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Well, this is my little sawdust factory. When we were searching for a house when we relocated here from Michigan's upper Penninsula, we found this little place with a 14'X18' garage that was pretty much inaccessable from the street with modern (giant SUV sized) cars. My wife was thinking about tearing the old structure down and making the yard bigger. I agreed with her, but since my U.P. shop was a damp corner of a musty old basement, I was secretly thinking "dedicated woodshop…WooHoo!"

So, now with a new roof, new insulated walls and ceiling (new siding planned for spring), natural gas furnace and A.C., I have a real shop.

The tools you can see can be divided into new and vintage categories. The new ones are: a Delta contractors saw with shop made router table attached, Penn State dust collector, Dewalt 13" planer, Craftsman sliding miter saw recessed into the back bench, a small porter cable compressor and nail guns, plus a respectable assortment of sanders, jigsaw, circ. saw, drill guns, etc.

My pride and pleasure are my vintage tools though. The older ones are: Delta 1940's 14" bandsaw and 6" joiner an old Mont. Ward scroll saw and a vintage carvers bench that I found in pieces in the basement of this house. My collection also includes all of my grandfathers hand tools, mostly chisels and gouges you can see hanging above the long bench, as well as a collection of hand planes that are secured under the bench out of sight in the photos, and a hodge podge of calipers, squares, and so on.

I have the disease common to all uf us "dark side" woodworkers; I spend hours surfing ebay and garage sales for more old iron, and have added 8 or 9 planes to Gramps "starter set". I work with those tools almost exclusively now, only using my power tools for the rougher beginning work.

Oh, and of course there is a photo of my partner in grime, Edison. Sawdust is hard to get out of that long hair…but I like having him around!

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This is a nice shop that you have to work in. I especially enjoyed seeing your collection of hand tools. You have organized your shop well and you have a nice collection of power tools in there too. I am glad to see that you have the "non-essential" tools stored outside. In my shop I have to store the lawn mowers and other items that my wife just can't seem to part with. It seems that whenever SHE decides something needs to be stored it always ends up taking up MY shop space.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed seeing your shop and it is nice to see your security system as well. :)
 

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Im a southern guy but I think your snow blower is stuck! But that band saw is nice I like the old stuff too. Your dog is great. The dark side isn't bad just old, try doing a project in the day time without lights, at night only using a oil lamp that's when you have been to the dark side.
 

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Wish I had a building I could turn into a shop like you did!

Manistee is a beautiful place … we have visited there many times. Even spent a night at the Moonlight Motel. Next time I cross the pond on the SS Badger (I have customers in Cadillac and Midland so it can be a 'business trip'), I'm going to head up to your neck of the woods and see if we can book a bight or two on the SS City of Milwaukee!
 
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