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My workshop or shed is 20' x 15' made of metal and sits on a concrete floor. Because I have so many tools, many collected over more years than I'll admit to, all machines have had castors fitted so that the actual layout varies from time to time. Every time that I think of complaining about lack of room, I think of the many members who manage in a 10' x 10' garden shed, half a garage or even a carport, and I think how fortunate I am but I can't help drooling when I see the size and construction of the workshops that some members have. Irrespective of the size of shop and number of tools, it's my experience that most hobbyists are very resourceful and turn out first class work with few tools and little space.
The tour starts with an outside view of the shed, we then enter and move around in an anti-clockwise direction
 

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The tour continues

The air conditioner is of course a luxury but it was the only unit in the house when we bought it and it's cool only so when we replaced it with a full reverse cycle system, rather than sell it for next to nothing, I had it installed in the shed. Regarding the shed, when I had it built, I had the roof insulated and it's very effective.
 

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Hi Harry

NICE shop :). here's a shot of mind that I have done many times b/4 and I'm going to hang it of your coat tail..hope that's ok :) not much new since 07 but I show it every time I post a new item..the norm...

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The air conditioner is of course a luxury but it was the only unit in the house when we bought it and it's cool only so when we replaced it with a full reverse cycle system, rather than sell it for next to nothing, I had it installed in the shed. Regarding the shed, when I had it built, I had the roof insulated and it's very effective.
 

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That is very IMPRESSIVE Bob, there won't be a single member who isn't impressed. I too used previous photographs.
 

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Harry that is a fine looking shop. Looks to be nicely setup and quite functional.
 

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Bj that is also a nice looking shop and something you should be proud of. Really has a functional look to it.

The only problem I have with yours and Harry's shop is it is just to darn clean for my taste.:D;)
 

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Maybe it's just how you have it arranged, Harry, but your shop always looks so big!! I'm jealous of all the storage too! <g>
 

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Nice setup, BJ.. Harry and yourself give me lots of good ideas!

What's the purpose of the small vacuum that appears attached to your sandblastic setup?? ..or has that been converted for sanding?
 

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Bj that is also a nice looking shop and something you should be proud of. Really has a functional look to it.

The only problem I have with yours and Harry's shop is it is just to darn clean for my taste.:D;)
Oh Bernie, you would retract that comment if you could see it today. All those shots were taken some time ago soon after a major clean-up.
As for Bob's shop, I reckon that he has so much dust collection that he must have suckers on his shoes to prevent him being sucked-up!
 
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Maybe it's just how you have it arranged, Harry, but your shop always looks so big!! I'm jealous of all the storage too! <g>
Jim, having been to Singapore and Hong Kong and seen how every square inch of floor and wall space is utilised, I often just sit and gaze around my shed trying to work out how to squeeze more into it.
 
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Harry, you're my idle man... LOL Woodworking and metal working! My hobby and "sort of" my career. My career being repairing metal cutting tools. But also can and like running them too. I miss cutting threads and gears and stuff! I wish I had the room to collect a few metal cutting machines too. Right now I have a small old Bridgeport mill that I think my boss is going to let me have. And keep at the shop I work at. I had a small lathe he was going to let me have, but someone offered him too much money to pass it up. Dang it!
Anyway, getting off the subject at hand. Very nice and organized shop Harry!!
 

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Good looking shops Harry and BJ, no more getting on me regarding how clean my shop is because right now you both have me beat easily. I can sure tell that both shops have been in service for some time now, how many years between you??

BJ could you PM me about where you live, We will be making a trip to Moab in about a month and will be driving the Jeep. I was thinking if we were going to be close we could stop in and say hi.
 

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Nice shop again Harry ,, I finished doin my insulation in mine thanks to Your cue but I can really feel a big difference
 

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Been to both shops and I can only sit in awe......

The best part is that I know both Harry and BJ use their shops and they are not just "keeping up with the Jones's"

Is this drool on my keybpoard???????????
 

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Harry, your slow/fast wet grinder, although a cheapie was one of my best aquisitions. It is ideal for sharpening wood turning chisels at a slow speed. I wish I new where I could purchase another stone as mine has started to hollow in the centre. I have tried to 'dress' the wheel but with limited success. Mine is a GMC, but by the look of yours its about right. Dont know about the arbour size tho.............AL
 

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Harry, your slow/fast wet grinder, although a cheapie was one of my best aquisitions. It is ideal for sharpening wood turning chisels at a slow speed. I wish I new where I could purchase another stone as mine has started to hollow in the centre. I have tried to 'dress' the wheel but with limited success. Mine is a GMC, but by the look of yours its about right. Dont know about the arbour size tho.............AL
Al, a shot of your tool rest might be enough for me to START using it after all these years since I bought it, probably close to 20 years ago. With a suitable tool rest there should be no problem dressing the wheel using a dresser like these shown, bought on ebay direct from CHINA about four years ago. They have looked after five wheels since that time and there is no sign of wear on the diamond particles.
 

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OMG! Harry's a Time Lord and his shop's the Tardis!!
I'm flattered Dan. The thing to remember guys is that I'm 78+ and been building my tool collection since I was a teenager. Only the wealthy few can retire and set up a fully operational shop in one hit. Of course I must admit that the metal lathe and mill were bought in 1982 through my business and were written off on the books after five years. By the way, if there happens to be an Australian tax official reading this, I really did use both machines for the business, making parts that were not available as spares for video recorders, major damage was common where a blue movie tape got stuck inside and it's owner was desperate to remove it! This shot shows how flimsy modern VHS mechanisms became.
 

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WOW!!!!!, Harry...
That's some shop...
but it's it way too annoying...

It's so clean it's just ain't right...
 
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