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Hopefully the pictures will show up, if they do you will be able to see this is simply a storage unit, 11’ x 30’ made of concrete. This actually works in my favor as the concrete keeps it cool most of the time. There is no electricity inside the unit, but two 110v outlets right outside the door. The dust collection consists of a respirator and vacuum, but the thing that really bugs me is the table saw, or lack thereof. That is an old Delta bench top saw, which has been good to me, but now that I have been exposed to what you can do with a real shop saw I am more than a little envious of just about all of you. Oh well, things could be worse. The last picture is one of my old shop (on wheels).

Thanks for looking, and I can’t wait to see how A1 Jim puts a good spin on this in his comment ( he’s just too nice)

John Abraham

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 07:11 PM

Looks like a good place to make sawdust…

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 07:21 PM

Sawdust up to the nose (and past). At least it keeps whatever I’m working on dry!

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 01:25 AM

John, this looks like a pretty nice shop in which to work. You have about the same square footage as I do but yours is a straight run whereas I have an L shaped space. It looks like you have plenty of head room in there as well. I have always thought it would be nice to be able to store boards and sheet goods vertically. It makes getting to a particular board at the back of the stack much easier. But nonetheless I do like the idea of storing sheet goods under a lumber rack. This arrangement takes up relatively little valuable shop space.

It also looks like you have organized your hand tools well. The shelves that you have added look solid and well built while keeping your hand tools readily available for use. I like the outfeed table that you have for your table saw. That is an efficient use of space. Roller stands generally are a challenge to use effectively since invariably they will catch and end up turning over. But the table that you have added to your stands eliminates this weakness and adds a pretty effective outfeed table for your saw. You can easily take it down and store it out of the way when it is not needed and it goes up again pretty quickly.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour of your shop.

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 06:17 AM

Nice shop, thanks for the tour.

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 01:07 PM

Hey John,
Lots of goodies in there…well done.

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 01:24 PM

Nice shop, thanks for the tour!

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#7 posted 12-10-2009 02:43 PM

Thanks to all for the nice comments. I guess it’s not just A1 Jim. One of the challenges with this space is the fact that I have to store all the tools for my company. We do renovations and restorations which includes drywall work , painting, and textures (drywall and concrete) along with the carpentry. The bench on the wall is removable (as everything in this rented space has to be) and the bottom shelf is at that height so 5 gal. buckets can go under. It’s amazing how many of them accumulate. Ladders and scaffolding are also part of this, as is a 4000 psi pressure cleaner and airless sprayer. It’s a challenge, but not nearly as bad as before (last pic).

Scott : Yes, good head room, 10 ft. to a concrete ceiling. The shelving is multitasking. 2×4s with 1/2” ply at 16 inches wide gives me space for lumber underneath. They can also work as scaffolding planks in a pinch. Gratefully, no one has pinched! The outfeed table is a gift from LJ’s, specifically Todd Clippinger, and are under a week old.

This shop is nowhere near finished, and I hope someday to be proud to show it off. Right now, however, it was more of a “duty” to my fellow LJ’s. Maybe some newcomer will see this and think “hey, this guy showed his, I should show mine”. I know from experience that this site can be pretty intimidating until you learn about some of the guys and gals.

Thanks for looking, all, and watch out for the sharp edges!

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 03:44 AM


I like the security of your shop and the fact that you will not have to worry about maintaining the outside of the shop walls, such as painting, etc.

I would like to recommend a book to you, that is chock full of good ideas on arranging a small shop. The book is “Small Woodworking Shops.” It was published in 2004 by the Taunton Press. I got a used copy for just a few bucks.

The shop that really intrigues me, and would give you some excellent ideas on how to arrange your shop, is Matthew Teague’s one-car shop. His story covers pages 36-44. He built a woodworking shop in a one-car garage that is 9 feet wide and 18 feet long. He did a great job in making the most of his floor space. And he did everything with the idea in mind that he would move as soon as he could afford to buy a house.

I have read that book cover-to-cover twice. And I have studied Teague’s shop many times. He did a great job arranging his shop.

I hope this will be of help to you. Have a great day, and keep making sawdust.

Oh, and yes, A1Jim is very kind to all visitors to Lumberjocks.

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 07:57 AM

Nice shop, we used to live in largo fl., had family in Stewart. Your shop is a little cramped,
but that’s good hopefully you have a lot of projects going on. Looks like you have enough extention cord
to get electric from where ever you want with in a mile of your shop!!!!

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#10 posted 07-04-2010 08:13 AM

Hi, Bob, yes I do have a few cords for use at whatever job I’m at, not the shop. You also see air hoses, pressure cleaner hose, airless hose. Just a few of those non woodworking things I have to put up with in order to support my expensive habit.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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