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I have been struggling to put my shop together for about a year now. I have a dedicated area 16×32 with 12 foot ceilings. access is a 10×10 garage door with a 3 foot side door to the basement.

I used to own and operate an auto machine shop in the 90's and for the past 10 years or so the shop has been nothing but a storage area for ole machines and parts etc. Needless to say without insulation and closed eaves most of the cast iron took a beating, not just because of the lack of attention, which in some cases was the point, but just getting to the equipment was a chore.

Last year after buying a few starter machines I had to kick my tractor and motorcycle outside (with brief inside visitation rights) I had decided something had to be done.

Winter of 2010 with a jack hammer in hand, I chiseled out a trench for the power cable, laid the conduit, force fed the wiring through the conduit, and set up a 100 amp sub panel with 2 basic 110 circuits. Installation was not hard and it was not as expensive as I was lead to believe. So much for the redneck extension cords and dryer wiring running into the shop. I am surprised the meeter reader didnt NARC me out. LOL

Later in the year after trying to sell the equipment with no luck. I sold everything to one fellow for a very low price just to get it moved. Moved everything I wanted to keep either to an off-site storage facility or the basement. Brought in a contractor to stud, insulate and drywall the area. With the area finished I moved the equipment back in from the off-site storage. Bad move should have painted cause it will never get done now.

Late in the spring early summer I got sick and was hospitalized for a quite a good while. Didn't get back to work till December and have not been able to stand or walk very long distances for quite some time. In the past month or so I have been doing much better and actually had the energy and stamina to work in the shop the past few weekends. What an amazing difference in 4 days.

I'm starting to build shop furniture and finalize the areas. Once that is done I will permanently install the wiring. I chose to leave the wiring out of the wall for ease of construction during studding and the fact I had no idea where I wanted things to go. I will also be able to make changes as things morph.

I will add a couple of photos later this morning and link to a Utube video.

Thanks for looking.
Dave

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Hi Dave, I feel your pain! My shop is in about as bad a shape as you started with. I was injured on the job 4 years ago and was put out to pasture with a disability pension (read not much) and I can do some light work 30 to 60 min per day. While I was down, my shop area started collecting the extended family's crap! I would get like "your not going to need this space can I put my stuff (crap) in here for a while. I promise to move it when you are back on your feet." Yeah, well that hasn't happened yet. I'm hoping to get up enough stamina to muck it all out and put everyones stuff (crap) out on the parking strip with a "FREE" sign on it to light a fire under the family! I've taken pictures but don't have the heart to post themj yet, I was hoping to make some progress 1st. Thanks for the pics and the video tour, it gives me hope!

Pops
 

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Chin up ole man! I almost sold my bike last year because I was hurting for so long, between my hip and back I was on a cane. I could still ride and did that for almost a year but it got way too painful. I rode three days last week and have not used the cane once in 2 weeks! It was a challenge, but it felt great.

You didn't see the very start, I had cast iron 3/4 the way to the garage door. Took two very large piles of machined blocks, heads, cranks and piled them up by the mail box. That pile didn't last 2 hours. People started picking with how much for those heads kinda thing. Free, if you get the whole pile. One guy bit and rolled in with a trailer. I thought his tires where going to pop. LOL

Find something small to do that you can remain seated like cleaning and sharpening an ole plane, whittle, make some scales for knives, small carvings. BTW if you use the dining room table you might get a bit of help in the shop. Specially if ya really red neck it up. Don't ask me how I know this.

Good Luck and thanks looking.
Dave
 

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Dave, it looks like your shop clean-up is progressing well. The lead picture is certainly a dramatic improvement over the shop in the first video. :)

I see quite a bit of potential in your shop, especially when you get the drywall (not one of my favorite jobs) finished. I am looking forward to seeing updated pictures of your shop as you continue to work on it. By the way the last three pictures are a little tough to see any detail since they are so small. Usually this happens when the ! mark is missing at the front and back of the link.
 

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Dave, these pictures are much easier to see the detail in your shop. That is certainly an impressive stash of lumber you have managed to accumulate and the lumber rack looks to be solid and well built. It would have to be to support all the lumber that you have. I also enjoy the ceiling height that you have in your shop. I have 92" in mine and, when I am swinging sheet goods or moving tall cabinets, it can be a challenge to avoid the lights.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.
 

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Hi Dave;

Nice shop, and I'm glad to hear you're back on your feet.

Lee
 

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Thanks Scott. I'll be updating on a regular basis now that I'm back on my feet. Hopefully I'll get rid of all that nasty oak on my flooring project, which was supposed to start last year. The ceiling height is an aspect I'm thankful for. The original idea was to house a boat during the winter months. The one I have not won't make it thru the door nor will it fit within the 32 foot length without twisting the tongue around. I'm glad I gave up on that idea. LOL Just getting the trailer in to unload wood is a challenge.
 

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Lee, thanks for the well wishes and I'm certainly glad to be able bodied again.
 

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Welcome to Lumberjocks, Dave. It looks like it will make a very nice space to work in and you've got a really good start on your equipment. Congratulations.
 

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Thanks for the welcome Hellava. I took a glance @ your area looks great to me good use of the space as well.
 

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Hi Dave, yeah I'm gonna have to take it one little step at a time for now. In addition, I'm now having to deal with a fire situation at my daughters house that she rents and the challanges with that are pilling up, nobody hurt, just a big mess started by the landlord doing some repairs and then left to come back later. In the mean time whatever he was doing started a fire that took out the living room and master bedroom and much smoke damage. Now just found out lots of asbestos in the popcorn ceiling so have to have that abated. Much fun! Oh well, more challanges. Appreciate your reply above. Work safe.

Pops
 

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Dave,You have made a transformation of Your work space from its earlier state for sure ! It sounds as if You have done the same with Your health as well and that is good to hear ! The shop itself is a great looking space and with a little more time and effort You will have Your self a very capable looking set up, great work to date and continued success. Once more, Welcome to L J's…... ROB
 

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Dave,

Inspiration!!! That's what I need… I've got enough tools, Just need to get things organized… Trying to get an air cleaner built now… Thanks for the post & welcome to LJ's
 

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Been scrounging here and there and finally got what I think I need to round my shop out for now. Now I just need a week to figure out where its all going to fit.

Wood-master 612, I bought this tool last year before I did any snooping on it. Found out to my horror that Wood-master no long supports this model and parts/ accessories are tough to find. I was lucky and found a fellow in CA that was willing to part with most everything he had except the sanding drum. 200.00 later and 50 dollars freight. I'm the proud owner of gang rip attachment as well as extra molding tooling and shafts. Thanks again Jim

I wanted to up grade my Delta RC 33 with a spiral cutter. I found instead, a G1033 already converted and better yet somewhat local. Cost was the same as the conversion parts minus the labor. When I went to pick up the planer, a clamp rack just smacked me in the face and solved my clamping and major glue up headaches. Since I have no large clamps of any stature this was right on time. Hats off to Bill Sams for a really sweet deal on everything.

Trolling Ebay, Craigslist, and other providers I was looking for a good deal on a feeder for the Jet shaper. Its the smallest one and has not room for the feeder unless you do some modifications. I was going to take the extra leaf from the table saw and add it to the shaper. I figured it would tip over if you moved the shaper away from the front of the machine. I was thinking sandbags or lead shot would help, but then I found this Chen Sheng shaper with 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch spindles with a feeder and extra profiles. This manufacture worried me till I found a distributor here in the US. They re-badge it as a Northtech piece. 800.00 for everything. Now I just gotta get to work!
Thanks for looking.
 

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