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#1 posted 06-01-2010 07:21 PM

Thanks for posting your workshop, kinda looks like mine but different, looks to be functional and practical with the right(?) amount of storage space. I kinda think storage varies with each of us. Mine gets piled up till I can’t stand it then i get busy cleaning up and in the middle of it a project pops in my mind and I’m off cleaning duty for a while. However I do not let trash build up and my floor is clean, it gets swept/blown at least twice a day. I have heel spurs and can’t stand walking on stuff on the floor so when I’m turning the broom is right behind me and shavings gets swept under the lathe repeatedly till I am done for the day. Often it is a trash can full each day.

I would love to see your metal works as I made my living as a welder/business owner/fabricator for 30 some years. I’ll show some of the works I have in my home that will not get left behind if I should move (I don’t plan on moving) when I post my workshop/projects.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 07:23 PM

Super looking shop with some outstanding equipment .


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#3 posted 06-01-2010 07:32 PM

There is more if anyone would like to see. I have always considered the machines the muscle and the bench the heart. I can never understand when I walk into a shop and only see powertools, I wonder how they solve those intricate problems. I will give an inventory of the machines for interest. 1 Robland combo, 1 Wadkin 10 inch…Makita 305 benchtop thicknesser, 2 x Drillpresses, Rockwell Bandsaw, Wadkin lathe with 3 phase convertor, numerous sharpening machines and grinders, ( I have an edge fetish!) Dust extractor, belt and disc sander, Myford super7 with the bells and whistles, Emco mill with auto-feed. I think thats it for the stationaries.

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 07:59 PM

I think you have a wonderful cave there, I fully follow you in your poetic way of bring us inside.
Thank you a big lot for this jurny.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 08:11 PM

Thanks Mafe…..appreciated

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 04:10 AM

Toolchap, it looks like you have a nice shop. It appears as if you have plenty of room in there and, with 13 foot ceilings, you do not have any headroom problems. I have always thought that this is the way to go. ‘
With this much room you should be able to store sheet goods and long boards vertically where it is easier to get to individual boards.

You also have some nice tools to play with. And it appears as if you have a nice hand tool collection as well.

Thanks for the pictures. It was fun to tour your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 04:06 AM

Hey Toolie,
Bring on the rest of the show…very interesting collection of toys there.

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 04:40 PM

Some more for splinterman and bearpie

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#9 posted 06-05-2010 04:19 PM

Jan, You have quite a collection of tools! I am not shocked with the “ordered chaos” but am envious of the variety of tools that I see and by the large variety I know you have a diverse skill in many things and I AM impressed! It must have taken you years to amass the collection, may I inquire the size of your shop? Thank you for “baring your soul” for all to see and like you said unashamed in all your glory! It is what it is!

Take care, Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 10:00 PM

Erwin…how lovely to hear from you in here again…kind of a meeting place. Firstly I am totally self-taught. It has taken me about 25 years to get to this juncture. I think you will know…those are just the flash. The tooling costs big time…I built up a set of metric left-hand taps and dies…5 nearly full sets of gear cutters, adjustable reamers from 1/4 – 1”, the specialised drill bits, milling cutters,diamond wheels(I do sharpening for many of the local woodworkers)...etc ad nauseum…this all in drawers and cupboards. We work in metres but it is roughly 25 feet long by 20 feet wide and about 12-13 feet high. One half is a mezzanine with very little headroom which adds another 50% for storage. This is all still a mess as I have not unpacked everything. Does one ever?

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#11 posted 11-30-2010 02:59 AM

Now let me think, where did I put that widget? It was in the last place I looked last time. Steve in Oregon

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