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Well it is long past time I updated the pictures here, I apologies for the lengthy delay, A while ago I made it out of the Wood Shop Jr. and into a bigger sized shop in a steel shed on my parents property. the shed is 12'x30' and it works well for me, for the most part. This isn't the last incarnation of the Oldwolf Workshop but it will be the last one for quite a while.

Thanks for visiting, and if you want to see more you can always stop by my blog at Inside The Oldwolf Workshop

Cheers
Oldwolf

As promised new pics of what I have come to call the mini shop, Its a small cubby hole at the bottom of the steps to our upstairs apartment, I have had to place most all of my sizable power tools into storage, (I miss my table saw dearly!!!) and have focused more on working with hand tools in this space, all in all probably a good thing, the only thing that made the move over is the benchtop bandsaw, it's not pictured because it has to live in a corner on the floor when not in use.

the thing I am most proud of so far is my solution for the woodworking vice, with a cabinet with 2 doors and no real room to either side I had to come up with a solution that let me mount the vice and make it movable depending on how much room I needed, a scrap of 2×4 and a little while later I have the vice holder and I secure the 2×4s to the cabinet top with some screws that I drill in and pull out when the thing is in the way,
next project will be to figure out some type of bench dog system here with a wonderpup… I think that'll be nice

it's kind of a fun shop, literally everything is within arms reach, still can't wait to spread out into a bigger shop and break out the table saw and full sized workbench again, but until then if you can't be with the one you love. . . love the one you're with!

Cheers
D

Well, My family and I have re-relocated back to western Wisconsin, the job didn't work out and its better to be back near family and friends, broke as hell, but better off in the long run.

The pics here are still of the shop in Maine, it was probably the best shop I've had of the 3 I've moved through but my father has already offered the use of his shed to convert to a shop, The new job is a hell of a commute so there will be less time in the shop for now, but patience will take time, I will update pics of the new shop when I have the chance to start putting it together.

Cheers all
D

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We have recently transplanted to Northern Maine, and I am finally getting around to setting up a workable woodshop in the basement of our rented home. The Landlord keeps telling me he will place electrical boxes where I want them soon, and as there is currently only 1 plug down there I shamefully run an extension cord around to every piece of equipment. Hopefully that will change soon,

I am completely self taught from books and instructional TV, I never even took a shop class in high school. I am learning more and more how to work with hand tools as I managed to inherit a good amount from my wife's grandfather and father.

The workshop is still in the set up process, I was forced to leave several things behind in the move, including my workbench and lathe, The workbench you see is my newest project and the first proper workbench I have owned.

For more check out my blog at http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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I like the work bench design. How is the vice made?
 

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very nice shop looks great
 

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This is a nice shop space that you have to work in. The bench has an interesting design to it. It looks to be solid and well built. The angled legs are an interesting concept. Your shop appears to be well organized and you have a nice set of tools to work with as well. Utilizing the space underneath the steps is a nice idea as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.
 

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Thank you guys very much, I still feel like I've got a long way to go. . .

The leg vice is basically a big screw and nut, the handle end of the vice is screwed to the face board, by the red handle, and the nut is screwed on the inside to the opposing leg, under the bench top, a rail is mortised into the face board and passes through a mortise in the legs to keep the alignment, this rail has holes drilled into it so you can place a pin, stop it's compression, and therefore get the top of the face board to angle in, creating a solid grip.
leg vise face board
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leg vise

I understand some people do not like leg vises because of the small amount of fiddling with the bottom rail to get good squeeze on the face board, I inherited an old bench at one point and it had a leg vise on it, (infact that bench is where I cannibalized this vise screw from :) ) so it became a staple of my early woodworking and a part of my method of work.
 

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wow, It's been a while since I looked at my own page here, I might just have to get updated pictures of the new shop up here soon.
If you can't wait for the updated shop tour, I made a little video a month ago and put it up on youtube, you can check it out here

so until the updated pics come
Cheers
Olswolf
 
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