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, OR
United States

This is my humble little shop. It isn’t the nicest or biggest, but it’s mine and I love it. I built it in ‘09 with the help of my wife, brother and neighbor. It’s about 200sqft which is really all I need since I just make mostly small projects. Of course it would be nice to have a little more room for wood and stuff, but it is insulated and I have a window unit to use on the hot days.

I finally got a nice bandsaw and a drum sander I’ve been wanting for quite some time. In addition, I recently added the Ridgid oscillating sander to my collection. I’ve been very happy with all three. One of my favorite “accessories” is the cabinet with all of the drawers under the workbench. It was built about 50-60 years ago by my grandad’s uncle. It appears at some point someone started to strip it for refinishing but didn’t get very far.

The main power tools:
Jet JWTS-10 table saw w/Shop Fox Aluma Classic Fence, Shark Guard and Incra 1000SE miter gauge
Grizzly G0555P band saw with 6” riser
Grizzly G0716 drum sander
Hitachi C12FDH 12” miter saw
DeWalt DW734 12 1/2” planer
Porter Cable PCB420SA belt/disc sander
Ridgid EB44242 oscillating sander
Geetech 6” jointer
Worksharp 2000
MLCS router table with DeWalt 2.25hp router
Porter Cable 690 router
Craftsman 12” drill press
Central Machinery 12” disc sander

Originally, I was planning on painting the interior of the shop, but I love the smell and was afraid it would cover it up, so I decided to leave it. Besides, it hides the sawdust better anyway. Thanks for looking.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 05:02 AM


You have a great shop! The story about your Great Great Uncles cabinet adds history to your shop even though its less than a year old.

Shop size is relative, it’s what you create in your shop that counts. How do you keep it so clean?

Thanks for the pictures.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 05:06 AM

Very cool. That is a LOT of bench / cabinet space you have there too! Very cool…

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 05:12 AM

Hey Brad
So that’s were you make all that cool stuff! I really like it, It has all the essentials and it’s clean and organised.
Very nice Bud.


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#4 posted 02-15-2010 05:14 AM

Brad, this is a really nice shop space that you have to work in. It is well organized and it looks like you have plenty of room to move around in there. The window is a wonderful bonus as well. I have always found that it is much easier to work under natural light. I also like the wall sheathing. It makes hanging cabinets and hand tools a breeze. But your shop is waaay to clean.

You have some nice tools to play with as well.

Thanks for posting pictures of your shop. I enjoyed the tour.

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

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 06:11 AM

Hey Brad,
Now that is a cool little shop with some nice toys to play with…well done.

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 06:28 AM

Thanks a lot guys for the kind words. I must confess though, I just finished a couple of projects and the shop was a mess. I figured after cleaning it up I might as well go ahead and take some pics.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 06:49 AM

Brad, Very cool shop, I see you’re an equal opportunity employer there, Jet, Bosch, Delta, Craftsmen and I noticed your Hitachi even sports a DeWalt blade :-)

I need to snap a few new pics of my shop, just cleaned things up for the appraiser, but I already made a new mess today, oh well, maybe next time.

-- James

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 11:55 AM

Hey blockhead … don’t believe them … SIZE does matter…... LOL… no just joshing… you have a well set up shop and it seems to fit your needs..

-- Be safe.

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 04:13 PM

Hey Brad. Great shop. Very well organized and all the essentials are there. I envy you that mini planer. I’ll bet it is really handy. Wish I could get one here. My shop is just about 20 sq. ft. larger, so I’m familiar with the “small” problem, but with the right size projects it’s just fine. I can see why you enjoy being in there. It’s also great to have a piece with some family history. It adds to the character of the shop. Thanks for the pics.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 04:21 PM

Hello Brad, thats a nice workshop.

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 05:57 PM

KnotWright- You’ll find no discrimination in my shop. ( :There’s a PC router in the RT, a Ryobi router in the cabinet, along with a Milwaukee angle grinder my neighbor gave me, among other tools.
Stefang- The planer is one of my favorite tools to use. This one is a little beast and has worked very well for me.

The shop is actually the perfect size for me. You won’t here me complaining. Before I built my shop, I used to carry my tools from the shed to the carport. That was a pain but I was glad I had a place to work. This is obviously a much better arrangement. ( :
Thanks again for the comments.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 06:56 PM

Nice shop, I really like hoy you have incorporated some of your tools right into the work bench. Thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 05:50 AM

Very cool shop. Nice layout with the drop down tables. Alright what are we making!


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#14 posted 03-29-2010 02:27 PM

Good organization even if you did clean up. You give inspiration to the small shop owner. Didn’t see your lumber storage, are you fortunate to have an building for lumber? My new shop comes tomorrow and I am downsizing in shop size and your shop has given me a couple of ideas. Thanks for the tour.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 03-29-2010 04:55 PM

Many thanks for the comments LJ’s.

Greg- I do not have a seperate building for lumber storage. If you look at the rack on the wall in the first pic,
that is where I keep my larger leftovers. Under the benchtop jointer behind the doors, I have a large three drawer chest where I keep many pieces of all sizes. I mostly just buy what I need, as I need it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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