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Blog series by Tomcat1066 updated 02-13-2008 04:52 PM 4 parts 5161 reads 36 comments total

Part 1: A New Beginning

02-04-2008 06:59 PM by Tomcat1066 | 13 comments »

By now, my 6’x6’ shop is pretty well bemoaned and documented. Frankly, it sucks. The size of a shop can limit what kind of work you do. Sure, in my small shop I could build toys, boxes, and probably some small furniture pieces. However, I dream about bigger things. I want to be able to crank out highboys and dining tables. I don’t want limits, and unfortunately, a 6’x6’ shop has those. Money is a bit of an issue. With the cost of tools, wood to build pr...

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Part 2: Yet Another possibility here

02-05-2008 07:39 PM by Tomcat1066 | 11 comments »

I’ve done a bit more thinking about my workshop situation, and figured I needed to list my all spaces that can be used for woodworking, and how much they can be used. 1. Storage room – at 6’x6’, it’s smaller than any other workshop I’ve encountered. However, it can be dedicated to woodworking full time if necessary. If another shop situation reveals itself, it can get some use as lumber storage, so it’ll work either way. 2. Screened-in back ...

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Part 3: Things that make you go Hmmmmm

02-12-2008 01:15 PM by Tomcat1066 | 8 comments »

With the saw vise complete, I found myself thinking about my workshop once again. The saw vise was done completely outside in the open, and I found it pretty nice to get some fresh air while working. This has be doing even more thinking about an outside workshop. Besides the space issues, which I’ve lamented more than once, there’s just something nice about working like that. You see, that little storage room that will be the shop isn’t climate controlled at all. Afte...

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Part 4: Tool Storage

02-13-2008 04:52 PM by Tomcat1066 | 4 comments »

With the idea of an outdoor workshop comes a host of other problems. Securing tools and storing things like sand paper and drill bits becomes more and more of an issue. Simple cabinets might not really be the answer here either. After all, I hope to be able to have a real shop someday down the road (provided I can’t get one sooner ;)). Storage would need to be movable, though not necessarily portable. However, last night I recalled something I saw in an issue of Fine Woodworking....

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