My Workshop re-furb completion....????

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Blog entry by jinkyjock posted 05-23-2014 08:00 PM 2818 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again, at long last I feel I have something worthy of the description ”complete”.
This may or may not be the correct terminology as when do we (woodworkers) ever feel our shops are complete.
However I do feel it is now at the stage where I can start some projects in a confident mood.
In that vein I would like to take you for a walk with me through my endeavours.
Perhaps before I show the improvements you should see the before pics…...

So that was the mess I was in, now we can see the changes…

That was a general view of my 16×12ft. interior.
I have tried to pack as much in as possible while keeping the centre clear.

That is my Kity 609TI Combi-Saw/Spindle Moulder, the main machine in my shop.

In the bottom right-hand corner is my 10-speed lathe and surface planer/thicknesser.
It has a surfacer of 1200mm and thicknesser capacity of 256×200mm.
To the right is storage for sash-clamps.
On the top left hand corner you can see the 2nd most important piece of gear in my shop, my radio…

Next is my newly built mitre-saw station with a shout out to Tom Clark and his fantastic workshop.
He made me think a little bit more about utilising storage space, CHEERS.

Next is my workbench with storage underneath.
The bench is also hinged in the middle to fold beneath to give more floor-space if required.
It is also at the same height as mitre-saw and can be a support for long pieces.
To the left of my bench are various cramps.
I also have 6 Plano clamps which are fantastic for gluing panels, table-tops, laminates etc.
I acquired those from an ex-boss who ran away with the company secretary leaving a trail of unpaid bills and wages (including mine), and were appropriated with other bits-n-bobs in lieu of wages.

Bottom left hand corner is a work station for my drill-press, morticer and small bandsaw.
With the flap up I can rip on the saw freely and down the 3 tools are on sleds and can be easily moved into position for use.
Below is stored my small compressor, enough air for my nail-gun and gravity feed sprayer. To the left is more storage.

Some shelves for storing rip-fence, moulder and planer equipment, and anything I may be working on at that moment.

The rack above stores all the small-medium size pieces of various hardwoods I have gathered.
I have a timber-rack in an outhouse for larger pieces of softwoods, turning blanks etc.
A thank you is due to craftsmanonthelake for his 3pile suggestion.
Does everyone find it hard to throw ”Stuff” away.
In my 16×12ft universe I really need to be more ruthless in future.
Well folks, the tour is now over and I would be grateful for any input/suggestions to improve my shop.
Thanks for your time but I have to go and make a zero-clearance insert and a table for my drill-press, and…
I may be complete but will I ever be finished….....

11 comments so far

View stefang's profile


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#1 posted 05-23-2014 10:08 PM

You workshop really looks good now and ready to go. I see you have a Kitty combination machine. I have one too that I bought in 1997, It’s a different model than yours. It is in my workshop pictures if you want to see it. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 11:58 PM

Nice looking shop, looks well organized!!.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 05-24-2014 06:03 AM

People seem to enjoy working in chaos or organization.
You don’t say what brought you to this organized state but it sure looks great.
Looking forward to your first project post…..................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 05-24-2014 08:16 AM

Thank you for your comments. Stefang, had a look at your workshop and it is a really nice space.
Bought my Kity combi (also have Kity planer) around 2001 and it has served me well.
Like your storage idea with your lathe, and it must give you extra weight and stability. I may steal this idea…. Redryder, I have made some nice pieces in the past but had drifted into making pelmets, facings, mouldings etc. for home DIY.
As the work I was doing became less challenging an inertia set in.
Joining Lumberjocks and seeing the work you guys were producing sparked the realisation that if I ever wanted to again do anything of real worth then I had to make better use of my space (16×12ft.), and bring back some sense of organisation.
Hopefully this will lead to better use of the space between my ears.
I am also looking forward to my first project…......CHEERS.

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#5 posted 05-24-2014 05:24 PM

great looking shop and well organized.thanks for sharing!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 05-25-2014 12:50 PM

Nicely done. Gr8 organization. Always improvements to be done,

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 10:34 AM


Great workshop BTW.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#8 posted 07-24-2014 01:12 PM

Great organization, Jinky! I really like the hinged counter tops. What is this ‘3 pile suggestion” you credit to craftsmanonthelake.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 02:00 PM

Now you have a great shop that is well organized. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 10:36 PM

Thank you for your positive comments. Even the scallywag in Royal Blue.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#11 posted 08-01-2014 12:26 PM

I feel confident now that I can fit what I need into my space (well a little more confident) Thanks for sharing!

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