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Here's a few pictures of parts of my shop as it developed. I'm pretty much now finished organizing it. Time to get some long awaited projects underway!

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Ya, great display. Now where is the rest of the shop…................
 

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Nicely organized and nicely outfitted. I love all the hanging storage solution you've made.

Just curious, do how do you keep your slider in alignment with the saw and is the long table just to support sheet goods?
 

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nice job on organizing your tools. must be nice not to have to search for a tool, while working on a project.
 

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I must say, you have a most interesting selection of tools. I have a couple of questions which I'm just curious about:

1. You seem to have multiple copies of the Bridge City dovetail square. If so, why? Are they different sizes?
2. Why so many similar hammers? I don't know much about hammers, so I could easily miss any subtle differences.

By the way, you and I seem to share a love for measuring and marking tools!
 

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To member mbs - it took a lot of work to get the slider for my tablesaw to run in complete alignment to the blade of the saw.I build the support base for the slider to be heavy and to allow for adjustment up/down and left/right. From then on it was just a matter of using various gauges to get within a few '000's of an inch. It is working great and seems to be staying pretty much in alignment. The long table began its life as a system to use a router to level off the top of my workbench. Once that was done, I recycled the aluminum I beams and added some of that white slippery plastic to make a support table for cutting sheet goods.

To member thebigvise - I have to confess to having a bit of fetish for the old Bridge City tools. There are many different squares in their old product line. The best way to explore them all is to visit the Bridge City website and to take a look through their discontinued tool line. It's a real shame that they stopped making these handtools. They were expensive but they aren't cheap import junk! As to why so many hammers? I just seeme to accumulate them over the years. The best one is an old Cheney hammer that I inherited from my grandfather. There is just something magical about the weight and the shape of the handle. I think that the old timers were very fussy about their tools since they didn't have nail guns and Skil saws way back then.
 

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Very nice shop. Cool equipment and very well organized.
 

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Thanks for your detailed response, thamar. I agree with your comments about Bridge City. Also, I love that you actually use your beautiful B.C. squares. If it weren't for ebay, I would not have had the chance to get a few of those squares for myself.

Your shop, the main point of your post, is a model of neatness and organization. Great job!
 

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I can appreciate your alignment issues. I just went through the same thing with my combo machine but I had an easier time of it since both parts were connected to a common frame. Yours was more challenging! I thought you might have issues with keeping the two aligned from normal vibration/bumps … since they're not on the same frame.
 

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You are correct. I had to build the base for the table saw slider to be as heavy as possible. I then bridged it at a few places in with the tablesaw. The floor of my shop is raised up by about 7" or so with 2×8 sleepers and 3/4" plywood on top. (underfloor vacuumn system) The plywood is covered with GarageWorks plastic type tiles. There is a bit of give in the floor and I can see the sliding table move a thousands of an inch or so if I shift my weight from one side to another during a cut. That kind of minor movement doesn't seem to be critical for woodworking!
 

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You have to have some pretty accurate measurement equipment to get everything coplanar and square. I spent quite some time on my machine just to find out that my starrett square wasn't square. Had to start over with better stuff.

Great shop!
 

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The absolute most useful measuring equipment is a heavy block of machined cast iron with a dial indicator on it. It's the Oneway Multi Gauge (around $100). Absolutely a fantastic tool. However, it doesn't do everything. (It's the best thing ever for setting up jointer blade height and for brining my old Delta DC33 surface planer blades into alignment) The Woodpeckers Saw Gauge helps align your saw slots to the saw blade (an essential step). Its about $90. I also used the A-Line-It system which I attached to my sliding table and then ran that along a machined bar put in the mitre slot (Lee Valley sells these machined bars. They are also very useful for checking that the sliding table is on plane with the plane of the tablesaw). All in all, a VERY tedious process. However, once it was done, everything seems to be staying in place pretty well.
 

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I love the oneway too. Unfortunately, I don't have anything longer than 26 inches that is straight. and I just got that recently. Haven't heard of the A-line-it but I will look into it.

Tedious, Tedious, Tedious!!! I'd rather be making chips than setting up machines!
 

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Wonderful sized shop and organized very well. Must be the long Canadian winters keeping you in there.
 
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