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The First pic was my old shop & house. Our cat woke us up & saved our lives! I have been in the new building for about 2 weeks. Hardly a “set up” shop, but its not easy getting it back together after losing everything. I am really hard on tools… & dont always use a certain tool for its intended purpose. So, I tear up a lot of tools…. Thats why I almost exclusively use Craftsman tools….. The warranty! Table saw, routers, drills, sanders, circular saws & Hand tools….. all craftsman. I will buy a 3/8 drill & burn it up 3 times using 24 grit sanding discs before the extended warranty. They cheerfully exchange it for a new one every time. Other than that its the 20” grizzly planer…. which I love. A dust collection system, 36” drum dander & woodmizer L-40 bandmill are next on the wishlist.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 04:23 PM

Hi Ted,

You have a nice shop in which to work. You have a unique dust collection system as well. :) You do have a nice set of tools to play with though. I would enjoy working in your shop.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 04:35 PM

That’s a nice looking shop. Lots of room.

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

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 04:37 AM

To heck with the shop, I’m eyeing up that great stack of wood. Glad nobody was hurt in the old shop but that’s a tough way to get some new space.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 05-12-2008 03:02 PM

Shop fox 2 horse dust collector comming this week from farm table money. Finally! Have yall heard of ??? There is a pod in every area in the US. You can post stuff you want to give away or post for things you want for free. I have been posting my planer shavings, for mulch or bedding & people come get them every week. Now I know the big mills have the collectors dump right into a semi trailer & get 500 to 1000 for a 18 wheeler load. Well… I dont have that much shavings or a semi trailer, so for now, free shavings for all!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 01:24 AM

Thats a big area to work with. I would like the Woodmizer L40 myself. Great pos thanks.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 01:58 AM

That fire must have hurt a lot Tex. Glad to see everyone is OK. Lots of luck with the new shop.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 05-27-2008 03:38 AM

I can relate to the loss due to a fire, we went through that about ten years ago, I still go to get something and remember that it was lost in the fire. You can never replace all the fire takes away.
You ended up with a nice building though, I just hope the insurance company was fair with you. Thank God for your cat waking you up.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#8 posted 05-29-2008 04:00 AM

glad to know you all got out safe…looks like your are putting it all back together…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 09:35 PM

I am new in this group. First time viewed your new workshop, very nice. You have a lot of figured slabs. Did you cut ‘em your self?
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 11:13 PM

No, although a woodmizer sawmill is on my wish list. There are around 100 mills in indiana county, PA & I have a few I work with. I usually tell them I want the worst log they have & have it milled to my specs. To me the #3’s are the prettiest! Thanks, Tex.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 11:26 PM

Great shop!

Thanks for the post


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#12 posted 02-05-2009 05:00 PM

I picked up a used mill…. Its no LT-40 LOL but it will cut 38” slabs & has a 47HP izuzu diesel engine. After I get the wheels off it will be 8” from the ground to the deck. Now I need a forklift. I plan on covering it with a roof, probably with open walls for starters. I have seen a lot of mills at work, but never actually ran one myself. I bought this machine from an Amish guy & part of the deal is he is going to come over & work with me on it for a day. Sawing several logs, changing the blade & basically teaching me how to run it. It uses a 18’X2” band. I’m itching to use it, but am going out of town in 4 days, so it must sit until I return. Feb 21 is training day!!!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#13 posted 02-27-2009 09:04 PM

Training Day Pics at:

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#14 posted 10-31-2009 07:25 AM

A friend of mine has a circular 52” saw mill, uses a 6 cyl cummins 180 HP engine just for fun. I’ve built him a porch with real 2×6 & 2×12s from the saw, way heavy & strong! The neighbor has a portable Woodmizer & cuts day in & out so I get a lot of slabs, Fun! My grandma use to say “two moves are about the same as a fire”

-- $tudie

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#15 posted 11-01-2009 02:18 AM

Hey Ted I hope by now your shop and home are in good shape now

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