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My space is shared in the back of my garage. I my first leave, the Jet 1014 and my grinder station sit on the bench behind the Powermatic. The Jill’s dad is on casters and I can move it to wherever I want it to be. It’s very handy in a non-dedicated space. The best part is I built it with my dad, it was a great project.
 

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This is my mess this morning. My 2 lathes, sharpening, and packout tower I use for turning.
 

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This is my mess this morning. My 2 lathes, sharpening, and packout tower I use for turning.
I really liked the motor and speed control of a nova 1214, but the tailstock was so sloppy I moved the motor to my first lathe, a jet 1015. Since I got both used I didn't worry too much about value retention and moved the controller to a bigger enclosure and added a hall effect sensor for RPM. It's still an awesome spindle and pen lathe so I think it was a good move.

The robust and SB bolster systems have really helped me reduce the number of handles I have to make room for under the mini.. and they're awesome.
 

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They are universal left or right so far as I know.
I finally got off my butt and got the project started. Originally I was only going to do 16 boxes. Standing in the store 16 seemed like plenty. Now not so much. That's why I left room to add the rest.

Thanks for the idea!
 

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This is my 9x6' "tent" I set up in my basement. Ceiling is covered with 4 mil plastic, walls are pop up canopy walls hanging on PVC rods through screw eyes in the floor joists.

I have room inside for lathe, bandsaw, drill press, shelving for accessories and supplies and a sharpening station (under the blue cover).

Lot of fun per square foot...
 

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Here is my shop. I’m still not happy with it, but it’s getting better.

I will probably move the grinder and just use that alcove for storage, with a shower curtain to keep chips out. It’s too crowded at end of lathe for sharpening.

I’m going to make a second chisel rack, and probably a board to hold chucks. Plus a wall mount for tool rests.

Once I’m happy I will need to do something more permanent than extension cords.

Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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I finally got off my butt and got the project started. Originally I was only going to do 16 boxes. Standing in the store 16 seemed like plenty. Now not so much. That's why I left room to add the rest.

Thanks for the idea!
36 boxes doesn't seem like enough either...

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36 boxes doesn't seem like enough either...


Then 42 won't be enough....
Then 48 won't be enough....
Then 54 won't be enough....

....etc....

Get used to it friends! :)

-----odie-----
 
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I figured out a place for my tools for a while anyway until I think of the next arrangement to try.

The dust funnel hangs there until I sand then I move it over to sit on the ways. I might try something similar to the gouge rack but it's getting crowded back there. The last picture is my version of a bowl bottom thickness gauge. It tucks out of the way when not in use. Grinder is over my right shoulder 4-5 steps away.
 

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Wrentham, MA
My space is shared in the back of my garage. I my first leave, the Jet 1014 and my grinder station sit on the bench behind the Powermatic. The Jill’s dad is on casters and I can move it to wherever I want it to be. It’s very handy in a non-dedicated space. The best part is I built it with my dad, it was a great project.

Like the idea for the shelf under the powermatic done with dowels -- presumably to allow unwanted debris to flow through while allowing wanted debris to remain? Is the 120 receptacle wired into the lathe, or is it stand alone? Your shop is quite neat without visible dust collection - is there a system not pictured or are you just Gretzky with a broom?
 
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Like the idea for the shelf under the powermatic done with dowels -- presumably to allow unwanted debris to flow through while allowing wanted debris to remain? Is the 120 receptacle wired into the lathe, or is it stand alone? Your shop is quite neat without visible dust collection - is there a system not pictured or are you just Gretzky with a broom?
I put a long power strip across the front of my lathe bed. (permanent 2-sided tape) So incredibly handy when you want to plug in an extra light, power sanding, router, etc., it's right where you need it. I wired it to a line in on the VFD, so when I flip the wall switch to turn on the lathe, my work light comes on. (and helps remind me to shut it down when I leave)
 

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is there a system not pictured or are you just Gretzky with a broom?

"Gretzky with a broom"....Ha.....I like that......and that describes me perfectly! No dust collection here.....I do it like your grandpa did back in the day. Matter of fact, I do just about everything like your Grandpa did, back in the day! :)

-----odie-----
 
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My entire workspace is 8' x 10'. The good part is that everything is within arm's reach whether I like it or not! I included a pic of the lathe area and the storage directly behind me while turning. The one unusual thing is the oven and George Forman grill on top of the tool chest. Used for recycling plastic.
 

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My entire workspace is 8' x 10'. The good part is that everything is within arm's reach whether I like it or not! I included a pic of the lathe area and the storage directly behind me while turning. The one unusual thing is the oven and George Forman grill on top of the tool chest. Used for recycling plastic.
Efficient use of space is what it is. What's your vacuum set up? Is that an angel wing I see on one of the chucks? If so how do you like it?
 
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Efficient use of space is what it is. What's your vacuum set up? Is that an angel wing I see on one of the chucks? If so how do you like it?
This is a link to the vacuum pump. It is quiet, oilless, and has worked well so far. One vacuum chuck is wood, tapped to the right thread for my lathe and pvc. The other is similar but mounted on a faceplate. That is my version of an angel wing cut from neoprene. It works but I need to put some pressure around it with my fingers to get a seal. Once the seal kicks in, it works like a charm. I am planning on trying to make a wing from a silicone pad.
 
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My entire workspace is 8' x 10'. The good part is that everything is within arm's reach whether I like it or not! I included a pic of the lathe area and the storage directly behind me while turning. The one unusual thing is the oven and George Forman grill on top of the tool chest. Used for recycling plastic.


I’d love to hear more about your dust collector. Looks like 6” in-line fan with 4” hoses and a 2 1/2” dust deputy. How’s it working?
 
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I’d love to hear more about your dust collector. Looks like 6” in-line fan with 4” hoses and a 2 1/2” dust deputy. How’s it working?
The inline greenhouse fan is about 400cfm and takes about 10 seconds to wind up to speed. That is good enough since I only have one intake in a small space. The little dust deputy really restricts air volume too much, but it is what I already had from a different setup. I plan to get the 4/5" dust deputy to increase air flow. It is only to take dust out of the air. I'm a broom person for shavings clean-up. I have not worried about an upgrade much since I wear the Versaflo hood when sanding, turning dry wood, or finishing. When weather isn't bad, I just open up the rolling shed door next to the lathe and the whole space is open to the outdoors.
 
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The robust and SB bolster systems have really helped me reduce the number of handles I have to make room for under the mini.. and they're awesome.
@Michael Brown if I'm seeing correctly, it looks like you have custom handles with your SB bolster tools. If so, did you fabricate the tool receivers in your handles, or is/was there a source for those?
 
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I'm jealous of all you guys with windows, garage doors or other sources of natural light; I'm in my dungeon.
I'm reminded of an old house I visited where the extensive basement had been turned into a shared artist's studio space. *everything* had been painted white, walls, ceiling, support pillars, the floor. It utterly transformed what would easily have been a weird dark space into one filled with light, just from fairly normal artificial lighting – nothing crazy needed in the lighting department.
 
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@Michael Brown if I'm seeing correctly, it looks like you have custom handles with your SB bolster tools. If so, did you fabricate the tool receivers in your handles, or is/was there a source for those?
You caught me. I did indeed embark on fabrication. The spec of the bolster and collet system allow for adaptation. I purchased receivers from woodworkers emporium until they were out of stock. Then I resorted to making my own. I found that Ashley Harwood makes collets for 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4. I turned hexagon brass 1.125" flats into clones of the collets for 3/8" and 1/4"

I experimented with garolite too.
 

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Recently finished moving all my turning stuff over to a dedicated area. New heavy duty shelves for blanks and material, found a screaming deal in more cabinets than I need.

Still need to figure out more and better lighting, and get a slab of countertop for the cabinets. Pegboard will go on the wall and I need to figure out something for immediate stuff by the headstock. But overall I’m pretty happy with the layout.
 

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.....found a screaming deal in more cabinets than I need.


Ha,ha.....don't kid yourself, Aaron!

It won't be long, and you'll be wondering where all that extra storage space went!

.....but.....

Things really get interesting the day you realize every square inch of shop space is already taken.....and at that point, you conclude your only option from here on out......is to make better use of the finite storage space you have! :)

-o-
 
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Recently finished moving all my turning stuff over to a dedicated area. New heavy duty shelves for blanks and material, found a screaming deal in more cabinets than I need.

Still need to figure out more and better lighting, and get a slab of countertop for the cabinets. Pegboard will go on the wall and I need to figure out something for immediate stuff by the headstock. But overall I’m pretty happy with the layout.
Looks good! Love that window...
 
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