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I used to envy the rich old geezers who could buy any tool they wanted, and now I am one. Actually, I’m not rich but retired. However I am getting old, and I am moving into geezerhood. I began woodworking around 1970, and I have been acquiring tools since then. My shop is half of a two car garage. Fortunately, the garage is about 8 feet longer than normal, which provides space for my bench and a counter with drawers and cabinets for storage. I have moved about eight times since 1970, and I made sure that wherever I was had a garage where I could set up shop. I have been here for 20 years, and the shop has evolved largely without the benefit of planning, but it is quite workable at this point even though it is cramped. When I began woodworking, I had a romantic notion about working exclusively with hand tools, but I gave that up when I discovered how much skill is required. I do not have a planer or jointer. I do that work with hand planes, and I am only now becoming proficient with them. I built my first bench from salvaged lumber and used it for more than 25 years, but it was too small and too light, and it would skitter across the floor during heavy planing. My current bench is made from fir lumber with a plywood top and maple skirt in front, and it is bolted to the wall and floor. It moves only when the Earth moves! And because of the economical construction, I’m not shy about drilling dog holes wherever I need them, and I don’t cry when the chisel slips into the bench top. One of my early acquisitions was a Craftsman 8 inch grinder to which I recently added a Veritas grinding jig. The 12 inch DeWalt miter saw is one of the most used tools in the shop, handy for furniture making and construction projects. When I need more space for assembly or finishing, I can set up sawhorses and an old door for a bench in the other half of the garage. Now I only envy the rich old geezers who have all the space they want! Note: the shop is in its usual cluttered state in these pictures.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 09:32 PM

Johnny – A fine workspace, thanks for giving us a look. Oh, and Welcome to LumberJocks!

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

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 09:39 PM

Johnny, you have a very nice workshop. It looks like it would be a pleasure to work in that shop. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 05:57 AM

I like it!

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 06:15 AM

A good looking shop, like the General Canada tools!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 06:25 AM

Welcome to Ljs
Very nice shop with great tools.

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 09:02 AM

I wish I had that natural light over my work bench. Makes all the difference when sanding. Looks like a well stocked shop….........

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 09:06 AM

Nice cosy set-up with great light and cool toys…well done.

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 03:34 AM

well done a nice flow of material with your layout I like your shop and will be looking for projects from you from this great space

-- Please check out my new stores and

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 03:37 AM

Johnny, thats a beautiful shop.

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 06:46 PM

I realy like it,nice layout. IM ENVY OF YOUR PLANE COLLECTION super nice.

-- Punk in PA

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 06:53 PM

I have a Tablesaw just like that except my extensions are stamped steel and I installed a 32” Delta T-Glide Fence. Nice workshop and tool collection. Great plane selection too.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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