Not a craftsman... but building a place to help me become one...

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Project by Artie623 posted 11-29-2018 04:26 AM 6513 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At this time my shop IS my project… and, being lined with rough-cut 1×12 boards… there has been plenty of lumber being used. Today I handled a router for the first time in decades… installing Rockler T-track into a Harbor Freight workbench… the bench has been elevated with casters and comes in just about perfectly to match the Laguna 14/12 that I’m also in the process of setting up. With a small space, organization is key… one of these days I’ll actually build something other than the shop ! I hope this qualifies as a project… to me it certainly is a big one !

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#1 posted 11-29-2018 04:52 AM

Wow! I wanna hire you to overhaul my shop!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 11-29-2018 05:41 AM

It is coming along nicely!

I often wonder what do I spend more time on, making things for the house or making stuff for the shop. Ah it all makes sawdust and I am enjoying it.


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

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#3 posted 11-29-2018 09:36 AM

The interior of my shop is just under 10×17, so it becomes a “very cozy challenge “…. maybe a little bit more engineered than most… but I love the creative aspect of dealing with it i!

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 01:15 PM

I have been accused numerous times of “overplanning” and “overbuilding” the shop space. Mine looks nowhere near this nice though! WHo cares if it’s small. Looks like heaven to me!

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 01:43 PM

30+ clamps, band-saw, drill press, miter-saw, lathe, router, beautifully paneled and organized shop… Yep, you not a craftsman… :)

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 02:24 PM

There’s something deeply satisfying about well designed, well built shop project. Nicely done!

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#7 posted 11-29-2018 04:05 PM

NICE SHOP :<)) Welcome 2 LJ’s

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 11-29-2018 04:55 PM

Some of us would take issue with your title statement. Clearly you had to apply craftsman skills to put your shop together. Being a craftsman is not like going through a door and suddenly you are one. You will be constantly refining the skills and tackling more ambitious projects.

“There was a time I couldn’t even spell Injunir. Now I are one!”

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#9 posted 11-29-2018 06:19 PM

As I’ve never cut a dovetail or a box joint I’d hardly consider myself anything but an amateur carpenter at this point… as a professional model maker … Bar Mills Scale Model Works…” I’m pretty strong conceptually but can never pretend to be anything more. I’ve picked up and created (I guess) several concepts that have helped my small shop exceed it’s physical limitations… one really cool thing is the “heated refrigerator” (I’m in Maine and the shop is NOT heated.) I got the fridge from the transfer station and wired a 25 watt bulb inside of it… not to “keep in the cold”... but to “keep in the heat” ! I’m still wondering whether I should use it for my lithium batteries as well ! Thanks to all of you for the encouraging words.

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 07:03 PM

Thanks…. I’m not going with a “TV” ... so creature comforts and organization can make/break my enthusiasm on this project !

I have been accused numerous times of “overplanning” and “overbuilding” the shop space. Mine looks nowhere near this nice though! WHo cares if it s small. Looks like heaven to me!

- kocgolf

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 07:03 PM

Nice looking shop

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#12 posted 11-29-2018 07:21 PM

Thanks, I checked out your profile…. I’m really looking forward to smaller projects… not so much “furniture” as just cool stuff… you seem to do a lot of that…. nice.

Nice looking shop

- FreddieMac

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#13 posted 11-29-2018 07:36 PM

great shop space and very well organized.i only see one problem though,ya gotta clean out the fridge and put in the proper beverages-lol.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 11-29-2018 07:36 PM

I would like to hire you to my shop too! great shop! thanks for sharing! you are inspiring me to do something with mine.

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#15 posted 11-29-2018 10:48 PM

Wow! That looks awesome!

-- LastingBuild

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