- Feb 19, 2016
Ha, thanks. I like well layed out little shops. The advantage of your shop is that there is no room for visitors (any pics?). I forgot to mention....One of the requirements of my Hitler (or some call them wives) is that the vehicles will still fit in the case of hail or foul weather. And fit they will after about 10 minutes of scooting things around.Good lord, you could hold a square dance in there. Mine is a one man shop, with two people present each have to get out of the other's way.
Wrat, my little shop turns into quite the s@#!storm. I just occasionally go out into my little slice of heaven, throw on some 80's metal and clean and p.m. my equipment. Oddly enough, this phenomenon usually occurs during the same week every month. It's like this force within the house drives me out into the shop.......strange......I don't get it. Welding is basically the dirtiest job there is, and all these welders have the most immaculate shops.
It's like the cosmos has no justice.
I think it's because these welders always take a few extra minutes to make organizing things like racks and hangers and carts and such.
Or maybe it's because i'm kind of a slob.
Nah... can't be that.
No offence taken, I can understand why someone would question the need for multiples of machines. I'm lazy. The 'drill jig' for the part I mentioned, is 3/4 square, 1 1/4 long half hard 4140, a tiny little thing by comparison with some jigs/fixtures I made in real life.Tom, please don't read anything into my comment about your tooling It's mostly just envy talking
Jeeze, Louise! What a setup. You have no -stuff- (like the rest of us), but you have machines out the kazoo. MIG, TIG, Plasma, bandsaw, lathe, mill, tools, etc.
I get what you are saying. I was lucky enough to work at a welding/fab job shop in my home town as a second job. The Dad of the owner was an old tool and die maker. Very good at what he did! I paid attention but, still regret not learning more. I still talk to them every few weeks or so. Great people.I used to sub work out to an elderly gent in Houston who had his entire shop located in a rental stall at a storage outfit. I swear he had 2 of everything. And I mean everything. You had to step outside to have a face to face conversation. But he was a remarkable man. Lifelong single, machining was his love and passion. And it showed. I only wish I had spent more time with him. I haven't talked to or heard anything from him in a long time, and it wouldn't surprise me at all to find he has passed way. But those who knew him, knew he was a special sort. He had the talent of any ten other manual machinists I can think of.
I think I'll check up on him today and see if he's still out there.
That was my plan when I built my main workbench - I didn't add cabinets or drawers underneath it, so I could roll my smaller welder, horizontal bandsaw, etc underneath it along with a small rolling welding table.Great idea, putting the central table under a side bench. I'd fill the under-bench with something then not be able to move the central table in.
I just measured, my shop is 14 feet deep and 16 feet wide. Plus there's a 3 foot by 3 foot furnace in the room. Below is an attempt at a poorly merged panorama. Three pictures not merged but fit together. notice the duplicated band saw on the left.
Machines. starting on the left. small band saw, MP25 mill, three 1 ton arbor presses, small band saw, Ames turret lathe (behind the two band saws), Belt sander, two bench grinders, two drill presses, joiner, larger drill press, Propeller machine,(behind the prop machine, another small drillpress, in front is the MK2 Clausing lathe and behind that the Sears 10" table saw
(hope the picture works)
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Out of sight on the left (behind the furnace) are two upper and middle Kennedy boxes. There's another behind the central band saws. Wish the image was larger.
Here are the original images, This may help seeing through the clutter.
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Nooooooooo! No purging allowed here.Ironken, that is really slick and clean. Not sure how you manage to keep things so tidy, I've got more stuff than I know what to do with or where to put. Maybe a purge is in order for me!