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While I have been a member here for many years, I have never posted photos of my shop before.
My shop is totally on wheels and I set it up on the way I need it when the time comes. This is what I call the "turning studio".....

As you can see I have four lathes:
Laguana Revo 18/36
Delta 46-460 with an extension
A Rikon Econo midi..dedicated to a Beall Buff
and my newest member a Grizzly 10×22 Metal lathe

This set up works well…and I am doing a lot of turning lately…but I have a very extensive flat work set up too, which I will post photos and a description coming up soon.

I realized that one of my favorite things to look at was the "Shop" section and I had never posted mine. I am a Professional Photographer, I have a degree and have owned my own studio for a very long time, but seldom post photos….it's like a bus-man's holiday for me….but I realize that I was being a hypocrite…so I shot some and posted.

Thanks for looking….and showing your shops…..

EDIT--Scroll down to post number 12 to see the new shop.
06-2021

Mike

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alright mike so glad you finally came out of hiding your shop is awesome id say you can do some real turning in there.now we just need to see some pics of those turnings,and since your a photographer no excuses-lol.ive always enjoyed your feedback on projects and now we can enjoy yours,thanks for sharing.
 

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Looks like a reall nice Laguna. How do you rate the delta? Is it powerful enough?
 

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Ben…The Delta is a very nice little lathe. It has good power was well built and I never had one issue with it. I just out grew it…..this Laguana is bigger, has more power and is very solid. The Delta worked fine for up to 10" bowls though.

As a matter of fact, I sold it though, just last week. I had every intention of keeping it and drilling pen blanks or something on it…I just never did. It sat basically unused for a year or so…so I have started a fund with the money for a Nova DP…..
Thanks for checking the shop out….I need to post the flat working side of my shop now.

Thanks
Mike
 

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Mike the miter gauge is from KREG Tool. Works great stays on perfect. I have never used the SStop gauge. Thanks f/ your comments.
 

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Thanks for posting photos Mike, looks like you have a great set up. Having everything on wheels makes a lot of sense. Given how many lathes you have it's not hard to guess that's the type of projects you do the most?
Sence you said you looked at shops the most on LJs and felt you should post yours next up posting some of your e of your projects would be cool,assuming you look at other folks projects too :)
 

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cmon mike show us what you do buddy,youve lurked long enough.dont be modest,share your talent buddy,its what were all about here!
 

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Thanks for the nice comments guys. It's true that I have not posted any of my projects, but I can start. I just want to take simple snap shots though….I take studio shots every day, thus the reason I don't post.

I have lately been playing with my new metal lathe. I have been making improvements to existing jigs and tools for both the wood and metal lathes. I have also been making strides towards kitless pens….I do have a couple nice segmented and closed end pens in the works, so I can post those in a couple weeks. Thanks for the encouragement and comments.

I still have to do some flat work this winter or my wife will sell some of my tools! I will post my flat work set-up as soon as I get to that!
Mike
 

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looking forward to it mike your a true gentleman on this forum and I always appreciate your feedback.
 

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Great looking work space with nice tools. It looks like you like to keep things on wheels too.
 

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I posted this originally in 2017, but never did post my flat work shop. Fast forward to 2020…....I retired 4 months ago and sold my business and building. I am using some of the monies to build my new workshop. Ten days after I retired we had an inland hurricane (Derecho) that tore up our city big time! It has affected contractors and ground much of the hope of getting it built to a halt. I have, however, been able to get things moving. Ten days ago, we got the excavators here and dig the driveway and slab area. Today the slab is being poured…there are some stub walls going in next week , then as soon as it is set and safe to work on the building contractor is set to come…..completion mid to late January. It is 24×40, with a 90' driveway up to it. The driveway will not be concreted until spring. (Many more trucks coming in…I don't want my new driveway broken up) Oh and those are dog toys…not mine!

 

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Mike, you have really nice setup! I hope to have the same before I retire!
 

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I like your current shop. Good luck with the new one! I would like another band saw but I have no room for two. I hate changing blades.
 

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After almost a year of construction, moving and waiting on contractors and the city…here it is. I couldn't be happier. I am sure my contractors were not happy with me. I would listen to their suggestions but generally got it done the way I wanted. The last few months were spent detailing the inside and landscaping the outside. I shattered my elbow right a day or two after the picture with the gravel was taken. It has been getting steadily better to the point where it is 80% normal. I needed to landscape the edge of the drive and the lawn. About two months ago I was given the go ahead to shovel….it was great Physical and Mental Therapy. as you can see I just have a large pile of gravel to go that will go in two locations. Then seeding.
The building is 24×40 with Heat, AC, Cat 6, Cable TV, Fridge, Microwave and a rockin' sound system.



The building sits 130 feet from house. I did not want to loose all my backyard









I have three lathes, a Rikon with a Beall buff, A Grizzly 10-22 Metal Lathe and a 18-36 Laguana.
As you can se there is a Seville 6' low-boy tool box with all Lathe tools behind them









The wood working bench contains the Ash I procured for a workbench to sit where temp bench is by the Ryobi stuff. That one is two planks on sawhorses.





Computer area

 

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i think i just saw what heaven must look like.i think youve just earned the coveted lj's (YOU SUCK) award-lol.lookin real nice mike.hey where's the frig for the adult beverages ?
 

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Wow! Fantastic one could get lost in there. Jealous of all the space and the desk area.
 

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I'd have to leave a trail of bread crumbs…..your step ladder almost has more room than my entire shop…
 

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I can hear pottzy's drool hitting the floor whe looking at all those turning mechanisms. Well decked out and while you have it well stiocked, it looks like you don't knock your butt when working in the shop.

Where is the close up of the Fe$tool impersonating wall… the green wall.

Any more details on that boat? Having sailed the construction seas of the Bounty, I am eager to hear other sailors saga.
 

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Pottzy, Thanks! The fridge is in the photo of the shelves….just to the right. Its a dorm frige with a Microwave on top.
I laughed at the you suck…..that is a pretty high compliment here.

Bandit Thank you--You do mighty fine work in your shop

Ron-Thanks, I think I might have mentioned this before but this winter that gravel road was a sheet of ice and I had my arm in a sling/cast. Your balance sucks that way…so I had not been up there until it was framed and sheeted. I was with my wife, and I said," well dear it needs to be another 10 feet longer." She responded" I'm sure that hour next wife will be ok with that". This was all about our bucket lists….she wanted a 2 door manual transmission Jeep.
We have a three stall garage next to the house, and now my tools are gone out of the third stall. She ordered it about a month ago. When we were at the dealer, she wanted a 2k upgraded stereo….I said,"maybe your next husband will be ok with that".......we ordered the stereo…..lol .....And her Jeep was more than my shop!!!

My photographic business was 3,000 sq ft. I had all of the stuff you see either in my old shop or in my business.
THe only thing that is new is that Rockler material mover cart. Can you imagine all that crammed into a 3rd stall?
I had to tear down every night…..that took an hour for set and tear down.
I still have a shop with just a tabletop DP in the garage for home repair. Like my BIL said some day you will have a hell of an estate sale…...
 
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