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Old 05-21-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hi, and welcome to the



Thanks for visiting and sharing in this crazy and awesome journey. I'll say right up front that this thread relies on 'active participation' and I thrive on people's comments, suggestions and ideas. Please feel free to add yours! The main purpose of this thread is to document a garage build centered around a few common themes:

1. Working with my hands
2. Being on a (cheap) budget
3. A passion for vintage power tools
4. Paying respect to industrial Americana

History:

I grew up around tools and the garage. I have a lot of fond memories of my dad's garage, including taking apart a blender while it was still plugged in (whoops) and using a drill press as a makeshift router/planer (hmmm). I definitely became hooked on tools. My dad had a lot of Craftsman tools and I learned an appreciation for quality. However, it would take a while before that appreciation fully set in.

Fast forward to 2010 - we were approaching the purchase of our first home, and I wanted to get a table saw since I knew it would come in handy for home renovation. I remember looking on C/L for table saws and after searching and searching, found an ad for a cheap Craftsman 10" sheet metal table saw from the 1980s. It was $50 and I was ecstatic. I called several times, leaving several messages. I never heard back from them. I sulked back to C/L, thinking I missed my deal of the year.

I found another ad that described selling a bunch of tools from a warehouse. They mentioned they had a few Craftsman table saws and my interest was piqued. A few days later I stopped by. The back story was that a man's father had passed away 12 years earlier, and he was now ready to sell his father's belongings and was asking a friend who had a warehouse, to store and sell the items. The gentleman in question was a WWII vet that must have done everything under the sun - woodwork, auto mechanics, home repair, landscaping, metalwork, plumbing, etc. I had already arrived days after the local tool dealers came through the place, but it was an absolute treasure. Taking a look at all the tools, I felt something familiar...like somehow, I knew all along that old American made tools were better, but hadn't yet had the epiphany. This was it. It was at this estate that I purchased my first power tools - a 1960s Craftsman table saw, a 1940s Atlas drill press, and a 1950s Craftsman radial arm saw, along with countless other small odds and ends. The one thing the seller kept telling me was that the son wanted to make sure his father's tools went to a good home.

Since then, I have developed a deep respect and appreciation for the people who made this country great and the things that helped them do it. I started out with absolutely no knowledge or experience and still have a long ways to go, but vintage Americana is my passion and it manifests itself in the design of the garage and the tools that go in it.

My main goal of this garage is to help preserve a dying part of our culture and to help make others aware of it. My other goal is to set an example for my son so that when he grows up, he not only has the skills to be able to work by his own two hands, but has the same appreciation for history and quality. This is all a work in progress!



When we looked at homes, all I cared about was getting a 2 (vs 1) car garage. I should have thought a little deeper. We found a wonderful house and I got what I was looking for. But in the moment you never really notice the details. For 17 years this house existed with 1 light bulb, 1 wall outlet and bare studs. When I first started I looked at it like it was a hassle. Now, I see that I was given the perfect blank slate.

Here is what I started with (8/2010):

By daveamy at 2011-05-31

Here is where I am currently:







I have many people to thank for this project. The Lord for his provision, my sweet wife for all her patience and support, the folks in this thread who have consistently supported, challenged, and encouraged me. Other folks/entities that come to mind are the Old Woodworking Machines forum (www.owwm.org) for feeding the addiction, err...passion, especially our local garage/OWWM collective for their great camaraderie, the great folks at Wood Magazine and Epoxy Coat, and other garage owners here who never fail to amaze me. Thank you!

This is an on-going, never-ending project, which is exactly how it is supposed to be.

Thanks for joining me in it!

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Here are some before/current photos detailing what the garage looked like when I first got it, and what it looks like today (May 2011):


Before/ Summer 2010:


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Fall 2010:

Electrical work being done:


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Put up insulation:


By daveamy at 2011-05-31


Installed lighting:


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Installed drywall:


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Did the whole joint compound thing:


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Current / May 21, 2011


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Work done so far:

1. Install 200amp sub-panel and move it in the garage
2. Install 11x 110v outlets (15amp), 1x 110v outlet (20amp), and 2x 220v outlets (20amp)
3. Install 6x florescent lights and all wiring
4. Install kraft paper-back R13 insulation in all walls
5. Install 5/8 sheetrock on all vertical walls
6. Tape and mud drywall

I am currently on the 'primer' phase of the walls right now.

Observations: Even though my drywall screw holes were filled and level, once I put on primer they became indented, as did some other areas around where I did the tape work. Perhaps the primer soaks into the joint compound more so than just sitting on the paper? I'll definitely need a few coats.

Next up: More primer! Then maybe sanding! Then PAINT (but first I need to strain it - got from habitat for humanity...good but a little chunky).

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Old 05-21-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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Okay, so maybe looking at pictures of primer and ladders gets everyone really excited, but honestly it can get a little boring too.

So! Here are some 'fun pictures' some some of the equipment that will be a part of the '1950s Craftsman Garage':

1. 1951 Parks/Craftsman Radial Arm Saw

By daveamy at 2011-05-21

2. 1950's Parks/Craftsman 18" Band Saw

By daveamy at 2010-11-14

3. 1963 Delta Unisaw

By daveamy at 2010-09-13

4. 1950's Craftsman 6" Jointer w/ Stand

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5. 1956 Delta/Homecraft Scroll Saw

By daveamy at 2011-01-13

6. 1954 Craftsman Magnetic Jig Saw

By daveamy at 2011-05-14

7. 1940s Atlas Drill Press

By daveamy at 2011-05-21

8. 1948 Kniesley Yager K2000 Planer

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Not pictured: 1940s Craftsman Grinder and 3" Wilton vise.

Still on the lookout for:

1950s Craftsman floor press w/ vari-slow attachment or table raising mechanism
Early 1950s Craftsman grinder (very hard to find)
Parks/Craftsman 20" planer (never seen one) to replace the Kniesley at some point
Craftsman-badged Darra James 12" table saw from the 1940s
Craftsman-badged Atlas floor saw from the late 1930s

Enjoy!

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Old 05-21-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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Awesome project! That Atlas drill press is so sweet!
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:25 PM   #6
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Awesome project.

Can't wait to see it finished!
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Nice collection of woodworking machinery, especially the Unisaw! I have the same jointer, although mine doesn't have the cool stand.
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Thanks everyone for the comments!

I bit the bullet and just went out today and picked up a 5 gallon bucket of drywall primer and went to town.

Even after 2+ coats, I'm still noticing the indentation/lines where I have mud in-between the joints. It was completely flat and sanded before this went on.

Do I sand the drywall primer? Keep adding coats? A little of both?
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Awesome project! That Atlas drill press is so sweet!
The Atlas and the Craftsman radial saw were my first major woodworking purchases (last year).

Unfortunately the finish on the Atlas is chipping so I'll probably have to redo it at some point, but being that it was my first semi-restore, I'm okay with that...live and learn...and follow drying times to a T next time.
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If you don't get 100% craftsman you will have a nice shop there anyway. I have a mix of all kinds,walker turner,powermatic,delta,craftsman and I like older as well. That planer is probably nicer than others you can find. It is agreat size for a shop, the one I have is way to large for a small shop. Its a 18 inch powermatic and the motor off to the side. It makes it wide, I like how your motor is under the planer. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures going.
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Great project, and I really look forward to following this and seeing how it turns out, should be a real treat!
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Thanks everyone for the comments!

I bit the bullet and just went out today and picked up a 5 gallon bucket of drywall primer and went to town.

Even after 2+ coats, I'm still noticing the indentation/lines where I have mud in-between the joints. It was completely flat and sanded before this went on.

Do I sand the drywall primer? Keep adding coats? A little of both?
Dap makes a pink product in a squeeze tube that is used for filling small indentations. Squeeze some on the tip of a putty knife, smear over the blemish. It will turn white when it is ready to sand. Hit it with a sanding block, then primer. Are you aware of the OWWM site?
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Nice to see older machinery that has, obviously, received a lot of TLC down through the
years. Also says something about the quality of American brands back then. Gotta love
that Atlas drill-press. Haven't seen one of those in years!
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Wow, i love these. You are making me think about when i get a house, i will have to go vintage with those tools as well. I hope you got them at a good deal
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Great tools you've got there. Good luck and enjoy!
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Great project, and I really look forward to following this and seeing how it turns out, should be a real treat!
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Do you ride? Is that your bike in your avatar?

Here is what I ride - 2001 Kawasaki W650. It will also have a home in the 50s garage


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Yes, that is very cool stuff! Hopefully you can find some old signage to put in the garage along with the great old tools from yesteryear. Wondering how that "parking the cars in the garage" thing is going to work out...
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Here is what I ride - 2001 Kawasaki W650.
Hey, that looks familiar... Here's mine.

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Those Triumph-inspired Kawasakis are cool. I don't have one but vintage motorcycles are a true passion of mine.

Here's one from the stable-

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