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Oct 20th, 2010 at 1:53pm
 
Hello All -

Have been posting here for a couple of weeks now, and since I spent some time cleaning up the shop, I thought I would take some pictures.  These days I mostly turn as I have young children and time is limited, but I also like to do case work.  We just finished off the basement, and the last pic is a cherry build-in I completed last spring.

The shop is roughly a 12'x18' room in the basement with a small 4'x8' wing off the side for wood storage and the air compressor.  I expoxied the floor, and added a sub-panel dedicated to the shop.  As with most shops, it's a bit tight, but not bad considering I tend to by just larger than average tools (cabinet saw, 16" bandsaw, 8" jointer, etc.)

Some day I"ll have the funds for a full-sized lathe, and will need to refigure the whole room again..

If you'll look closely, you may see some unpaid "help"...

-Grant

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Reply #1 - Oct 20th, 2010 at 2:12pm
 
That shop is a credit to you and is going to make a lot of us jealous.  I love the closed storage because everything in my place is covered in dust.  The Cherry unit is lovely and works very well.  Make the most of that little Shop Fairy before she catches on.
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Reply #2 - Oct 20th, 2010 at 5:17pm
 
What a great shop! Looks like you know how to use it too...Bill...
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Reply #3 - Oct 20th, 2010 at 5:21pm
 
I am so envious of all that space. Teach the shop fairy whatever you do she may just be the next Drozda or ???
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Reply #4 - Oct 20th, 2010 at 7:44pm
 
Great Shop.  A real showpiece.  I too love the cabinets.  Enjoy her while you can.  You blink and they are grown and gone.
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Reply #5 - Oct 20th, 2010 at 11:19pm
 
love the shop.  and "unpaid" help??  looks like she gets lots of hug's and kisses. smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #6 - Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:38am
 
Lovin' the shop fairy too.  So cute.   
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Reply #7 - Oct 21st, 2010 at 7:31am
 
Glad you enjoied the pictures - its forever a work in process.

The cabinets are a lucky story.  My office was renovating the outdated kitchen and supply room.  The cabinets were about meet their doom with a sledge by the contractor when I happened to go for a cup of coffee.  30 minutes later I had a Uhaul truck outside and my free prize was coming down in the service elevator.  I used about half the cabinets, and the rest went to my father-in-law's shop. 

The most ironic part was, I painted the shop blue/white a year before getting the cabinets, and the colors are exactly the same... spooky coincidence, or I was thinking about the office the day I bought the paint!  Smiley

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Reply #8 - Oct 21st, 2010 at 4:35pm
 
That's not a shop it's a laboratory!

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Reply #9 - Oct 21st, 2010 at 8:34pm
 
Your right Jim that's not a shop its a Dream Shop! Great Job!Smiley
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Reply #10 - Oct 22nd, 2010 at 10:56pm
 
Great-looking shop, Grant.  smiley=thumbsup.gif  The house we're in now had enclosed cabinets similar to yours (not nearly as nice, though), and I sure like having doors and drawers instead of open shelves. I get enough dust as it is...don't need any more places for it to collect.

And that "unpaid" help? I suspect you've only just begun paying, my friend.  Grin  (She looks like she's worth every cent, though.)
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Reply #11 - Oct 29th, 2010 at 9:04am
 
Grant, Very nice digs.  Some time ago my wife gave me a little shop sign that says, "A Man's Garage is His Palace".  While this is no garage it certainly is a Palace.  Congrats and good work. Smiley
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Reply #12 - Oct 31st, 2010 at 8:23pm
 
Thanks, Chris.

While it certainly doesn't feel like a palace when you're trying to work in the shop, I appreciate the sentiment.  It's amazing - no matter how much space we have, it's never quite enough to feed our addition....
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Reply #13 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 5:29pm
 
I like the lathe bench. I have the same lathe without the bed extension. Do you have any plans for that bench you would be willing to share?
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Reply #14 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 9:33pm
 
I didn't draw up any plans, but maybe I can describe it a bit...

The top is two layers of 3/4" ply glued together, with hardwood edging.  It rests on a frame of 2x6 stretchers spaced apart by 2x4s.  The top is secured to the stand with 4 threaded rods/washers/bolts down the centerline of the top and are secured through the 2x4s.  This keeps the bolts out of the way when you bolt the lathe to the top.  Just be sure not to locate a bolt directly under the motor as its position changes with each belt location (don't ask me how I know this).

The frame is 2x6 stretchers with 2x4 legs splayed out at ~15 degrees for stability. Plywood on the sides and back add rigidity.  There is also a plywood bottom behind the doors where I keep two MDF boxes of sand (~250lbs, and an unbalanced blank will still make it move!).  Theres also some room in there for odds and ends like chucks, tool rests, gloves, etc.

I used PVC pipes set through a piece of MDF on the back side to store chisels.

I probably had $75USD in materials, and and weekend of construction time invested. 

Good luck.  There are a few threads on the site regarding lathe stands -a search should turm them up!

-Grant

If I had it to do over, I would probably have made a bit more clearance under the stand - just to make sweeping a bit easier.



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