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As many other participants in this site, my workshop is where the cars are supposed to be. Calling it a workshop is a stretch.

I am relatively new to the site, but have not been too shy about dropping a line here and there. I've commented on a couple of projects, asked quite a few questions, including some on e-mails specifically directed to members, probably being a bit of a PITA.

This site does have in my opinion a sense of camaraderie, respect and support which is both refreshing and encouraging to name but two. This is why I sit here now and write. After all, as I have followed threads and looked at projects I've seen things that are not only amazingly beautiful, but leave me scracthing my hairless nogging thinking, "is that possible?, how?".

Some of the shop work tables here at LJ….well, you've seen them. Not only the craftsmanship (and possibly a part of it) but some of the work areas and tools carry such neatness and quality that it is intimidating to show my work and equipment here. Yet as mentioned earlier, the community can be so supportive that I've moved forth with and post my messy and humble shop.

My garage is located in West Valley City, for those familiar with the graph like lay out of SLC, UT, I'm some 12 miles soutwest of the center of the city, a hair farther west than south. I have just fairly recently come to this hobby (probably account for less lines in the water and more pencil ones on plywood of late) after picking a pair of BD firestorm tools, 10 inch table saw and miter saw (the latter out on loan right now) from a friend that was moving. Since then a few pawn shop routers and trips to harbor freight…........you might understand.


Small drill press and surrounding mess


Future site of homemade cabinets



Recently purchased old yet sturdy band saw, currently residing at a Buddy's garage while I work in mine (pictured in former owner's neater garage)


Craftsman router and table, both small and one of a few purchased new tools here


Delta planer loaned to me




That 10 inch firestorm table saw that got the ball rolling…(A K or two later and still going thank goodness for HF & Pawn Shops!) The table saw resides in a "Shopsmith" inspired cart which allows me to move it around the garage, with some difficulty, without having to bother Wife or Children for help


Truly my first project, a flimsy miter saw table with shelf and drawer sans miter saw (out on loan, remember?)


Smaller tools, odds and ends on their current residence, lets see where they end once garage gets re situated.

Thanks for looking, Mario

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Hey Mario,
Any shop is better than no shop…your doing fine…good one.
 

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Mario, you are off to a pretty nice start on your woodworking journey. You have put together a nice collection of tools and you have a good looking shop space. Congrats too on keeping the cars out of your shop space. I could never understand why it is necessary for a car to take up perfectly good shop space.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.
 

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Thank you for the pictures Mario, your shop is small ( what most of us have to start with and many of us have to end with) but nice.
Bert
 

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Hi Mario,
Welcome,You certainly have nothing to worry about-you have a very nice area,walls,concrete floor and everything! My first shop(and I use that term loosly) was a dirt floored space beneath my Father-in-laws barn. When the cars that parked above had snow(did I mention no heat?) or were wet my dirt floor would get a little soft and sticky(mud). My first tools were a 12" Monkey Wards band saw,a home-made 6×48 belt sander,and a 6" W&H hand feed surfacer. All was purchaced much used and slightly abused for about 50 or 60 bucks.This was in the early 1970's.Most was upgraded but that old 12" was quite the saw.Turns out it was made by Walker Turner for Wards,tires were cracked and split,used 78" blades-only from Sears and only 1/4" wide,had some sort of cyclic vibration,but it always did what was asked of it.Finally sold it after 20+ years. Interesting note few years ago I saw the guy who bought it and he said he still uses it!
You have a great space for a wonderful hobby/avocation/profession. Enjoy.Thanks for sharing.
tom
 
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