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I am a few complexed regarding others workshop, i can tell that my workshop is reduce at the more simple expression, but great and pleasant
first the location , I invaded the car-garage of an ex-pupil (sculpture), it’s at the entrance of a cool “favela”
in the suburb of Belo-horizonte state of Minas-Gerais, Brazil. district of the Pampulha airport. no jets only propeller air-crafts
well, a room 20 ft x 20 ft with a column in the exact center
my machinery:
a bosh jig-saw
a bosh circular saw transformated in table saw
a black & decker router
a makita drill
a home made lathe i will do picture soon promised picture 2 with its copy toolrudimentary stuff, but firm and work well, i did it with a dynamo of volkswagen beetle 1963, an electric sawing machin motor(industrial) with brake and clutch ,the chuck is a shape of steel where i weld 8 nuts 5/8 (4time 2 nuts in square) 2 nuts by screw for firmity with a space between each nut of 1” in the center of the shape (dynamo shank) i screw a conic spindle, the tailstock is ajustable, realy firm , uggly but good !
a home made disk sander 24” diameter
a home made router table (rockler type) no comments
a scroll saw (home made)( behind the disk sander) vertical move without balancing
3 home-made planes (pictures in my projects)
and the ultimate thickness sander in construction, it already working, but i want to install a “conveyor belt”
in construction i have a band saw made with bicycle wheels pictures when done
i work mainly with hand tools, panel saw, dove tail saw, chisels, planes, ...
some scheme to realize such as , a universal dovetail jig, a panel saw (material already buy), and a horizontal belt sander, with all this stuff i wil need a 2 stories work shop… i would like to buy some power tools, as a thickness planner for instance but here its very difficult, !?


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#1 posted 09-07-2008 08:54 PM

Hi Alain,

Welcome to LJ and hope you like the community here.

You seem to have an interesting workshop. I would love to see some pictures of your home made tools.


-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 09:02 PM

those pictures will be post next week, i’m take by surprise , i don’t prepare anything, i need the time to go to the hairdresser , the time to charg the camera , to clean the place , smile and…


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#3 posted 09-07-2008 09:04 PM

Ditto what Praki said about the home made tools!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-07-2008 09:04 PM

We’ll look forward to those picture, Alain. Sounds like folks without a lot of money to invest in tools will be able to learn from you, since you’ve made several of your own.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 09-07-2008 11:24 PM

as that i explain in a Dan blog space, here is not a problem of money but mainly of disponibility, you don’t find anything in the stores, when you ask about some thing different of a hammer or a saw, the seller open the kind of eyes when he look for a ovni
one day i am looking for a mortising chisel and bits, explaining that it ’s a kind of drill that do square hole…
ther e o shopman lok to me and say that this one is very good but already known !! and i go out the store by the same way , without the tool


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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 09-07-2008 11:40 PM


Your shop sounds really interesting. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it. You appear to be an innovative and resourceful woodworker- one from whom we all could learn a great deal.

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

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#7 posted 09-09-2008 12:36 AM

Scott, thank you, i’m not sure to be innovative, but i try, for the ressource i don’t have options, but i like, i discovered that it’s a great pleasur to work with its very own tools, even they have defects, or imperfections, they have the great quality to be “ownhandmade”.


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Rob Drown

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 07:36 AM

very creative and resourceful. Very cool!! Thanks for posting. You bring a lot to LJ. Thanks

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 09-09-2008 02:14 PM

Welcome Alain:
I admire your resourcefulness.

You are going to have to ask Rob Lee(Lee Valley Tools) to open a store down there fro you. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 09-09-2008 04:07 PM

Welcome to LJs and what an impressive shop you have. Very resourceful to create your own table saw from a circular saw… It sounds like you really have a passion for woodworking and the inconvienience of not having a tool store close by isn’t going to stop you. Well done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 09-09-2008 05:32 PM

hi Mark , thank you, my inconvenience is not the proximity of the tool store, but the proximity of the price with my possibilities, tools are really expensives, prohibitives, ask for a makita thickness planer 12 1/2 the modest price of US $1870,00, and more you don’t have choice, it’s one model and so. it’s for this reason that I ‘m looking for a good buddy (forum) who help to buy at a cool price and with a good choice, third world is sometimes very complicated, and other time very simple !?


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#12 posted 12-27-2008 08:48 AM

Your resourcefulness should be an inspiration to others

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 05-23-2009 09:53 AM

you do excellent work in a very functional shop…and you are very resourceful…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 08-19-2010 01:27 PM

alain, you are a very creative man. I admire you for what you have done and your shop is most interesting. Your two plains are beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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