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I’m currently crammed into half of a 2 car garage and a boat shed of recycled timber, mainly Rimu. The workshop will sometime in the next few years move closer to the location of our 100Ha ( 250 acres ) of forest property. A purpose built shop will eventually be built made of adobe brick and NZ red beech timber rafters along with a solar kiln to process my own self-milled windthrow NZ Red and Silver Beech.

I currently own the basic power tools, having picked up bits and pieces over the years and some parts of the collection still to be updated :)

Beaver/Delta 10” Contractor’s 1hp table saw (with a sharp blade and some care in setup of a very persnickety fence, perfectly serviceable but I still dream of that Unisaw – which is not available in NZ)
Holytec 8” jointer
Delta 12” portable planer
Home built router table ( from Woodsmith plans) using a 3hp Dewalt router
Delta 14” drill press
Tauco ( foreignly sold Delta ) 14” bandsaw ( about 1940 model – see pic )
Ryobi 8” radial arm saw
Custom built professional wood lathe ( from about 1960’s – recent acquisition )

and a whack of hand tools

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 02:27 AM

Great shop and good luck on your move to the new spot.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-09-2007 03:33 AM

Good Luck. Christchurch is a wonderfuly city. I would love to visit again someday.

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 11:21 AM

sounds like you have a clear vision of what your future shop will look like!

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

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 12:33 PM

Hi Steve,

Any chance that we can get some updated photos of your shop?

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

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 09:05 PM

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your interest. I happened to have a few pics I took during my last project which I’ve uploaded.

When I say I am crammed, I mean crammed but I’ve put the table saw and the planer on wheels. I’ve also built a scrap wood and handtool stand on wheels which can be tucked away when not in use and moved around when access required. You can see that in the last photo, to the left of the drill press. I used offcuts of some recycled plastic carpet tubing to make some rings that I use for storing long narrow pieces. It has shelves on one side and has bins for storing long flat stock on the other side. The central upright panel is a torsion box for strength and lightness.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 12:07 PM

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the update. Making your tools mobile is a great way of utilizing shop space. And that is a nice wood storage idea with the plastic tubing. Going vertical like this also effectively uses shop space.

You have a nice shop and some nice tools to work with.

I have enjoyed the shop tour.

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

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 05:56 AM

Hi Steve,

I am also located in Christchurch! nice workshop, i wish I had one like this. i am still in a rented property and taking care not to do anything that can’t be undone. would change soon….


-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 05-07-2008 11:42 PM

Definitely a full shop! Cool idea for storing the long narrow pieces.

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#9 posted 05-08-2008 01:11 AM

Great looking shop neighbour.

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

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 03:45 AM

Your dream sounds very similar to mine. I hope it works out for you.

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

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#11 posted 11-08-2008 08:18 PM

Thats a nice shop.

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#12 posted 12-07-2018 09:46 AM

Apologies for bringing this post up.
I’ve been offered a Tauco wood lathe, are you familiar with them? Are they a re-branded Delta or Rockwell?

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