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This past summer (‘14) I moved into a new house and now I have space for a wookshop! No more using a shelf in the attic to store my tools, and now I can make things.

My workshop is small area in the basement. A previous owner had clearly used it as a workshop as well as the space contains densely packed electrical outlets, densely packed overhead lights, cabinets, and pegboard. I just had to add benches and tools.

Compared to most folks though, my shop is small, 12’x15’, 180 sq ft of floor space. However there is a back mechanical room for some overflow and an open closet type area that works for storage. Part of it is open to a few feet of crawl space, which may become a lumber storage rack in the future. I can make use of the finished area of the basement next door as needed, which I use when veneering, and I typically do all finishing out in the garage.

Partly because of my space limitations, partly because of what I want to make, partly because of cash limitations, and partly because it is how I enjoy working, my shop is a hybrid power/unplugged shop. The biggest decision that I have made is that my shop will be a bandsaw-centric shop and not a table saw-centric shop. Bandsaws take up less of a footprint, are quieter and safer, and lend themselves to the work I’d like to do (modern furniture).

Power Tools:
14” Bandsaw
10” Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Router (table/fixed/plunge bases)
10” Benchtop Drill Press
Vacuum Press Bag + Vacuum Pump
18v Drill/Driver
Circular saw
Belt Sander
Random Orbital Sander
Dremel Rotary Tool
Shop Vac

Hand Tools:
Stanley Type 11 No 7 Plane
Stanley Sweetheart No 62 Low Angle Jack Plane
Stanley Type 15 No 4 Plane
Stanley Sweetheart No 60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane
Stanley Flat Spokeshave
A few assorted cheap chisels
A few assorted cheap files/rasps
Old Disston 26” Crosscut Saw
Veneer saw
Cheap saw combo
Assorted sockets, snips, pliers, and screwdrivers

And an assortment of sharpening stuff, measuring tools, various bits, and clamps.

Tool Wishlist:
I’d really like to expand my collection of hand saws, planes, chisels, spokeshaves, and files/rasps. The only power tool on my wishlist is a planer, but I see that as a nicety, not a necessity.

Shop To Do Wishlist:
Eventually I’ve got to get around to adding a vise to one of my benches.
I want to build a rolling stand for my drill press.
I want to build a vortex dust extractor for my shop vac.
Build a till for my planes
Build a cabinet to store all my various door and cabinet hardware

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 04:03 PM

Congratulations on getting a dedicated space for your wood work and tools. I like all the benches you have built for your different tools\operations. It is always nice to be organized and small spaces need it the most.

I strongly suggest moving dust collection to the top of your wish list. A small, enclosed space really needs it and your health is important. I am in the process of improving my band saws current dust collection. It sure does generate a lot of saw dust.

Good luck with your projects and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 04:27 PM

Looks like a great start for your shop. I can’t imagine not having a table saw but perhaps the bandsaw will work out.
You have one handsome helper there,it’s great you can start having shop time together when your helper is so young.
I hope there will be many fun filled days of the two of you in the shop for years to come.

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 05:44 PM


Dust collection is definitely on the wish list. Currently I just hook up the shop vac as needed. Fortunately that is one thing that I can use the mechanical room for so it wouldn’t take up valuable space if I go to a full dust extraction system.

I wrestled with the table saw issue for a while. They take up so darn much real estate. I’ve never really used one before, in HS shop the teacher always did it for us (of course we also got the board as a missile kickback demonstration). When I go through my current list of things I’d like to build, the table saw would see surprisingly little use, mainly breaking down sheet goods. About the only thing I thought I had to have it for was ripping boards, but the bandsaw+handplane method seems at least as good quality-wise.

My little helper is going to be getting his own work bench in there for Christmas. He loves spending time in there with me.

The pictures don’t show it well, but my miter saw and router table are both mounted on wheeled carts with the tabletop at exactly the same height as my benches. I’m contemplating making another cart that is simply a flat tabletop section that can go in that space and give me a full 12’ of benchtop.

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