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Blog series by Loren updated 01-07-2014 05:36 PM 3 parts 23133 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: My shop

01-01-2012 03:45 AM by Loren | 9 comments »

My current shop is a 2 car garage. I’ve made some sacrifices to keep the space workable and have the machinery in there I want. I have no router table, but I can use my shaper or the Woodrat or the little green overarm router made for the printing industry. The cyclone dust collector, made from the plan first published in Wood Magazine in 1997, takes up surprisingly little floor space. Running the ducts hung from the ceiling is the only viable solution but there are more bends i...

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Part 2: Workbench design - here's my truss-rod bench with skirts and tool tray

01-16-2012 01:33 AM by Loren | 9 comments »

Here’s my bench, built many years ago. I’ve made some drawings to illustrate how the design works. It’s pretty straightforward but feel free to ask questions. The base stretchers are held in tension by truss rods in channels running through the legs where adjustable nuts allow dis-assembly and hold the base in a very rigid alignment. The legs are mortised into the bottom trestles. I had a Emmert vise on here at one point as a tail vise. The end cap is thus mutilated....

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Part 3: Bench organization

01-07-2014 05:36 PM by Loren | 2 comments »

This took many years to collect and then a lot of timeto organize it all so I can find most of the stuff I use pretty quick. The volume and variety of sundriesI’ve found uses for surprises me. Collecting them saves a lot of trips to a hardware store. Rolls of tape are stored overhead on the handlesof a couple of big handscrews clamped to an overheadrack loaded up with mouldings and lumber. The picture below shows a little shelf I built someyears ago for drills and chargers. ...

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