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After some recent renovations to the original shop I now have an addition making the shop L-shaped, before I found it nearly impossible to work a 4×8 sheet but now I can do it with ease, the only problem being getting the sheet downstairs as the shop is in the basement of my home. I try to have the most tools i can on hand to make the production process easier. I have a dust extractor with ducting to all my tools, I recently located the switch for the DC in the shop which made it easier not to have to open the door and go into the next room to turn on the DC every time I wanted to make a cut. Also I have a finishing room connected to the shop, it is great to have a dust free area to apply finishes to projects while still being able to cut and make a mess in the main shop. Hope you enjoyed the tour of my “new” shop and as always any comments are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 11:38 PM

Sweet shop. Yes you never finish with your shop always one more toy I mean tool to buy and then rearrange to suit.
Welcome to the bestest wood workers site in the world.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 01:01 AM

Thanks for the kind words and the warm welcome, and I would have to agree with you, this is indeed the bestest woodworkers site in the world. Ihave only been here for a little while but I am loving everything I see so far and there is still soooo much more to see… not getting much sleep tonight haha

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

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 01:15 AM

Very nice shop & welcome to Lj’s

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 02:21 AM

Chris, you have an interesting shop in which to work. It looks you have organized it well and you have added some nice cabinetry in there. I used to believe that shop cabinetry and fixtures needed only to be utilitarian but, after seeing some of the gorgeous projects posted here, I have come to believe that shop furniture can also look good in addition to being functional. Yours certainly confirms this philosophy.

But your shop is neat and has a nice work flow to it. I like the router table that you have added. This is something that I have been meaning to add to my shop. I need to rework my tables since they are not as functional as I would like them to be. I have always wanted to add a table similar in design as yours to my shop. I like your table saw center as well. The outfeed table that you added to your saw improves its functionality but using it as a work table as well doubles its efficiency.

You have a nice shop. Thanks for posting pictures of it and I appreciated the tour.

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

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 12:03 PM

Hey Chris,
Nice neat little shop and some great toy’s…...well done.

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 12:34 PM

great shop ,
and good tools .
and i love the cabinets !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 12:51 PM

Nice looking shop, Chris.

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#8 posted 10-02-2009 02:35 AM

Nice, neat, orderly shop. The only way a shop should be. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 11:19 PM

Hey Chris, thanks for the comments on my shop. There are benefits to a detached shop – noise being a big one. However, keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer is the biggest disadvantage. But I can live with that. Hey, your shop is really nice. Much like everyone else I like the very orderly layout of the shop tools and the custom storage you’ve built (cabinets, bit holders, sheet cart). Really nice job. BTW, nice router table. Thanks for sharing & take care.

-- - Brian

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#10 posted 10-29-2009 11:29 PM

Neat ,clean, organized with out clutter a good formula for a great shop it looks great too


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#11 posted 10-30-2009 06:37 AM

When you posted to my workshop, you indicated you were in an old airplane hanger. On this site, you’re in your basement. Either way, with what I’m seeing you’re a real organizer. Well thought out (I could certainly use more of that skill). Great shop.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 05:39 PM

TZH, I am currently away from this shop for about a year as I am going to school in a difference province. The shop that I am in here is an old airplane hanger. I miss this little shop a lot and I can’t wait till next week as I am returning home for a few days for a visit.

-- 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 10-30-2009 11:08 PM

Nice setup you have. The finishing room is a great idea, I unfortunately don’t have quite enough room for one myself, as I promised a quarter of the basement to my gf for her own studio/craft room. For now I take my projects out to my shed and finish them out there if i need to avoid downtime, but it can be a pain. As for Steel City I’m quite impressed. There are a couple of drawbacks with my table saw (arbor is too short for 3/4” dado and the miter slots tend to chip at the beginning). However the granite top is very flat and true. I do wish they had lined the miter slots with steel especially at the beginning and ends, but the rest holds up well. Also it runs quiet and even though its just a 1-3/4hp I’ve cut through 12/4 hard maple without burning or bogging down. My biggest concern when buying the saw was whether or not the Steel City fence would hold up well, and since the initial set-up it still hasn’t needed any adjustment. Overall I’m quite impressed with their quality and would buy from them again.

-- You can never have enough tools

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#14 posted 11-01-2009 07:53 PM

Very nice shop.

-- Andrew, Ohio

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 08:46 PM

You are a rare young man who is really going places. Right now it looks like you will be doing that in the woodworking world. It’s not often that one sees such great organizational abilities which are demonstrated by your workshop and your projects. Whatever you do with your future, I wish you success and happiness. I’m also making you my buddy with the hope of learning something.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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