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Jacksonville, OR 97530
United States

So just like any other woodworker out there, my shop is a work in progress. Last year I made some monumental leaps forward on taking the clutter down as well as just being able to work the way I want.

My shop is also the maintenance area for a 30+ animal ranch so it’s not as tidy as I would like, but it’s getting there. Last year my big leaps were, wood storage, tool cabinet, and my first real workbench.

I have been bitten by the hand tool bug, something about taking rough lumber through all of the stages to become beautiful with these simple tools, strikes a cord with me. I own a fair collection of power tools but I use those mostly for the farm. The magic happens at my bench, or at least it will as I get better.

Thanks for looking.

Above was written at least 2 or 3 years ago. I thought it would be nice to show a bit more about how my shop is filling out since then.

My favorite shop in use shot from this year 2013

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 09:40 AM

Hey RG,
Cool looking shop with some real gems and lots of lumber to work with…nice Bow saw…well done.

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 03:40 PM

RG, you have a pretty nice shop to work in. It looks like you have your lumber and off cut storage in good shape and you have a nicely organized shop as well. You have added a good looking bench to your shop. I applaud your willingness to go the galoot route. I have long neglected developing my hand skills but I do appreciate seeing others working on honing these traditional skills.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

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

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 05:26 PM

Good eye on the bow saw. That’s my turning saw, I bought it mostly to shape my hand planes. I will be getting a tenon saw and a rip (5tipi) soon as they decide to ship them from Germany (6 weeks is a long wait). If you ever get a chance to use a sharp bow-saw do it. I was an instant convert, they cut scary fast.

Yep, definitely a galoot. I picked up an old copy of a Readers Digest Crafts and hobbies book years ago, the section on woodworking was dedicated to hand-making joints. I had done some woodwork before but it was always with the noise and dust, the book captivated me for days. I got started. I bought a bad set of chisels, stole Gramps’ block plane and a few scraps of walnut, bought an offset saw for joinery (yes I had no clue what I was doing) and set about making a mallet on a “workbench” with wheels. Still use that mallet, still tumbling down the slippery slope of handwork.

Grab a few good chisels, a block plane, and a $10 saw from sears ad cobble something together, you won’t stop.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 05:52 PM

I can’t even think of doing work with all hand tools but the work still comes out real nice one of the boxes I did came out good and it was done with all hand tools which I forgot to mention but every time I look at it I see myself doing the work from start to finish and it puts me in a very calm state for some reason. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 06:02 AM

It’s a very zen sort of activity.

I like the personal progress as you develop skills. I worked on a small alder shelf today for storing my “finer” tools. Just me some sharp edges and the wood. It’s hard to say why that’s so intoxicating, but it is. I only have two more pieces to to for the project and I will be finished. 1 hour maybe two left, I only worked for 4 today but a year ago, i couldn’t have got that far, or done that well. I made mistakes but I am happy knowing that next year, I will be making new ones instead.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 05:23 PM

RG, thats a nice shop.

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 08:01 AM

Got to love having another fellow galoot around here! Very nice shop and making your own planes I read, I’m impressed. Keep working because the secret ingredient to that magic, is practice and sweat.


-- Oldwolf -

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#8 posted 05-12-2013 02:13 AM

Nice looking spread you have there RG. Looks like you have a good bit of stock to fulfill a lot of imagination.
You have a great looking shop.
Full of nice toys.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 03:47 AM

I need to post some updated pics. I have been doing a ton of reorganizing as of late and the shop feel way bigger as a result. Thanks for stopping by Dave.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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