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My shop is set up in a 20’ x 17’ basement room. Finished basement, poured concrete floors with an epoxy painted finish. Very easy cleanup!

I have 2 years of woodworking experience. in that limited experience I’ve built a few nice pieces I’m proud of. Nothing terribly difficult as I’m still lacking a TON of experience as well as equipment.

If anyone in the greater Chicago area needs an apprentice I’m looking for a teacher. My time is free.

I am 100% self taught. While this is good for the initial curve I know it is holding me back without proper teaching. Box joints and dove tails took me a solid week to get a tight fit. I’m willing to look over the shoulder of someone more experienced than me and do some work that you don’t enjoy doing or clean your shop for some over the shoulder time or tips.

Looking to better my craft. If you have a bigger project and need a monkey as a second hand feel free to shoot me a pm.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 04:54 AM

Looks like a great shop.


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#2 posted 02-17-2014 07:52 AM

I agree with Jim. All you gotta do is make it feel right…............

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 12:05 AM

We are on the same page, same saw, same DC and shop vac. but a much better looking space. Enjoy.

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 02:56 PM

Now that sure is a good looking space to work in. Nice tool setup too!

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 03:35 AM

Best way to build your skills is to build yourself your tools, like an apprentice of old.
Shooting board
Cabinets, Tool Cabinet.
Bench, assorted tool needs..
As you go along you’ll learn to fix your mistakes and turn your skills into skills that an apprentice would have learned.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 03:43 AM

Thanks for the kind words!

I built the rolling drill press cabinet, sleds, outfeed tables etc. Learning by building by myself has been a great learning process and I will continue everyday to do so.

Simply throwing it out there that if a veteran carpenter needs an extra hand on a larger project in the chicago area I’m free to lend a hand and observe someone with more experience than me.

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 03:38 PM

(Owen McKenna Rio Rancho, NM)

Looks great. I wish my shop was that neat and orderly.

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 04:48 PM

That’s a nice shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 10:29 AM

Wow, that’s a tidy, clean workspace. Welcome to LJ, you’ll love it here.

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 06:56 PM

Nice shop! Thought I’d offer my 2 cents on your partial roubo bench. I’ve learned its pretty hard to build a bench without a bench. I unfortunately used a couple hundred dollars of maple and didn’t have the tools or the skills to make the best use of it so I’ve got a 60% completed mediocre bench. Then I decided I’m not trying to impress anybody, but I need a bench so for under a hundred I bought a bunch of the best 2×4’s I could find and completed a very sturdy and useful bench. I bought 2 entry level vices and know now why I will upgrade when I build a “real” bench. Moral of the story from perspective is why don’t you grab $50 worth of dimensional lumber and give your completed top a temporary stand (that you most likely will enjoy for years : -)

The process of building the bench is where you learn how you really should have built your bench.


PS I like your attitude of offering to help without pay. A noble and rare view of work these days! I hope you find a great mentor!

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#11 posted 02-28-2014 05:38 AM

Great looking shop, very organized.

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#12 posted 03-01-2014 02:25 AM


Took your advice and got a flat workbench to finish the roubo build, which at the current rate will be finished sometime in 2027.


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#13 posted 05-15-2014 12:56 PM

Nice shop! Looks like you’re well on your way. I like that saw blade box you made. Does it clear sheet good that you might have to cut or do you just roll it out temporarily?

One thought.. I noticed you’re only using one port on your HF DC to go to your cyclone. Have you considered removing the Y pipe and running a 5” hose to your separator? It would probably give you a little more CFM at your tools.

-- I cut that thing twice and it's still too short!

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#14 posted 05-16-2014 12:19 AM


The blade box is now on the left hand side of my saw. It never moves. When I break down sheet goods I normally leave 1/2” from my terrible circular saw and bring to final dimension on the table saw. I haven’t needed to move the box since it’s been relocated to the left.

I actually have some 6” ducting that I plan on using from the DC to the cyclone. It’s “one of those projects” that I have yet to get around to. Thanks for the advice, I’m hoping on a tiny bit more cfm when I get around to it.


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