheels so at night i can still put my truck and wifes car inside.when theirs a will we find the way.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-04-2020 08:40 PM

Looks like a good place to send some time. I too, have a bunch of Ryobi tools…I like them. Thanks for showing….

-- Mike

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