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I’m new to woodworking and just built my new basement shop. It’s somewhat unusual, I reused our old kitchen cabinets when we remodeled… probably not so unusual… but I also got my hands on my company’s old conference room table 16×4.5 ft and a large white board for making notes. I’ve banged my head on that table for years, now I can put it to good use. I added a bench vise and my bench mounted power tools. For now I think it’s great for laying out and assembling project, only time will tell as I continue building projects. Currently, I’m leaning more toward hand tools but use small power tools for a little assistance.

Dec 2010 Update: The shiny conference room table isn’t so shiny anymore, plus I drilled a bunch of bench dog holes in it. I continue to lean toward hand tools but over the last two years have added a few power tools. I also expanded my shop a little at first but now take up about 75% of my basement. The boss says taking all that space is okay but leave her room for storage. Some of the big tools I’ve added include a 14” bandsaw w/riser, jointer, planer, spindle/disk sander, mortiser, router table, and dust collection. I love working with the bandsaw, my favorite tool.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 04:56 AM

Mike, this looks like a pretty nice place in which to work. I really the re-use of the conference table. Great job on the cabinets as well. I built a lot of mine but when I remodeled the kitchen in my parent’s house I saved those cabinets (which my father built) and put them in my shop. I like the way you organized your tools using the pegboard. This keeps them in-sight and readily available.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 05:04 AM

Welcome to LJs Mike
Looks like a great shop well laid out and organized,


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#3 posted 05-16-2009 02:40 PM

Nice Shop! Looks like you could build anything your imagination can come up with!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 03:08 PM

I love to recycle stuff… I see so much waste…. nice layout …most importantly, it looks like you’ve got it going on…..

Thanks for posting..


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 05:29 PM

Nice shop, Mike.

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#6 posted 06-12-2009 02:06 PM

Neat, tidy and functional…......lovely chisels and nice vice…......well done.

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#7 posted 06-12-2009 02:18 PM

Very nice shop, thanks!!! FYI – I painted my pegboard white, they look a lot nicer and reflect light making things brighter.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 08-16-2009 04:14 AM

That’s one heck of a cave, Mike – so much room, and such lovely shiny tools :-)

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 04:24 AM

Man O Man, that table/workbench is a Whopper!
That is one nice shop !!!

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#10 posted 08-29-2009 09:19 PM

Very nice shop area, that old conference room table makes a great workbench/assembly table.

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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Steven H

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#11 posted 05-04-2011 04:33 AM

You have a better shop than I do.
How do you like the Grizzly dics sander?

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#12 posted 05-05-2011 12:39 AM

Stephen, I use the spindle sander all the time. It’s become one of my most often used tools. I haven’t use the disk sander part as much but it’s nice to have when needed. Overall seems to be a good quality well built machine with plenty of power. Extremely heavy, my son and I had a hard time getting it to the basement. I’ve read reviews saying dust collection is poor but that has not been my experience. The only negative thing I can say is the disk cover is made of plastic and seems a little flimsy.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#13 posted 02-03-2013 11:11 PM

Nice shop. I really like the way you did you dc drops. I need to do something similar… o these days.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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