New shop and Workbench mods

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Project by RockyBlue posted 07-14-2012 03:33 PM 5135 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I finally moved out of the garage into a big shop. I went down to part time at the machine shop and am pursuing my furniture making business between 30-40 hrs week now. The shop is 15min from home and has some nice big machinery, so most of my machines will be spared wear and tear. Saddly my high school woodshop got shut down last month, but I picked up a few pieces at the auction. I scored a pristine model 81 powermatic 20” bandsaw for $300, and a big workbench with 2 vises and storage cabinets under. The large wood cabinet by my lumber rack was another score at $10. I made a riser for the school workbench to raise it to match my big mobile bench. Now I can have a 10’ work surface , or move the small one for 2 seperate areas. I added rockler casters to my smaller bench. I also made a quickie clamp rack to get all my pipe clamps off the floor. So I have about 400 square ft at the new shop for assembly and a few machines, tools. The shop machines include a sliding 12” tablesaw for sheet goods and precise crosscuts, a 16” unisaw, widebelt sander,20” planer,and other nice machines to make accurate cuts. I can sure get alot done now without distractions and have plenty of room to work. Its well insulated and heated for the cold winters here.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 03:48 PM

Love big shops with room to move. Sadly most schools are discontinuing the Votech classes. Kids just want their computers. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 03:50 PM

I can’t even imagine that much room in my dreams !

Good luck with it and I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of your new surroundings and equipment.

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 04:10 PM

Good luck in your endeavors and may you have continued success RockyBlue.

Now that’s an awesome shop, congratulations.

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 04:21 PM

You have a dream shop, now make your dreams come true.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 04:25 PM

Oh man, dream shop to put it lightly. Outstanding.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 04:51 PM

Nice shop

good luck with your new venture or

expanded one


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 04:53 PM

Unless I missed one, I count 3 Table Saws with enough room to dance around each of them.

Happy for Ya’ in your Bob Dylan Woodworkin’ Shop

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight.
I’ve got the feeling that something ain’t right.
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
and I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs.

Machines to the left of me, Storage to the right,,, here I am,,, stuck in the middle with you…

Well you started off with nothing
and you’re proud that you’re a self-made man
and your friends they all come crawling,
slap you on the back and say
Please . . .
Please . . .

Work Safely and have Fun!!! – Grandpa Len ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 05:23 PM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 06:30 PM

When can I come see it in person? Looks like a gigantic score all the way around – shop, tools, talent. What more can ya ask for?


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 08:21 PM

what a fantastic shop, pleanty of room to work, i really hope the best for you, good luck , you have everything you need, now just as many customers as you want…if folks are buying, then your pieces should be selling, hot diggity dog…..rocky blue and his crew… mountain pine, it looks so fine…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 08:27 PM

You are a lucky and yet determine man

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 08:28 PM

WOW, impressive shop and tools to boot!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 07-14-2012 09:01 PM

Nice shop and a great selection of power tools. You got a H U G E mega-deal on that bandsaw and wood cabinet! You do great work…now, get out there and sell yourself and your work. Even in todays economy, people will pay for quality and one of a kind pieces.

Go For It !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 09:29 PM

It’s not a workshop, it’s a furniture factory …. Jesus!

Bad thing is: You’ll need a concert grade PA if you want music everywhere in that shop!

Congratulations, may your dreams come true!


-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#15 posted 07-14-2012 10:20 PM

Sorry for the school. Glad for you that you have gotten to a place where you can make things happen more efficiently. Hope it all continues for you. Yes…I am…..envious. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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