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Oluf.s workshop, it's creation, travels, development and arrival to, as all workshops do, to too much in too little space. My workshop was born in 1955 when I purchased a Delta Milwaukee Homecraft table saw model34-500. This saw was a product of the Rockwell Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh 8, PA. Delta Power Tool Division.

For many years after that the shop consisted of the saw and any space that could be found to set it down. It started in Des Moines, Iowa than moved to Arlington Heights, IL. On to Lexington, Massachusetts than to several locations in western MA. And than a long stop along the western bank of the Connecticut river just north of the Massachusetts southern border. Now at last a corner of the basement and some walls and the trusty saw at last had a dedicated space of it's own. And it named it "SHOP". Before saw knew what was happening the space was gone, filled with strange power tools. Drill press, Radial arm saw, 4" jointer. By 1968 there was even a router in the shop. Sometime in the mid 1970's my woodworking had began to change, and rather than building with plywood and other sheet goods and stock dimension lumber for my projects, I started to build furniture out of solid lumber which dictated tool upgrades. A Makita model 2030 planer-jointer was added. This gave me a 6"jointer with a 56" long bed and a 12" thickness planer in one unit. I liked having the RAS and found it did many operations better than any of my other tool, but due to space it had to be moved to an outside storage building. The 4" jointer went with it. A miter saw inset into a wall mounted six foot cutting table was added to help offset the loss of the RAS. Chip and dust collection was now the job of a Woodtek 1 ½ HP two bag dust collector unit with a second stage cyclone separator. Piles of rough sawn 4/4 & 8/4 stickerd pine and I was set to make pine furniture shavings and whatever.

In 1994 I retired from my day and night job and relocated to Michigan and a rural acreage, and shop moved with me. The shop is now in the basement (lower level). There is a walk out to this basement, but the shop is in a space with no windows. More tools have been added, The 8" table saw has been changed to a 10". I say changed rather than upgraded because that 8" saw is a great tool, and with the exception of the table size will do everything the hobby woodworker needs a TS for. The other major change is the wood now used for projects. I now use local hardwoods that I buy rough sawn from the many saw mills in this area. For the secondary boards I use poplar

HAND TOOLS; My hand tools are a real mixed bag. They run the gauntlet from some that belonged to my father who served his apprenticeship in Denmark from 1897 to 1905 (yes that is over 100 years ago) to gifts from friends who had no use for them, used tools from all kinds of sales, tools for work (barter) , many gifts from my wife and children, And last resort the ones Old Tightwad actually spent his own money on.

10 inch Delta contractors saw
14 inch Delta band saw/w 6" raiser adaptor
Makita 10" Model LS-1000 Miter saw
16 inch Delta Model 40-560 Scroll saw
Sears Roebuck (not Craftsman) Model 103-22350 6" belt 10" disk sander
Reliant Model DD-34 shaper, 1 ½ H.P.
Walker Turner floor type Drill press
Rodgers Model 91 Doweling machine (horizontal boring machine)
Woodtek 1 ½ H.P. dust collector fed through a cyclone separator attached to a 55 gal. drum
Note; set up in an un-heated barn are the 8" Delta Table saw and a 10" Craftsman Radial arm saw. These tools are used for pre-cutting stock for projects in good weather.

Two 7 ½" circular saws, Skil & Craftsman
Bosch Random orbital sander
Freud Biscuit joiner
Porter-Cable finish nailer
Ridgid model 213 BNA Brad nailer
Porter-Cable laminate trimmer
Porter-Cable plunge router
Craftsman I ½ H.P. routers (3)
Makita palm sander
Black & Decker detail sander
Mortising attachment & tools for drill press`
Grizzly model G1690 Miter Trimmer
Stanley Number 400 Miter Clamps (2)


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Nils, I will have to second the call for pictures. Shop sounds interesting. I would really enjoy a tour when you have the opportunity to post pictures of it.

4,464 Posts
What a great story, and a good listing. Pictures of how you are set up would be great too!

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I believe the unwritten rule is "Pictures, or … it didn't happen"


My dad went to Hillsdale. I went to Western Mich and Mich State. I'm a native Michigander … if I remember correctly ;-)

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