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hello everyone, thanks for stopping by to check out my little hole in the wall.
its a non-stop work in progress…. kind of like me since im a woodworking noob.

my shop is messy as im in the middle of making some changes. i havent decided what i want to do with the South wall, put up either all peg board, or plywood and make nice little custom wooden tool holders for everything?

and as for the North wall, i want to remove the horizontal wood rack and move all that into a little shed so i can move my machines against that wall, of course i would keep a small vertical wood rack in one corner.

i still have to mount my heater on the ceiling and now that its getting late in the year i wont cut a hole in East wall to mount an a/c unit till next summer.


Hegner Scroll Saw

Craftsman 17” Drill Press w/ Laser-Trac
Model 152.229010

Craftsman 10” Table Saw
Model 152.221240

Craftsman Plunge Router
Model 315.175170

Jet Dust Collector
Model DC-1100A

Cal Hawk Combination Sander
6” x 48” Belt – 9” Disc
Model 240-3016

Tool Shop Combination Sander
1” x 42” Belt – 8” Disc
Model 240-2716

Porter Cable air compressor
60 gallon upright

Ridgid 14” Band Saw
Model BS 14002

Delta Oscillating Spindle Sander
Model SA350K 31-780

Eagle America Router Table
Model 415-0024

Electric Heater
Model FUH54B

DeWalt 13” Planer
Model DW735

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 07:03 PM

Thanks for sharing looks like some good space and good tools too.

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 07:09 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. You’ve got some nice tools. I think many shops are “works in progress” so you are one of many in that boat.

-- Joe

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 03:26 AM

I absolutely agree with Joe, most shops are always in an evolutionary state. Your shop looks like it would be a pretty nice shop to work in. It looks like you have your hand tools well organized and that is a nice bench that you have added to your shop. And that is a nice lumber rack that you have in there. It looks sturdy and has plenty of capacity. You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

As far as the pegboard goes it is an economical way to add both storage for hand tools and put up a wall covering at the same time. I put my entire front wall in pegboard and store most of my commonly used hand tools there.

Thanks for posting pictures of your shop. I enjoyed the tour.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 04:16 AM

thanks for the comments, the shop itself was built by my father back in the mid 80’s and he always loved working with his hands so what makes it so sad he only got to use it for about 6 months before having a series of strokes which paralyzed his right side and he never got to work out there again. a few years later after he passed away, i moved back home to help with bills and such and we ended up selling most everything he had for equipment to help pay bills.

i am retired because of my own health problems and just this year i started getting the itch to find a hobby since i can no longer play golf or competitive archery. so i have been slowly finding machines and tools mostly on craigslist and getting some fantastic deals on all of it. the tablesaw was my first purchase and i didnt get it for as good of a price as i thought and knowing now what i didnt 6 months ago i would probably own a different one anyway.

and being a noob i will start out making the small stuff like bread boards, cribbage boards, etc…
i did join a local club but everyone lives in a city about an hour away from me so it will be hard for me to get any help with stuff. a couple good guys did come over and help tune up my table saw so that was nice of them, but i have very bad knees, feet and back so kneeling down or climbing a ladder is very painful for me and i have many things i need to get help with before winter.

like i said, i want to move all that wood into another shed and get my drill press, bandsaw, router table, and sander out against that wall. first need to run some wire and electrical boxes on that wall and cut a hole in wall to feed through airhose from my compressor that is in the garage and also get my heater hung from the ceiling. im not sure at all what the best way would be to do that, the heater bracket is for a flat ceiling and mine slopes up at ten degrees so will have to do some creative thinking on that?

anyway, im rambling on way to much. i just want to say thanks again for your kind words here and on another spot on the forum for making me feel welcome. everyone is very friendly and i look forward to making lots of friends!


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 04:22 AM

Nice shop! I like the tools.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 07:11 AM


I suspect I am a little more north than you, I live in Anchorage Alaska. Have been a utilitarian woodworker, more like a carpenter, in my woodworking pursuits until now. I am 68, and still working about 2/3 time in my “day job”.

About 6 weeks ago started to get interested in woodworking as a hobby. A bunch of stuff just came together at the same time, pushing me in this direction. So here I am, just putting my shop together, while trying to get some practical things done in the next month or so…and looking forward to the time when I can create things with no time table or pressing need.

Suspect we are in the same boat, setting up a shop and looking forward to things. Nice to see your shop and tools. I am using some very, very old tools, and some new stuff. This weekend will get more into things on my blog, hopefully with pictures. Come visit me there.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 10-01-2009 09:43 AM

Hey Northerner,
Nothing wrong with that little set-up….....very cool tools…..take your time…..enjoy the ride.

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#8 posted 10-01-2009 10:08 AM

Gidday mate and I live a little north of the Splinterman.. and about 10,000 miles southwest of you.. Nice little set up and I am sure we will see some real nice work coming out of it.
Larry from the land down under!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 10-01-2009 09:21 PM

hey you two, glad you like it and thanks for stopping by!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!

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#10 posted 10-01-2009 09:31 PM

Hey Nice shop I guess like me you throughly enjoy making the shop a little more special through your own design and hands. Hey Northerner make sure you have fun working with wood like me you deserve it after many years of dedicated work,it’s time we enjoyed ourselves that’s how I see it and justify it to myself with the support and help of Bronwen my lovely wife of 38 years. Kindest regards to you my friend.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 10-01-2009 11:23 PM

hi alistair, thanks for stopping by and yes, i plan on enjoying this new hobby as much as i can!
i hate to admit it tho but im a big time procrastinator and perfectionist, i have a lot of great tools
and i have messed with a few small things but for some reason i dont feel like getting into the full
swing of things till i have all the tools i want and have my shop setup just the way i like it.
call me crazy! :-]

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 05:43 AM

I grew up in SD and lived in Belle Fourche until ‘98. Enjoy your new hobby. BTW, every project is an excuse to buy a new tool.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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