Alongiron's Workshop

  • Advertise with us
Workshop by Alongiron posted 01-11-2011 12:07 AM 4260 reads 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

View all workshops »

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

click the pictures to enlarge them

Alongiron's Workshop Alongiron's Workshop Alongiron's Workshop

click the marker to see the address

My workshop is 24×20. It is not the largest shop but it fits me just right. It is as much fun working on the shop as it is woodworking projects. I have the standard tools that I need to be successful in what I do and upgrade as I get a few extra dollars. A Grizzly Table saw w/incre 1000SE Mitre, a 10” sliding miter saw, I have upgraded to a Grizzly Bandsaw that i just love, a Delta wood lathe, a ridgid 12” planer, a 6 1/4” Grizzly jointer, a Craftsman scrollsaw, a multi funtional Rigid sanding station, a Rigid floor model drill press, a Bosch router table set into the right end of my table saw, a HP 2-1/2 dust collector, and a Delta mortising machine. I like to keep my shop nice and clean. Most of the projects I make are for gifts. I have yet to make anything for money. I really enjoy making Arts and Craft type projects. I love working with QSWO and the beautiful woodgrain. I am lucky to be able to have a nice shop to make projects for others. It sounds funny but everytime I walk through the door and turn the lights on.. I kinda shake my head…look up..and say thanks! My next step is to add on an 8’ x 20’ addition that will be my finishing room. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you some ideas for your own shop

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

23 comments so far

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27249 posts in 4794 days

#1 posted 01-11-2011 12:31 AM

Alongiron, this looks like a pretty nice shop to me. I have always thought that stand alone shops are the way to go. And it looks like you get quite a bit of natural light in there with all the glass that you have put in your shop. And what can I say about the wainscoting. This adds not only a nice touch to the shop’s appearance but it also will help protect the wall as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View rozzi's profile


323 posts in 4294 days

#2 posted 01-11-2011 12:36 AM

Nice shop. Looks like a nice place to work. I am envious.

-- Duane, Iowa

View Robsshop's profile


923 posts in 3947 days

#3 posted 01-11-2011 01:21 AM

I like it, has that,” I could live in here if given a chance” look ! And yes I know what You mean about having fun putting a shop together, that is if You don’t go crazy with choosing all the different ways to do things ! LOL.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

View sillac's profile


644 posts in 3736 days

#4 posted 01-11-2011 08:11 AM

Looks like a very nice shop to spend some time in, the outside looks great, but pink? Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

View Splinterman's profile


23074 posts in 4333 days

#5 posted 01-11-2011 10:16 AM

Sweet looking shop on the inside and outside…good job.

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

#6 posted 01-11-2011 02:24 PM

Steve..The workshop does look a little “pink” in the picture but ut is actually a netural tan color. I thought everyone would notice that I still do not have a piece of facia up yet on the right side of the building! Have a good day.

To everyone, Thanks so much for the nice complements. My wife used to tell me that; “A mans house is his castle” but now she tells me that it is my workshop that is my castle!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3839 days

#7 posted 01-11-2011 02:27 PM

Your shop is super nice. I love the shop building itself and you have it very nice and neat with lots of equipment and tools. It looks like anyone would enjoying working in a shop like yours. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

#8 posted 01-14-2011 12:02 AM

I have added some updated pictures from the inside of my shop. I still need to finish up my dust collection system and I should be good to go!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

#9 posted 01-19-2011 02:35 PM

I finished up all my lower walls in my shop this past weekend!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

View ND2ELK's profile


13494 posts in 4746 days

#10 posted 01-19-2011 10:35 PM

Beautiful looking shop. I love to see a neat, clean and organized shop. It makes it extra special that it is a stand alone shop. I had to put my shop in the garage but I have put a lot of thought in laying it out and using every bit of space I could. Take a look and see what you think. How do you heat and cool your shop? If I can answer any questions about dust collection, feel free to ask.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

#11 posted 01-19-2011 11:13 PM



My shop can not hold a candle to yours but I do like to keep it clean as possible!

My shop is well insulated both walls and ceiling so I just use a small window AC unit that I take in and out come winter time. As far as heat I just use a small oil filled radiation heater that keeps the shop at 70 degrees in the winter months. I do have a forum going on my DC system that you may want to take a look at and offer any advice.

Thanks Tom!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

View Dustin's profile


393 posts in 4422 days

#12 posted 01-23-2011 06:39 PM

Love the space you have here.

View Alongiron's profile


654 posts in 3665 days

#13 posted 01-23-2011 06:53 PM

Thanks Dustin. I had a chance to look through some of your beautiful kitchens tht you have built. They are great. I do love the space out in the workshop and I do spend a fair amount of time out there trying to sharpen up my skills.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 4645 days

#14 posted 06-04-2011 06:17 AM

Nice looking shop.

View RibsBrisket4me's profile


1554 posts in 3478 days

#15 posted 11-06-2011 05:15 PM


I love your shop. To me it is the perfect mix of function, organization and space. You have good value tools and i LOVE that old Craftsman bandsaw. Does it run as nice as it looks?

For me, your shop is a dream shop.

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics