SimonSKL's Workshop

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Workshop by SimonSKL posted 07-20-2009 09:41 PM 2286 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My humble workshop occupies about half the space of our 3-car garage. Since we do need to keep the 2 vehicles in the garage in the winter time (almost a necessity in Illinois), I can only claim 1/3 of the garage as my true workshop. With no basement in the house, the garage also serves as storage area for things like Christmas trees and decorations, as well as lawn mowers, garden tools…. etc. However, when I work on a project in the warmer months, I can use the entire garage!

The “biggest” component in my workshop is the workbench which I built in Feb, 09. I downloaded a Sketchup drawing from Popular Woodworking Magazine and built my first ever workbench. I am quite proud of what I accomplished. It is made of poplar throughout except the top which is sections of a solid core door covered by 1/4” hardwood. The center section can be removed or filled in with trays.

After the workbench and starting clockwise is my Delta drill press. Next to it are a grinder/sharpener, bar clamps storage, and a Delta dust collector in the corner. In front of the dust collector is my Dewalt 12.5” power planer followed by a storage areas of scraps and cut offs. This is the area that I will place a jointer. A 14” Grizzly bandsaw marked the front right of my workshop. A Craftsman contractor table saw is in the foreground. In the middle of the workshop is my router table which has the same height as my table saw serving as an outfeed table. One the left of my workbench is my Makita compound sliding miter saw and a Ryobi scroll saw.

The pictures also showed my multifunction router table fence which I built in March 09 and a mini cyclone dust collector built in July 09.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 09:56 PM

Hey Simon
good bunch of equipment and tools as for the shop just tell the rest of the group to take cars,lawn mowers ,etc,etc. out of your shop! :-))

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Don K.

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 10:19 PM

Very nice set up…and nice tools. I was noticing your router table…did you build it also ??

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 07-20-2009 10:22 PM

Yes, that router table is actually a section of a hardcore door. It is heavy but solid.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#4 posted 07-21-2009 02:45 AM

Simon, you have a nice shop space and it does look like you have a lot going on in there. I am sure that you enjoy the summer season. I tried for a number of years to coordinate my shop and garage space but eventually tired of moving my tools around when I wanted to put my truck in the garage and then having to move it out when I wanted some shop time. Eventually I just decided to let my truck stay outside. This gave me more room for a permanent shop set up and more room for tools!!

You have organized your shop well and I like the floor to ceiling cabinets that you have in there. This arrangement adds a lot of storage space in otherwise “dead” space. Another plus is the nice ceiling height that you have in there. And, of course, the bench is gorgeous. This is something that a lot of us would enjoy having in our shops.

Thanks for posting the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#5 posted 07-21-2009 03:14 PM

Hey Simon,
Nicely set up shop and plenty of toy’s to play with… bench….....well done.

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 03:02 AM

Simon thats a nice workshop.

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 03:09 AM

Originally from Galesburg IL, I can understand why you only get 1/3 during the winter! ha ha you have a good looking set up. hope you are fairing ok with all the snow IL is getting the last week or so.
Thanks for the tour.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 03:22 AM

Nice shop & workbench (21st Century Workbench)—I’m going to build a similar one in March/April. Thanks for the tour

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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