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IDK... I couldn't get much done wearing the mittens I'd want up there...
You were saying?
You could work on it under a bridge and get plenty of free help.
Till the tools ran out... then it’d just be me and my garbage fire.
Things have been slow to no going with Bev as of late. The weather, my non insulated garage have left me offering her little more than shelter and I reckon that’ll be for the rest of the winter.
After a bit of a crisis of faith, I’ve decided she’s at least better off than sitting under a carport in TX not running for years on end ... at least there’s 2,000 bucks worth of suspension waiting to be installed in the spring.
Anyway, another (very worthy) time suck has been the long overdue building of my third (and hopefully final with the exception of future upgrades) wood shop. Over the last year, as it’s my basement, I’ve cleared out and walked around the space a lot, chalking out areas, mapping electrical, building work tables and restoring the little equipment I did have.
Last week I pulled the trigger on these which just came home yesterday:
A Powermatic 54 (basically a JET import from the same period as I gather) a Powermatic 66 cabinet saw and a Powermatic 100 12” planer. The package also came with a big ole shop fashioned blower which will likely be reconfigured into a two stage dust collection filter (the stand will be refit with a smaller blower I have to exhaust the spray room).
Anyway, setting this all right will easily keep me in the basement for the winter. It necessary as as lucrative as my present job has been, I’m not gojng to be able to spend the rest of my working life behind a computer!
Should be fun though I’m still looking forward to some cruising this summer.
Looks like a very well thought out lay-out you have there, nice work!
I don’t remember the jointer being pictured in the ad you shared with me, how long is the table on that?
You’re going to love that table saw!
So you have enough power down there for more than one of those machines?
That how my woodshop doesn't turn into a car shop, by putting it in the basement. You can't fit a big c-body in the basement.
Nice set up. I have a Powermatic table saw, by far the most used and best purchase I have made. I made a 16 by 4 foot table off the end of the table, which is good for me, because I can usually shove all my car parts on to the last 8 feet to use my table saw.
I got that jointer from a different chap who is closing up shop. It’s a 42” table and from what I’ve read, the same machine as a JET from the same period.
The saw should be a dream. The guys fired it up when I bought it and it was smooth as silk. I haven’t had a proper saw in almost ten years and that last one was a very very very old General 350 (might have even been a precursor to that) that was wired at 110 with a home made beismeyer. It worked well enough but I had to can it when I left Montreal so it’s been my shopsmith ever since. On the subject of the saw, what do you use for a splitter set up on yours? My General has no splitter and, of course, no riving knife but after loosing about an eighth of an inch off my left index finger due to kick back, I’m thinking I should look into that.
For power, I only have one circuit if 110 down there right now. I plan to put 1 more 110 and one 220 as no two machines will be running concurrently. ... this is still pending my electrician’s input.
The off cut tables are all reclaimed skids from my day job... as is a lot of furniture I build (tho the stuff for furniture is worked a lot harder than what is used for my shop. The coil steel at my work comes in on varying types of hardwood and winds up with some really nice characteristics.
Anyway, I’m pretty stoked to get cracking. I have a lot of plans to get to!
Yea, I’m kind of blessed with space in this house. The Monaco, parts and automotive stuff lives quite nicely In half of my garage and the basement is about 75% wood working, 25% musical stuff (once I wall that part off). There’s also a basement under our addition that is accessible from the main part which is pool and yard tool (and mice and snake) storage... that part doesn’t get visited much, obviously.
You store the mice and snakes together? Brilliant!
The mice come for the warmth, the snakes come for the dinner... shit ye not. I still can’t figure how the bastards are getting in. The door was really crappy. I rebuilt that in a way that was ... well, dangerous for anything that didn’t have thumbs to open the door properly.
I don’t use a splitter and only was sorry I didn’t have one once when I got a deal on some ash...
So, tell us, what type of wood working do you do and what do you build?
Yea, I’m thinking on the Shark Guard set up (minus the dust hood as I hate those). We’ll see. I’ll wire it, set it up and rip some stuff and see how it goes..
My first job was hand finishing when I was about 14. I did that and gradually worked through different techniques for four years and ended up at a cabinet shop as a finisher where I picked up a lot of building techniques till I became a cabinet maker there. I did interior renovation for the next couple years until I went to Montreal for school... went through a few shops there till I started my own in my basement doing custom cabinetry and commercial build outs. Lots of bars and tables and mill work out of mostly recycled stuff.
I had to sell most of my shop and most of my musical equipment when I moved back here in 2012. The woodwork took a back seat for a time and I landed a job in manufacturing which turned into marketing for that company.
I’ve been itching to get back into building. I’ve designed four guitars I’ll be building on top of my usual recycled material designs for cabinetry and furniture.
I build anything that doesn’t involve welding, precision machining or high voltage, basically though welding is next on tap.
N there you have it, shop #3. A little 220v, some dust collection and an outfeed table and I’m good.
You appear to have a nice ceiling height there too, even I'm jealous... IDK how you're going to make the car better with that stuff though.
Make stuff, sell stuff, buy parts.
Good looking shop, I would want more lights though. I like a lot of light.