Shop Expansion #6: Not done, but using it!

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 02-01-2010 01:44 AM 6606 reads 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Everyone keeps asking about the shop, so here how things stand today. Its not done—-done but its being used. I’ve been using it for a while now. But just when I think the new side is about where I’m going to leave I seem to come with changes I want to make. I still plan on making some wall cabinets and benches to go on the south wall in the new side. I’ve added a few things since it was built so I had to find a place for those. I do things as I have time. A couple of weeks ago I got tired of all the clamps being everywhere. So I had a few 2×4’s left from the framing and spent a day designing and building a quick clamp rack that holds all of the clamps I currently have at home. It holds all 250 or so and still has room for a few more, plus room for another partition in the center for more haging clamps if need be. I’ve gotten so used to having my lift table at work (yea you guessed it) that I bought another for the home shop. It has a smaller foot print but will still lift 2000 pounds. And finally a couple of weeks ago or so I bought a pellet stove, so I had to find a place for it and get it installed and running. Still need to sheet rock the the little office and get it done. I keep working at it when I have time and feel like it.

We are really busy at work right now. I’ve been working a few extra hours a week to try and speed some things there. We currently have the biggest job we have ever had and it has its share of headaches believe me. And were trying to squese in a few smaller projects to at the same time. My time in my shop is limited to the weekends, during the week I just don’t feel like it most evenings.

Yesterday, Saturday, I had three guys over from the local woodworkers guild that I belong to. I volunteered to build a book cabinet for the guilds library. I’m a little late on getting that done, so going to try and get it finished as soon as possible.

Here’s a few pictures from today! Sorry I didn’t take the time to re-size the pictures so if click on them you can see the whole photo.


clamp rack 1

clamp rack 2

multi station

chop saw

lathe wall

lift table 1

lift table 2

south wall

And here is a few from the old side, still need to finish clearing this side out and getting it organized. I put the pellet stove on this side.

old side shop 1

old side shop 2

pellet stove

As always thanks for looking and have fun woodworking!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 01:47 AM

Great collection of tools, great shop too thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 02:04 AM

/me drools…

One of the reasons I love my wife is she has already said our next house either needs a detached garage, or a space to build one, so that I have a proper woodworking shop. If/when that day comes, I will definitely be scrutinizing your pictures for ideas to steal :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 02:18 AM

This looks pretty good, Les. I certainly would enjoy working in there.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 02:23 AM

A super looking shop Les with great tools too.


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#5 posted 02-01-2010 02:36 AM

Love the clamp collection and organization. Fantastic shop with lots of room to move around. Yep, I am definitely envious. Thank you for the tour.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 02:46 AM

WOW Les…......great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 03:02 AM

You hiring? :)

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 03:46 AM

Dang Les, that is just Candyland.

Good Job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 02-01-2010 03:51 AM

Looks way too pretty to actually use!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 07:10 AM


Wow! Your shop is incredible! We’ve really missed your input. It’s good to hear that you’ve been busy in an economy that hasn’t been that agreeable with everyone.

With all the sawdust, maybe you can make your own pellets in your spare time!

We’ve been working on reorganizing our shop. Everything in it all together can’t hold a candle to just your clamp rack (and what’s on it!)

We’ll just keep reminding ourselves of 1 Timothy 6:6!

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 06:39 PM

Wow, that is so nice…..I don’t mind to sleep on that floor if I’m dog tired.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 11:48 PM

Lookin good big guy. Like the clamp rack, and looks like you finally got that space you needed, and boy you needed it too :>) The set up now looks like you have all that breathing room you were looking for even in the old area. Looks great! Hey, I do have a question (like that’s something new) I think I asked you this before, but the addition was really new then…How are the finished wood floors in the shop? I was thinking of them for my shop, but worried about traction. I know my concrete floors can get a little slick with dust build up (but I don’t have my collector yet either). I wouldn’t put in the wood without the DC first, but how is it working out for you. I know you use your shop a lot more than i do mine. Just wondering :>) Again, great addition and a well deserved and needed new space.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 02-02-2010 04:40 AM

Jim, I’m really, really glad I put in the flooring. Its warmer than the concrete, softer too. It is how ever a liitle slick, I kind of thought it would be though. I thought it might make me keep things cleaned up a little better, that hasn’t worked so far. I will tell you this though, its much easier to sweep or use an air hose and blow it the door. What I put down is just a cheap maple laminate, not real wood. Picked it at Lumber Liquidaters for 69 cents a square foot. But it looks good and got me off the concrete.

Thanks Jim,,,,,,and thanks to everyone else!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#14 posted 02-03-2010 07:58 PM

Fantastic shop. Thanks for all the great pictures


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#15 posted 02-26-2010 02:26 AM

last time i saw that manny clamps was at a big depot store WOW
i got that chatroom done

hope to see you there soon

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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