My Garage WoodShop

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 12-13-2010 05:55 AM 33236 reads 12 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of my shop as it sits currently. I am always monkeying around with it and adding and moving stuff so this will probably evolve over time! OK lets go on a tour of my tiny garage shop!

Here is a view from behind the table saw looking into the shop, twords the right side.

It’s alot brighter in person..the pics are a little dark…I guess I should have shot them in the daytime! You can see my main tool rack and my main work area as well.

Here’s a look twords the left from the same spot..

Here you can see my chop saw setup as well as my main dust collector.

This is a shot at my table saw area..

The saw is a 2001 3HP Unisaw 220V, 52” Beismeyer fence. Like alot of my tools it’s a Craigslist find. I love this saw…when I bought it, it was barely even broken in! I upgraded from a BOSCH contractor saw and what a difference.
Here’s a closer look at my table saw accessory area..

I recently completed the blade holder, and the pipe clamp rack I adapted from a design I saw on here..I wish I could remember who posted it…but like I said I adapted this from his idea. The shelf is a simple ply scrap trimmed with walnut scrap on a french cleat, the pipe clamp and the accessory holder are also mounted on a french cleat.

This is the opposite wall..

Here is more of my ever expanding clamp collection. i try to buy at least one or two a month. The clamp rack is laminated from plywood scraps and I plowed dados in it with the chop saw. ..also mounted to the wall with a french cleat. The area below it with the plastic buckets is reserved for my long bed 8” jointer with a helical cutter head..whenever that gets here!

Here is a close up of my main work area..

I built the bench from a Fine Woodworking plan. It’s laminated from plywood and has mortise and tenon joinery. The top is a layer of 3/4 ply under a layer of 3/4MDF, trimmed in hard maple.. I like to roll builders paper over the top…I can sketch on it and write notes, and it keeps the bench top from getting mucked up with paint and glue. The bench is heavy and rock solid..I am really happy with how it came out. I am eventually going to add a 9” vise under the overhang on the left side. The bench and my out feed table are the same height. I set it up so I can back my pickup right up to the saw, slide full sheets right into the saw and I can slide the work bench anywhere I need it for extra out feed support.

Some close ups of the tool wall area…

The usual assortment of stuff…again everything on french cleats, the shelves all made from 3/4” ply drops trimmed with scrap. The drill press is another Craigslist first and only Powermatic! I love it..aside from the little bit of rust on it it,s a great drill press…and it definitely has a custom made drill press table in its future! I’m not crazy about having the drill press parked in front of the tools..but I need to position it in a place that it has maximum side clearance, and I just don’t have enough clear space in this shop. I have to keep everything on wheels so I can re position if necessary..the DP IS GETTING A MOBILE BASE SOON.

Here’s a closeup of my compressor cart..

Standard PC pancake, with 75’ of 3/8 Fleexeel on a reel. I have the usual suspects for can see my latest addition on the top shelf right..the 23Ga pin nailer..I love this gun! Got it on sale at Woodcraft for $35.00! I also have a full head framing nailer as well. I want to upgrade soon to a vertical 25 gal. tank compressor so I can use a spray gun and pneumatic sanders.

Here is a shot of my sander and bandsaw…

Again guess where I got the bandsaw…CRAIGLIST! I had to do some repair work on this puppy. There was a factory defective part on this style saw that is in the tension mechanism that fails over time. I replaced it and now the band saw runs like new. I just added the mobile base, now I need to get a better blade for it. The osc. spindle sander was a xmass present. I upgraded the dust collection capabilities with a kit from Woodcraft. Under the table is a moving dolly. That is where I had my Rigid 13” planer..well, I was borrowing from a friend. Unfortunately, he took it back so Santa is rumored to be bringing me a brand new Steel City 13” planer with the helical head..oh boy I can hardly wait! Since I don’t have alot of room I just roll the planer out and put it on my out feed table, and stash it under the work table when I don’t need it.

Chop saw area..

Love my Makita chop saw! The hood is made from hardboard scraps reinforced with Baltic birch. It’s mounted on a french cleat so I can slide it to the side to cut miters. The saw is only bolted to the stand with wing nuts so I can un bolt it in a minute and bring it to a jobsite, and then put it right back where it was aligned with the fence when I’m done. The kreg sliding stop system is great. I love to be able to walk up and dial in a measurement just like my table saw and have it be right on..and perfectly repeatable. I have a 80” capacity to the right of the saw. The cabinet below the table is very deep and I want to eventually make pantry style draws with full extension slides to maximize storage. The cop saw cabinet draws also have full extension slides, and house my biscuit joiner, my kreg pocket hole equipment, my jig saw, and a bunch of other jigs and tools.

The side table for my chop saw is an assembly cube that can be rotated to achieve three separate heights.

Here is the view looking twords the table saw..

The out feed table is great..I want to build a mobile base for my new planer in the same style. The out feed table is also great for assembly and glue ups.

Well, thats it…my little shop…or as the wife likes to call it, the garage she can’t park in!


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#1 posted 12-13-2010 06:16 AM

A great looking shop, nicely organized and some great Craigslist bargains. Thanks for the tour.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 06:46 AM

Looks like You have served some well spent time out in the garage ! Great looking shop and thanks for the tour. Happy holidays and be safe !

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 06:50 AM

very nice well organized shop. I made the same workbench from the FWW plan. I’m impressed with the large amount of cat litter you have stored in the shop…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 07:02 AM

It is a great looking shop, very well planned out, clean with good work-spaces and well equipped. Even a hockey poster for the Bruins!!
But, I see no kid’s toys, bikes or other junk though so it qualifies as a full on full force woodworker’s shop….maybe someday my messy garage will look half as well organized.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 07:56 AM

You are my kind of guy. Have a clean, neat and organized shop. Very well planned out and good utilization of space available. You should be very proud of your shop. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 08:49 AM

Awesome shop, very organized.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 01:22 PM

Great looking work space Dave, can I borrow your cleaning person. Thanks and happy holidays!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 01:33 PM

Great shop David! Looks like a wonderful place to work. How do you like your Steel City dust collector?

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 01:35 PM

Great looking shop! It looks very large!! You have managed to organize it so that all your surfaces make sense and do double or triple duty! Great work… now can you come over and design mine??

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 02:40 PM

Nice looking shop Brad. Needs some dust though LOL. I really like the use of space you have, with the storage.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 03:26 PM

Very nice Mr. Nailor. (I still always smile when I see your name)

What fun it is to look at other people’s shops and dream. I need some cabinets.

I still don’t like my chop saw. Maybe I just need to grow up. I do everything on the TS. Maybe a better stand like yours would help, and good dust collection. But mostly it is the quality of the cut. What kind of blade do you use on it? Do you ever use a zero clearance insert?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 12-13-2010 08:22 PM


You have a beautiful workshop : clean, well organized, excellent work space

A space with a lot of pleasure

Just a question : Do you have some dust somewhere ???

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#13 posted 12-13-2010 08:45 PM

Great looking shop! Well organized and neat.
Gotta love those CL’s finds. I have several in my shop.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#14 posted 12-13-2010 09:22 PM

nope this is not a shop …..this is a dispayed exibition from a museum

why ?


its tooooo organised , nooo Duuust and no clutter at all
not ten half finished projects hiding in corners but most importen
where is the fridge , Televison , the relaxing corner with coffeemashine and toaster
and not to forget the woodworkingboolks and the computer so you can stay in tuch
with us here on Lumber Jock

nope deffently not geting the golden diplom as a shop.. sorry
and there is no apealcort possiple in this matter
you have to make a totely rebuild and then we can look at it again
sorry .. no guidelines either on how we judge in theese serius cases

the unreasoneble unfair shoppolice
we can only criticise not bee constructiv

Edit : Droooool !

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#15 posted 12-13-2010 10:14 PM

Way too clean.

Way too functional.

Way too organized.

Your tools are way too well thought out, and carefully picked.

YOU, Sir, have a lot of work to do :-)

[Great looking shop. Very orderly. Thanks for sharing !]

-- -- Neil

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