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Shop updates 9/8/09…....Im keeping my original description and one pic for reference. This is the current config of my home one car garage shop. You may notice a couple of missing machines, i.e planer, jointer…but trust me they are the next purchases. Christmas is coming after all. Its kind of funny and interesting that this update does contradict my original description. Some things I wanted then I have, and others i don’t. I will say this, I have still not gotten around to rewiring, the lighting still stinks, and there are not nearly enough outlets. And to be honest, Im getting really tired of stepping over extension cords. : ) Hope everyone approves, and as alway I welcome all questions, comments and ideas.

Ok “my workshop” is actually a one car garage attached to my house. What started out as a place to store the few tools I had has actually morphed into something completely different. The day I laid the floor it ceased being a garage, so I guess it is a shop. And like any shop it is used as a place to store tools, make things, and most importantly escape the house once in a while. It is slowly becoming my sanctuary. It is a very comforting place to go(despite the lack of heat). I use it as my clubhouse and my retreat. I use old planes, levels and clamps or whatever I can get my hands on at the flea markets to give it a feel all its own. Call it aesthetics or a waste of time and resources. My wife will agree with the latter part of that sentence. I call it a place to call my own. I try to keep it very well maintained and clean. I don’t own a dust collection system yet, so I spend a lot of time sweeping. And because I live in the northeast, I find myself waxing the surfaces of my power tools quite often. Its pretty well equipped for what I enjoy doing. I’ve been pondering buying a jointer and planer, but since I find myself drawn to hand tools I probably won’t. I think they will fit though, the layout is pretty well thought out. I do have one more major project to get started on. Electricity. The lighting is poor and there are not enough outlets. This will be remedied shortly, I’ll keep everyone posted. Also you notice the base to my as yet unfinshed bench I will be posting the pics when I finish(hopefully before April). I don’t know if there is much more to add, as always I appreciate feedback and ideas. And I will update as needed. Thanks

PS I wish I cleaned up before I took these Pics.

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 08:33 PM

This is a really nice workshop. I could work there. I love your handtool collection.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 09:03 PM

Very nice shop and also your stash of planes!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-09-2008 03:43 PM

Nice shop! Welcome to lumberjocks!
How do you like that Delta Contractor saw? I was thinking about going with that before I got my hybrid.
Oh, and I envy your handplane collection.

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#4 posted 02-09-2008 08:33 PM

I like your shop! Great collection of hand tools.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 12:13 PM

Looks like its gets a fair amount of use… thats the best type of workshop, has that lived in feel to it!

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 02:12 AM

TONS OF PLANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 02:47 AM

great use of limited space. Looks like a good shop

-- making sawdust....

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 04:25 AM

Nice shop, has a lot of character with all those old tools.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#9 posted 05-18-2008 05:40 PM

I like your shop. I’m curious on how your covered your floor?

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#10 posted 05-18-2008 06:18 PM

I know about the one car garage shop, had one. Enough about me, your shop is great and a good place to get away. I noticed a project on the floor, could that be the beginning of a cool work bench? Keep in touch.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#11 posted 05-18-2008 06:22 PM

You can make great stuff in a one car garage. Had one for a long while. Yours is well laid out.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 01:21 AM

Got your message and yes that is one cool workbench, I like the contrast in the light and dark woods. A lot of good stuff can come out of the one car garage.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#13 posted 02-20-2009 06:11 AM

Lots of wonderful hand tools!

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#14 posted 09-10-2009 09:40 PM

Nice workbench. Good setup. I know the feeling about not having enough power in the shop… I run my DC from an outlet in the laundry room (I unplug the washer 20amp plug to make it all work…).

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