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Offline Cochese

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« on: February 13, 2014, 03:32 PM »
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Offline Qwas

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Re: My shop
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 04:33 PM »
You mentioned a miter saw stand. I have a customer that has limited shop space and came up with an idea to take an MFT top (he happened to use the smaller MFT-800 top) and make a frame to adapt it to his Dewalt miter saw stand. You might be able to do something similar for your miter saw stand or perhaps the lathe bed.

Here is a picture showing the underside of his top and the frame he made. More pictures can be found in this post: Gil LaCroix MFT Table Top

Offline Michael_Swe

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Re: My shop
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 05:16 PM »
Also take a look at Paul-Marcels swiveling saw table. When not in use the saw hangs up-side-down under a table with the same height as the MFT. Very neat. I got inspired of this and tried some solutions myself. None of them fit in my shop layout though. If you want to investigate this route I can send you my plans for it. I even measured the center of inertia of the Kapex to be able to calculate the mass of a counterweight which let the saw swivel with a puch of your finger. Maybe not quite necessary, but cool :)

If you haven't, I'd recommend you to watch through all of P-M's videos. They are really inspiring and educational.

Offline jacko9

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Re: My shop
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 07:48 PM »
Nice shop and a very nice collection of chisels and hand saws.  I don't recall seeing a bow-saw or a 2 tooth/inch rip saw ;-).  If your looking for portable to reclaim some space you might consider the Bosch Gravity Rise Miter saw stand, it is hefty, sturdy and has great wheels to moving around.  That purchase alone saved me a lot of shop space.


Offline jacko9

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Re: My shop
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 08:39 PM »
The reason that I like the Bosch Gravity rise is that is does have extension wings and I can roll it to a nearby shed for storage when I don't need it.  I know you said that you level ground issues so I don't know if a nearby shed would be possible.


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Re: My shop
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 07:33 AM »

<snip>Moving to the back wall you can see my drill press, saw rack, ENT protection and some circ saws are on the wall.

Nice start!

If that represents all of your Systainers, then I think you and I are on s similar standing. I am constantly in awe of the quantity and assortment some people have, so I've never posted a picture of my few, lonesome T-LOC's. You've motivated me to clean up the shop and post some pictures. I'll get right on that...

"Real Soon Now"

Trying to be one of the most helpful members on the FOG.

Offline Tinker

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Re: My shop
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2014, 08:18 AM »
Quote from OP  >>>The structure has carpenter ant damage in the studs, water damage from one side in contact with ground, and is on a hill and isn't level. I've done what I can with the resources I have, hoping to make it to a point where I can build a new, larger structure. Original interior accouterments were 1/4" plywood walls, moldy drapes and a moldy, stinky carpet. Building is starting to show it's age even more, so I will have to make a decision soon on what I want to do. Shop has no permanent power or air/heat. All power tools are run off of battery or extension cord<<<

I know what you mean from your posts about working and finding space in a small shop.  it appears you are making strides.
I am concerned that you have not mentioned any improvements to your room structure.  If you cannot afford to build a new shop space, you do need to do something about the below grade framing.  You need to protect from continued moisture.  The moisture picked up from framing and other wood parts in contact with ground are a real invitation to those carpenter ants you mention.  Rot, if it has not started, is not far behind.  The mold you mention is a direct result of wood contacting the ground.

It is interesting you mention the sloping ground outside.  I had many occasions to solve water and moisture problems while i was a mason contractor.  I was called in to add or redo a lot of drainage.  I almost never was called for any problems when a house was close to swamp or marsh.  It was mostly on hillsides (er, ah! not too many level lots in Western Connecticut ???), or high on hills where the builders had gotten careless thinking all water would run off where problems occurred.  You seem to be a recipient of the same carelessness.  There are ways to rectify the situation without going overboard with expense and in the interim before you think/need to build a new structure.

This is a conversation about shop space.  If you need some ideas about my moisture discussion, please feel free to E-mail me direct.  I am always glad to present ideas for possible solutions.
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline blk65brd

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Re: My shop
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014, 06:34 PM »
"The big problem I face right now is rust. I need to put some work in on the bed of my lathe."

I personally can't vouch for this product but in the tractor / farm forum I browse in they swear by it for protecting anything exposed to moisture.  It is Fluid Film, here is a link to their site -

It may not clean the rust off but once coated could prevent further rust and damage.


Offline rst

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Re: My shop
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2014, 08:30 PM »
My table saws are kept in unheated work spaces.  For years I used candle wax rubbed on and heated with an heat gun then wiped down with synthetic pads.  This worked pretty well but using the saw tended rub off the finish.  Then I tried Boeshield which also worked but had the same disadvantage as the wax.  Then I bought a ToolClad magnetic sheet.  These work!!  They keep the saw surface from forming condensation and thus rust.  The time I saved by not having to finish sand my tops periodically more than paid for the protectors.

Offline Scott Burt

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Re: My shop
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2014, 07:56 PM »
Looking good, Co!