Shop tour part 2
Shop tour part 2
This is a Ryobi 4 inch belt sander that use mainly for making bevels and such
Shop tour part 2
This is my main router table.
It must be rolled out to use.
It has a Woodpecker precision fence.
It has a precision lift table and a really big Porter Cable router.
Shop tour part 2
Storage and organization are a constant problem. I try to keep things around that I actually use and find new homes for the rest.
Shop tour part 2
Shop tour part 2
Shop tour part 2
Here are a few more convenience tools, my stereo, and an important and seldom used kit. Safety is the most important thing in the shop! Dead Stop! No Discussion!
The picture in the upper left is of Richard Feynman, one of my personal heros. The Army officer in the picture on the right is my other personal hero, my father. He passed from Alzheimer's several years ago. The final picture is the first dollars I earned making guitars. I like to keep these reminders close at hand.
This is my central work station.
The granite slab is useful when you want to make sure its flat.
This is the secret button on the other half of the station.
Shop tour part 2
Shop tour part 2
Shop tour part 2
It is often convenient to have a work surface positioned at different heights. I combined the element of my old table with a lift mechanism to create this new table.
In the big white box is my mechanical room. To get into it I have to roll the table away, but it has good wheels. Inside is a 2400 CFM Grizzly dust collector and 90 gal compressor. The room used to be so loud you could not talk. This brings the noise down to a conversational level.
The dust collector pipe comes out at the floor and follows the north wall and the west wall.
The strategy I have taken is that I expect tools to move around. So, I built a dust collection system that always has a port at hand. These are called stand pipes for good reason. I put a metal blast gate on the unused pipes.
This is a good time to describe the automated nature of my dust collection system. What you see here is an Ivac Pro automated blast gate. When the device detects that the tool has been turned on, by sensing the magnetic field around the power cable with a clamshell sensor, a signal is sent to the dust collector to turn on, and then a signal is sent to the blast gate to open. When the tool is turned off the blast gate closes and the dust collector runs for another 15 seconds to clear the line then turns off.
This makes collecting dust as convenient as it is going to get since I don't have to think about it when I go to a tool.
This is the west wall (Shop door open) and you can see the row of stand pipes
This is a close up of the pipes going to the band and table saws.
I bought this on a whim thinking I'll make my own bridge pins... someday.
My air gun.
I have about a 30 foot reach.
And here is my latest discovery. I've been waiting for years for battery technology to mature... well this is an e-Go 56 volt 575 CFM blower that I use to blow out the residual dust in the shop. Since it is cordless it is always ready to use and so the shop should stay cleaner.
The tape box found a niche.
I have containers of clamps,
And buckets of clamps,
And boxes of clamps,
I have a bit of a thing for a good clamp, mo clamps, mo better...psst, seen a good clamp recently?
More on this later.
My Universal Bindalator found a little niche for now.
This is my Fox buffing wheel squirreled away until it is needed. Believe it or not, this is the most dangerous tool in the shop.
This is my Fox sharpener... gotta love a sharp edge.
There is always an occasion where a movable dust collector port comes in handy.
I attempt to keep some kind of order in my bench draws. This is the spaghetti draw named for good reason.
All things measurement.
Right now tools.
Sanding and painting.
Sanding blocks, Dremel, and files.
Oversize and seldom used tool.
The triangular wall hanging is a piece my father created.
I'll use this room as a paint booth, and storage area.
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I'll blow the overs pray out this window with a couple of fans and guide walls.
This is my work in progress storage cabinet. Strange things happen if you leave your guitar out, so I like to put them behind glass as I work on them. This keeps broken clamps from flying across the room and denting that newly sanded top.
I get to display my forms.
And a place to store stuff
And I get a desk.

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The continued shop tour