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« on: October 04, 2013, 06:33:34 pm »

I have spent the last five years planning and building a retirement shop. Building, moving, figuring out what goes where...and then rearranging it countless times. I had a shop at home before I closed my retail studio. Ever tried to fit a shoe that was 3 sizes to small?  Anyway, here it is:

http://s1258.photobucket.com/user/Goldsmithy/slideshow/New%20shop

Anyone who has run a one-man shop knows that you just don't have time to learn everything. Photography and this inter-webby thing are the bane of my existence. dunno. Any way, I hope the links work...Teddy
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 07:27:52 pm »

 Works fine for me . Nice job , enjoy.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 07:42:37 pm »

Wow!  Tool heaven ... Enjoy your space, it looks divine!   ura
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 10:06:53 pm »

Phew.........................Wow, more toys to play with than Santa Claus............................. yippie

I'd love to see some of your work................................... yes
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 04:05:34 am »

Wow, you did a great job of squeezing everything into what space you had to work with!! yes yes  Do you still have room to move around & work?  Amazing collection of tools & I also would like to see some of your work!!  Please!!  ura
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 07:27:31 am »

I am so jealous of both the space you have and the tools. I have to store a lot of mine under and above my counters and my benches. You have dedicated work stations which makes life so much easier. When I cast, I have to roll out the vacuum caster to invest, roll it back, clear the bench and get the Neycraft (which is stored on it's side under the bench) and set it up. I have my kilns on top of my bench instead of under, since I enamel. Likewise when I polish, I have to dig out the polisher and the wheels and set them up, and when I'm done, store them again. It makes you not want to use them since it's so much trouble to root them out.

I was in heaven for a year or two with my 10 x 10 room. I've SO outgrown it, I have way too many tools. But I think you take the cake for most room, stations, equipment and tools! I need that hydraulic press. I do have a compressor, but haven't even used it yet because I'll have to run a hose through the wall, I can't fit anything else in the room.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 08:58:10 am »

Debbie, when I started my whole shop was in a 9 x 7 room and with the tools I had then, I had a lot of room left over. :) I quickly ran out of room, so here's what I did. I mounted each of my machines on a 3/4" plywood base. On the top of my bench, I made 2 "L" shaped channels that were 3/4" high. IIRC the mounting boards were 16" wide. I mounted the channels upside down so that I could just slide the machine I needed into the channel and it would hold it securely. I had my buffer, my grinder, and a couple of other things all mounted on the same sized baseboard. I could just slide what machine I needed into the channel. It saved me a lot of time.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 07:30:14 pm »

I have spent the last five years planning and building a retirement shop. Building, moving, figuring out what goes where...and then rearranging it countless times. I had a shop at home before I closed my retail studio. Ever tried to fit a shoe that was 3 sizes to small?  Anyway, here it is:

http://s1258.photobucket.com/user/Goldsmithy/slideshow/New%20shop

Anyone who has run a one-man shop knows that you just don't have time to learn everything. Photography and this inter-webby thing are the bane of my existence. dunno. Any way, I hope the links work...Teddy

Ted, nice shop....did I see two or just one Unimat lathe? ... and what have you made with it?
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 08:25:14 pm »

Wow, what a nice well equipt shop!
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 09:34:50 am »

Congratulations Teddy! How wonderful to see all of the planning come together. Looks like you will be having many rewarding hours in your new shop.
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 04:19:46 pm »

WoW! Even a toaster oven to warm up sandwiches in, now that's nice! I had a really nice set up in the back bedroom but when we got a killer Siberian Husky and a Chow Chow the cats had to quit having the free range of the house and are now residing in that room so I'm not as organized as I once was but I still have a pretty good small setup for my copper work. Nice use of space and great selection of tooling for making just about anything you can think of. ura yippie yes dancer5
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2013, 08:16:37 pm »

Congrats on the new shop!  It looks like you've got it laid out to fit your working style.  I am just about moved into my darkroom/cabbing room, so I can relate to finally getting a workspace.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 10:26:31 am »


Teddy,

Did I see two Unimat lathes or just one and what do you use them for (project/s)??

Gary (TOG) (The Other Gary
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2013, 08:21:54 am »

Thanks for all the positive comments. Gary, I only have one unimat lathe and I've only used it a couple of times for wax work. I am currently working on a light box/photographic setup. As soon as I get it done, I will be posting pic's of some of my current and old work.  Here are some pic's of work in progress that I started 30 > years ago.







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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2013, 10:17:44 am »


Are you interested in trading your Unimat for something lapidary ?? equipment, rough, slabs, tumbled ??

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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2013, 06:33:15 pm »

I am so jealous of both the space you have and the tools. I have to store a lot of mine under and above my counters and my benches. You have dedicated work stations which makes life so much easier. When I cast, I have to roll out the vacuum caster to invest, roll it back, clear the bench and get the Neycraft (which is stored on it's side under the bench) and set it up. I have my kilns on top of my bench instead of under, since I enamel. Likewise when I polish, I have to dig out the polisher and the wheels and set them up, and when I'm done, store them again. It makes you not want to use them since it's so much trouble to root them out.

I was in heaven for a year or two with my 10 x 10 room. I've SO outgrown it, I have way too many tools. But I think you take the cake for most room, stations, equipment and tools! I need that hydraulic press. I do have a compressor, but haven't even used it yet because I'll have to run a hose through the wall, I can't fit anything else in the room.

Debbie K

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I showed these photos to my husband because HE THOUGHT I HAD A LOT OF TOOLS.
I think you're shop is a dream come true. 
Retirement is THE BEST!!!
I love learning whatever I feel like learning and if I want to 'work' I do....and if it's too lovely outside and I want to 'go out on my e-bike' ......I do!!!! yippie
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2013, 06:49:51 am »

I'm curious what you use that toaster oven for, friend?
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2013, 09:10:52 am »

I'm curious what you use that toaster oven for, friend?

I can't speak for Goldsmithy, but I can answer as yet another guy who keeps a toaster oven in the lapidary shop. I use it to dry stone that has been stabilized with sodium silicate. Sometimes I use it to preheat a slab before I use epoxy to repair a crack or fill a void. The epoxy flows into the tiny crevices of a hot slab better than a cold one.

It keeps the peace in the house when I don't cook sodium silicate in the kitchen!

And sometimes I use it to heat a snack!
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2013, 10:02:27 am »

I use it to temper knife blades and stabilizing things, among other things. They are handy to have around.  Teddy
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