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The big theme of my workshop is space efficiency. I have now purchased most of the major tools required to do some serious woodworking. I just completed a bench tool system from Well completed may be a stretch. I still have two more shelfs to build and install, mound the new Ridgid planner (just arrived today, very exciting). The third shelf will be for a Ridgid Oscillating Spindle sander still on the need to purchase list.

The area is basically a 10×10 patio under a portion of the house out the side door and an 8×10 shed. The shed is still full of stuff from when I had a lawn and yard that I took care. A couple of years ago we had the whole yard landscaped and turned it over to a professional gardener so I can do woodworking and play tennis when I am not working.

In the first picture you see the Ridgid Planner, fresh from the box and the tool cabinet with the assembly table top on it.

The second is my 30 year old trusty Craftsman 10”, this was a gift from my father an woodworker from way back who would be thrilled I am sure to see me making furniture with many of his old tools. Sadly Dad passed away in 92 long before I found out why he liked woodworking so much.

Third picture is a mobile cabinet I think it was in Fine Woodworking maybe 18-24 months ago. Not real mobile and a little to big for my liking. I have plans to cut this down and get it into the shed after doing some major cleaning on the shed.

In the forth pic you see the completed tool closet. Which stores the bench tools on shelfs that fit on the top of the tool cabinet. The Ridgid Jointer is there on the left and the Drill press I inherited from Dad also a craftsman and works great. The Craftsman bandsaw is in the corner, it needs to be replaced just scary with the blade wandering all over the place. I haven’t used it in over a year because of that. You can just see some of the hand tools which are all mounted on the very stable door of the shed.

The remaining two pictures are of the Triton router on the tool cabinet. and the shelf and cupboard on the bottom of the tool cabinet.

Plans for the future. I would love to say I found another 1000 square feet but that is just not going to happen. So the shed is going to have to be cleaned out and make room for a workbench, and some more tool cabinets to hold the drill press and a new bandsaw. Also really need a dust collection system, to make clean up easier. I am outside when working so dust is not as big an issue but still would be a lot better to have one.

I will continue to work on the shop, I read recently one of the Lumberjocks builds something for the shop after completing each new project. Seems to me you almost have to if you include jigs. I seem to have to build one for almost every new project. Well hopefully I will be able to complete more projects now with the improved organization the assemble top on the cabinet has already helped out a great deal.

Thanks for stopping by and ideas for better ways to organize a small shop be all means let me know. By the way I get away with working outside because the weather here is 50-80 all year round.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 06:17 AM

Hi Ron,

Great looking small shop even of some it doesn’t have walls. :) I like the idea of 50 to 80 all year round.
We have a place in HMB just to the north. We are only there off and on and live in Canada most of the time as we both have full time jobs. In a few years we look forward to spending winters in California
I’m just starting to set-up a small shop in 8×10 shed. I’ll be keeping an eye on your set-up to get ideas for a small shop. Certainly lots of good ideas on this site.
Thanks for posting. jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 06:18 AM

I always enjoy seeing examples of woodworker’s amazing knack for maximum utilization of space. My shop is 1/2 of a 2-car garage, most tools on casters and move to the center of space when needed. My B&D Workmate like yours is still my only ‘woodworking’ bench. Maybe someday….

thanks for posting,
You’re in a nice part of the world. I’ve spent some weeks down in Watsonville at company retreats some years ago, weather is just too nice!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 07:18 AM

Hey Ron,
Great utilisation of space and machine mobility….well done.

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#4 posted 08-25-2010 07:23 AM

A good work area and some cool tools too.

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 03:34 PM

Very nice setup for the space you have… Since you are trying to jam as much as possible in as small of a space as possible, might I suggest that you lose the bench top router table, and instead build a router wing for your table saw? It’s a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 07:43 PM

Ron, this is certainly an interesting shop that you have. I would enjoy getting this much natural light in my shop. :) At one time I tried to do all my cutting outside (since I would get yelled at for tracking sawdust into the house if I ran my saw in the shop). But when I upgraded my Craftsman saw for a cabinet saw this had to stop. And, of course, here in Kentucky we do not enjoy the climate that you have. It is a little tough to work outside when it is snowing or in August when the air temperature is 90+. Working outside, as you do, makes clean up a breeze as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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Ron Henricksen

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#7 posted 08-26-2010 08:30 PM

Dbhost, I considered the router table on the side of the tablesaw but any wider and the saw would get rained on when the weather does get bad. So the separate portable table was a better solution. I do agree if I had room for a bigger table bed I would love to have it that way.

Scott it is really a big advantage to be outside especially when doing the major cutting for a new project. The downside is that I really cannot work at night (to close to neighbors for that amount of noise) and when it rains, I am a little limited (1/3 of the shop area gets rained on). In my dream workshop it would have big barn doors that could be opened when it is nice.

Thanks for the comments, hopefully will have a project finished soon.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 10:45 PM

Great shop there! We are somewhat local to each other – I’m in Marina. Hopefully I can get a nice little shop going for myself soon, right now I am working out of my garage and office and backyard patio, whichever I end up at during the day. :) NEED a nice little shop like yours and soon! Great pics!


-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#9 posted 11-24-2010 09:07 AM

Nice looking shop for making some sawdust, thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 11:05 AM

Good luck on setting up your Bench Tool System. Always an ongoing project.
Also from Aptos, Ca


-- Mike, Aptos, Calif.

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#11 posted 04-08-2011 01:34 AM

Nice little work area.

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