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Troy Curtis
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My shop isnt much of a shop
Oct 26th, 2012 at 4:44pm
 
I will have to post a picture once I get one taken. My shop is not much of a shop really. I got my lathe about 11 years ago and for the past 9 years it has been in storage. Now I live in a rented house with a pretty good sized back patio area. Last Christmas I got a scroll saw and for my birthday last month I got a sander. Finally got my lathe out of storage, so that is pretty much all I have for a shop. I am really learning a ton about scroll saw work and hope to get a better knowledge of the lathe. Well, will show my shop pictures soon as I can get one taken.
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Reply #1 - Oct 26th, 2012 at 5:25pm
 
Hi Troy
Every body's gotta start some where.  I've seen a fella, his shop is a small cargo trailer.  You get what you can when you can. The most important part is Have Fun.

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Reply #2 - Oct 27th, 2012 at 8:33am
 
My shop is small too but I am moving things around and cleaning out some to make it a bit better. I saw a guy that had a fair sized garage for a shop but he also had a covered and paved parking slab in front of it. He put casters on all his equipment and spread it out under the roofed area each day. Very cool idea for when the weather allowed since he then had a huge shop.
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Reply #3 - Oct 27th, 2012 at 8:36pm
 
Got some pictures of the shop. Basically it is a covered patio room which is screened in. It has plenty of room and the Arizona weather is good to be out there most the year.
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Reply #4 - Oct 27th, 2012 at 10:52pm
 
nice setup. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #5 - Oct 27th, 2012 at 11:51pm
 
Troy my shop is similar.  It is on my back porch.  I am sure I get a bit more rain than you do so I have be sure to cover up. 
I may be envious of the others with "real shops"  but have "MY"  shop and until I can get a better one It is still my haven.
(well weather permitting)  smiley=thumbsup.gif Grin smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #6 - Oct 28th, 2012 at 2:46am
 
Len Layman wrote on Oct 27th, 2012 at 11:51pm:
Troy my shop is similar.  It is on my back porch.  I am sure I get a bit more rain than you do so I have be sure to cover up. 

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We dont get rain often, and if we do my shop is a full covered patio. No rain gets in it. But I am sure you dont get 115 degree summers.
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Reply #7 - Oct 28th, 2012 at 11:39am
 
No, but they are in the 80's and 90's all year with 80%+ average humidity.
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Reply #8 - Feb 10th, 2013 at 7:40am
 
Nice shop!!!  A guy can only stand in one place at a time anyway.  I have the same lathe.  I am getting use to it.  Of course I would like a full blown Oneway or Robust, but I can do a lot with what I have.
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Reply #9 - Feb 10th, 2013 at 10:33am
 
If I had to work in an outdoor shop I am afraid I would have to pick a different hobby for 10 months of the year. Up here we describe the weather as 7 months of winter and 5 months of bad sledding. smiley=lolk.gif smiley=lolk.gif. Last year I put an IR natural gas heater in the garage.  Smiley This year -40 is no problem. The IR heats objects so all tools are nice and warm.  smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #10 - Feb 10th, 2013 at 11:01am
 
Tony I started out on Craftsman lathe just yours back in '82.  It served me well for over 20 years.  At one time my shop was a 5 x10 closet of a space.  You have to start someplace.  It's not the space or the expensive tools.  It's what you do with what you have.  The jigs you make, the tools you make and most of all the learning of a craft.  I have a shop full of tools, jigs and my most favorite are the old ones.  An old Delta scroll saw being one of them.  So keep turning and have fun!
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Reply #11 - Feb 16th, 2013 at 4:12pm
 
very nice i couldn't do that up here in new england last mon we got hit with 2 feet of snow lol...mty shop is small about 8 x 8 but i use all surfaces walls & between joists too for pen blank storage
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Reply #12 - Mar 18th, 2013 at 8:09am
 
Better a shop than none at all!  My shop in my old home was only 177 Sq. Ft.  It was wide but not deep...but it did what I wanted, and someday  (maybe) you'll be lucky enough to have one built for yourself.  My new place I now had a 24'x20' shop built.
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Reply #13 - Mar 18th, 2013 at 9:02am
 
My first shop was the garage with a door that didn't close, My next one I built was a 12" x 8", then a real one I built years later 20 x 30, Now I have my dream shop many years later I built and it is 30 x 40 and I still have no room in it  go figure! smiley=thumbsup.gif
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