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This is how our shop used to be. I sold off the machinery in March of 2009. I kept my hand tools and the saddle shop.
When Carleen and I bought this place , we felt like we bought the shop and Johnny threw in the house. The shop is 24×36 with a 10×16 addition on the east side. We have worked for ever on it and are still not done. The first thing I did was to install a 150,000 BTU propane furness. There is a roll up door in the wood shop side which is open most of the summer. You can tell where we worked by the new OSB. My son-in-law and I put a floor in the back room which was just gravel. We had floor tile so I installed them. Now it is about like a skating rink if you’re not careful. We had to move in tools and machinery because we were remodeling the house to make it livable. I think I might have a lifetime job here.
We bought the Jet tablesaw new two years ago. I got the band saw from Idaho Tool in Nampa. I had the DeWalt miter saw, ShopSmith, and a lot of the other tools. Most of the hand planes came from E-Bay. We decided to combine the wood shop and the saddle shop to see what we could produce.
The first photo is looking in through the roll up door. you can see the planer on its roll around stand and the chop saw on the right. I have a Kreg fence stop on the miter saw which I keep zeroed in. The second photo shows my old bench(17 years old) and plane boxes and chisels, etc. The third photo is the new bench I just finished. The Shopsmith I use for the drill press and the disc sander and occasionally as the lathe. The fourth photo is of the back room. The band saw is a 20 ” Delta(old). The lathe is a small Delta and the over arm router came with the ShopSmith many years ago.You can also see some of my sheet goods and lumber storage. The next photo is the saddle shop. This bench is also 17 years old. I built it when all I had was the ShopSmith. All the drawer are full of stamps and other things.The table top to the right has a cabinet with 2 drawers for pattern storage and open shelves as well. The top is a full sheet of 3/4 MDF over ? other layers and is used for cutting out leather items. The big black rock on the Bench is a black granite surface plate from Grizzly. It is 24” square and 3” thick. The green machine is a spliter, kinda like a planer for leather.This is where I carve and stamp leather. It is also used to skive(thin) saddle parts. Leather storage is straight ahead. The last photo shows my Pearson #6 harness stitcher and a small Singer we use for light leather. The singer has the only motor on this side of the wall. The stitcher is treadle operated and can sew up to 3/4 of an inch of heavy leather. The saddle shop is 20 by 24 and is also used for finishing and glue up of wood products. I really liked this shop and enjoyed most of my life here.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 08-12-2007 03:39 PM


Great shop. Well organized, and laid out!

It’s no wonder you enjoy your time there. For me my shop is my castle. (my wife can keep the house) LOL

I can’t stand a messy workspace, it really unnerves me, to the point it distracts me from my work / play.

I have to stop what I’m doing and clean up, (somebody else’s mess). makes me so mad.

Keep up the good work!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-12-2007 04:00 PM

Great shop. Thanks for posting photos of the plane tills.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 08-12-2007 04:27 PM

Lee, I just had the neighbor kids cleaning for half a day. We did some serious deep cleaning so I could reorganize and get things better. I hate the mess but seem to live in it for a while.
Wayne, I will run the plane racks as a project soon.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-12-2007 04:36 PM

Great shop. I have been working on mine for about 6 months. When you are done do you want to come this way and have a go at mine? Just kidding!

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#5 posted 09-24-2007 04:02 AM

Nice shop. The best part is your’re away from all the city rukus and looks like you have some elbow room. I’m confined to a two car garage and only get part of that. I’m from mountain home originally but live here in southern nevada for work. Sure wish I was back in those wide open spaces. You really do have it good. Thanks for sharing

-- Steve, Las Vegas

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 05:33 PM

Looks good! I like the notes all over the bandsaw. Have you installed anti-fatigue mats over the tile to prevent slipping? I’m sure falling on a tile floor would hurt, smartly. I like your storage under the bench.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 10-12-2007 11:08 PM

Tom: great shop. do you do more of less wood and leather?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-12-2007 11:29 PM

Thanks for sharing.

Great shop!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#9 posted 10-13-2007 12:30 AM

I envy you with all those planes.

I like the slots in the bottom portion of the desk for the hand power tools.

-- BLOG -

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 10-13-2007 05:23 AM

Karson, I don’t know. It goes back and forth. Probably about the time I’m sick of wood I work on leather until I’m sick of it and on and on. Business is not jumping in either place right now but there is some work ahead. I really don’t care which I do as long as it pays the bills. Thanks for the compliments.

They almost all came from E-Bay and went through rehab. They are users not collectors and they really get used. The power tool stall barn came about because I was tired of fighting all those cords.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 10-13-2007 05:26 PM

Tom, should I join Wayne and you on “the slippery slope” of handplane restoration ( I am eyeing some #3 and 41/2’s), I would like to make up a storage unit like you have made. Do you have any tips on construction?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 10-13-2007 05:29 PM

I just made it outof scraps. I think I’ll get the photos and do a project out of it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 10-14-2007 04:07 AM

Thanks for the plane till post Tom.

Douglas, absolutely. Please join us…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 10-14-2007 04:11 AM

Great looking shop Tom. Beautiful work comes from there !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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scott shangraw

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#15 posted 10-14-2007 06:08 AM

Man I wish I could get some of these lazy neighborhood kids of there computers to clean my shop!!!Looks good!! I have the same table saw.

-- Scott NM,

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