small workshop ideas #20: Tour another guys workshop and self Check on mine

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 04-30-2021 07:54 PM 530 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Catchy title. And I stopped at an Estate Sale, always shop for tool buys. Behind the house the man had had a nice Shed Shop about 14 by 16 with outside a 2 stage dust collector, that was my clue I knew right away what was there.
So the family had removed his table saw but the accessories and extras told me a big story of the owner. I wonder what someone would say touring my shop in the same light. In his the 3 drill holders in pvc were on the ceiling, there were 3 roller stands and a workmate. His dust hose went from the piping to a longer hose for sweeping anywhere and hung on the long pipe at roof level. I found his lathe chisels and told them to sell them with his lathe. Taper jig still in the box. Another feature was 2 grippers, and a Shopsmith style miter gauge with board for the saw. There was the router table fence hung on the ceiling and a router base plate on a drop in larger insert. A box of collets nearby. Many 10 inch saw blades in clean condition still in holders and only one hung on the wall. He had some plactic jar containers over his bench attached to the ceiling for small parts. Let me leave it there. So I was happy to assist the sellers with some facts of what to sell together and compliment the owners. As I drove the few minutes home I thought about my new situation. I took my pat on the back. My shop has been for the last year in a state of move and adapt and switch as I see a new …this is a good idea for me…my Shed Shop is 8 by 16. I made 14 projects from scratch last year. And 2 more since I counted those. Just the other day I planned and created a flip top table for the miter saw and planer about 2 ft square. The router table is on the workmate with the 4 in belt sander. The Shopsmith is mobile and ready and jointer for it on the stand at the wall. I like the bandsaw ready to go. The shop vac and separator are at 4 ft. high on small shelves and work from a wall switch. I have a hose made of 2 10 ft pieces and can reach anywhere and another 5 ft. for the other half of the shop. Later since this is Arizona a standing cooler will come in to make it bearable when I need it, it runs on 120 vt. and drips no water. Out the door the 10 by 10 canopy shades the air before my double doors and I don’t close myself in often but I have lights for night and a skylight to do good lighting. I guess I feel very good in shop number 6 and always improving and need to stop whining about a bigger shop….maybe down the road I will add to this shed but things are a step away and on casters except my main bench. Thanks for reading. Hal

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#1 posted 05-03-2021 03:46 PM

Ya done good, Hal!

My shop is almost 9 X the square footage of yours and I get nothing done. (Of course, I do still have a job and 5 kids at home and a garden and all that. So I’ve got EXCUSES, but still I’d rather have finished projects. Let me restate that, the kids are the treasure. I asked my 5 year-old if I should sell all my tools and lumber and she replied “yes”.)


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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