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15 minutes ago, wefalck said:

That computer I still keep for handling legacy documents and for running my CANON slide-scanner that has a SCSI-connection only 😳

I keep my old iMac for the same reasons. I can use Appeture and my 100’s of dollars worth of photo filters which are not compatible with my new iMac, which I hate. I am also starting to case all my models for the same reasons. What about adding glass/acrylic doors to your book shelves?

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You must have a very small car then Azzoun 😏


Good collection of tools and a lot of bench-space 😡


Jim, I will not invest into this arrangement anymore. My wife and me will have a 'library' (to take the tea in 😛) in the new appartment - one day.

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Im surprised noone commented on the amount of clamps in the first poster's pictures.  I really need to up my clamp game if thats a normal healthy amount 😋


I still live with my parents, so im stuck to one desk in the corner, but i get some serious workshop envy looking through threads like this. Though the small closet setups actually look very handy. I reckon if i had a big workshop, id spend most of my time hunting for misplaced items.

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57 minutes ago, Trig said:

Im surprised noone commented on the amount of clamps in the first poster's pictures.  I really need to up my clamp game if thats a normal healthy amount 😋


I still live with my parents, so im stuck to one desk in the corner, but i get some serious workshop envy looking through threads like this. Though the small closet setups actually look very handy. I reckon if i had a big workshop, id spend most of my time hunting for misplaced items.

Actually, I spend probably half my time cleaning and putting things away because I get anxious when things aren't organized and clean.  lol 

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29 minutes ago, Azzoun said:

Actually, I spend probably half my time cleaning and putting things away because I get anxious when things aren't organized and clean.  lol 

Totally get that. 

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Well, here's yet another posting on this thread! I partitioned off a section of my garage, paneled and insulated the walls and cobbled together the workbenches from furniture and lumber that I had. A small window air conditioner and IR heater keep it comfortable year-round. Nearly all of the tools were acquired second-hand at yard sales, etc., with a few exceptions. On the workbench is a model of what started out to be the Mary Celeste, an old Steingraeber kit that I actually began building in 1975 or '76. Long story, that. Decided to finally finish her before the end of the year. The model aircraft are all that remain of kits that I built over the years. Lots of projects started, lots to finish, and more to begin!

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21 hours ago, wefalck said:

We bought an appartment earlier this year th



Tongue and cheek reply to your hoping to move on to bigger from closet. Posting on January 14.:D

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    My shop is located below our sun room that has a sunken hot tub. (Here are two shots of the area from my blueprints.) Originally that area was designed as a slab on grade with frost footings and compacted fill.  Due to grade changes, the frost walls became full height walls.  After the foundation was done and waterproofed, I found that  it would be a cheaper option to put a wood framed floor above and a basement floor slab below than to haul in and compact that much fill, plus it would just make that much more usable space in the basement.  So I decided to have the builder cut an opening through the separating foundation wall for access to that area.100_4260.thumb.JPG.f2f4fc5483cf740cfd7528741d6cbc26.JPG100_4261.thumb.JPG.874c78e18526f25102b66c2053cd3205.JPG              Eventually, after having used the hot tub regularly for many years, it developed a lot of problems leaking from inaccessible (short of pulling out the tub) areas so we decided to just drain it.  (As it turned out I wouldn’t be able to get in and out of it any more anyway.)  So I thought that the area would be a perfect area to set up my model shop as it had its own power sub-panel, basement floor drain, and with the addition of a solid core wood door and a vent fan to the outside, it could be separated from the rest of the basement.  (Just trying to keep saw dust and flammable vapors away from the furnace.)  It was also a better alternative than continuing to use my unheated garage shop area, considering our WI winters.                              But then, right in the middle of all my remodeling, I found myself confined to a wheelchair, which kind of made finishing the rest of the room just a bit more challenging.    If not for my stand-up frame shown here and a helpful neighbor it couldn’t have been done!  I also ended up having to modify all of my stationary power tools so that I could still use them. Perhaps reading this posting may give other people with disabilities some ideas on how to make the best of it.100_4024.thumb.JPG.ebac512d13a757da0842d5889d1edce7.JPG              I installed additional outlets and ceiling lights. I also had a white finish acoustic ceiling installed by a friend to help brighten up the room.  Almost all of my equipment was made to be mobile on casters to make it easier to move around. (I no longer have the strength I used to have)  Running my power tools in the room still proved to be a bit too loud, so I tacked up some cork bulletin board panels over the black tar waterproofed concrete walls with a few tap-con fasteners and fit them around the electrical conduit, which had the added benefit of lighting up the room some more.  (Adding several years’ worth of nautical calendar photos to the cork panels didn’t hurt either.)

            Here is the entrance to the band saw and drill press area (approx. 7 ft. x 11ft.) of the shop below the sunken hot tub above.  My Dads old Craftsman band saw needed a much lower base, so I removed the metal stand and made a custom roll-around cabinet with some ¾” birch plywood, ¼” hardboard, 2x4’s, 2 1/2” locking casters, an old piece of countertop, and some recycled plastic drawers.  I designed it similar to my other bases but mounted the motor on a hinged shelf.  (The motor projects into a gap in the stud wall)  Beyond the band saw is a Ryobi drill press mounted to a similar base but I used some cardboard box bottoms from quite a few orders of premium pears for the drawers instead.

100_4224.thumb.JPG.e22d536091ea5ab1c0afd9517fc2d548.JPG           Here is the reused old band saw stand on its roll-around base with a heavy generic disc/belt sander mounted on it. (I can use it in the garage for the real heavy sanding jobs where I can be wheel it outside if necessary.)


          This is the entrance to the main part of the shop, (approx. 11 ft. x 15 ft.) where I seem to be hard at work. (Or play?):P


         Here is a small generic belt/disc sander and a MicroLux table saw mounted on another one of my custom wheeled benches. I have a small (but quiet) shop vac next to a converted roll around kitchen cart that I used a recycled heavy piece of solid laminate for the top.  It has a Craftsman scroll saw bolted down on one end (It’s at a perfect viewing height for me in the chair.) and a couple of movable cutting/sanding jigs that mount on some threaded inserts.



        This is the rest of the kitchen cart with all of my Dremel tools including a drill press with a Proxxon XY table.  Next to that is a roll around drawer cabinet re-purposed for misc. supplies and hand tools (Formerly a waxing station reclaimed from my wife’s closed hair salon minus A LOT of scraped off wax!) with a small reused plastic drawer cabinet and a weather radio on top.  (Also from her shop)  Next is a modified roll-around retail sales case for basswood storage.  (I picked it up at hobby shop closing and trimmed 18” off the bottom for easier access from my wheelchair.) 


    This is the soldering station end of a custom designed heavy duty roll around workbench I built to allow my wheelchair to roll under.  By using the top row of wood screws on the face of the bench, that allows me to temporarily mount some interchangeable plywood base-plate mounted tools including a small metal vice (that is shown mounted here), an anvil, and several bending jigs. A shelf for my I-pod and Bosepowered speaker is mounted above.


          This shows the rest of the heavy duty bench with a portable Sjobergs wood vice (several threaded insert mountings allow various different placements) and a portable desk lamp. (With several pre-drilled mounting holes also.)  Next to that, I have some general storage made from metal shelf supports set on the basement floor and bolted to the foundation wall with shelving made from some salvaged 1 3/8” hollow core bi-fold door slabs.  (All of my basement shelving is made with these slabs.  They are light weight but are still very sturdy and resist sagging quite well.


         The rest of my general storage including an old steel hinged auto parts wall cabinet salvaged from a closed gas station and several plastic drawer cabinets.  (From my wife’s shop of course.)


         This is my primary modeling table.  (It’s a very sturdy recycled roll-around computer station with a shelf and a desk lamp that I added to the top.)  I added a homemade plan holder, a power strip, and two drawers made from some extra roll out trays from our pantry cabinet added below.  Beyond the modeling table I have a roll-around steel tool stand with a fan for hot days and an electric heater for the cold ones.  Also next to that on the floor I have a dehumidifier and my old stereo cabinet with a glass door for reference materials below.  It has a brush cleaning station and radio/disc player mounted above on a sink cut-out from an old kitchen countertop.  (All of that stuff on that dividing stud wall behind everything is all of the equipment for the hot tub above.)

100_4230.thumb.JPG.eb8355d25e723f26f55cb8666b0031de.JPG          Just outside of the shop is a computer dedicated to modeling only.  It’s not connected to the internet at all, so no crashes for my info.  (It’s also safe from all of my modeling dust.)



             Besides the basement shop, I still had the full size equipment in the garage that now also needed customized bases.  Everything was too high for someone in a wheelchair to adjust, operate safely or maintain.


            My Grandfather left my Dad his old Craftsman cast iron top table saw and Dad built a two wheeled semi-mobile dust catching base for it.  When that saw was passed on to me I originally just remounted it on a fully adjustable four wheeled roll-around base, but now being in a wheelchair, the table top was right at my eye level.  Not the safest situation to say the least!  So now I unassembled the base and cut the height down about 18” while still retaining the dust drawer below.  Now it’s not ideal, but definitely more usable and safer.  Now I can still cut my own planks.


          Also handed down from my Grandfather is this very heavy duty Walker Turner ½” bench top drill press. For this tool I took two old reclaimed kitchen cabinets, cut 18” off the tops, remounted the drawers for drill accessories, cut the doors down to fit, added a couple sections of solid countertops, and placed them about 12” from each other.  I mounted another section of that solid countertop between them to lower the drill enough to bring the drill controls within my reach.  The biggest shortcoming of the drill press was that the table had no lift mechanism and as the table was very heavy it was too tough for me to lift it from my current position.  Other than that, its large capacity still comes in quite handy at times!


         The last tool, and probably the most used, is my Dads old Power-Kraft radial arm saw that he mail ordered from Montgomery Wardsback in about 1960.  (Except for the motor, it came totally unassembled in a couple of wood crates.)  This included a heavy gauge steel base that I had previously put a wheeled base on, but once again this saw was too high for me.  After a lot of work with just a hacksaw, I managed to shorten the legs, enclose the space below, add a shelf, and reassemble on the mobile base.  The power switch was bad and stuck in the on position.  The replacement switch was no longer available, so I mounted a power strip to plug it into and use that to turn it on and off.


         I had to carefully measure the height from the floor to the bottom of the radial saw table top to allow the table saw to nest under it and save some room in the garage. (For the cars, since that’s what a garage is really for, right?)


          As you may have guessed by now, I am one of those people who really believe in recycling.  (We really have become a “throw-away society” haven’t we?)  If I can modify or fix something to suit my use, why spend money to buy it new. (Especially since a lot of the “new and improved” versions of that equipment are probably of poorer quality anyway.)  Being in a wheelchair now, finding new tools that would work for me now would probably be both hard to find, and a lot more expensive anyway.

           Personally, I have found out the hard way that it seems that if someone is to be handicapped they should first be rich!  It seems that every piece of handicap aid equipment that you need starts out at about three grand.  My current manual wheelchair that I’ve had for about ten years now, for example, ran about $3,400.  Eventually I’ll be looking at some kind of power chair that comes in at two or three times that, not to mention some kind of conversion vehicle to accommodate it!

            But, all things considered, I still feel more fortunate than most of the other people like me with muscular dystrophy.  I just remind myself of the old saying “things may look bad now but then things could always be worse”, so just enjoy what you do have!


    The posting above was originally shown in: So where do you do yours then (model making that is) There are many replies there which would probably also fit in with this posting.

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