Badger Pond Shop Tours
A Tour of Ray Thompson's Shop
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After 3 years of stacking stuff anywhere and everywhere, the last 4 weeks of sorting and putting away I finally have the shop in decent shape to hold the Pond-O-Rama in January. I started early knowing it would take a considerable amount of time.

looking south

The first is a general shot from the door looking south. Overhead is the air cleaner, the big board standing on end is the top to an old drafting table from work that I put up for a large assembly table. I am still debating the merits of making an assembly table vs. traditional workbench. (Big open space for several lathes)

radial arm saw

On the west wall looking south, my sister's radial arm saw then the compound miter saw, safe, and roll around.


Still on the west wall, oscillating spindle sander, mortiser, 16" disk sander (home made), production pocket machine, and bandsaw.

drill press

South wall; heater, storage room and drill press

scroll saw

South wall heading east; DP, finish room and scroll saw.

sears saw

East wall heading north, old Sears saw with Rockler sliding table and Accusquare fence. Dad's old workbench with part of a Bies fence maybe to be installed. And in the background an old Rockwell 6" jointer. On the wall screws and supplies.


Delta slow wet grinder, Grizzly 15" planer, dehumidifier, and router table.


North wall the big Woodmaster sander, refrigerator, microwave, and on the wall, old Sly the shop mascot, and the door to the barn side.

gate closed

The dust collector main enters the shop at mid-wall then goes north, south, and across the shop where it goes north and south forming an "H" at the ceiling. In order to close the mains I made 6" gates accuated by air cylinders. Here is a shot of a closed gate.

gate open

And one open. There is a box of 4 swithes on the wall so I can open and close mains depending on what machine is running. Most machines are not hooked up yet but maybe the next 3 years.

Thanks for looking and everyone is welcome to come out on Jan. 18th for the Hoosier Pond-O-Rama.


Originally posted 2 December 2002

wb 2 December 2002