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Here is my shop! I run my shop out of a converted 2 car garage. It is a working shop so it looks like a mess most of the time. It sits about 1/4 from the Facerock beach in Bandon, Oregon. It is in a constant state of remodeling and hopefully will be done one of these days. I have some plans to make it “prettier” for photos, but it might take a while to get there.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 02:05 PM

Thanks for posting, I always enjoy seeing other people’s shops and how they lay thing out.

I understand the concept of a “working” shop as mine is always cluttered with various projects.

Are you a professional chair / stool builder?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 02:13 PM

I have studied and built just about everything I can to make out of wood, but chairs are my favorite.

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 02:47 PM

Great shop Brian. I have enjoyed viewing your projects and appreciated your sharing of information and experience. Keep up the fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 03:07 PM

Wow! Brian, you have quite a shop. I guess if you want to take a break you just walk down the beach and take a swim. That’s pretty convenient. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 03:13 PM

Very cool. Nicely set up.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 03:23 PM

Nice shop and beautiful workmanship on the chairs . May I ask the brand of your mortising machine.



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#7 posted 10-27-2015 10:17 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments. As for walking to take a dip in the ocean, I haven’t tried it yet, but from what my kids tell me it is COLD. We have a fairly temperate climate, it is 55 and party cloudy and windy all the time. Our sister city is Bandon Ireland and I can understand why. My mortiser I actually ordered form Home Depot weird enough.
Thanks again all,

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 11:40 PM

Great shop Brian!
I love the old Coke machine too!
It looks like a great place to work.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 12:44 AM

When I set it up I wanted to make it an entertaining and inspiring environment that had something to look at at every angle. I have lots of tin signs with stupid things on them. It’s so gaudy it looks like an applebees, I may tone it down as I get closer to having the remodel done. It’s kind of fun though.

I bought a few racks and a sign from a movie rental place, now I have my name in lights and the rack I used to hold my clamps. It is on casters and works great. I also bought a cart from harbor freight to wheel parts around to various stations and ordered a radio flyer sticker to put on it. I try to make it a fun place to be as I am there all day.

-- Brian Noel

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#10 posted 10-28-2015 12:53 AM

some more pics.

That’s taken out in the lumber barn. I have a 24’x20’ metal pole barn for lumber storage. I lived back east for a short time and a local mill burned down, to recoup costs to rebuild they sold off their stock at 15 cents a board foot. I ended up with a bunch of walnut, cherry, white oak and poplar.

When the weather is good I can open the doors and go out to grind, being so close to the coast I have a lot of humidity to deal with so I usually have 2 or 3 dehumidifiers running.

-- Brian Noel

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 11:17 PM

man its nice to see a shop that gets used and lived in the showroom shops are nice and pretty but yours shows me a lot about who you are and what you do and from what i see your a great craftsman.enjoyed the tour thanks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 11:32 PM

They say that geniuses are messy, well if that’s the case I must be friggin’ BRILANT!! ;) ...Hmmmm?..
I would really like to be more organized and methodical about my shop and have it look like those magazine cover shops. The reality of it is that when I get going the place just kind of explodes, but hey, stuff gets made.

-- Brian Noel

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#13 posted 11-01-2015 09:49 PM

Great looking shop Brian,lots of good things going on in there.

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#14 posted 08-15-2016 03:49 AM

Nice shop!

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