Hey guys..it's time we get back on track with some good old woodworking
talk. Tell us what you have in your shop. Power tools..hand tools..wood
What do you want to add to your shop?
What collects the most dust?
On average, how many hours a week do you spend in the shop?
I didn't think I had that much in my gar^H^H^H, errr shop until I was adding
up everything to get ready for a proper arranging. As far as stationary (or
at least quasi-stationary) tools go, I have a 10" Delta contractor's saw, a
13" Delta planer, a Delta DJ-20 jointer, a floor-standing Delta drill press,
a 14" Jet bandsaw, a HF mortiser, a Bosch 10" SCMS, and a Jet dust
collector. Add to that a couple of routers, biscuit jointer, ECE smoothing
plane, chisels, Kreg jig, etc.
About 400 square feet.
The dust collector.
I'd guess about 5 or 6. That's going to go up soon as I'm committed to
building a table for a friend in the next several weeks.
too few. SWMBO is getting worried she encouraged me to
spend too much on tools that aren't getting much use. When
summer comes, I spend my time doing other things. I don't
want to be cooped up in my shop.
A Jet 10" contractor's saw, Dremel 1671 and 1680 scroll saws, Hitachi miter
saw, Tradesman 8" drill press, Craftsman 6" bench grinder, and added in the
last 2 days, Grizzly 14" bandsaw, Grizzly 12.5" planer, and a Craftsman 4"
belt, 6" disc sander. As far as hand tools, a couple of routers, couple of
planes, and the usual suspects.
As for wood stockI have Oak (red and white), Cherry, lots of Pine and Aspen,
Poplar, Finnish birch ply, and various odds and ends. I also have several
dozen board feet of 125 yr. old maple tongue and groove that I'm waiting for
the right project for.
A jointer and a mortiser. Right now, the biggest dust collector is the bench
grinder. I spend somewhere around 20 hours a week in the workshop (mostly
The thing that surprises me (being relatively new to having a real workshop)
about all of this is that virtually every power tool I own gets used on just
about every project.
Now that I know What you have and about when you're in your shop, I'll do an
online search to find out where you live (using your email properties) and
have someone drop by to clean out, errr, clean up your goodies!!
It's more of a 9'x7' closet in the corner of a basement than a proper
shop. 63 spacious square feet! I've ended up with more stuff that will
fit or can be used in that space, so the drill press, bandsaw, and
planer are out in the main basement area right next to the washer and
dryer. Someday, I'll put the DP in the shop and move the bench grinder
into the main basement area.
Luckily (or unluckily - depending on your POV), I don't have a SWMBO, so
I can get sawdust all over the clean laundry without catching an earful.
Then again, maybe I'd get a SWMBO if my clothes weren't always covered
in sawdust <G>.
Here are pretty much all my tools, in rough order from most to least used:
-Starret Square Rule (Buy once, cry once)
-Late 60s Craftsman floorstanding drill press
-Late 60s B&D 7 1/2" RAS
-15" Grizzly Bandsaw
-PC 7518 router in a homemade table
-13" Rigid Planer
-Mitutoyo Dial Calipers
-A heart-shaped chunk of 8/4 walnut about 5" in diameter cut from the
inside of a heart-shaped box that I use for a mallet.
-Rulers and Straightedges
-Knight Jointer, Knight Smoother, Knight Jack
-PC 690 router with fixed and plunge bases (694VK)
-Bench Grinder mounted on a steel stand my Dad made for me.
-Broom and Dustpan
-Delta 37-070 benchtop jointer
For woodstock, I have a handful of cherry, highly figured curly maple
(fiddleback?), ash, and generic mahogany. Under the workbench, there is
a big box full of small exotic scraps (cocobolo, rosewood, bloodwood,
purpleheart, ebony, etc) that are real nice to use for little things
like handles, inlays, and accents. Lastly there is two trees worth of
air dried black walnut in various thicknesses from 4/4 to 16/4 that I
got for free. Beep beep!
A tablesaw would be great, but there is absolutely no room. In lieu of
that, a disk/belt sander (useful) or a Leigh Dovetail jig (fun) would be
That Delta jointer. I'd rather use a grapefruit spoon to flatten and
In the summer, when I have an enjoyable project in the works, around 20.
In the winter here in Minnesota, it is much too cold to spend any
length of time in the unheated basement.
I've been pretty lucky in life so my shops are full. I have a shop in
my produce processing building for doing roughing out. I have another
one in a building that is 26' X 34' that I use for finishing. Sanding,
assembly and etc. All total, 21 machines. I'm able to write them off
because I do R&D for several large hobby companies. I enjoy every single
minute spent in them. I especially enjoy building jigs.
Building outdoor furniture is sorta fun also. But, none of the above
comes without a price. My wife and I work 10-12 hours per day, seven
days per week. We wouldn't trade it for nothing. The scent of wood being
sawn, routed, sanded or whatever, makes it all worth while. So does the
Thanks for the thought provoking post. I sometimes tend to forget how
lucky I am to have a decent place to play with my machines and relax.
Every now and then, I catch myself sometimes just holding up a piece of
wood and looking at it. It seems a bit awesome as to what was created by
a seed. Thanks again for the post.
PS..I also collect antique woodworking tools. That, is a real pleasure.
Can I add my little personal paraphrasing in amongst your wonderful
I'm using a front verandah -- L shaped about 6' x 30' (covered) and
an attached flat space 12' x 20' which is only partially covered and
tools must be moved undercover when rain threatens.
I haved had a SWMBO for 40 years and she is tolerant and placid, but
those occasional looks of mild disapproval of something, are
I'm only going to deal with my "big" tools.
As I go in for cheap, rough-sawn, wet jarrah (rare and expensive these
days) and store it for years in various covered places which are also
full of valuable "stuff" (read "junk"), I must have heavyish machinery
to get it into usable "wood".
I have an 8" jointer with a 5'+ bed.
I have a 12" thicknesser which I have given Hell to, in the past, but
I have a set of carbide knives for it which should improve it's
performance when I get the balls to install them.
I have a BigBoy 6" belt sander which I love. It gives me the most bang
for any buck I have spent.
I have a Triton table saw/router table which is a bit fiddly, but
really quite good for the money. A big Makita router and and a 9.25"
Hitachi saw. I have an aftermarket speed controller for my Makita
router, and I have removed the handles to fit in the Triton. I tried
once to use it without handles with the speed controller, and it was a
lovely tame pussy-cat. No dramas whatsoever. Hang on tight, but it is
just so easy to control. I was scared spitless before I tried this,
but was very pleasantly surprised.
I've got a very varied collection of router bits which I'm in the
process of making one display case for all of them out of a nice
plastic tray from the fridge (see, ain't SWMBO's grand? :)
I've got a beaut little aluminium trimmer which I've actually not used
yet, but the ownership gives me pleasure :)
I've got, amongst much salvage bits and pieces of old jarrah, over 100
pieces of air dried jarrah (over 5 years) of 1.5" x 8" x 8' to 10'.
Some of these blow the fork out of yer dungarees when you plane them
and see the grain in them.
Oh, I've also got several tons of fence pickets in new jarrah.
Rough they are 3/4" x 4" x 7'. They are about the last you might get I
believe. The bloke who loaded them for me was staggered that I'd
gotten so much furniture grade jarrah for the price of third grade
fence pickets. I departed as gracefully as I could in my 1000cc Datsun
towing twice its weight of trailer.
Not much really, except a few more square feet of roof :)
Who cares? I love patting them all, or spraying CRC over them or even
painting them forrest green with my epoxy rust resistant paint.
A jointer is essential for rough lumber and the longer the bed, the
Midsummer is to hot, and mid winter is too cold/wet.
I wish I could spend a lot more but the less you spend, the more
piquant are the hours that are spent, well that's my rationalisation.
Here is a list of tool, pretty much in the sequence I bought them. My shop
in in an oversized one car garage. I had a cheap Craftsman saw and router
that have been given away. Total value is $7063.
As for time in the shop, maybe an hour or two in a couple of evenings, five
or six on a good weekend. None in the very cold months.
Drill Press, Delta 10"
Router, Dewalt 621Plunge
Saw, Delta 10" 36-431 w/30" Biesemeyer fence
Accu Miter 24"
Jet 14" Band saw JWBS-14CS
Dewalt biskit joiner
Chisel set, 4 pc. Marples
Freud 10" blade 80T
Heater, Reddy propane 30k Btu
Tanks, 20# propane (2)
Sander, Ridgid Oscillating belt
Cut off hand saw, Stanley
Drill bits, Assorted
PC brad nailer & compressor
Jesada Router Bits
Vice for Drill press
Clamps, 12" Quick grip
Clamps, Bessey 24" (2)
Clamps, Bessey K 31"
Combination square 7"
Sander, PC Random Orbit
Back Saw, Crown tools
Stanley #92 infill plane
Norton Sharpening Stones
Veritas sharpening guide
Delta Planer 22-580
Jet Dust Collector DC-1100
Dust collector fitting for Planer
Router table casters
Ryobi cordless drill and circular saw
Freud 10" blade
Timberwolf Re-saw blades (bandsaw)
Router, Bosch 1617EVS
Circle cutting Fixture
Long Ranger switch
DeWalt Compound Miter Saw
DeWalt R O S
Bench Dog drawers
Bench Dog Pro Lift AL
Woodhaven Shelf Pin Jig
Vix bit for above
Bostitch staple gun
Delta Mortising Machine
Delta Tenoning Fixture
Ridge Carbide 10" Combo blade
Ridge Carbide Dado blade 8"
Clamps, 24" Bessey K
Clamps, 36" Bessey F
Clamps, 12" Bessey deep throat
Block Plane, low angle Lee Valley
On 5/15/04 19:09, in article Xns94EAE15424B1Cart@18.104.22.168, "Art
router, Craftsman miter saw and several small hand tools.
most of because 1/2 is filled with the boat I am building. Being a military
family, we move every 2-3 years so I never know what space I'll be working
with next. I am also undecided if I should get a DC system, a planer, a
jointer or a high-quality hand plane next.
To get back on track..
My little slice of paradise is 11X24. Half of my basement.
Delta contractor saw
Delta Drill press
Delta 18" wide drum sander
Dewalt 12 inch SCMS
Ridgid 13 inch thickness planer
Dust collector (jet clone)
Porter cable Router & table built by and donated by Dad.
Old Craftsman 9" table saw with sanding disk always mounted
Old Craftsman lathe- (surprised to see Ridged lathe just like it)
Misc. Hand power tools Makita, Portercable, Milwaukee etc. etc.
Large work bench (one of my first projects)
Various old cabinetry (slowly being replaced)
The dust collector does a great job with the sander, joiner, planer.
Two cats not allowed in the shop ( they like the little piles of sawdust too
Favorite tool? I don't play favorites with my tools, I thank them equally
when I turn out the lights.
484 Sq/Ft, 95% dedicated to woodworking.
120 Sq/Ft shed, dedicated to everything else, yard care, camping, storage.
T.S. Rockwell Unisaw 34-761 (ca '85), 3 HP, added Biesemeyer Commercial
D.P. Rockwell/Delta 11-280 (ca?), 32" radial, a benchtop on the original
steel floor stand.
B.S. Rockwell/Delta 28-280 (ca?), metal/wood cutting, 14" (need to add a
Belt Sander Rockwell 31-520 (ca '75), 6 x 48"
Jointer, 6 x 48" Transpower (ca '88)
Lathe 12 x 36" Walker Turner, no model number, but it's NOT their Driver
D.C. Jet 1100
Hegner 14" scrollsaw
Dewalt 733 Planer
Tormek wet grinder
Shop Dog #1, Samantha, Yellow Lab
Shop Dog #2, Buddy, Golden Retriever
Wanted: Drum sander (Performax), Lathe (Oneway)
I did not set out to collect old Rockwell Delta, but jumped on opportunities
and the shop has a lot of old gray right now. Nice thread Art, thanks.
Bill Pounds ( who's shop web site is badly out of date)
Tell us what you have in your shop. Power tools..hand tools..wood
Unisaw, 1997 vintage, 3 hp, Mule Accusquare fence
Walker-Turner 15" drill press, 1940's
Bosch 3315 SCMS
Delta 31-250 18" drum sander (FOR SALE)
Delta Platinum 14" BS w/ riser
Delta Homecraft 11" lathe (1940's)
Walker-Turner Light-Heavyweight shaper w/ 1/2" and 3/4" spindles (1950's)
Craftsman 24" scroll saw, 1940's
Craftsman (Atlas) 10" benchtop tilting arbor saw, 1938 vintage
Delta 4" disc/4x36 belt sander
Porter-Cable pancake compressor and various P-C nailers
Sprunger 6" jointer (1950's)
Delta air cleaner
Recently sold small 1HP dust collector and Delta 22-560 planer
lots of handheld power tools, mostly Bosch
lots of neanderthal tools, old Stanley planes, nothing collectible.
No shop dog, one shop cat who plays with sawdust.
Wood stock - at last estimate,
7500 board feet of pine, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and some timbers
1700 board feet white ash, 4/4 and 5/4
1900 board feet cherry, 4/4 and 5/4
200 board feet soft maple
250 board feet hard maple
200 board feet butternut
300 board feet basswood, 6/4
250 board feet apple, 6/4, most 8"+ wide
800-1000 board feet mixed species, including purpleheart, bloodwood, goncalo
alves, hickory, aromatic cedar, hackberry, canarywood, white oak, red oak,
poplar, and black walnut.
Most of the first five are going to be incorporated into my new house as
floors, cabinets and trim, so that'll all go away within six to eight
A Woodmaster 725 4-in-1 machine, and an Oneida cyclone. It will all go in
the new shop. Existing shop is 11 x 22, new shop will be 20 x 32 with 10'
ceilings and lumber loft space.
All of it, until I get the new shop built. That won't be until next summer,
after my new house is built.
Right now, about 1. I'd like to be in there 10-20 hours, but no time.
I have a walk-out basement shop with double-wide doors that open to a
6-foot opening. I'm lucky to have a large window where I use the
natural light for sharpening tools. My shop is about 30 feet by 20
feet, concrete floor, drywalled with a large baseboard. I have 6 120v
and one 240v circuits (3 outlets). I have a PM55, DJ-20, Delta
bandsaw and drill press, Makita surface planer, Makita Japanese water
stone sharpener, Cross cut station with compound Dewalt, shop-built
router table, a variable-speed Conover lathe, and a Penn-State 1.5HP
DC with remote. I have most hand tools. I want to add a quality
low-angle block plane, quality chisels, 1/2" router bits, a mortising
machine, several chair-making tools and better dust collection. I
probably use my dovetail template the least, as I now really enjoy
making handcut dovetails. I have three workbenches, the main one is 7
foot by 3 feet. I spend about 35 hours a week in my shop, sometimes
more. I probably watch one hour of TV per week, but listen to radio in
my shop. Woodworking is my salvation.
I noticed several things in that pic.
1) There are no shaves in the gar^H^H^Hshop yet.
2) The house is Delta/battleship/BFU gray.
3) The curb will be bumpy to get into your driveway.
4) There's no lawn to get in the way of your weekend fun.
G'luck in the new place. Where'd you settle, again?
Remember: Every silver lining has a cloud.
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