Workshop Overhaul #6: Finally Some Pics. Some progress, still a long way to go.

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Blog entry by docholladay posted 08-08-2011 06:07 AM 2657 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I didn’t get to spend as much time in the shop as I wanted to this weekend. Too many honey-do projects and a family reunion took up some of my time. However, I did get a few things done and made some progress. Also, for those of you that have been asking, I did get some pictures this time. I warn you, it is still a mess, but you can get the idea.

I’ll start in the north east corner of my shop where my band saw is now located.

Next we move down the east wall of the garage/shop and my miter saw station and the cabine that holds most of my hand planes.

Next comes my pegboard tool rack.

At the end of the east wall is my lathe and above the lathe a metal wall cabinet that holds mostly paints, finishing supplies, solvents and glues. I have to display my Alabama Crimson Tide stuff somewhere. Ha Roll Tide!

Now we make the turn to my south wall. This wall is mostly storage in the form of a metal cabinet (It stores mostly my automotive maintenance supplies), some file cabinets. These hold items like handheld power tools and accessories. I have a drawer for owners/shop manuals and other miscellaneous items. Also, you can see my hardware storage containers on top of these cabinets. Then there is my big red tool box which holds my mechanics tools as well as anything else that will fit. The workspace on top of this tool box is going to be my dedicated sharpening station.

Now we make the turn from the sout wall to the west wall. Here we have a big cabinet that came out of friends kitchen when they were remodeling. This holds pretty much anything, but it mostly has hardware and parts. Below the cabinet, I have some brackets that hold my 4ft level and some long straight edge guides. Below that is my air compressor.

Moving along this wall I have some clamp racks and brackets on which I hang my saw horses and work supports. Then there is my lumber rack. Also along this wall is the home for my planer and jointer and scroll saw (below the planer).

Then next along this wall is another pegboard. It holds my commonly needed table saw accessories as well as my air nailers, framing squares and a few other miscellaneous items that this was just a good place to put them. This pegboard is mounted above one end of my table saw.

This then brings me to the northwest corner of the shop where my drill press and most of my drilling tools reside. Also, above it, you will see the power subpanel that I installed to save space in my main breaker box and to save on wire to have to be run to the garage.

Finally, you see the north wall which is actually the garage door. In front of this, I keep my roll around hardware and clamp cart.

To really get a picture that shows how much work is still left to do, here is a view, looking back from the north end of the shop.

Here is a look from the south end of the shop.

Also, here are two photos showing the new lighting that I installed. I have a total of 16 4ft flourescent light tubes providing light. Much better than before. I probably could get a suntan in there hee hee.

In addition to the improved lighting, I have a total of 16 electrical outlets spread throughout the garage on 2 circuits. In addition, I installed a 220 circuit for my compressor and another 220 circuit for my table saw. Finally, I won’t have extension cords or power strips scattered everywhere.

Now for my question for you LJ’s to provide some input. I need to make a new saw till/rack for my hand saws. Here is the wall space that I plan to use for this, above my miter saw station.

This space is about 40” wide and vertically, I have about 4ft of space. I’m thinking of using a similar design that I had previously (, but I want to better incorporate for my “growing” collection of backsaws – what can I saw, they just seem to follow me home. If any of you have any ideas that you think I should consider, please share. I’m thinking of making it enclosed with doors. Part of the reason for that is that I can also mount items on the inside of the doors.

Anyway, I hope you guys have enjoyed this tour. I still have a lot of work to do, but I think in another couple of weekends or maybe even a few week nights, I just might get this project licked and be able to get back to making something.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 01:19 PM

That looks like it is all comming well together.
You will have a wonderful work shop soon.
Love your collection of hand drills.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 01:36 PM

Thanks Mads. The hand drills are fun. I have become amazed at how efficiently and precisely work can be done with those old tools. My favorite is the little 6” Millers Falls brace. Not shown in the pictures is a new-to-me Millers Falls breast drill that is in wonderful condition, but I haven’t come up with a way to hang it on the wall just yet. I think after I finish getting the shop set up, I may do separate blogs on each of the hand tool groups in which I have collections – saws, drills, planes, chisels and marking and measuring tools.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 01:58 PM

Great progress, Doc.

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 02:31 PM

I also have discovered how wonderful they work, just used them a lot on my shaving horse project, but these were older types.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 02:34 PM

Doc, you have really made a lot of progress and it is really looking great. You won’t regret this because it will all come back to you with dividends in saving your precious time. God bless and congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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David Murray

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 03:23 PM

Keep plugging away and before you know it your shop will be set up and you’ll be re-arranging it.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 12:06 AM


I know what you mean. This is only about the 4th time I have tried to completely re-arrange. In this case, the addition of the electrical and all of the disassembly required to incorporate that has been the source of most of the uphieval. Thankfully, that part is done now.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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