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    The "What's your shop look like?" thread

    I recently cleaned out the dark, dank basement in my building to create a dark, dank home bike and ski shop. Here she is in all her glory.







    What's your home shop like?
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    Cool thread idea. Here's one shot of mine:

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    I keep most of my personal stuff at work, so most of my "home" shop isn't at home:


    not normally this dark, it just makes for lots of contrast


    yeah, that's mine


    now if I could just keep it this clean all the time...


    ...but those darn customers keep interfering!

    But some of it's still at home, so...


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    .....looks clean to me....

    Good looking shops

    ....keep it going.....
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    Here's mine, and it too, is never as clean as the photo suggests.
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    here is my shop in my garage. I don't have a lot of space until the snowblower leaves in spring.

    also have this pic with out my pride and joy Gary fisher Wahoo disc. I just tinker with that red dimondback sorrento in my spare time. I love having that boombox hooked up to some old computer speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    I recently cleaned out the dark, dank basement in my building to create a dark, dank home bike and ski shop. Here she is in all her glory.



    What's your home shop like?
    Hell that looks so much like my first home shop in my apartment. In the basement, so damp, low ceiling, no light but I wrenched and learned to build wheels there. I'm glad with my new shop now. Can post pics later...
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    You can see some of mine behind the bike. I also have a Craftsman toolbox and a steel cabinet on another wall.
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    My Shop/Garage

    Had two garages prior in two other houses. This one I planned to build based on needs/wants and previous garages. Took a lot of time planning, drawing, thinking and asking others. Had a contractor build the "shell", a friend and I wired it, my wife and I insulated all of it; (garage door is insulated too) and my friend and I paneled it. There are 13 outlets, three airlines, a drill press, two wheel grinder, air tools, bike tools, workbenches, a sink with a small hot water heater to wash up in, etc. We installed an evaprative cooler for the summer and my two little space heaters do keep the garage warm in winter. I had worked very hard to save the $$ for it because it was to be my LAST garage. I'm not moving ever again.
    I had carpet on the floor to keep it warm in summer and easy on the feet and when I need to crawl under a car. Both our cars fit inside with room to work on my bikes or fix any other item. We have a 20 X 40 shed where the "extras" are stored, including a Safety-Kleen parts washer i got at a garage sale years ago.
    Due to age and body conditions I race a bit less and welcome anyone willing to learn to work on their bikes so they learn how to do it. It's my small way to "give back " to the sport.
    My wife said she didn't care what i put up on the walls so I have all the "ME" walls aI want! Old motorcycle racing trophies, mountain-biking race posters, odds and ends, old pictures, etc etc, LOVE IT!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    Had two garages prior in two other houses. This one I planned to build based on needs/wants and previous garages. Took a lot of time planning, drawing, thinking and asking others. Had a contractor build the "shell", a friend and I wired it, my wife and I insulated all of it; (garage door is insulated too) and my friend and I paneled it. There are 13 outlets, three airlines, a drill press, two wheel grinder, air tools, bike tools, workbenches, a sink with a small hot water heater to wash up in, etc. We installed an evaprative cooler for the summer and my two little space heaters do keep the garage warm in winter. I had worked very hard to save the $$ for it because it was to be my LAST garage. I'm not moving ever again.
    I had carpet on the floor to keep it warm in summer and easy on the feet and when I need to crawl under a car. Both our cars fit inside with room to work on my bikes or fix any other item. We have a 20 X 40 shed where the "extras" are stored, including a Safety-Kleen parts washer i got at a garage sale years ago.
    Due to age and body conditions I race a bit less and welcome anyone willing to learn to work on their bikes so they learn how to do it. It's my small way to "give back " to the sport.
    My wife said she didn't care what i put up on the walls so I have all the "ME" walls aI want! Old motorcycle racing trophies, mountain-biking race posters, odds and ends, old pictures, etc etc, LOVE IT!!
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    Thanks Pissed, though my wife disagrees but it is MY garage so it don't matter!!
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    VTSession, you're gonna go blind down there with that single light bulb. You can get 4 foot hanging florescents at the Depot cheap. I put four in my basement and painted the floor and walls light grey, it has all the light you could ever want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    LOVE IT!!
    Nice shop. U work for Sears by any chance lol!!

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    Thanks 2 WD, nope I've just used their tools for over 50 years, they worked for me when I was an electrician in a steel mill, and when I raced motorcycles. I did have a side business selling motorcycle accessories and doing engine work, porting and polishing heads and cylinders, and did all my own car work. I will say the guys at Sears loved to see me come in!!! They gave me the big sign.
    When I married my wife she didn't have a garage just a 20 X 40 shed whis was my "shop' for several years. Then 3 years ago we had the shell built and now the garage. I worked very hard to build it just "right".
    PS I did save a LOT of $$$$ when I quit drinking!! LOL LOL
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    mechBgon..... I have to compliment you on the custom handwheels on your truing stand.
    Excellent Idea!! That work area is perfect. I love how everything is laid out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    Thanks 2 WD, nope I've just used their tools for over 50 years, they worked for me when I was an electrician in a steel mill, and when I raced motorcycles. I did have a side business selling motorcycle accessories and doing engine work, porting and polishing heads and cylinders, and did all my own car work. I will say the guys at Sears loved to see me come in!!! They gave me the big sign.
    When I married my wife she didn't have a garage just a 20 X 40 shed whis was my "shop' for several years. Then 3 years ago we had the shell built and now the garage. I worked very hard to build it just "right".
    PS I did save a LOT of $$$$ when I quit drinking!! LOL LOL
    I used to repair, rebuild, and assemble new bikes for Sears. I ran their bike shop for 8 years and at one point had 4 other techs under me...ya, that's how busy we got there. Their tools are decent and the warranty is great.

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    I would post pictures but that would require me to clean my work bench to take a picture. Maybe one day.

    MecBgon, what is that white surface on your bench? I like that. Looks easy to wipe of any spilled oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496
    VTSession, you're gonna go blind down there with that single light bulb. You can get 4 foot hanging florescents at the Depot cheap. I put four in my basement and painted the floor and walls light grey, it has all the light you could ever want.
    Yeah the light is awful. I can only work down there during the day. I plan on getting some bright lamps at the Depot for sure. I usually need a head lamp too for when I drop bolts and what not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mount Dora Cycles
    I would post pictures but that would require me to clean my work bench to take a picture. Maybe one day.

    MecBgon, what is that white surface on your bench? I like that. Looks easy to wipe of any spilled oil.
    I don't know the brand, but it's Formica-type laminate glued to thick plywood. Easy to clean, easy to find small screws and springs and stuff on the white background

    mechBgon..... I have to compliment you on the custom handwheels on your truing stand. Excellent Idea!! That work area is perfect. I love how everything is laid out.
    Thanks It would be even better if I weren't crammed under a stairway, but I've done the best I could.

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    Long Live Basement Shops!

    My little dungeon:

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    I spend WAY too much time down there...

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    Hey Ianpope, nice shop area!1 My sink is similar to yours too. You've got a couple of real classic bikes there too!! Nice set-up. I understand "spending too much time in the shop"......but it's comfy/home/peaceful.
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    I'm Lucky

    When we moved to Colorado, we bought a house with a 14' x 20' carport. We knew we needed more bike storage so we decided to wall the carport in and make a "bike garage". Here's the cool part: it was my wife's idea! It has room for our stable of bikes (2 tandems, 5 short bikes and a variety of trailers and accessories. It also had room for a workbench, bike helmets, shoes, and camelbaks. The great part is that after a ride, we roll up he driveway, load the bikes and stuff into the garage, drop the dirty duds in the laundry room and all is good! I'm now working on insulating and heating the space.
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    Lanpope, very impressive bike collection.

    I decided to clean up as best I could between service. Not so impressive but it gets the work done. Not shown in photos is a full size tool box for all the wrenches, sockets and random tools.

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    Nice!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    Nice SKI THE EAST sticker placement.

    I really love these threads when they pop up from time to time. It always gives me inspiration to go out and clean out my garage, so I can actually work in it.

    One of these days when one can see my workspace instead of the piles of crap that are currently in there I'll snap a picture...

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    Here is my shop. Excuse the crappy pics there from my BlackBerry.










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    another basement shop

    It was dark so I used more white peg board than I needed on the walls to bounce light off of, its evenly bright now (no casting shadows from work lights)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.


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    I am almost done with mine. Just got a campbell compressor, 3 gallon, got all my stuff organized and hung, now I just have to finish my DIY bike stand, and DIY bike rack.

    stand is the Pipe that comes down from rafters, and uses pipe clamp. And the rack is the PVC style.

    I hope to be done by Easter weekend.

    I will either try to get you finished pics or in progress pics this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Lee
    It was dark so I used more white peg board than I needed on the walls to bounce light off of, its evenly bright now (no casting shadows from work lights)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.

    Looks nice! I was planning on adding more white pegboard than needed for the same reason. Your white walls and ceiling surely help too.

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    Here is a pic of my work area. I am currently looking for a work stand and to expand my tool collection!




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    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.
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    garage workshop. Heated with woodstove and fully insulated. have woodworking on one side bike area on the other. we have seven bikes in the house now...love it
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    Nice looking shop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by houndsbourgh
    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.
    Now that is a nice DIY jig for sure. Wow. Impressive. Nice shop too!
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    Cool thread. Here is my cave(as my wife calls it).


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    Here is my garage shop.
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    Nice and tidy, good for you!! Are those the "Singing Fish" on the wall?
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    Nice "cave" but I am digging the Triumph more

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    Cool thread. Here is my cave(as my wife calls it).


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    This thread motivated me to finally go out and do a bit more organizing to my garage so I have somewhat of an work area.







    I'm thinking of putting up that piece of pegboard that's sitting behind the workbench up right above it so that I have some place to hang some tools.
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    my parents garage. no stand so i have to get creative. but i do have most of the tools you need to do pretty much everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houndsbourgh
    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.
    I know this thread is old but I love your curvy green (celeste?) bike. I'm pretty sure it's a Retrotech but not positive.... is it?

    Edit: Nevermind, I found your other pictures of it. Awesome bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Lee
    It was dark so I used more white peg board than I needed on the walls to bounce light off of, its evenly bright now (no casting shadows from work lights)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.


    I still cant get used too seeing thoes one fork bikes. They look scary!

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    LOL, I almost skipped even test riding the Prophet because of the flimsy looking "fork"

    After ridding it I thought the fork felt good and solid but I never realized just how stiff it was and how well it tracked before going back and forth between my girl friends Tora and my other bike with 7+ pound Marzocchi 66 (felt much more like the big thru axle than the other by a pretty good margin)

    One thing I never understood was not being able to pick up longer steerers for it... I am 6'2 with long legs and always felt like the front end was a little to low even with a little rise in the stem and bars. Cannondale figured it out and uses longer headtubes/steerers on there new XL Lefties/bikes.

    My one legged Prophet is now sold and is being replaced with a Heckler with a Marzocchi 55... I expect climbing will suffer a bit but I hope the slightly more upright position pays off heading down steeps, drops and small jumps.



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    I still cant get used too seeing thoes one fork bikes. They look scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Lee
    My one legged Prophet...
    lol...ur Prophet got a single leg with a kickstand mofo (Eddie Murphy "Delirious" rip )

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    Here is a shot of mine
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    Is that a phil wood spoke machine I see? And if so very nice accessory for a home shop!

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    Here is mine:



    The work bench is a Craftsman, with a salvaged high school chemistry lab counter top as the work surface. Drilling holes for, and recessing the bolts to mount the vice and top to the bench was exciting. It was supposed to use wood screws to mount the top to the bench, but I wanted it to be removable, so I reccess/blind mounted stainless t-nuts between the 1.125" MFD top it came with and the lab counter top so that I could use 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts instead. The vice is also mounted with stainless t-nuts, and 1/2" x 13 stainless bolts. The tool board is 1/2" cabinet grade birch plywood, glued to blind mounted 3/8" dowels on 2x4s, with stainless t-nuts, and 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts to mount it to the bench frame. I have more tools than I can mount on it. I could really use about four more of each drawer size to make it a tool chest.

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    Oh man, I love those wheeled Park work stands. Some guy had a bunch of them on ebay recently too but they were pick-up only. I think I see a TS-3 in that picture too!

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    Since you're using dissimilar metals (stainless steel bolt hardware and iron vise) did you remember to isolate the bolts from the vise to prevent corrosion? If not, you may want to check it periodically for evidence of corrosion.

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    The work bench is a Craftsman, with a salvaged high school chemistry lab counter top as the work surface. Drilling holes for, and recessing the bolts to mount the vice and top to the bench was exciting. It was supposed to use wood screws to mount the top to the bench, but I wanted it to be removable, so I reccess/blind mounted stainless t-nuts between the 1.125" MFD top it came with and the lab counter top so that I could use 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts instead. The vice is also mounted with stainless t-nuts, and 1/2" x 13 stainless bolts. The tool board is 1/2" cabinet grade birch plywood, glued to blind mounted 3/8" dowels on 2x4s, with stainless t-nuts, and 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts to mount it to the bench frame. I have more tools than I can mount on it. I could really use about four more of each drawer size to make it a tool chest.
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