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An inside View

There must be a few thousand WoodRat owners out there now and I would love to see where you cage yours. On this page I would like to post photos of your factory/workshop/garage/shed/room/cupboard/table.

Please do not be shy if your shed is small and very humble as we are all interested in how you mount and use your machine. Keep security in mind and do not divulge your address or ant-theft precautions. Include any shots of jigs/mods/mounts or work if you can.

 

Pierre, Piet, Dave R, Alf, all the Tonys, Angela, John, Donald, Lewis?!!!!!! Would you like to start the ball rolling?


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Here are a few shots of my garage...ah hem workshop. Too small to actually allow a fat bloke to get out of the car when parked inside. So my garage is my workshop.  Like most others it is crammed to bursting with a lifetime collection of tools and machines. Most things are mounted on cabinets with castors so that they are pushed into a corner until needed.

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Pushed into the corner is my record planer/thicknesser, router table, bandsaw and my trusty ancient jointer rescued from a skip (dumpster). I made a new base for it and replaced the drive belt. Modified blades from another machine and it works just fine. I can stop rescuing tools, machines and wood any time I want.. yes sir no problem at all.
My wall mounted 'Rat can be just seen here. Finding wall space is not easy. Sanding machine, mini-mill and mortiser on top of wheeled cabinets. Table saw in the backgroun. The cheap plastic vacuum can suck and blow and has given years of sterling service. It works well with the pipe just shoved up the WoodRat channel.

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The radial arm saw is a blessing and remains accurate as long as it is not moved from 90 degree cuts. Not now in fashion but beats even the biggest SCMS.
This is my old and reliable 'Rat that has suffered all sorts of mods over the years. Bits and bobs for the machine are kept on the shelf to the left and in the vertical cabinet.

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I find lighting important to simplify cutting to the line. I use a fluorescent tube above to give a diffused light and a cheap adjustable halogen to shine down through the plate. Home made "plunge" bars hanging on the wall.
My second, yes second WoodRat is the revised channel version. It lives above my head mounted on a bracket fixed to a roof beam. The-sky light I had fitted two years ago and has made a huge difference to the available light and I can comfortably work with the garage door closed. It is normally stored with the plate fixed on but the router removed.

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Here is the wooden mounting bracket. It is a loose fit but with plenty of engagement to the channel so that I don't struggle to hang the WoodRat on. Fortunately the new channel is much lighter than the previous version. The box on the left houses my MR3 rail.
Some strong plywood with two of the superb alloy mounting brackets from the Craftsman Gallery make quick mounting of the 'Rat in the bench vise a cinch.

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border="0" This mounting method works very well and work does clear the vise. Not having any spare wall space is not an excuse for not using a WoodRat. I do not do any heavy or very large work on my machines so clearance is not a priority.

I store all my hand tools in map cabinets under the work benches. I thought I had the winning bid (10) for one at an auction but discovered that I actually gained four. Sold the other two at a huge profit.

Visitors are very welcome by appointment but I don't get many. Here is a celebrity visitor. It is none other than Lewis Stepp; owner of the Craftsman Gallery who proved to be a very pleasant and agreeable chap. Plenty of Rat Chat that day!! I am the one with the larger stomach and green pullover!

 

 

 

 

The wire noose and megawatt ultra low frequency blaster are extra security measures. 

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Well there you are. I have shown you mine why don't you show me yours?

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