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Workshop by Luddite posted 04-17-2015 03:32 AM 2193 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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The Shop

In far distant days I used to have a shop in a westerly facing carport. In Tucson that’s not a good idea. Freeze in the winter in the summer become a poster child for Basal Cell Carcinoma. My shop was where I could find shade.

Well did a lot of work with redwood and blue rot pine. A kitchen table, chairs, living room couch and table. I thought this was the way, Redwood,pine,glue,finishing nails and poly. I liked it.

Now, years later, much has changed.

The shop is in our garage. I share it with my wifes Lexus at times. My truck is too big to fit anyways. Not bad in the winter and somewhat bearable in summer. I’ve accumulated enough tools to keep me moving.

After 18 years of using the local high school wood shop I finally got to a point of being pretty self-sufficient.

I’ve a Jet power saw, circa 2002 with a mobile base and extension table. Saw has a 10” blade and a sliding side table. I added a tenon jig which has enabled me to do much more then I thought possible. Plenty of wood storage on racks. Many small Jorgeson clamps and some greater sized long clamps. Compressor and hoses.
Associated routers, sanders and some things I’m not quite sure what they do.

I’ve a Jet 10 inch “whimpy” band saw along with a Makita cut off saw and rolling table, Dewalt 12” planer.
The beauties of the fleet are the Powermatic Floor Mortiser and Jet 16” drum sander.

Here’s a view, from the left, Work Table, Storage, Refreshment Center, Jointer, Planer, Cutoff Station, Table Saw, Drill Press, Band Saw and wood rack with clamps.

Here’s my dust collection setup. Actually I have a dust collector I connect to saw and/or planer. It’s a small but good piece to have.

Entertainment and shrine to the Wood Devils (who’ve taken part of my left thumb),

My bulletin board with current work plans.


Here’s my pre-retirement image. I’ve changed little.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 11:42 AM

It looks like you are well equipped to take on most any job. I did not see a lathe , though.
I have almost the same dust collection system. I feel sweeping is good cardiovascular exercise!!! Since I got better planer, I had to buy a shop vac that is hooked to the bandsaw all the them and and does connect to other tools when I use them.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 10:41 PM

Terry, you have made some really great pieces in that shop. Just stay away from the (adult) Refreshment Center while the power tools are still being used. :D

-- Art

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 01:15 PM

Hi Art:

Yes to the rules of engagement regarding the workshop. “You have a beer, you’ll lose an ear or other bits”

The refreshment center is actually a freezer. In the summer I plop a couple of bottled waters into the door.
As the morning progresses and temps rise I’ll pull them out when they reach a a slurry consistency. I drink one and wear the other. Quite refreshing.

Luckily the garage is well insulated and the heat is usually a dry one and bearable with cross breeze until the monsoons hit in July-August. I usually plan vacation around that period.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 01:31 PM

Luddite, it looks like a real nice shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

If you have a beer in a workshop you must always wait until Bud-thirty. Don’t pay anyone any attention that say’s “It’s always Bud-thirty somewhere’s”.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-19-2015 04:31 PM

Thanks for taking time to post some photos and give some nice details about your shop and the woods you have worked with.

And welcome to LJ’s.

-- Brad, Texas,

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