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Okay, so here is my workshop. My wife and I recently built a new house, and I sorta went overboard with the shop (is that possible?) My old shop was in the basement of a 1938 craftsman bungalow with dank walls and a 7’ ceiling. Oh, and a 22” wide stairway. The new shop, although technically smaller in square footage, has a much better layout and access. The shop is right off the garage (as seen in the photos) and it has nice 9’ ceilings. So, on with the photos.

Photo 1: This is a view of the shop when you walk in the door. In the middle of the shop is my DeWalt table saw. On the far right of the table saw is my router table. Along the back wall, from left to right, is my ‘small pieces’ bin (screws, brad nails, hinges, pulls, etc.). Next is the scroll saw, and above that is the shelf where I keep the routers, circular saw, jig saw, biscuit jointer, and sanders. Next is my lathe work bench. I bought the bench a while ago before I started turning, but as soon as I got a lathe, it turned into my turning bench. It is mostly used for pen assembly. The storage bins above the bench contain all my pen blanks and pen kits. Next is the Powermatic lathe. It’s the newest addition to the shop, and I love it. There is absolutely no vibration in it, and has really opened my eyes to the cool and fun things you can do on a lathe. Next to the lathe (although hidden in this picture) is the drill press. Finally we have the band saw.

Photo 2: The view from my assembly table, or the “dance floor” as some people have called it. On the far left of the photo is the Jet bandsaw. Next in the foreground is the Powermatic 16-32 drum sander. Next to the table saw, this is probably my most used piece of equipment (although I think it’s because it just goes really slow). Underneath the drum sander is the DeWalt planer. Behind those, you can also see the 6” jointer. I really wanted an 8” jointer, but when I was in the old shop, I didn’t think I would be able to get it down the steps (weight wise). However, it’s been a great tool, and I’m used to it now. Next to the jointer is the shelving I keep all my router bits and tool cleaning supplies on, and then there’s the dust collector. In the corner is where I keep all the shorter bits of hardwood. Once upon a time, the shelves were organized by species, but they have since started to mingle. On the right side of the photo is the DeWalt miter saw. Behind that you can see the roll-up door that leads to the garage where I can unload plywood right from the back of the truck. The plywood that is on the truck now is meant for a new base for my assembly table.

Photo 3: The assembly corner. On the left is my slop sink, and above that is the chalk board that contains my project list. My wife will occasionally come out and write more stuff up there, so I have taken to crossing off her projects but not erasing them from the board in hopes that she’ll stop adding her stuff (yeah, it doesn’t work). The shelf on the left wall holds all my glues and some clamps, along with my chisels and tiny saws. On the back wall is all my clamps (I need more!) and next to the clamps hangs my veneer vacuum press (big plug for Then my air compressor, and then the shelf with books and below that all the stain/varnish/lacquer. As you can see, the ‘legs’ my torsion assembly top sits on are pretty inefficient. With the plywood I have sitting on the truck, I’ll build a nicer base for the table with drawers and shelves.

Photo 4: Standing at the router table. Plywood/sheet-good storage, and then my peg board. Finally, my trusty Craftsman tool box from when I was a machinist. That thing has been to hell and back quite a few times.

Photo 5: The happy corner. The Powermatic lathe has provided hours and hours of distraction from real life. Turning is the one and only part of wood working that I can get completely lost in. Next to it you can see the drill press.

So that’s about it! I’d love to answer any questions y’all might have, and if you’re ever in the area and need to get your wood working fix, stop on by!

-- "When your only tool is a hammer, all your problems start looking like nails." Abraham Maslow

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 05:45 AM

looking forward to some pics.
welcome !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 02:07 PM

As David said…....pic’s would be nice.

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 01:07 AM

Rick, you have a really nice shop in which to work. It is well organized and it looks like you have plenty of room between your tools in which to navigate around in there. The windows are a nice plus to your shop as well. I find it easier to work in natural light. But it looks like you have plenty of light in there. Your shop appears to be bright and well lit. I like the headroom that you have as well. Storing lumber vertically, as you have pictured, is a better approach, in my opinion. I do not have this type of headroom in my shop and have to store sheet goods and lumber horizontally. The plywood is not too hard to get to but getting a specific board out of the lumber rack can be a challenge at times since invariably there are always a number of others in the way.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. I am a Powermatic fan and have always had good luck with these tools and their customer service. About a couple of years ago I saw an ad for a 3520b lathe that was 3 years old and came with a complete set of Sorby gouges and turning tools for $1800. I debated calling about it over the weekend but did check on it on Monday. By that time it was already gone. I have kicked myselfe many times for passing this up.

I would enjoy working in your shop. Thanks for the pictures. 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 08-28-2009 04:53 AM

Awesome shop.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 05:34 AM

Very cool shop well layed out with some nice tools


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#6 posted 08-28-2009 05:51 AM

now that’s what i’m talkin’ about !

good setup ,
and great tools .

congrats on your new home .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 11:43 AM

Hey Rick,
Really nice setup with great toy’s to play with..well done.

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 01:17 PM

Clean, well lit, organized…everything my shop is not.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 04:15 AM

Great looking space. My company is based in Valpo.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 04:35 AM

Love the shop! Looks like you have a lot of space in there.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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