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Workshop by JohnnyStrawberry posted 01-20-2012 11:31 AM 2838 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I’ve got a 16’x9’ small single car garage. (Since 01/31/2014) Which I have transformed into a workshop just perfect for my woodworking needs.


Organized and everything installed, at last… :-) [04/28/2014]

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-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 02:38 PM

The ones of us who have more room to wood work should count our blessings. More power to you and hope your bunker shop is a success. Let us see it when you are ready.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 04:26 PM

Wow! That is a tight space. I promise never again to complain about the size of my small garage. (I’ll probably break that promise). Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 04:39 PM

A small shop is better than no shop. We have to start with what we have , not with what we want and sometimes that requires us to be very creative. That’s a very nice workbench that you have, BTW. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 04:42 PM

That’s a great bench!

Thanks for posting!
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#5 posted 01-21-2012 01:22 AM

Thank you for the warm welcome. It means a lot to me.
I’ve actually made some extensions to this workbench; first that tool rack on the left. And I had to fix at least the end vise because it moved too loosely. The front vise is acceptable but I’m going to fix that too.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 03:02 AM

Hello Johnny Strawberry,

that is a great work bench, did you make it yourself?
I think you get a great shop, the beginning is very good.
You live in a beautiful country.

All the best


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 03:10 AM

Cool innovative concept!

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 11:36 AM

Thank you guys. No, I bought it online. Although I’m planning to make a ‘primary’ workbench when I got my new shop.
As I see we all live in beautiful countries. :) Actually my mother works in The Netherlands as a personal carer. World is small.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 10:43 PM

Szia Johnny. I was in Hungary a few weeks ago. I stayed in Szeksfehevar near Budapest, and of course had goulash soup almost every day. Actually, I like it a lot. Every place has their own style. It is like we in the States cook chili. I think you even have contests for who can make the best goulash soup! But this is about wood, not soup.
I think your story is similar to many; a father or grandfather who inspires us. A little project to start, and then we find out how much is needed both tools and skill, and we are challenged and inspired to go on. I think there is nothing better than finishing a project and looking at it and thinking that it’s really nice – I could not have made that a little while ago.

Welcome to LJ!

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 05:09 PM

Looking at the posting of your shop. More like an artists studio? I think you were wise to buy the best you could afford to begin with. I’m REALLY ENVIOUS of your view from your building. I love mountains! I’m living in flatlans, but making the best of it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 03-28-2013 07:54 AM

I don’t even have the faintest clue how an artist’s studio looks like. Wait, googled. I even read the WP article on ‘studio’. My place fits the definition perfect in the root sense of the word – study…
Actually, I’m interested much more in wood and techniques than furniture and design. Functional design (ergonomics) is a very interesting area though. But the beauty of a wooden furniture IMHO should come from Mother Nature.
As for the tools; the whole life is optimization. Buying tools is actually an easy task to optimize. This sentence I’ve seen here on LJs somewhere, sums it up perfectly. “I am not so rich to buy cheap tools.” It applies not only for tools but for almost every purchase… The price is only a parameter. But the value/price ratio is something to consider. So the real task is to map the value you need. I’m happy that I’m able to stand by this concept.
Analogously time has the same characteristic… at least in the shop for sure. I should say “I have not enough time to go the faster way.” AND THIS PARADOX IS THE HARDEST TO ACCEPT. I’m still trying to. I think I’m too young to incorporate this concept in my thinking… No matter how much evidence I’ve experienced, I still cannot… Gosh, it’s exasperating!
Thanks for dropping by. :)
BTW any time you are in the neighborhood, feel free to contact me. I’d be thrilled to show you my shop personally. :)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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