Badger Pond Shop Tours
A Tour of Mark Mandell's Shop
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Welcome to my cave a/k/a the Shoebox Woodshop. Since this is a virtual tour the normal rules (requiring visitors to wear hard hats and provide written liability waivers from spouses, scalp surgeons, and the shrink who's working on your claustrophobia) don't apply.

Been posting on the Pond for several years, but always text, so figured I'd let you see that I really do do this stuff.

Table saw

This first shot is of my New Baby (Left-tilt) sitting front and center, my Old New Baby (18" bandsaw) on the left, and other stuff lined along both sides of the 13'x25'x5'-10" [ouch] section of my basement. This Action Area is where I have to roll out the planer, jointer (out of sight), and router table for use. The bandsaw is bolted down and I use the counter top as an outfeed table (Yes, the saw was shimmed up level with the counter).

On the right is my miter saw station shown in the follow-up post, and the splay-legged contraption in the back is my router table with the DC plenum box [Thanks, Bill Hylton] hung underneath. Grey box on the ceiling is one of my air cleaners; this one uses an 8" duct fan and a pair of 16" 0.1 micron filters.

Main Mess

Next view here is from the design/jewelry/sculpture area back into the Main Mess, the Finishing Area with movable glue-up bench behind the table saw. When I was making the drill press table (Baltic birch, walnut, Mighty-Track, etc.) LOML queried whether I was now making furniture for my tools. That tan box lurking over the drill press is one of the other air cleaners (its mate is low on the floor at the other end), a 20" box fan mated to two 24" filters.

In case you're wondering, the paint on the floor is a XXX picture, but it can only be seen for what it really is from an altitude of 1,500 feet.

A followup story to the original tour. I had some nerve racking problems with a thump on startup for some six months. After several visits by service techs to no avail, Rick Nivone at JET tech services was all set to send me yet another 70lbs. of new motor when we decided to check the elevator pinion. Geez, jest a tad of overbore in the casting was enough to allow the motor mount casting to move about 1/4" at the outside of the elevation arc, and that was enough play to allow the driver to bounce start even with the gentler start-cap. A rare defect, but one that wouldn't have been found by ordinary service reps.

New saw (less fence and rails) arrived in my garage Monday (31 July, 2000). I uncrated it and moved it downstairs. I stripped the top and fence/outfeed/overarm off the old saw. I assembled the New One and re-installed the old top (danish-oil seasoned iron and .002" within dead flat ever-which-a-way) and hit the switch. . . . . purR-R-R; smooth as a gravy sandwich; passed the nickel even without the added mass of fence, rails, etc.

The old cabinet & guts with brand new everything else (cosmolene and all) went back to JET collect freight.

Side view of table saw

I reinstalled all the bolt-ons, tuned the slots to the blade to the fence to that gnat's eyelash, and added a safety kick-switch paddle on the rail. My Table Saw Station is now complete. By the way, note the overarm guard which I didn't have for the original tour.

Not only is JET service very good, they didn't give up until the defect was cured. No Excuses, Just Results.

Regards, Mark

Originally posted 30 November 1999

wb 3 November 2001