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Feb 20th, 2012 at 2:25pm
 
As a NOOBE, my shop may be austere by most standards. It contains a mini lathe, scroll saw, blade runner, and mitre saw. Give it time, and it will grow.
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Reply #1 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 3:09pm
 
I think it's a nice little escape Jack.
What is a blade runner?
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Reply #2 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 3:40pm
 
Jack a shop is our castle it doesn't have to be large just ours! Just keep turning
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Reply #3 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 3:58pm
 
Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register is basically a jig saw mounted upside down under a table.  similar to a scroll saw, but the blade is not supported at the top.

all shops start out small.  mine started out in a storage shed with a 3/8" drill and a 7¼" skill saw.  it is not what you have or want, but what you can do with what you have that counts.  it is hard for me to see (pic is very small and eyes are bad), but it looks like you have room to grow.  enjoy what you have and get what you need as you need it. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #4 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:54pm
 
I haven't figured out the secret of getting a photo to 75K or under but still have enough size to see detail.
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Reply #5 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:59pm
 
The Blade Runner is a deceptively useful tool. You can cut a wide variety of materials with pretty good accuracy if you have the patience not to force it. I have no trouble ripping pen blanks to 3/4" squares or cutting circle segments for bowls. Since I can't afford a band saw at this time, segmented bowls are my only option.
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Reply #6 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 7:29pm
 
A person's shop is their castle regardless of its size, all I got is a 12X20 shed but its.... MINE!!! If yours is big enough to do what you enjoy doing, that's all that matter... Right!!! smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #7 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 8:47pm
 
Mike Baber wrote on Feb 20th, 2012 at 7:29pm:
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Wizzy,  That is a castle.  What are you talking about??    Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #8 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 9:51pm
 
The size of shop others have does not help you in the least Jack. Enjoy what you have and make it work for you smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #9 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 11:36pm
 
Jack,

i have a poor excuse for a Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register.  bought it based on another forums recommendations.  it has a hard time cutting paper.

that being said, you can do other turning besides just segmented.  bowls, candlesticks, small hollow forms, the list is only limited by your thinking.  looks like you have a small lathe, so a small electric chain saw would work for you.  it works for Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register.  others use a reciprocating saw, bow saw, or even a axe.  you would be amazed at what you remove with a hammer and chisel.
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Reply #10 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 4:05am
 
Jack, Nice shop. ditto can't see the pic way to small. Like what was said it's our castle. you do the best with what you got to work with.
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Reply #11 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 2:07pm
 
My first shop was a cardboard box with a a 1/4" drill and a 6" skil saw.  Oh, and 2 C clamps.  With that and a nice long straight edge I built a complete set of kitchen cabinets, both base and overheads.  It took a lot of time and I had to develop a lot of patience, but the work got done.

Forty years later,I still have both tools tucked away as a reminder that you can work with what you have at hand.  It just takes perseverence and maybe a bit of youthful refusal to take no for an answer.
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Reply #12 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 9:22pm
 
John,

you build similar to my grandfather.  only difference is he did his building during the depression and used a hand saw and a brace & bit.  i remember those cupboards, long straight edges, square corners, each door had the same gap.  beautiful work.
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David Hamann wrote on Feb 21st, 2012 at 9:22pm:
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you build similar to my grandfather.  only difference is he did his building during the depression and used a hand saw and a brace & bit.  i remember those cupboards, long straight edges, square corners, each door had the same gap.  beautiful work.

You know what?  I missed one.  I also had a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block plane that my grandad taught me how to use before he gave it to me.  And yes, grandad learned all his skills before he ever saw a power tool.  He often told me that power tools were too slow.  Too much fiddling around getting ready to make a cut.  Just grab a saw or chisel or plane and get to work.  The 1/4" drill was also a present from the old man - but only because he got it on sale for 5.00. Grin  He never owned a power drill of his own. Hand drills and a brace was much faster and easier to use in his opinion.  Sometimes, we substitute power tools for real skills.  I'm as guilty as the next, but at least I know one person who didn't need all those fancy thingamabobs to get the work done.
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Reply #14 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 1:31am
 
John,

i have my grandfathers hand drill, got it from my father who had it stored in a tool chest he made before he went into the navy.  slightly rusty, but still works good.  like you, i love their old tools and cherish them.
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Reply #15 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 2:16pm
 
I still have a set of drill bits that I have had since I got out of the Navy in 1969. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #16 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 11:33pm
 
I call my shop my "Palace of Solitude" - if nothing else, it gets me away from in front of the TV and doing something physical - need it after sitting in front of a PC all day.
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Reply #17 - Feb 27th, 2012 at 11:08pm
 
Jack, it beats the hell outa my driveway.  Wink
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Reply #18 - Mar 21st, 2012 at 12:47pm
 
My shop has its own website.  Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

That's a real link.  And the way It works when you click on it is just the way I wanted it setup.
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Reply #19 - Mar 21st, 2012 at 1:12pm
 
Charlie Zapalac wrote on Mar 21st, 2012 at 12:47pm:
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Reply #20 - Mar 22nd, 2012 at 11:06am
 
Jack I think you posted the wrong pic. You said poor mans shop. The pic I see is am awesome shop. I would be proud to work in a shop that nice.

I read in another section of WTR forums about a free program called pixresizer that has really helped me with the pics I post.


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Reply #21 - Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:48pm
 
OK! I figured out the pic thing so here goes.
1st is my Excelsior Mini Lathe with the new SN2 chuck installed.
2nd is my grinding station with the new Wolverine.
3rd is my Skill drillpress and the machine that started this whole thing the Skill scroll saw.
4th is my Craftsman compound Mitre saw.
I built 4 benches to hold these things from mostly found lumber...to be continued.
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Reply #22 - Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:53pm
 
5th is the Rockwell Bladerunner that I use to cut and size everything from pen blanks to circles. I've also used it to cut metal and ceramics.
6th is my most important station, my rest station. I have a muscular neuropathy and tire very easily, so I have to take recovery breaks often.
All this is packed in a one car garage.
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Reply #23 - Mar 22nd, 2012 at 9:50pm
 
nice looking relaxation area. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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David Hamann wrote on Mar 22nd, 2012 at 9:50pm:
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Reply #25 - Mar 24th, 2012 at 5:22am
 
All you need is a small fridge & ottoman to put your feet up & maybe a small table for your coffee or soda on.  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #26 - Mar 24th, 2012 at 2:23pm
 
I have those, the door behind the rocker is to the kitchen. Smiley
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Reply #27 - Mar 24th, 2012 at 7:33pm
 
Great looking man cave Jack
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Reply #28 - Mar 24th, 2012 at 8:42pm
 
Thanks everyone, I have plenty of space right now. When I titled this thread I was referring to the low end tools. Nothing here cost more than $200. Smiley
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Reply #29 - Mar 25th, 2012 at 1:56pm
 
I really like the rocker!! My rest station is my father's old kitchen chair. No on e wanted it and I could not get rid of it so now that I am old I use it. Jack do you have a bowl of peanuts or something? That is the ultimate thinking station, Chair + peanuts smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #30 - Mar 25th, 2012 at 1:59pm
 
I really like the rocker!! My rest station is my father's old kitchen chair. No on e wanted it and I could not get rid of it so now that I am old I use it. Jack do you have a bowl of peanuts or something? That is the ultimate thinking station, Chair + peanuts smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #31 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 7:50am
 
No peanuts, but plenty of flavored water. Smiley
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Reply #32 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 11:56am
 
A little "adult" flavoring?   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Reply #33 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 12:19pm
 
No, I did plenty of that when I was younger but not anymore! Smiley
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JimQuarles wrote on Mar 26th, 2012 at 11:56am:
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I was going to ask if the favoring was hops and Barley but figured it was none of my business. What happens in the man cave stays in the man cave.
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Reply #35 - Mar 30th, 2012 at 11:47am
 
I had a nice rest area like that.  It was a recliner from the living room.  It just seemed to collect stuff and I could barely use it.  So I put it out at the road figuring somebody would take it.  The next day all I found was the left arm rest and the chair back.  Tire tracks in the lawn showed someone took carefull aim.  Never found the rest of the chair.
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Reply #36 - Mar 31st, 2012 at 12:39am
 
Probably imbedded in some redneck's truck grille.  smiley=shake head.gif smiley=shake head.gif
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My grille is clean so it wasnt me....lol
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Don, is that your new grill?
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Reply #39 - Apr 1st, 2012 at 9:17am
 
Lol Jack, I was thinking of the old red truck we have when I wrote that. Since that, truck looks as redneck as a truck can.

Talking about cherished tools my father passed away in 2000. Just before the cancer had restricted him to a wheel chair. He called me to his shop and handed me a drawknife, brace bit, jackplane, and hatchet. He told me now I can build anything in the world.

Later my grandmother told me those are the same tools her grandfather used to build his home in North Carolina, many years ago. What my father did was pass the family torch, something I did not realize until a few years later.

I do cherish those tools, and use them to build memories with my son. On each project we do together we find we fall back to one of the tools at some point in the project.

A son never misses his father until he is gone.
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Reply #40 - Apr 1st, 2012 at 9:31am
 
Amen to that Don! The more we talk, the more we have in common, the home my Great Grandfather x 7 built in North Carolina in Carabus County is still standing and being lived in.
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