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The New Shop... finally up and running again!

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Hello all,

I want to apologize for my recent delay in responses to e-mail and phone calls. As many of you know I have been working to build a new shop for about the past 7 months. Well, it’s finally done and tomorrow I will fire up the forges and start the grinders, once I finish up my e-mail replies tonight and tomorrow morning. ; )

This is a big change from the old bank barn and milk house with the office up at the house. I put up a 30’ x 40’ metal pole barn and added spray foam insulation and gypsum board for the walls and I have a double foil ceiling that will last me at least a few years or so before I fork out for a metal one. My original shop was set up as a “hobby” shop, this one is set up like a pro.


Here is the outside where I set up my old antique sharpening/wheel (no, I’m not using it) and my wife, Beckie, was nice enough to get me a nice park bench for coffee and phone call on nice mornings.


Here is the view from the front door. Main work bench, drill presses, etc. on the right and I even have room to expand. I’m going to need a few more tools if I’m going to start doing some folder work after I take Joe’s class.


View from the back corner opposite the front door.... I love my new fans, the upright and exhaust... both 30” and powerful!


Here is the forge and heat treat area. Looks pretty now... just give me a couple weeks. ; )


I lifted the press up about 8” so I won’t have to bend so much.... getting old is a pain. LOL


Here is my oven, Kydex and chemical bench. This will be where I do my acid and antiquing work, heat molded sheaths, etc.


Here’s my grinder area. I’ve got my 3 2” x 72” grinders (with room for another horizontal version in the future) and my disc and 1” x 42” on the next bench with my wood and metal band saws behind them. I also made a quick belt rack so I can move around the grinders more efficiently.


Can't forget my rotary tool, mini-mill and my Chuck Ward knife makers vise, of course.


Here is the office, in the back corner of the building and all sealed up to prevent as much shop dust from getting in.


Here is the other side of the office where I have my photo set-up and all of my shipping and show supplies.

Over all, I have more room to work and have things arrange for efficiency as well as room to expand and way better lighting. Everyone said I was working in a cave before. Again, I apologize for the recent delays in my responses but, everything is going back to business as usual tomorrow and all of the orders coming up for completion will be on time ore as close as I can humanly make it so. Thank you again to everyone, your the ones that made this possible.

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Pretty slick. Nice to start over eh?


I'm going to steal the idea of having an actual 'food oven' in my shop. Great idea....

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Nice shop! I'm really jealous.

I see you have 2x72 upright style grinders and a KMG style 2x72. I've been thinking about building a grinder for a while, and it would be nice to hear some of the pros and cons of each style from somebody who has both kinds. Which kind do you like better/use more? Is it hard or impossible to use special attachments like contact wheels or radius platens on the upright grinder? Does one kind of grinder remove material faster than the other?

Thanks in advance!

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mine is alot like that except where it looks like a bomb went off in it lol.. mine also has my other projects in the way, leather room, gym, '53 chevy truck project and on and on. Somehow i cant just stick to one thing. knives, leather and hotrods.

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Thanks guys. Yes, this is the cleanest it will ever look. I'm bi on organization in the shop but, not so much on sweeping up.


As to the grinders... the 4 wheel is the way to go in m opinion, if you can afford it. I used the Grizzly grinders for years because I could pick one up back then for about $275.00. They work great for most things but, not all. I still use them for rough work and flattening as well as handle work though.

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Thanks, J.Neilson, that helps me a lot.

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