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Now that I am able to import pictures they will be coming soon. For staters though, I’ll begin with a brief description. My shop is shared with my wife’s car, but that’s ok. It is a two car garage that measures 19ft by 29 ft. Living in Southern California when it’s hot I open the doors and when it’s cold I close the doors. The workhorse is a 10in Delta contractors table saw with a router table as one of the extensions. It is on wheels. Most sizing work is done with a 10in Rockwell radial arm saw. I just upgraded from a 4in Rockwell jointer to a 6in Jet. And it works great. I also just upgraded from a 11in bench top drill press to a 16in Jet floor model and it too works great. A little more later. I have sent 6 pictures showing the table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, and drill press. Also, included are the 14in Delta band saw, sanding station, work bench and clamp rack. The sanding station has a vintage craftsman 6×48 belt sander, Ryobi oscillatiing spindle sander, shop made horizontal drum sander and a tool grinder for sharpening. Not shown are the Delta portable planer, Ryobi oscillating spindle sander and a Grizzly 1×40 belt/disk sander. I have 5 shop vacs that automatically turn on when the tool is turned on. The shop vacs are dedicated to the machines.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#1 posted 09-26-2007 06:48 PM

Sounds like a great shop. Looking forward to seeing some photos.

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

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 10:40 PM

wow.. looks very efficient!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 10-08-2007 12:45 AM

Good shop, Bob.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-11-2007 03:08 PM

Very well organized shop. That’s got to be the largest shop vac I’ve ever seen. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 05:32 AM

Glad you all like the shop. The shop vacs are just the 16 gallon wet dry variety one finds at Sears. I have found that these shop vacs even though the filter will be saturated they still work okay.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 11:22 PM

Hi Bob,

You have a nice shop. It is well organized and you have a good collection of tools. I know that we never have enough clamps in our shop but it does look like you have an ample supply.

thanks for the post.

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

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#7 posted 03-27-2008 11:49 PM

Very nice setup, Bob. That’s a nice old RAS you’ve got there. Nice clamps storage too.

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#8 posted 03-29-2008 04:30 AM

Scott Bryan, Thanks for overview. There hasn’t been much interest for a while. I’m glad you noticed the clamps. To tell you the truth I got most of the hand screws to assist me in assembling projects for my students at my house, where the conditions are not so hectic. Before I knew it I had a lot. The hand screws are not Jorgensen they are made by a company in Dubuque Iowa called Miro-Moose. I like them a lot, they do logos for other stores and mail order catalogs like Eagle-America and Shop Smith. The Miro-Moose are sold at the Woodcraft store and through their catalog. I have found used 3/4in pipe so I have pretty much stuck with the Pony clamps. I have a hand threader so making various lenght is not a problem.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#9 posted 03-29-2008 04:40 AM

tenontim, Thanks for noticing the RAS In the early 70’s I demonstrated the radial saw that Montgomery Wards sold working in the glass cage the Sears made popular. I got a lot of practice. However, the disadvantage of that saw was that it was made of aluminum and had a lot of diflection in the overarm. When I checked out the then Rockwell model there wasn’t so much deflection because it was made from cast iron. I also use it only to cross cut. I use the table saw for ripping and the compound miter saw for angles. I have never been a multipurpose tool guy.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#10 posted 03-29-2008 10:40 AM

I like your shop. A good workspace. You have a great array of clamps. The clock is kind of cool, too.

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#11 posted 04-04-2008 06:23 PM

Thanks for the compliment on my shop! I’ve got a long ways to go to come up to your level.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#12 posted 04-04-2008 06:27 PM

Nicely organized shop Bob. Looking at your map brought back many fond memories. I was raised in Santa Ana and Garden Grove but left in the early 60’s when I joined the Navy.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#13 posted 04-09-2008 06:16 PM

Hi Bob

Great looking shop and nice looking tools to work with. You are my kind of guy. Everything has a place and everything in its place. I see you have a Makita miter box saw. What model is it and how do you like it. I am in the process of buying new equipment for my new shop. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Sounds like we had similar back grounds. I taught for 5 years and then went to prison for 30+ years (Came home every night thou)

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-12-2008 07:53 PM

Thats a nice shop, Bob.

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#15 posted 01-10-2009 10:10 PM

A well stocked shop, nice.

-- "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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