Worlds smallest woodworking shop?

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Project by anthm27 posted 01-26-2016 09:17 PM 3131 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The dog house that leads from staircase out onto my roof top used to be a small kitchenette that we used for BBQs.
We demolished and replaced with a plywood wood working bench, vice and some tool racks.

The first pic shows it complete with some ripped timber ready for new project.
The last pic shows a good idea of the size.

Do I coat the bench and back board with some stain or oil? Or do I leave it natural wood?

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 10:30 PM

Contrary to popular belief – size doesn’t matter, yet
You’ll learn to do what you can fit in your “shop” – regardless, you’ll have fun

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 02:24 AM

My last workshop was about that size and I got plenty of work done.


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#3 posted 01-27-2016 02:41 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 02:57 AM

there is hardly any room for the sawdust. Can’t wait too see what you got cooking.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 03:38 AM

thanks all for the comments,

The timber on the bench is for a couple of folding stools which I will post when done, they will complement my outdoor Adirondack set.

Maybe can just see the green vacuum tied to handrail on left, I try get most of the saw dust in there.


-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 04:16 AM

It’s not about what you got but what you can do with what you got. If you can make that work, go for it.

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 05:36 AM

You got tools, you got a dry place with light to work…you got a bench too. Make stuff…be happy.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 05:52 AM

a small shop is better than no shop! this just limits you to “small” projects… lol

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 12:12 PM

I have had small shops to and found ways to do many thing. I built 4 12 ft canoes in a 11×20 shop. Just have to work with it. I enjoyed that shop very much!!! I am sure you will enjoy yours just as much.

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 01:56 PM

Small shops can be very productive. I’m currently working in a 10’ X 15’ shop. You asked about staining your bench. I would, it will protect it and make it more durable.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 09:23 PM

But you have one of the best views around!

-- I've learned 10 times more from my mistakes than from my successes.

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#12 posted 01-28-2016 04:52 AM

That’s awesome! Looks like you’ve been creative with the space you have. Like others have said, you can still accomplish a lot, even with the small space.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 07:18 PM


-- What this world needs is a little more sawdust on the floor.

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#14 posted 03-27-2016 12:04 AM

Three months on and the woodworking room has evolved. I coated the bench with decking oil and mounted some more tools.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#15 posted 08-24-2019 06:54 PM

It maybe small but it sure is efficient and it sure is Purdy.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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