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Old 12-18-13, 11:25 PM
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Here's mine. The good stuff - calipers, micrometers, socket sets - are tucked away with the motorbike tools. A white pegboard, good lighting, music - a good place to spend an hour or two each day, eh?
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Old 12-18-13, 11:38 PM
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It is usually not this neat...



My old bench... does not like fire.



Brazing table...





Compressor and brazing equipment...

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Old 12-18-13, 11:43 PM
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. . . excuse me, I need to turn my head to the left so I don't drool on my keyboard . . . :-) Thanks.
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Old 12-18-13, 11:44 PM
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My trueing stands are to the left of the old bench on my desk... lets me sit and work on wheels.

Older pic... the desk is about the only thing that has never been moved around while many other things have changed.

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. . . excuse me, I need to turn my head to the left so I don't drool on my keyboard . . . :-) Thanks.
I have added more peg board and hung a few more tools since I took these last winter... the other 3/4 of the shop is bike and parts storage as well as my water cooler and beer fridge.

You can get a lot done in a small space but when this is your means of making a living you need a little more elbow room.
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I have added more peg board and hung a few more tools since I took these last winter... the other 3/4 of the shop is bike and parts storage as well as my water cooler and beer fridge.

You can get a lot done in a small space but when this is your means of making a living you need a little more elbow room.
Love your stuff - all of it. Except the lighting. Can't help but think that some good, strategically-placed, dual-tube fluorescents above you would make it perfect. Anyway - thanks for sharing. GREAT shop!
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Love your stuff - all of it. Except the lighting. Can't help but think that some good, strategically-placed, dual-tube fluorescents above you would make it perfect. Anyway - thanks for sharing. GREAT shop!
I have overhead lighting (and it is actually plenty bright) and I have a few more work lamps set up... I don't like fluorescent lights as they can be fussy when it is really cold and they give my beautiful assistant headaches.

Our main frame shop is out in the country and it is a wondrous place that overlooks a little valley with pasture and horses... this is where we do all the heavier machining, frame building work, and powder coating.

At my shop I can handle pretty much any repair and do a lot of lighter brazing work which saves people a 60 miles round trip for what might be a 30 minute job.

When I am not working in my shop or the main shop I often volunteer at our bike co-op which has 8 individually equipped stands and a full suite of specialty tools that can handle anything.

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I get to haunt the LBS and work there, the only house I could afford is Tiny.
but it's only 8 blocks from the shop.

my father's home machine shop was dissolved in the estate sale.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
It is usually not this neat...



My old bench... does not like fire.



Brazing table...





Compressor and brazing equipment...

Now that's what I call a shop.
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Old 12-19-13, 04:01 PM
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In the corner of the basement:


Cabinet/Bench re-purposed from a kitchen reconstruction project.


Toolboxes and boxes full of tools and equipment.


Bench re-purposed from an old dresser. Part of fleet down for winter maintenance and rebuilds.
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My latest addition to the workshop, a stainless steel commercial sink. I picked this up from a nearby restaurant. I don't have it hooked up yet, waiting for the faucet assembly.


I've been rehabbing a dumpy duplex for a while now. One side is the workshop, the other is traditional living space. This is the kitchen of the workshop side (notice the 220 stove outlet under the sink, it is disconnected). I'm in the middle of rebuilding a nice kitchen on the living space side. Cabinets should go in the late winter.

The workshop room is in total disarray, as I am rewiring that room.





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From the Hunterdon Art Museum, "Workbench With Wheels," by Gary DiBenedetto:

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This one from Singletracks.com

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That is really what mine is, a work space. It's not a shop by any stretch of the imagination.
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Wow, someone out there must have a simpleton workshop! With just a 1-car garage I can't spread out too much. My spare parts fill up some shelves on the other side of the garage.

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Fantastic. I'm jelly!
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
It is usually not this neat...

My old bench... does not like fire.

I want a cozy workshop like this. Nothing bad could ever happen here.
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Here's a few shots of my shop, less the garage with my machine tooling. This is #7 of my home shops. I've worked in a bunch more commercial places too. Each time i move my shop gets bigger and better. Maybe next time my mill and lathe will be in the same space that everything else is...
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
It is usually not this neat...

My old bench... does not like fire.
Brazing table...
Compressor and brazing equipment...
65; So much better and neater than mine! Inspiring!

BTW: I recently had to replace my torch setup and haven't yet bought/leased the new tanks yet. I see in the photo that you are Propane fueled and have a standard oxy/acetylene welding tip installed instead of the more costly "propane" specific tips. I would vastly prefer to use propane to build with and don't want the high cost of the special Propane tips to dampen my fun.

Can you discuss how well it works for brazing? Thanks.

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Really enjoyed these pics. Thanks . . . .
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My work area is not nearly as awesome as some of yours. But it's super nice because it's in my living room. Which is perfect.
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^that certainly wins the passion award.
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65; So much better and neater than mine! Inspiring!

BTW: I recently had to replace my torch setup and haven't yet bought/leased the new tanks yet. I see in the photo that you are Propane fueled and have a standard oxy/acetylene welding tip installed instead of the more costly "propane" specific tips. I would vastly prefer to use propane to build with and don't want the high cost of the special Propane tips to dampen my fun.

Can you discuss how well it works for brazing? Thanks.

/K
I use a #4 acetylene tip and it works just fine with propane... I have changed out my propane regulator for a higher quality and higher flow unit that you'd normally use for a tiger torch.

It serves to provide a nice well directed and controlled flame.

On the shop front I was out looking at a new shop / retail space today... since this is what I do for a living I have been looking for a spot with better frontage and a better layout for some retail sales.
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My work area is not nearly as awesome as some of yours. But it's super nice because it's in my living room. Which is perfect.
Does your wife consider it "perfect" as well?
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