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Workshop by handplane posted 12-27-2007 10:16 PM 2918 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Elburn, IL 60119
United States

I finally straightened up the shop enough to take pictures of it, so here goes:

The woodshop is 1/2 of our basement. Overall it is approximately 16’ wide and 48’ from front to back. The floor was painted with epoxy garage paint for easy clean up (it works!) My father and I got ambitious and put in the suspended ceiling and ample lighting – WAY better than the 3 total 60 watt bulbs that lit this area when we moved in! Someday I’ll get around to painting the walls too.

Against the front wall of the shop is the wood storage rack. Rough cut lumber hides under the stairs. All of the machines are on casters so everything is mobile. Things not frequently used tend to accumulate in this area too, like the hollow chisel mortiser, the clamp rack, and some short rolling tool cabinets. The dog likes to hang out here and guard the wood stash when not throwing her tennis ball in a pile of sawdust. Do your dogs like “Sawdustball” too?

We’ve got all the major stuff except a lathe, which I don’t think we need because I tend to stick with rectangular furniture. At the bottom of the stairs there is an 8” jointer with the spiral cutterhead – I can’t recommend it enough for figured woods. The planer is the DeWalt 735 which does a great job for everything I’ve done with it. We also have a 16” 3HP Laguna bandsaw which spends most of it’s life with the Resaw King blade installed. A Grizzly combo oscillating spindle sander and 12” disk sander sits next to the Jet 1100 cfm dust collector that keeps the place “mostly clean”. Heading toward the back is a 3HP SawStop tablesaw and a Jet air cleaner. A pair of Craftsman tool cabinets hold the hand tools and accessories. There are 3 small workbenches always covered with stuff, a 16-32 Drum Sander, a router table, and a drill press filling out the back of the shop. There is also a Hegner scroll saw that I got for a song from a friend who probably now wishes he had kept it for himself. I can’t claim to know how to use it, my wife – also a woodworker, is the master of the intricate projects at our house.

Now if anybody knows how I can become independently wealthy so I can spend all my time down here please let me know…...

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#1 posted 12-27-2007 10:32 PM

Yea….I want the scroll saw back.
Since your older….you can will it to me :)


-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#2 posted 12-27-2007 10:36 PM

Nice shop! A lot of great tools and nice space to work in.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 12-27-2007 10:36 PM

I’ve heard great things about Laguna equipment, but I’ve never known anyone that had any. How do like that bandsaw?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#4 posted 12-27-2007 10:50 PM

Rocko – Technically my wife will have to will the Hegner back to you, it was given to her as a gift afterall. Since you got your Unisaw and Bandsaw for a song I feel less guilty about stealing the scrollsaw from you. I do extend an extra thank you your way every time I receive a gift made on that scrollsaw. You should see the clock I just got for Christmas.

JP – I have had no problems with Laguna although I have read some people say their customer service isn’t up to par with others such as Mini-Max. I will say the Resaw King blade Laguna makes is a must have for anybody using their bandsaw for resawing, regardless of the saw brand.

The 16” saw I have is their least expensive 16” saw. It is basically a nicer saw than most 14” saws but not quite as expensive as the really big saws. Although I get great results from this saw and am happy with it, if I had it to do over again I would have spent the extra bucks for the “better” line of saws, even if I had stuck with the 16” size. The reason isn’t really due to any dissatisfaction with the saw I have, but more because at the time I bought the saw I had no idea just how many things I would use the bandsaw to do. I actually use it more than I use the tablesaw. The bandsaw is definately a good place to invest your tool budget.

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#5 posted 12-30-2007 06:44 PM

Now, THAT’s a basement shop! As a fellow basement dweller, I’m envious of your tablesaw. I’d have one if it would fit. It won’t so I can’t.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 05:03 AM

As yet another basement dweller I have to agree with Tom. Nice use of the space, need to figure out how to get the biggertools down my basement steps though. Really wish the last owners had opted or that door. Oh well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 01-03-2008 05:29 AM


It took 5 young guys getting a “free” steak dinner to get the table saw down there. The jointer took 3 guys and the rest of it was manageable with 1 or 2 people. Getting it in gravity is your friend – Don’t ask me how any of it will ever come out of there though! I can never move…......

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#8 posted 01-03-2008 05:37 AM

Nice layout Scott.. Great space to work in. I feel sorry for you if you ever do have to move.. :)

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#9 posted 01-03-2008 06:20 AM

Really enjoyed seeing your shop pictures. It is what I hope mine will look like someday.
Liked the dog with the ball in the last photo. She reminds me of my GSD (can be seen in “Got Pets?”). She too likes “Sawdustball” or any other dusty substance that will stick to a slimy toy.

-- Kip, Shasta County, California "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up."--Ogden's Law

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#10 posted 01-03-2008 03:35 PM

Great shop.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 01-03-2008 03:45 PM

Great shop. My dog plays with his toys outside. He leaves them by the door when he comes in. So he has sand and pine nettles on his bals, toys. Usually anything that squekes. But not fabric he rips them apart.

The shop looks great. I had a basement shop over 35 years ago. They were warm. Then I went to a garage, so small that the door was open when I worked. Then to a garage with so many tools and a small space that to get to the outfeed side of the saw you went into the kitchen and outside. I hated the rusty tool problems.

Now a new shop. No rusty tools, but it still seems small, but that’s because it full.

Nice set of tools. I love the resaw king blade.

Great shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 02:36 AM


You have a very nice shop and some gorgeous tools. I love the Sawstop. I had one of these on my Christmas list but I guess Santa’s liftgate wasn’t operational. Maybe next year. It looks like you have plenty of lumber to work with as well.

And I am glad to see that it is well guarded. :)

thanks for the post.

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

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#13 posted 12-05-2008 12:49 AM

Nice shop, Scott.

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