Badger Pond Shop Tours
A Tour of Kevin Bell's Shop
 
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Hey folks. For the last 2 Ĺ years, Iíve been lurking extensively and posting occasionally. Before we all scatter and collect elsewhere, I thought Iíd offer you a look around the shop.

I decided to set up a real shop and learn to make a few things that might be around for a while. Although I wanted a new structure, the compromise was that I would be allowed to enclose the carport. My shop is not much by most Pondersí standards, but I drove every crooked nail and that gives me some measure of satisfaction. A bigger shop will come in time. Of course the learning continues, and I hope itís always that way.

So thatís it for the small shop tour; keep looking and donít be fooled by the wide angle lens.

before

after

The first pictures are of the carport before and after the enclosure. I was going to put in a regular single garage door, but the installer showed up on Friday afternoon with the wrong door. On Saturday morning I decided to build my own doors and by sundown I couldn't have been happier with the way it worked out.
Before                         After

door open

This is the back of the shop with the doors open...

side wall

...and a view of one of the side walls. I was able to put one window and a door on both side walls. They let in a lot of light and make it a very pleasant place to spend time.

other side wall

Here's most of the other side wall...

back wall

...and a view of the back from the inside. Needless to say there is some rearranging to do depending upon what tools are needed. Everything is on wheels.

bench

This is what passes for a bench . . . a classic plywood and 2x4 project. It's flat and sturdy enough, but like most everyone I want to build a real bench one day.

compressor

Here is the newest addition, a 5hp 2 stage compressor that has opened up new ways to do things. It's located in a separate area that was the enclosed portion of the original carport (you know, where the washer and dryer are). That area also houses the 100A panel that feeds the shop. For the air, I used copper tubing with sweat fittings to make the runs back to the main part of the shop. I didn't have a clue how to sweat pipe before this project, but I had fun learning. I think I just liked using the torch.

mois

Well, I told you it was small. If you're still here, thanks for reading and taking a look around.

Back in the real world . . . my desk.

Regards, Kevin

Originally posted 14 February 2003