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My Mixed Media Garage

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This is an image gallery of my garage where I enjoy working in metal, wood, and dabbling a bit in electronics as well.
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pfred2 (author)  vincent75201 year ago
Thanks. The place is a mess now though. When it warms up, and I get the project I am working on it it done, maybe I can clean it up some?


You can see an updated view in this article I posted to this site:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homebrew-Magnetic-Motor-Starter/


This is new in the garage too since I posted this article:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Under-Shelf-Dual-Monitor-Support-Arms/


It is a garage project. I'm using it right now. Every workspace needs its beater PC now right?
Chumlee2 years ago
could you post an instructable on how you made the tool box on the first pic??
pfred2 (author)  Chumlee2 years ago
Unfortunately I made that box years before I knew this website existed and I did not take any photographs during the course of construction either. It was my crude attempt to copy a toolbox like the one that sits next to it in the picture to the right. A Kennedy machinists chest.

A couple details of my homemade toolbox came out OK but mostly it is a really tossed together project I have to say. So much so in fact that I do plan on making another one some day. Hopefully a better one too.

When I do I'll try to take construction photographs of that one. Though my usual method of construction does not lend itself to pictorial documentation during the process. I honestly never know if I'll be photographing a total disaster or a completed success ahead of time. One of the beauties of wood is that it burns so well.

Which is to say that a lot of my woodworking projects ultimate fate is going up in smoke! But this I can do, I have taken a couple other pictures of this box over the years and I can post them and put links to them here:

http://i.imgur.com/a74Fv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Q8UfM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rUGTD.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/G2Trp.jpg

I hope my humble box inspires you to give making one yourself a shot. It is fun to just try. I made mine all out of scrap wood I had lying around. Bits of left over plywood and some slats I pried off old shipping pallets. It is quite the hodgepodge project. But For shop junk I never care. I mean you can see I never even applied any finish to it.
Irock1483 years ago
how did you make the disk sander
pfred2 (author)  Irock1483 years ago
I cut up steel, drilled holes in it, and bolted it all together. I sort of messed up on the one side of it, somehow I didn't take something into account and my table does not go even with the bracket on the left side. But in practice it has no effect on the operation of the unit. That and I never adjust the table other than simply leaving it at 90 degrees to the disc. Although when I wired it all up I made it reversible and that is a handy feature I do use.

Being as you seem interested I'll upload another picture of it well really 2 pictures pasted together:
http://i.imgur.com/l4ldS.jpg

I don't want you to think I have dueling disc sanders! Mostly I use it as a pencil sharpener. It is pretty good for that. Although I actually have a power pencil sharpener in my garage. I don't walk over to it very often. I like how the sander sharpens pencils better anyways.

You may like these other projects as well if you are interested in my sander.

Tool rests:
http://i.imgur.com/RcLLI.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YztV0.jpg

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/1992/pict0241.jpg

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8955/grindbench.jpg

Lathe:
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/1184/headstock.jpg

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4736/pict0105y.jpg

Tablesaw fence:
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/2234/fenceside.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vylgY.jpg

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/453/camq.jpg

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/8803/auxfence.jpg

They're all similar scrap metal projects I have done. You might even see I use the same half inch bar stock in them. The uprights on the sander that hold up the table are made out of it for instance. Trickier to spot on the tablesaw fence. But a piece is made out of it there too!


Data643 pfred23 years ago
Where did you get the motor?
pfred2 (author)  Data6433 years ago
On the disc sander? It was in my grandfather's garage. He had it hooked up to this rough 2x4 and hinge deal. He was no electrician either let me tell you!

The way I have it is about 1000% better. But I guess how he had it worked for him. If he was alive today I'm sure he'd be pretty happy with some of the improvements I've made. Happy? He'd be flabbergasted! Although I just recently semi-retired his table saw. I got a newer better one. Now I've relegated his to occasional cross cutting. I hate when I am in the middle of a project and have to move a setup to just do a cut I didn't plan on!

Although making the dual out feed table has been pretty challenging. I'm still working on it:

http://i.imgur.com/Hn2nu.jpg

It'll look OK once I put that piece of hardboard over the top of it.


jensenr303 years ago
  • HomeMade Lathe?? thats awesome!!!!
pfred2 (author)  jensenr303 years ago

Well it is a work in progress but it is lathing wood at the moment. Here is a picture of it:

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/291/pict0105mn.jpg

And another one:

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/1184/headstock.jpg

I think I mainly made it to justify having my milling machine. The work on it is a pulley pattern so I can upgrade the spindle. As it stands it took me about 2 months to build. I averaged around a part for it a day.


Awesome!
pfred2 (author)  jensenr303 years ago
its an IFONLY lathe as in IF ONLY I had a lathe. Someday in my travels I'll run across just the right replacement I'm sure. I guess its awesome I am not pressed into buying something for too much money. I've done some other tools I do not see myself replacing that I am more proud of.

Like my homemade table saw fence:
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/2234/fenceside.jpg

Or these grinder tool rests:
http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/1992/pict0241.jpg

And this disc sander:
http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/1348/mirroreds.jpg