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    Microwave in the shop?

    My wife insisted we replace our microwave in our house even though there is really nothing wrong with the older one. She wants me to throw it out. I have no problem doing that, but got to thinking, maybe I could use it in the shop.

    Right now bench space is a bit tight, but if it has a few uses I could make room for it. The question is, what could you use a microwave in the shop for? Would it just collect dust, or be a viable part of the workshop?
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Some folks use microwave ovens to dry rough-turned wood and pen blanks. And there's always reheating your coffee.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Some folks use microwave ovens to dry rough-turned wood and pen blanks. And there's always reheating your coffee.
    I use mine for occasional wood drying; - gotta be careful with that - heating water and flakes for hide glue; quick drying of water based dyes, and occasionally for heating water for coffee.

    I humg mine under a shelf - just used a piece of plywood and four pieces of threaded rod. That keeps it pretty well out of the way.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

    ďThe opposite of bravery isnít stupidity, itís conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.Ē
    Roy Underhill, 2018

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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Howdy Travis,
    I have a small fridge with a small microwave sitting on top out in the shop. I use the fridge mostly for bottled water and the microwave for instant coffee.


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    As said, drying wood, reheating coffee. What more do you need in life?
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area
    Re heating / making coffee seems the consensus. If my shop wasn't direclty below my kitchen I would consider one, myself.

    If things get dull, you could always throw an old CD in there for a minute or two(shiney side up) and watch the fireworks !
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

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    My shop has a full sized fridge in the back (Basement Dust Bowl ) in another room is the reckroom (Wreck Room) and in it is a Bar with yet another fridge (smaller) and a Microwave. Handy as a pocket on a shirt... Drying wood, heating water, warming glue, melting "Stuff" and at the end of it all... A nice cup of tea to finish the day. Some may think this ole Kentucky bum is a Bourbon head sot but I does enjoy a cup of tea in the winter, A Microwave in the shop would make me a happy fellow. (and it does in a way) Tis a good addition. There is always more room, somewhere. Just this week I obtained another Drill Press. Don't know where to put it but...... It will find a home. Additions in the shop are like kinfolk at Christmas time, there's always room for one more.

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