My shop #3: Is my shop to small or do I have to many tools?

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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 02-08-2015 03:34 PM 2101 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Is my shop to small or do I have to many tools? It,s up to you.

For the small machines I have thought making flipover stands, but on one stand I could put two, maybe three, machines on it. After thinking and trying I came to a solution and put five machines on a small bench. I can use all five without a lot of change.


Drawers for drills and so on:

Drill table hanging on the left side:

Drill press with mounted table:

On the back a flexible drilling shaft and also power cord:

Small and cheap router with crossing table:

Cylinder sander:

Grinder (an heirloom of my father) in rest position:

Grinder after turn over in working position;

Grinder/sander combination:


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#1 posted 02-08-2015 03:44 PM

very nice Dutchy. Impressive use of space for sure


-- "just be yourself, everyone else is taken"....Oscar Wilde

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 03:47 PM

Your shop must be too small because you can’t have too many tools. That is an impressive use of space.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 04:15 PM

Thank you guys.


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#4 posted 02-08-2015 05:10 PM

too many tools, I would send you my address where you could store them but my wife tells me I have the same problem… you will have to live with the tools best you can :-)

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 07:09 PM

This appears to be a bad case of tool greed. To ease your mind and bring yourself comfort [you probably cannot comprehend, until after the fact], you should consider donating a good portion of them to a non-profit (501C3). Of course, you would be well served to hold off until I can finish the paperwork and filing…...........

Oh, and I’ll, I mean, the corporation could probably use the stands too.

Nice solutions, meanwhile.

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 09:15 PM

To answer your question Jan, in my opinion a woodworker can never have too many tools. Your space saving ideas are certainly well done and look very functional.

I think the old saying “where there’s a will there’s a way” about sums it up. While there are disadvantages to a small shop there are also advantages. One big advantage of small shops is that you don’t have to do a lot of walking from work station to work station. Everything is within easy reach. They are also easier and cheaper to light and heat/cool.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 09:24 PM

Wise words Mike! I will think about it when I,m firing the heater.


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#8 posted 02-09-2015 01:37 AM

Yeah I agree with John and stefang, no such thing as too many tools

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#9 posted 02-09-2015 01:11 PM

Yes to the first question and no to the second. We all answer those questions the same way ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 11:09 AM

Bragger!!!! and against public opinion .. too many tools…..give me some!!!

Look a bit like my place !!

-- Regards Rob

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