Seven Hamers and a shop do --part one #1: Seven hammers and a shop redo

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Blog entry by eddie posted 06-18-2014 09:34 AM 3018 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back had some LJs over and a tribute to an ole friend that had passed away . What a awesome bunch of woodworkers there are on this site ,all walks of life sharing the journey of wood working .from Masters to beginners . Its just sometimes a journey of practicing a technic till you get it or studying of the Masters of this craft,reading ,or just sharing ideas and info on topics pretty much just helping one another on there journey . Have really meet some awesome woodworkers ,maybe not all in the flesh but all awesome .Had one friend come to visit one of the Master of the craft .Had know him for a while David AKA Patron he came in early a few days and was showing him my shop .This is David standing in the shop ,told him its just a work in progress and told him that post in the middle kinda limits my options to putting things differently and one day im going to put shelf s all the way around the walls ,not deep shelfs but one where things can be seen from anywhere in here ,don’t really want cabnits i tend to put things in them and forget about em

what he was looking at was this post in the middle of this shop
heres some before and after pics of the shop. first the before
the work bench area

the other side or the drill press area and table saw

well it was a mess and not very organized to say the least .David asked do you have a hammer .told him yea let me find it after about a 15 r 20 mins. look i found one .we can remove that post David told me. i said ok always wonder why it was here it is in the way
here he is talking with LJs Jim and Candy think hes is telling them ’’ told Eddie that post could be taken out :)’‘
we ran a 12inch header ,it really opened it up ,the post is no more

after the boil David and I went to work .he said Shelfs
well he took out a pencil and paper drew for a while and asked where is that hammer after 15 r 20 mins i found one again

David was a hard one to keep up with ,hes sure one to get her done ,told him i know you dont take much to unions but this is a union shop we have to take breaks he laughed and we took breaks talked and carried on he is quite a talker .really a good person ,your always welcome here David again thanks my friend its a new shop .

the after pics
Did the whole shop with french cleats .even got a real desk ,we made this up with a couple of cabnits and a sheet of plywood. over head is shelfs and a charging station .this is where the work bench use to sit .look at the open space there :)

here is my drum sander.the foot print of the stand was eating up floor space .David made this one up its a lot better and has two draws and a small cabnit on the side .plan on putting a face on the draws latter it sits now where i have plenty of room for in-feed and out feed

here is the drill press area with a new planer station with 2 draws and yes more shelfs
here is a storage area for jigs David made up of a bunch of scrap it fits under the table saw .holds jigs that i use on the table saw ,a place for every thing and every thing in it place ,Told David that Andy and William a couple of friends of ours that are very organized would be proud

moved the work bench over to a new home .yes got more shelf s for storage for the stuff i use mostly on the bench
clamp storage area David this is one great storage area right by the bench .Loaded and ready

and under the bench is the smaller clamps and chisels

heres a view from one end of the shop .Just hard to believe all this room was in there and the band saws new home .
David thank you very much .i really just wanted you to come down and take a break know you been working hard and long on building that beautiful home and also that awesome shop .but in a way we had fun and Relaxed at what we enjoy the most shop time .thank again and also for the present i got in the mail a few days ago thanks my friend for the set of chisels

i know some are wondering whats the deal of seven hammers got to do with this well after all was said and done i found these during the shop rebuild

thanks everybody for making this journey such a blessing

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 10:42 AM

Eddie, what a great space y’all have found there! Seven hammers…I can relate! It was great meeting everyone and thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 10:42 AM

Your “NEW” space looks fantastic.
I’m sure you are enjoying the new found space, storage and efficiency.
That and a hammer for every machine that may need a little “tweaking”!!!

Leave it to my “Dad”, to “Git ‘er dun”, even while on vacation!!!

Enjoy your new chisels and your “NEW” shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 10:45 AM

Eddie my friend, that is a completely different shop now. Kind of makes me ashamed of my cluttered up joint. Maybe not ashamed enough to clean it up, but enough to admit that I am a slob.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 10:55 AM

Excellent. You are giving me ideas.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-18-2014 11:02 AM

Gr8 stuff eddie. Your shop looks amazing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-18-2014 12:03 PM

Cool shop, Eddie.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 12:32 PM

That is a wonderful blog EDDIE and I am happy to see that kind of friedship developing .
The shop looks great with all the changes and improvements you guys made .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 12:38 PM

Great blog, Eddie. The shop looks wonderful. And thanks again for making your place available. You were a great host

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 01:23 PM

the time i got to spend with you and the LJ’s that could make the memorial journey
was a gift for us all

thank you for having us and the hospitality in your home

for all you that are seeing this shop now please imagine it as it was to start
(like mine here at home and maybe some of yours at times too
why i’m building a bigger shop myself)

the work was really a challenge as we moved everything from one place to another endlessly
to make room for possible new ideas and builds
the challenge was to find something to work with to do the build
things we both had just seen but got buried in new heaps around the shop
a hammer and a tape or a pencil being the most hidden item

’ i just saw it five minuets ago i think there is one over here or maybe over there’

so the work we did was from scratch as here we had all the machinery
we could want yet none that would work yet all crammed into corners
or not running yet
using hand saws and battery jig saws and a small skil saw
(and when it was found even the occasional hammer)
got the table saw into the middle of the shop finally
and got to use it to cut up the ply for the hanging shelves
only to discover that the fence flexed at the back and was cutting wombly at best
(got that resolved after all the wood was cut up)

all in all a crash course in beginner to dream woodworking for us both

‘we are a union shop we take 23 minuet breaks’
so off to the back porch for coffee and laughs we go
whenever it got to confusing to find anything to work with

i got some pics of the final work we did there before i left
here is the new desk and the sander with in/out room for longer wood
the post we removed was about where the cup is on the drop table behind the saw

the bandsaw where it has room to work well from both directions

the new workbench area and clamp rack (got to use them thru the build
once we got that up as they were easy and handy to find)

here the sander and the table saw with rolling tools behind and more shelves over

and the bandsaw with workbench behind and a storage closet (behind chair on workbench)
and the outside porch where the chop saw and router table and vacuum system are handy

being there with you was a joy for me
thank you again for everything my friend
i can’t wait till we can do it again and tear out some more walls in the house
and close in that porch and add a warehouse to the side
(you will have a place for a cot when we get done)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 01:59 PM

Your shop really looks great Eddie.

-- Nancy Antley

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#11 posted 06-18-2014 02:12 PM

Wow Eddie and David…....what a great re-build of the shop. The difference is amazing. The open shelves are really going to help so you can SEE your stuff. Looks like all the machines are on wheels so that makes the shop versatile.

Can’t wait to see the projects coming soon…...

Enjoy it Eddie….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 06-18-2014 04:10 PM

WOW! What a difference you two made in that shop. So much more room to work and so much more efficient, too. As Jeff said, it’s amazing.
You’ll be turning out some great stuff in such a nice shop. Especially, now that you know where all your tools are.
I’ll bet you have the nicest shop in all of Bawcomville…heck all of Monroe.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 04:27 PM

Thank yall for the kind comments .it is so much better now ,i can actually find stuff

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 05:09 PM

Way better Eddie, Congratulations on your ‘New’ Shop!
Nice Work and Friendship David!
A Hearty Well Done to you Both,
on yet another Great LJ Collaboration!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 07:04 PM

That is a startling improvement Eddie. I’m still waiting for David to drop by my place.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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