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PAPA’S shop is a 16×30 foot room with an unfinished 8’6” ceiling under our home. (The space is reduced by a triangular shaped fireplace foundation – The only good thing about that is 2 more walls to put stuff against.) Since the house is built on the side of a hill, the long side of the shop is an exterior wall with two windows for more light and fresh air, weather permitting. It is heated and cooled with the house’s HVAC. The shop has no return air ducts which keeps the dust out of the living quarters.

It is accessed through double steel doors that open onto a concrete driveway which makes loading and unloading of equipment and supplies easy. As can be seen the doors are directly behind the table saw, so if I need to rip a long board I can open both doors and “let ‘er rip!”

Equipment includes a generic contractor TS, upgraded with a Delta T2 fence, Osborne miter guage, and a PALS alignment kit. The saw feeds onto an Assembly/Outfeed Table which uses a birch solid core door as a top. It has a Rockler 9 inch vice mounted on one end. The TS/Assembly room is also home to the router table with a Dewalt DW625 router, and a Craftsman 6” jointer. The workbench against the wall also has an open shelf and large drawers to keep stuff in that doesn’t need a saw dust coating. A Porter Cable random orbit sander also occupies floor space beneath the work bench as well as an old Craftsman router, belt sander, Craftsman 7 1/2” circular saw and who knows what else. Oh yeah – notice the “green” chalk board – I use it a lot for to do lists, “wanted” lists, and quick sketches that I can see from across the room.

The other room’s equipment includes a pedestal grinder/wire brush, Craftsman bandsaw, Craftsman 12 speed floor drill, Dewalt 735 bench top planer with shop built cart. Most of my wood is also stored in this room.

Although the photos do not show much of it, the 30 foot wall has open shelving its entire lengh except for a door used to access the “crawl” space beneath the house, so I have plenty of room to keep stuff. The shelves also contain a lot of paper from a business I used to own, so when I decide to shred it, additional space will be made available.

Other stuff not shown that I use frequently include a Porter Cable Dovetail jig, PC Jr. Alignment Jig, Veritas honing guide, and a bunch of Jorgensen pipe clamps, and get this TOO MANY Jorgensen wood screw clamps. (Somebody please take some off my hands!!).

-- Joe

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 06:38 AM

Hey Joe this is a very nice shop very organised and well laid out with great tools


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#2 posted 08-26-2009 07:31 AM

One very neat shop Joe with lots of gear. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 07:48 AM

Looks like a great shop! It needs about 300 lbs of sawdust flung about and clamps dangling from every surface!

Enjoy your shop!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 11:41 AM

Hey Joe,
Cosy little shop you have there with some nice toy’s to play with…...well done.

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#5 posted 08-26-2009 01:40 PM

Joe, this is a really nice shop. You have it organized well and it looks like you have enough room to get around in there. I like the osb wall treatment that you put in there. To me, that is better than drywall, especially when it comes to hanging cabinetry and such. You have a nice ceiling height too. I have often thought that storing wood vertically, as you do, is a better approach. Mine is stored horizontally in a lumber rack and getting to a board in the back of one stack involves moving everything from the front out of the way. By storing it vertically the boards can simply be shifted to get to the one that is needed. But the pile in the corner, while easy to get to, can be a challenge to find the board on the bottom of the pile. The pegboard is nice as well. It is a fairly economical wall treatment that adds a lot of storage capacity.

You have upgraded the functionality of your saw with the add-on fence and the wings. And you have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the tour of your shop. I enjoyed the visit.

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

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 03:24 PM

Thanks Scott
I can’t take credit for the OSB as it, the pegboard, workbench (I built the drawers), and shelving were put in by the previous owner. In retrospect I wish I had painted it before filling it up as that would make it look better.

Wood storage seems to be a universal problem. I have a lot stored horizontally on stickers because it is too long to stack vertically. I hope to improve my vertical “storage” because what I have now is basically leaning against the wall, and that can and does result in bowing.

Durnik – Seems like I cleaned for days before I took the photos to get it somewhat cleaner than usual. They say pictures don’t lie, but I moved a lot of stuff behind the camera several times so it wouldn’t show up!! Yesterday I finally made a clamp rack for the pipe clamps so they aren’t leaning against the wall behind the saw anymore.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 12:33 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 07:36 AM

Nice shop, Just stopped by to get some ideas . Thanks for the post

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#9 posted 06-28-2011 08:05 AM

Thanks Tim,

I need to take some new photos. I’ve replaced the planer with a Dewalt 625, replaced the bench top drill press with a floor standing model, built a rolling lumber rack and a few other goodies.

-- Joe

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 05:11 PM

Joe, thats a nice woodworking shop.

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#11 posted 03-06-2021 11:38 PM

Hi Joe – nice workshop! Hope you are well with all the craziness going on.
I noticed you posted some time ago (2009!) regarding aligning the blade on an old Rockwell 34-607 tablesaw. I have had mine for years, it’s in great condition but I cannot figure out where the adjustments are for the blade…. do you have something that will help me? I would really appreciate it!

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#12 posted 03-07-2021 02:32 PM

Floyd – thanks, that was a nice shop. About a year ago I moved, so now have a larger/better shop, except I have to share it with one of the cars. Need to take some new photos.

Regarding the alignment – if the Rockwell is similar to most older contractor saws, the blade alignment is adjusted by loosening the four bolts that hold the trunnions to the bottom side of the table top.

I still have a pdf copy of a article with photos on how I did this back in 2009. Since then it has stayed in adjustment! If you (or anyone reading this) would like a copy of the article send me a pm with your email address.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 03-07-2021 04:37 PM

Thanks Joe! Congrats on the larger shop! I’m a newbie to Lumberjocks and need 5 posts before I am allowed to message you. I will post a few pics of my shop and message you later today.

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