Badger Pond Shop Tours
A Tour of Jeff Kranz's Shop
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Hello and welcome to the “SHOP” (still looking for a name for it)

The shop came to being a few years ago when my brother needed a place to do some work. I already had 6 acres of land, mostly hardwoods, which I purchased to someday build a house and shop. It was to be in that order until my brother and I “hatched” the "master" plan. The plan was simple – he needed a climate-controlled room to do some automotive quality inspection in, and I needed a place to put my tools. It started out being a 24’ x 24’ shop but ended up a little bigger. Below is a diagram of the first floor.

floor plan of the shop

When you enter the entrance door in the middle section of the building you are greeted by 22 steps up to the 2nd floor. Since I wanted to have 12’ ceilings and did not want any turns in the steps, required me to special order the stair stringers lumber since they were over 20’ long.

Since we are talking about the middle area we will start the tour there. This area has most of the machinery to work on metal stuff. Since it will cut metal there should be no problem to cut wood. I have used the lathe, mill, band saw, and sander/grinder on wood all the time.

LEFT- This is an old Porter Cable 5HP Wet/Dry - Sander/Grinder. This was purchased at an auction. This puppy uses an 8" wide belt 107" long. A good friend of my father supplied me with some belts for it. This machine will remove a lot of stock in a hurry. If you look behind the sander/grinder you will see some of those steps up to the 2nd story.

sander/grinder - bandsaw

RIGHT – Here is our Metal band saw. It is a GROB NS-24 with blade welder. This has a 24” throat and the welder allows us to buy band saw stock and make the blades for this and the other saws we have. This was from another auction of a Tool and Die shop that went out of business. I happened to work for this company about 15 years ago and used this saw often.

LEFT – This is a Hartford milling machine. It is a Bridgeport knockoff. We have plenty of accessories for it. It has digital readouts for both the X and Y-axis. Once you have used one of these machines you don't ever want to be without one. Again, this was another auction item

milling machine - surface grinder

RIGHT – This is a KO-Lee surface grinder that has 6” of travel in and out and 12” left to right. We purchased this from a machinery dealer. If you look under the bench there is a rack of different thicknesses and widths of flat ground stock. Auctions are a great place to get great deals.

LEFT - If you look in the corner you will see a 5HP air compressor. The funny coil thingy on top was hand-made to allow the air to cool after it leaves the compressor head before it enters the tank. This will allow the air to cool and the moisture to condense and fall into the tank to be drained. If you look closely at the coil you will see that the top of the coil is blue but the bottom is shiny. That is proof that the air is cooling down. To the right of the compressor is an air drier to remove any moisture left in the tank before it enters the lines in the shop. The shop has 18 separate drops around the perimeter. The lathe on the left is a variable speed Sheldon 13" lathe. We purchased this from a Tool & Die shop and had the ways re-ground. Most of this equipment runs on 3-phase which we create with a rotary phase converter.

compressor - nuts/bolts

RIGHT - Here is a sample of the nuts and bolts assortment – Auction items again. We have just about every size needed for projects. You would be amazed on just how cheap these go for at auctions.

Well, you have seen most of the middle room – There rest of the room is used for car repair. It is real nice to be able to pull your car into a climate-controlled shop to work on it.

Now we will show you a couple of shots of my bother's area. He does some quality control inspection for companies in the area. In today's automotive industry, everything has to be inspected and traceable to NIST. The CMM is a Brown & Sharp Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) with a PH9 head. This machine can check things down to the thousandths of an inch and is even computer controlled to run automatically. Here are a couple of pictures of his stuff. His floor is epoxy and is real easy to keep clean. Too bad I didn't do the wood shop floor with it.

coordinate measuring machine

I know you all waiting to see the wood shop but I have one more place to show you first.

The 2nd story is a 15’ x 64’ room that was just for storage but I have now started to work on building a finishing room. At the present time my son is using it for practice for his garage “barn” band. It has its own thermostat so he can cool or heat it when he is practicing. Here are some pictures of the 2nd story.

LEFT - If you look at the center of the picture you will see the door that opens up from the floor. This door is on a set of large hinges and has a cable and counter balance to allow you to push it up by hand. A good friend of mine suggested hooking a grarage door opener to the cable and then let the door opener open and close it. One of the coolest things I've seen is when you press the button the door starts to rise up. Looks like something from the "Munsters".


RIGHT – Shows some of the storage area. This area allows us to store all the good stuff that is just too good to be pitched (we all have this stuff). We have made an executive decision that if these shelves get filled it is time to weed out some of the “good” stuff.

LEFT - We also have a great assortment of aluminum stock with length all at least 4' and some 14' of all different shapes such as bar, tube, flat stock, channel, and angle.

aluminum - plastic

RIGHT - Here is a bunch of plastic I bought at an auction. It has Delrin, UHMW, Nylons, Teflons, Acrylics and other plastic for a life long supply for jigs and fixtures. Total cost - $50 at an auction.

finishing room

Here is the beginning of the finishing room. This room is 13’ x 13’. As soon as my son’s band makes it “big” he will move out.

Well, I guess you waited long enough – On to the woodshop.

LEFT – We will start here and work our way in a clockwise rotation in the room. First is a Delta Floor Drill press, and then the dust collector is a Grizzly 2HP with American Fabric bags. The top bag almost touches the 12' ceiling. I am in the process of building a cyclone to replace this. To the right is a homemade router table with Incra Jig for a fence and then a 20" Grizzly Planer.

dust collection - jointer

RIGHT – the center of the three drops for the dust collector is for the table saw. This goes under the concrete. Next you will see an 8” Grizzly jointer. On the wall is the clamp rack for the “Bessey’s” and other type of clamps.

By the way, the dust collection run is 8’ from the floor. It starts out with a 6” diameter and reduces to 4” ½ way around the room.

LEFT - The shelves hold mostly nails, screws, nuts, and bolts for woodworking with finishes and power hand tools. Roll around toolbox for most of the hand tools and a bench. Under bench are hand tools in cases. Routers, sanders, biscuit jointers, socket sets, wrench sets and other stuff.

tool chest - RAS

RIGHT – First you see a 14” Delwalt RAS, 12” Dewalt Miter Saw, Bench with small part storage, Delta Mortiser, 12” Craftsman Band Saw, some more pigeon holes for storage. The shaper in the center-right is being rebuilt. This machine was out for trash pickup and I picked it up to either rebuild it or make it a mailbox holder. After checking it out I decided to re-build it.

LEFT – This roll around box has precision tools from my past Tool & Die work. Dewalt 10" disc – 6x48", belt sander, Delta Midi Lathe and miscellaneous stuff on a 36" x 96" x 12" granite table.

another roll around - the ROCK

RIGHT – If you look hard on the right side of the picture you will see a 20” Dewalt Scroll Saw, and a 10” disc sander. In the middle of the picture is a 48” x 96” x 10” thick piece of black granite on a steel stand. This weighs about 4000 pounds and makes a great flat work surface to work on. In the front of the picture is the sliding table I made for the Delta Unisaw.

lumber storage

Here is a look at the wood rack, which has two sections 10” deep in the back to hold 4’ x 8’ sheet good. To the right of the wood rack is a Performax 16-32 plus sander with extensions and stand.


Here is a look at the Delta Unisaw with 52” Unifence. I built the sliding table to the left of the saw. This setup is great for cutting panels. It also has an out feed table, and digital readout for the fence. A Milwaukee router is mounted in the table.


Here is a close-up of the Davis & Wells, 5HP shaper I’m working on. It has a 1" spindle. I just need to get a belt and it should be ready for work.

pocket hole jig machine

Here is my latest project – An automatic Pocket Jig machine. It was built out of 80/20-aluminum and an old air drill. It runs 100% off air and you can set the depth of the pocket. This was a real fun project and I still need to work out some of the bugs.

Well, you have seen most of the shop. There are some other bits if information you might want to know in case you are thinking about building a shop. I have browsed many of the other members shop tours just to give me ideas for this one.

All of the rooms have separate thermostats so we can set each room at a different temperature. I have installed plenty of lighting in each bay (never enough lights). The wood shop has 24 – 4 bulb florescence lights. The middle section has 10 - 4 bulbs and the CMM area has 18 - 4 bulb fixtures. The local library was renovating and they were going to pitch the lights. They gave me all I wanted and have about 20 spare ones.

The whole shop has a 200amp service with plenty of 20amps drops into each room.

Hope I didn’t bore anyone. I have had a lot of fun creating all of it and some day maybe I can start to make some things out of wood. I do try to make gifts at holidays for family and friends. Someday when I retire I have a great place to retreat to. Since I’m only 42, I have plenty of years to wait before I can use this place full time.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


Originally posted 17 May 2002

wb 17 May 2002