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As much as I’d love to show off my workshop, I don’t actually have one…

I have a house with an enclosed 2 door garage with a roller-door onto my sloping driveway. My woodworking gear is crammed in the space that’s left over amongst moving boxes, surfboards, bike and a huge pile of belongs (or junk, depending upon your perspective).

In the little space I have available, I have a 1000×1000mm XCarve CNC Router, a Thicknesser, a router table and modest collection of hand tools. I kinda lean towards using hand tools when I can, however the pragmatist in me has no qualms about reaching for the orbital or belt sander when needed.

My favourite tools? I recently bought a Lie Nielson No.4 bench plane and a Wood River 5 1/5 plane. There’s something that quite cathartic about running these across a nice piece of Wanlut, consequently my shop is usually filled by far more shavings than would be normally necessary for the little I produce…

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 03:57 PM

I’m smelling what you’re stepping in.

I operated for 30 years out of the similar situation but I threw everything out of the garage except for woodworking stuff.

Now, I have a dedicated shop. All good things come to those that wait.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 07:06 PM

normally id chide you about not showing pics but in your situation ill let you off the let me just welcome you to lumber jocks,im sure youll love it here as much as i do.

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

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 07:35 PM

David, I worked about 10 to 15 years in an open carport. It did have one wall (the back of the house). One of the adjacent sides was a 4 foot wall so that helped some. The carport was about 18ft x 19ft. I had a small work table against the wall and all of my tools were stored in an old antique wardrobe. There was a large oak tree in the back yard so I worked under it a lot. My wife had to park our car in the carport but I could back it out whenever I needed to. Finally I was able to enclose the carport but I enclosed a small utility room for my wife in one corner and everybody had to be able to come through my shop to go into the house. I had a nice little shop once I got it enclosed and I enjoyed it. I used it for a good many years. About 5 years ago I retired and was finally able to build my dream shop. Having a good shop has taken me about 40 years so it takes a while and a lot of patience.

It sounds like you will have a nice set up once you get it straightened out and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed my shop all of these years. I hope that it will grow with you and I hope that you will always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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