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Damascus, MD 20872
United States

My shop is in the basement of a townhouse and very condensed.

I have been revamping several parts of the shop to gain more space. The drawers in the workbench are not fancy and are all plywood. It is always a work in progress—

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 07:46 PM

David, those are gorgeous cabinets that you have built for your shop. When I first started I thought that shop furniture needed only to be functional. But over the years I have come to appreciate seeing form in the shop as well. There is no reason that shop furniture can’t look like….. furniture. These cabinets not only look good but they add quite a bit of storage/organization for your tools. I am sure any of us would be proud to have a hand tool cabinet, such as the first picture, in our shop.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 09:21 PM

The way I look at it, I could spend a lot of money buying cabinets but if you are going to make furniture – what is the point of spending money to buy what someone else wants you to have. I use scraps and stuff that I would never give to a customer and try to make it nice. More importantly, I get to practice working through the knots, cracks, splits, worm holes and oopses and try to make something nice. Don’t get me wrong, if it doesn’t workout and doesn’t have a finish, off it goes to the grill or smoker. If it has a finish, the trash bin may be in order. It permits a learning curve that I get to test tool sharpening, tool technique, joinery, and design ideas. I have autocad from a former carreer and draw everything from the original concept and redraw as changes occur, making cad models along the way. I try to use hand tools when I can but I would have a hard time without my tablesaw, bandsaw, router, and small jointer. This hobby is my exercise, mental and physical away from the job.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 09:23 PM

As a note about the cabinets, the one with the parts trays from Walmart—Each horizontal shelf has different joinery, just for the challenge.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 09:56 PM

Good looking shop David,I like all the nice cabinet work and super organising going on.

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 03:21 AM

Hey David,
Sweet cabinets and cool shop…well done.

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 06:57 PM

Looks like a great space to make some sawdust in, Thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 07:59 PM

Small and the look changes all of the time. It may be getting a face lift soon – working on a variety of things. This means that my wife is telling me that I have sprawled into the “don’t go” areas.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 05:10 AM

Your cabinets are really nice. I am inspired by your storage solution
with the plastic storage boxes…I’ll have to try that in my shop.
Lord knows I need something like that…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#9 posted 10-29-2011 07:00 PM


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 07:30 PM

I love your shop in spite of it’s size.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 10-29-2011 09:15 PM

Thank you, it is tight but everything except the workbenck and router cabinet is on wheels. I still move the workbench away from the wall as needed.

The wall cabinet on the right is made so that I can put a door/cover on it in the future. At this moment, my wife has a few projects that I was supposed to have done and I may have a commision piece to do so the cabinet cover is differed.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#12 posted 10-28-2015 04:49 PM

Very nice shop, I wish I had that space. I responded to your comment about the floors.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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