Evolution of a Shop #7: Some progress in the shop, though never enough.

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Blog entry by Cory posted 03-04-2010 05:03 PM 4017 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t had a lot of shop time in the last week or three, but I have been able to make some progress. I’ve got all the items that were all over the place stored at least temporarily. I’m going to take a break from moving things around until I’ve made a few projects and get a better feel for how my flow in the shop will be. Here’s how the shop looks as of yesterday:

“main” bench area where I’m keeping most of my tools

Moving to the right, some wall storage for clamps and jigs, my router table, and the beginning of the CMS bench

The cabinets above and below hold finishes, and misc supplies. I added the dust hood over the CMS. I’d love to get a better DC arrangement here, as you know it spits dust all over even with the hood.

Lumber and misc storage along with dust collector and planer/air compressor cart. The sawhorses and stuff on them are about to get put away and/or thrown away so that I can rearrange my table saw. I’m going to turn it around so the dust port faces the opposite direction.

The only shop project I’ve been able to get to is to add some drawers to my router table. This thing cracks me up….i’ve used about 10 different types of wood/plywood/mdf on it. My scrap bin is nearly empty. It’s not pretty, but it works great. I was able to get all of my routers, accessories, bits, etc into the drawers here. It freed up some space in the other cabinets.

Still to come:

new main bench area
flip top cart for planer (to double as outfeed support)
new rolling work table

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 03-04-2010 05:14 PM

let there be light!

very nice workspace

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 05:24 PM

I LOVE your high ceiling in that shop! No cramped feeling there!

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:54 PM

I love an organized shop!

And I especially love working in an organized shop!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 06:00 PM

PurpLev: Exactly…i added (5) 8’ florescent fixtures to replace the 4 simple incandescent bulbs. Can’t have enough light.

dbhost: Me, too. It’s nice to have the cubic space for storage and when I’m moving around an 8’ board. Even then I knock my garage door opener or my air cleaner on occassion!

Todd: Just following your example, my man. I can’t wait to get through stock prep so I can actually build something!

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 06:34 PM

Cory! Thats AWESOME man! Your building an outstanding shop dude.

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 12:24 AM

Great looking shop Cory and I have to thank you again for your old router bench. That thing is beautiful and you could have sold it for more than giving it away. A lot more, You did a heck of a job on it and makes my old one look like crap, and it was bought, not made. Thanks again I really appreciated it, I do like your new one better though, it’s terrific.

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 03:17 PM

You’re very welcome, Mike. I’m glad you can get some use out of the router table.

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 06:38 PM

Great lighting, adjustable shelving all over the place, good cabinets, good tool setup, plenty of ceiling height, Looks almost like it belongs in a magazine…

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 01:06 AM

Thats a organized shop!

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