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Santa Fe, NM 87508
United States

When we moved to Santa Fe, we bought a place that didn’t have a shop, so I got to build one from scratch. I still haven’t finished things inside it yet, but here’s some photos…

-- Dave - Santa Fe


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#1 posted 12-05-2017 12:29 AM

Looking good, Dave. I do like the relative lack of power this and that  … sorry I did not comment sooner … I was in London when you posted this on July 6. Good luck with all the projects! Will your tool cabinet be wall-hung or free standing? I know my work space improved greatly when I went the wall-hung route.

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 01:06 AM

Thanks, Ron. I’m not certain, but I’m aiming for a wall-hung cabinet. But I’m not certain, and go through periods when I feel like I have no wall-space. My plans for now are to start with a saw and plane cabinet, which can either be part of a larger wall-hung assemblage or the top of floor-standing unit. As I’m tall with long arms, I have a little more freedom as to where things are, since I can reach so far.

There are some power things. There’s a circular saw. A 7” miter saw I got for cheap. A bench-grinder without which id be lost. A cordless drill, etc. and the garage does have electric heat. But I mostly use hand tools nowadays. The grinder does get pressed to service whenever I buy an old tool and need to remove a layer of rust with the wire wheel.

The new vise will be going left of the middle of the bench on the left. I also have the low roman bench which sits out of frame on the right (on the other side of the pickup, usually) which I use when breaking down large pieces. It’s my primary bench for prep, and then the one on the left gets used for assembly and finishing.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 11:55 AM

I used to keep my tools in a tool chest, but I tired of having to keep bending over and digging around for whatever I need. I wasn’t until finding Steve Branam’s Wall-O-Tools that inspired me to come up with this …
 

 
... and believe it or not … ALL of that was in a chest!

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 12:59 PM

Oh, I believe it. That’s why I think i may end up not having enough wall space. But my first bit of the build will be for saws and planes, and my idea is that the saws and planes can occupy the same space, especially if I store the saws handle up, in the door of the plane cabinet. I might even be able to put my chisels into the space below the saws.

But I want to make that carcasse with dovetailed corners, which means I need to finish my vise first so I have a place to cut dovetails. And I may build an apothecary chest similar to Bertha’s after the vise is done, in order to practice my dovetails while building drawers, in order to get a lot of my pieces-parts cleaned off the benchtop.

At some point, the existing peg-board will need to come off my walls to be replaced with French cleats. I’m hoping that’s some time in summer of 2018, but we’ll see how things go. Life has a way of changing my plans around.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-05-2017 01:05 PM

Oh, and your storage solution is very nicely done, Ron. I’m envisioning about the same amount of wall-space for mine, but probably with doors on everything, and with tools also stored in the doors. I just counted, and realized I already have thirteen planes, and that’s without buying the set of dado planes I might have to acquire at some point. :-/

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 03:21 PM

Dave, you have a very nice shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 12-05-2017 03:52 PM

Thanks, Charles. It’s getting there.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-06-2020 12:54 PM

Updated the shop. Still trying to get everything moved I to it and unpacked this week, but construction is done other than the landscaping outside the shop. Exciting!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-06-2020 02:24 PM

I bet you paid dearly for that flagstone Dave 8^) I freaked when I saw the prices for a pallet needed to make several small area pads in our courtyard. The stuff I used came from Arizona, heck, they have all the nice mesquite AND all the freaking rocks!

The shop layout looks great, eventually you can take over that garage and have a dandy finishing room 8^). Carports are for cars, you need to always have that crust of dust on you vehicle to be a true New Mexican (and never, never use your turn signals)!

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#10 posted 04-06-2020 03:36 PM

Nice shop Dave.
I had the same idea about taking over the garage. I’m sure you did too.
Its looking good. I really like that cool geometric window.
Jon

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#11 posted 04-06-2020 04:50 PM

Yeah, Splint. Between the flagstone and the labor (which was even more than the cost of the stone) to get it laid, I had something of a “cost overrun,” it my sweetie’s happy with how it all looks, so it’s worth it.

The garage is home to the motorcycles for now, but it also will probably be my lumber storage. And the grinders and metal-working bench are on that side, too. But at the moment, it all kinda looks like a tool truck exploded and spewed things all over both halves.

Thanks, Jon. The windows are a nice touch, and the geometric glass-block windows face the street, so almost all the neighbors have commented on them.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 04-06-2020 06:47 PM

Nice shop! I’m jealous.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 04-06-2020 11:22 PM

Thanks!

It doesn’t look so nice at the moment, but I’ve got everything pulled away from the walls so the flooring guys can put in the molding. But the two walls with windows now have cleats running full length (or width, I guess), so I can hang up a lot of my stuff. And after tomorrow I can start organizing for reals.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 04-21-2020 09:36 PM

Just added an exterior photo. The landscaping around the shop is done, and the grass seed is sowed in the bare areas and waiting for the summer monsoon.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 04-30-2020 03:53 PM

New interior photo. Everything is in the shop, but I’m still building storage and unpacking.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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