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Workshop by JayT posted 11-27-2016 03:00 AM 2214 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Finally posting pics of my shop. Did some cleaning and organization this past week, so you can actually see most of it. I sort of envy those of you that can keep a shop neat, clean and organized. I can’t, so this as good as it’ll get for a while.

The shop is what a real estate agent would advertise as “cozy”—it’s only about 110 sq ft. (It started life as a 10×12 storage building that gradually morphed into a woodworking zone) Since I do mostly hand tool work and don’t have a ton of machinery taking up space, it’s workable. There is also a loft that allows for storage of lumber and some other seasonal stuff (like my tree stand).

First pic shows the main work area. It includes a 6ft workbench, with my plane till above to the right of the window and assorted other hand tools to the left. All are mounted on French cleats so they could be rearranged, if necessary. On the left wall is the hand saw till. You can also see the newest addition to the shop, a Jet 10in lathe (more on that in a bit)

On the floor to the left of the bench is a Thien chip separator (out of sight) and air compressor. Under the bench is the shop vac and a shelf that includes a Stanley 150 miter box, shooting board, dovetail alignment board and assorted other “stuff”. To the right is the trash can and some scrap wood storage, mostly pine and crappy plywood that gets used for sacrificial purposes. The exterior door is on the wall to the right, just out of sight.

Second pic is taken standing in front of the saw till into the opposite corner. That corner has my Delta drill press and Steel City planer. The planer is on a prefab wall cabinet that has been converted into a mobile cart and currently stores cordless tools. Sheet good cutoffs are stored behind the drill press and the metal organizer above has sharpening supplies, along with files and rasps. Sandpaper is stored in an old scavenged magazine rack on the wall behind the planer. You can also see how I store clamps. Larger quick clamps and deep reach clamps here.

Third pic is from the opposite end of the workbench. Parallel and longer clamps with my traveling bench underneath in saw bench configuration. The shelving in the back is power tool storage—mostly construction tools, but also the ROS, benchtop sanders (belt/disc and 1×30 belt) rotary tool and router. Pneumatic nailers are on French cleat hangers on the outside. Band saw (Shop Fox W1706) on mobile base is stored against the wall and moved out when needed. The band saw is the now the main piece of shop machinery, replacing a contractor table saw. It’s a change that I have not regretted.

Last pic is a panoramic for perspective. The double shed doors lead into the garage. They can be opened when planing longer boards. My wife’s car usually occupies the garage, but when the weather is decent, I’m allowed to use the space for assembly and finishing larger projects. I also have an old counter in there that has a bench grinder and other metal working stuff so that sparks are kept away from the sawdust.

Here’s also a better view of the lathe, which was the reason for rearranging and organizing a bit this past week. I’m just starting to get into some turning and wanted a dedicated space for the lathe instead of hauling it out onto the bench when needed. The cabinet it sets on contains shop liquids (finishes, glues, etc.) and is set up with a heat lamp inside on a plug in thermostat to keep them from freezing. That is also a very recent change, as I used to have to bring those in every winter.

All in all, it might be small, but it is a workable space. It’s easy to cool (with the 6000 btu window unit seen in a couple pics) and heat (infrared heater under the drill press) so I can work year round in relative comfort. I’d love to have more room, but then again, I’d probably just fill it up with more unnecessary stuff. Maybe staying small is worth it.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 12:27 PM

Looks like a good place to spend some time!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 04:55 PM

Thanks for the pics Jay. It is always interesting to see how people organize their tools.
As for size, I think you have it right. Mine is larger, but that contributes to analysis paralysis on where to put things.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 05:25 PM

I like it, looks cozy

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 05:45 PM

It does look a great place to work the wood. Love the pics and the narrative, Jay. Nice post, thanks for the update!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 10:31 PM

its not all about the size but the amount of enjoyment that comes from it,it looks like you have a lot of fun,thanks for sharing your passion.

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

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 01:31 AM

What a lovely place.
Such a good athmosphere and I can almost smell the wood smell.
Thats a place I would love to work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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