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My workshop is located in a 15×30 partitioned stall of my 3 car garage. When we moved here, I had a lot of tools, but my wordworking tools were limited and included a dewalt cordless driver and mini circle saw, a HF 10” sliding miter saw (never buy one no matter what the price), an 8 foot by 24” workbench made from 2×4’s and a sheet of plywood and some sawhorses. As soon as we moved in, I bought a cheap Ryobi table saw and started building a bar (priorities right?) in the 36×36 2 stall part of the garage. Always wanted a basement bar but since our house is on a lake, no basement so garage it is. Anyway, that bar was a multi-month learning experience (I’ll post some build pictures when I have time) and shortly after starting, I came across Lumberjocks and have been lurking ever since. One of the first things I learned was that I really enjoyed working with wood. It was relaxing and I had many nights that I would lose track of time and have an oh crap moment when I finally looked at a clock and realize that I had to get up in a couple hours. The second thing I learned was that I needed more tools and better tools if I was going to continue on this woodworking venture.
Well I finished that bar almost completely with my dewalt cordless tools, cheap table saw and crooked cutting HF miter saw. I did buy a decent router during the build and various small tools; block plane, clamps, Irwin chisels. The bar turned out great is a quality piece of furniture even if it is in a garage and a back bar and overhead bar are in my sketchup folder and I’ve been acquiring more and better tools ever since. They include:
Grizzly Hybrid Tablesaw that I built a router table into the end
Grizzly 6” Jointer
Shopfox 17” bandsaw that I got for next to nothing at auction
Bosch 12” Glide Saw
Dewalt DW735 Planer
Cheap 16 speed Central Machinery drill press that was a gift a and will hold me for awhile
HF 2hp dust collector that I added a Dust Deputy to with 5” ducting
Lumber rack on one wall and rolling sheet good cart
I’ve recently started making some wooden boxes and found the need for the precision of hand planes so have acquired and restored and tuned 4 old Stanley Planes type 9-11 and made a decent shooting board with a donkey ear attachment
On the horizon is a stout workbench, probably Roubo and a decent Lathe.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 02:04 PM

That’s a good looking shop…. Enjoy your time in it; hopefully it’s heated cause it’s about to start getting cold in your neighborhood!

-- My "projects" always look better when your glasses are broken.

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 02:24 PM

Thanks Matt. Whole garage is insulated and climate controlled. Furnace in the garage is better than the one heating my house(newer and more efficient anyway). Dehumidifier in shop too which keeps everything nice and dry even in the summer as long as I keep the door closed.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#3 posted 10-10-2016 05:47 AM

Very nice shop! You got a good diversity of tools. I have to update the pics on here for my shop! I just started getting back into lumber jocks. Very Nice Shop!

-- Andrew, Home Hobbyist, Canada

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#4 posted 10-10-2016 02:25 PM

Nice…thanks for showing.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 10-13-2016 11:41 PM

great space burbs i could have fun in there,and i like your motto because if your not learning your probably not living,welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 10-13-2016 11:54 PM

Please, please, please put your planes on their sides when not in use!


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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#7 posted 10-14-2016 12:04 AM

Blades retracted so doesn’t matter.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#8 posted 10-14-2016 01:16 AM

I’ve never understood the whole business with putting a plane on its side. Put a plane on its side and you have a sharp exposed blade that could be hit with your skin or another tool. If the blade is down on a wooden surface, u have to worry about maybe taking a chunk out of your wood.
So I will agree with not storing a plane blade down on your dining table, table saw, etc but until I have a nice hardwood, flat bench in my shop I don’t think my crappy plywood benches will care.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#9 posted 10-14-2016 05:19 PM

I have a hardwood bench and routinely place all my bench planes cutter-down. Setting them sideways is wivestale material, no rational thought behind it in context of clean wood workbenches.

BTW, nice shop, and you have some nice artwork on the walls, too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 10-19-2016 07:52 PM

Nice shop Burbs.
Can you tell me a little about your DC System?
What type of ducting are you using? What gauge? Standard HVAC or is this meant for DC use?
I’m just about ready to convert my Jet DC1100 to a cyclone and I am very curious about what others have done.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#11 posted 11-04-2016 12:05 AM

THe whole “plane on its side” myth has been debunked by several people. Even Lie-Nielsen recommends you put them blade down on your bench. Blade down protects the blade far more than laying them on the side, and is safer all around.

Great shop btw – Love the Farrah poster – I think we all had that one in a dorm room or two.


-- Measure Twice, Cut Once - throw it in the woodpile, start over...

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#12 posted 11-04-2016 01:03 AM

Thanks jobewan. Posters are going to have to go on the ceiling pretty soon. Space is starting to come at a premium.
In regards to the plane, I started a post in the hand tool forum asking people’s opinion and it started quite the debate which was not my intention, but some of the posts are hilarious. Check it here:

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#13 posted 11-06-2016 03:58 PM

Nice shop! Welcome to LJ’s.

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