View Full Version : Pictures of Shops!!!

11-07-2004, 08:20 PM
Feel free to post pictures of your shops and talk about it!!!

11-07-2004, 08:35 PM
i dont have a shop... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif but im making one!!!

Doc Nickel
11-07-2004, 08:53 PM

(1) Primary Assault Cat
(2) Emergency Backup Cat
(3) Mountain Dew, bringer of life, nectar of gods
(4) Grizzly mill, maker of little chips
(5) Dry-erase whiteboard, one of several
(6) Dry-erase board
(7) Mountain Dew clock, gift from customer
(8) Front door
(9) through (15) are customer projects
(16) Old P400 shop PC, mainly an MP3 player
(17) Amplifier/radio tuner
(18) Classic Sign:
"We do three kinds of work here, good, fast and cheap, you may choose any two."

Unlabelled, behind the mill is a Rockwell variable speed floor drill press with an X/Y table, the 1949 Logan 9" lathe, some materials racks, and the tap-drill chart. The small 3-ton arbor press and my drill/file/tool drawers are on the left, my tool rollaway on the right.

Behind the photographer is the JET mill-drill (being rebuilt at the moment) and the 11" Logan lathe.

Through the doorway on the left (between the arbor press and the vise handle) is a storage shed where we keep the engines, tack and other debris, and through a doorway on the right (just this side of the tool chest) is the main part of the shop, with two car bays, a grease pit, the woodworking tools (such as they are) and all the welders and the welding table. There's a big beadblaster and the 12" tablesaw in there too.


11-07-2004, 08:56 PM
Very very nice shop, wish i could make one like that, im limited to my basement and maybe a one car garage

11-07-2004, 09:01 PM
wow you live in alaska? must have been hard to get the mill in there with all the snow..?

11-07-2004, 09:16 PM

My shop is for now my school shop, though within the next month and 1/2 I will have a CNC Sherline Mill and Lathe - courtesy of a re-alignment of my program and two new purchases of machinery. I also have this real small real dangerous grinder. My own shop ill be in my cellar, and will be NOTHING LIKE DOCS PALACE (envy, green wih envy, falling over with envy)

However, the shop link below is where i teach, and spend my free time, and it is nothing to sneeze at lightly. I am p[roud of it. yes, I use it quite liberally, and hve th blesings of the school to do so, because I take care of it from the front door on back, and if they had to pay a custodial crew to clean it nightly, well, we do not go there. I buy my own metal, just FYI.......


11-07-2004, 09:21 PM
my shop tour is here, just a basement shop small but functional, aquired a few more things not shown like 7x12 bandsaw etc,

www.plastikosmd.com (http://www.plastikosmd.com)

11-07-2004, 09:23 PM
Hey Doc, I see two cats, where's the black one that's in the pics at your commercial site?


11-07-2004, 09:25 PM
wow thats a nice shop too, especially the lathe, it looks like a monarch lee, is it super-precision??

11-07-2004, 09:29 PM
have you seen that wiskas comercial where the white cat rolls in coal to look like a black cat. i think thats what happened there HTRN

11-07-2004, 09:34 PM
It is the an awesome machine, not many people I know have seen one much less run one.


11-07-2004, 10:31 PM
Wow all that to make custom paintball guns http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
Doc, how is that Grizzly Mill holding up?

11-07-2004, 10:56 PM
Dang, now I'll have to clean up the shop so I can post a respectable picture. Hmm. I'll be gone for ten days or so, so it'll be a while.

11-07-2004, 11:21 PM
Shop Bear dog is wondering when we are going back upstairs. She likes my wife's shop a lot better. This is my main shop. It is downstairs where it is warm. The big and ugly tools like belt sander and grinders are in the garage. Also the Strands drill press, the welders etc.


Dave Opincarne
11-07-2004, 11:54 PM



The first four are a virtual walk around my home shop. The only thing you can't see is the Oxy-Ac setup in the corner by the garage door, it's next to the big extiguisher hanging on the wall. The welding project is the woodworking bench I mentioned a while ago. I've run 'French Cleat' around the walls so many things can hang from it 'Shaker Style'

The last two are my new work digs. You can see Skye has made herself at home their since we were told she was welcome to come to work with me.


G.A. Ewen
11-08-2004, 12:39 AM
Not much has changed in my shop since I last posted pics except that the desk had to go so that I could rearrange the machinery to make the stove fit. Here is the latest look.


11-08-2004, 01:14 AM
Hey Evan, what's the little machine in the bottom left of your pic?

11-08-2004, 01:46 AM

That would be a pristine Unimat lathe http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Frank Ford
11-08-2004, 02:41 AM
I have my shop posted over here on my web site:


And, a few other items of my metalworking hobby:


Doc Nickel
11-08-2004, 04:25 AM
Elninio- Yep, Alaska. There was very little snow left when the mill arrived. You can read all about it (and see a little of the snow)here. (http://www.docsmachine.com/machineshop/newmill1.html)

spope14- I'm happy with it. It still need work (what shop doesn't?) but it has enough room for me (I work on small stuff) and I'm finally getting so I have most of the major tools I need.

HTRN- The black cat ("Model '98", since she was such a good mouser http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif ) unfortunately died two years ago.

BillH- It's holding up very well, actually. Again, I'm usually making pretty small parts, and almost always out of aluminum, so I'm hardly stressing the thing. I'm also trying to keep up with the maintenence, using the one-shot luber fairly often, and keeping the other stuff oiled and greased. I also keep rags over the exposed parts of the table since I'm always setting tools, calipers and chuck keys down on it.

Basically I treat it as though I paid four thousand hard-earned dollars on it. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif But I think even in a more industrial setting it would hold up very well.

By the way, those drawers under the arbor press? Hand made (http://www.network54.com/Forum/message?forumid=9013&messageid=1062752233). Very useful- thin enough to lay out tools without wasted space, plenty of drawers to organize things. But by George did they take a long time to build!

I'm planning more on the bench to the pictures' left- the one the barely-visible vise is attached to. These will be larger, probably two to three feet wide, full depth, almost 30" and about 3" high. Yeah, more fabbin' and cussin', but a set of commerical drawers that size goes for over a thousand bucks!


11-08-2004, 07:28 AM
This is my bodgy as setup....

The workbench lives outside permanently and I set up a fluoro above it this weekend just gone. I have an import vice on it now, one of those ones that rotates in two planes. It is a LOT dirtier now.

The lathe is a Hafco AL330, or alternatively a CQ6230 which is virtually the same as the Grizzly 4003.
The mill is a Rong Fu 31

You may notice my italian built mig welder there and small five speed drill press, I like it because I can carry it outside to the workbench. The bench grinder also gets carried out to the workbench when used.

The workbench is just knocked up using 2" angle and 1" angle. Top is 2" pine boards, I really wish I had sprung for hardwood though, this pine is SOOOOO soft.....

11-08-2004, 10:55 AM
You can see my shop at www.randolphsmachineshop.com (http://www.randolphsmachineshop.com) The photos were all made over a year ago and since then I have added two features. One is a CNC HAAS TL-1 lathe which is proving to be useful. The other is a urinal in the corner which is proving to be indispensable.

I think that there is something revealed in photos of peoples shops more than the shop itself. It has nothing to do with size or with the quantity or quality of the machinery. It is an attitude and I think that I am in good company with others who share these interests. Thanks for the shared "attitudes".


Michael Az
11-08-2004, 03:50 PM
Well, I almost didn't do this after seeing Randolph's beautiful shop, but here are some photo's of the current project. I got sick of having all the tooling for my lathe and mill all over the shop and decided to build a toolbench just for tooling. It is almost done now just waiting for the 3" maple to come in for the benchtop. There will also be a 1/4" plate on the bottom shelf for rotary table, indexing head, chucks and such. I have three shelves for lathe toolholders, also a shelf for the milling toolholders and collet chuck. A couple shelves for screw drivers and hand tools like hammers. Lathe and mill chuck holders. I put two racks on the back for Acme threaded rod, drill rod, etc. A couple drawers for milling cutters. Bottom of bench is made from 1/4" angle and top shelves are 1/8" angle. Right side of the bench a place for a Kennedy chest. I put some tools in so you see how it will work. I have a Wilton 4" vise to put on it also.

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11-08-2004, 04:20 PM
Very nice. I would build something like that but that presumes having sufficient floor space to roll it around. I'm still trying to figure what to do with my milling machine when I finish it. It will have to go in the downstairs shop so something will have to come out. I'll probably have to move my buffing wheel out to the garage.

Alistair Hosie
11-08-2004, 04:23 PM
here are some of my shop when I was setting it up Alistair





11-08-2004, 04:57 PM
There you go Alistair.
You must line between each link





all the best..mark

ps well i got most of them ..cant work out what's wrong with 007.jpg

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11-08-2004, 05:39 PM
Nothing compared to some of the other workshops.


I would love to have a full size mill and lathe......


11-08-2004, 08:03 PM
Michael - I feel like less of a man after seeing that tooling bench - very nice work!!!

11-08-2004, 08:22 PM
yes its very good that bench .Michael
cant wait to see it when finished
nice welds good paint
lots of clever ideas
but why the spare lead screw...is this going to be some ultimate gadget built into the bench.
all the best...mark

Michael Az
11-08-2004, 09:00 PM
Thanks for all the compliments fellows. Really makes an old fart feel good to have compliments from you!
Mark, that is a piece of acme rod and I was just showing that the two racks are for holding stock like the acme rod and drill rod, paino wire and stuff like that.
Thanks again!

charlie coghill
11-08-2004, 09:44 PM
This is a link to my shop. I have is posted in the projects thread. I just about have the engine and pump project completed.


11-08-2004, 10:31 PM
Alistair, It looks like the tool Santa crashed his sleigh in Scotland http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif Nice place!

J Tiers
11-08-2004, 10:59 PM
Well, after all those big shops, here is a small one.....

The main shop. The bench to the right is 6' long, and goes clear to the far end of the shop.


The "annex" with mill and DP. It is against the wall to left of the main shop.


Not shown are Atlas shaper #1 (corner of the column of #2 is visible on the bench, it is being scraped -in), bandsaw, Die filer, T&C grinder (in progress). They don't fit in either the main shop nor the "annex", so they are elsewhere, very much in the way of other activities......

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mike petree
11-08-2004, 11:28 PM
I've been enjoying this bbs for some time but
don't think I've ever posted. Great looking looking shops everyone! Always interested in seeing what the "other guy" is doing. Here's some pics of my shop that I took last year. I had just given it a good straightening up. Unfortunatley it only stayed that way for a few days. The welder and shop cat are the most recent arrivals. Interesting story on the welder thats worth telling sometime.


Dave Opincarne
11-08-2004, 11:44 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Slartibartfass:
Nothing compared to some of the other workshops.

I would love to have a full size mill and lathe......


Hey, my first shop space was in a closet!


11-09-2004, 01:05 AM
My first shop was about 4x7 ft, and almost 7 ft high ceiling. Didn't have a vice, had a Unimat. Had an upstairs neighbor with a tv on rabbit ears. The Unimat has a brushed motor. A plus B makes C- cursing. I could make him swear just by turning on the motor.

11-09-2004, 01:39 AM

my small workshop...


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Excitable Boy
11-09-2004, 01:57 AM
Ok, here's a few pics of my tiny shop. It's 12' x 14' and takes up about 2/3 of a two car garage. It's got a 75 amp sub panel feeding it and has five single phase 240V outlets with 20 amp breakers and about ten 4x 110 v outlets around the perimiter. It's thight but gives me all the basics. All machines are fully manual.

Here's the first thing you see. There's a little boy (Cameron) next door who likes to come in and visit, so I had to lay down ground rules:


Then a view from the door way, note the 18" Dayton vertical bandsaw in the middle of the floor. It's not real rigid, but it's what I've got:


1954 1hp Bridgeport and accessories:


One of a kind Hardinge:


6x12 manual Yuasa surface grinder:


Grinders, compressor and second drill press:


It's not the biggest shop or the best shop, but it's all mine http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

There's also a 40 watt per channel Technics integrated amp, tuner and CD player feeding some M&K sattelites and a 10" 120 watt powered JBL subwoofer ($10.00 at a garage sale!) to provide the rock and roll to cover up machine noise. The computer is an old P3 600mhz and it ties in to my network, but I've been thinking of getting rid of it to gain more space on my bench. On the other hand, it has a tuner card and lets me get football and racing while I'm tinkering as well as have net access...hmmmm....


Pursue Excellence and the rest will follow.

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11-09-2004, 01:59 AM
Man! I gotta update my pictures. These were taken about a year ago. It's about the same layout today except a bunch of the other more portable stuff has been moved in.


Vertical Mill

Purdy holiday ornament from last year
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/vinnito/storage/HardH.jpg - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/vinnito/storage/HardV.jpg

Wood to metal bandsaw conversion
(stands out with "Hosie green")

Is this drill press big and ugly enough?

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11-09-2004, 02:30 AM
Vinito, Tremclad is cheap. Go for it.

11-09-2004, 04:22 AM
Some of these shops are inspirational. Mine keeps me happy but is not tidy, not terrificly well organised. Make your own decisions





11-09-2004, 12:31 PM
Here's some pic's of my new 30x50 building. one half will be dedicated to my shop and the the other half will be used as a 2 car garage.




I've recently acquired a J-head 9x42 Bridgeport Mill, a 14x40 LeBlond lathe, and a Grizzly horizontal/vertical bandsaw (G4030)Can't wait to get these powered and operational !!!

I will also be installing an overhead LP Gas Furnace (75K BTU), a 200 amp circuit panel, and a 7.5 HP rotary phase converter to power the lathe/mill. I've stubbed in for a toilet and a sink which will come later. Oh...and I've got a brand new "Hooters 2005" Calendar to hang on the wall!!

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11-09-2004, 01:05 PM

Recently updated. Lot's of pictures of old junk and a few pictures of my machine tools...

11-09-2004, 01:27 PM
Just started playing with metal. Built my little "Machine Shop" over the last month from an old 8'x20' tool shed. All bench top tools: Grizzly 9x20 lathe and Grizzly Mini-Mill. Having a blast.





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11-09-2004, 02:51 PM
Nice pictures.

I think I will go clean my shop....Maybe

11-09-2004, 03:37 PM

The heart of my shop. Kellogg 125 TV compressor. I went through it with new valves, rings, bearings. It's connected to an overhead hose reel which is very handy It was fun to rebuild.

Workbench etc. This'll have to be reorganised to fit the mill and shaper. The lathe will go along the back wall, the shaper where the parts washer is and the mill in the corner... maybe.

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11-09-2004, 03:51 PM
Very nice shops all, beats my 1.5 car garage.
Mike, I like your variable speed southbend lathe.

11-09-2004, 04:54 PM

Here is my basement shop.

11-09-2004, 07:58 PM
First the shop


Next, for those of you who have cats. I enjoy my cats but they like to play with all things shiny and unpredictable in movement a.k.a. swarf. Aluminum and the like. Do your cats jump up on top the lathe gear box? Play with swarf? Try to program the cnc to make a mouse. Oh wait, that’s just the weird cat that programs. The wife don’t mind the girly calendars or the occasional cursing that comes from the shop. But if a cat were to have a bad day in there.... Oh lordy watch out. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

11-09-2004, 08:27 PM
For Excitable Boy ---

Either I have seen your Hardinge lathe before or it is not a one-of-a-kind. Do you mind telling the history of the machine? Do you know if it ever lived in Ventura CA?

Alistair Hosie
11-09-2004, 09:36 PM
Den yes that's when I was setting my stall out it look's (although not yet finished)Is it ever?a lot more settled if not more organized now.thanks for kind words .Alistair

Forrest Addy
11-09-2004, 09:48 PM
Here's mine but I had to clean it up for the photo

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11-09-2004, 09:53 PM
here is mine...


Taken yesterday

Rob http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

11-09-2004, 11:35 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Forrest Addy:
[B]Here's mine but I had to clean it up for the photo


11-09-2004, 11:49 PM
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11-10-2004, 10:11 AM
So Forrest,that was you building those God----Yugo's http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif