my first workshop, the dojo

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Project by urbansouth posted 09-05-2012 03:01 AM 5369 views 35 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my first post… be kind :)

after 3 months of lots of sweat and a little blood (but no tears) my first workshop is open for experimentation. and i am super excited about it. i hope you enjoy viewing this and let me know where i went wrong (for my next one). it is 16×20. as you can tell by the framing, i had visions of transom lights above my windows. after building the frames for the reclaimed, converted double hung windows that i side hinged, i decided i can come back and do the transom windows anytime.

the goal of this oasis spawned from needing some storage. I planted the seed in my wife’s mind and a year later i got a pretty awesome first shop. my personal goal is to start a lifetime of learning the craft. I had a master woodworking grandfather, a former metal worker for caterpillar, and have idolized his tables, ball in a cage, grandfather clock, hope chests, knicknacks, ect. my whole life and want to pass those kinds of memories to my grandchildren (if i am lucky enough). we just had a baby boy a couple of weeks ago. that gives me a year or two to get some practice under my belt before i need to start churning out some toys. and enough time to save up for all the toys i need for my shop

i am admittedly a woodworking novice and would appreciate any advice anyone wants to throw my way. i am in the process of building an island around my table saw. hopefully it will be worthy of a post. pardon the mess and enjoy.

Tyler in Alabama (War Eagle)

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 03:15 AM

very nice…

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Mark Gipson

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 03:34 AM

It looks really nice. I’m counting down the years until I get my own big shop, about 4 or 5 more to go!

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 03:39 AM

Nice looking shop. Looks like you have done a loy of planing for it.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 03:39 AM

Looks like you are making a great space to work. Your’e on the right track. It’s all a learning process, you know, if I knew then what I know now….Try to have more fun than frustration.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 04:59 AM

OH YEAH! Great start. Can’t wait to see what kind of toys you’re going to fill it with.

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 06:57 AM

Very nice shop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 09-05-2012 08:10 AM

If your shop is an indication of your woodworking skill then I don’t forsee any problems for future projects.

I would say that, just accept that mistakes will be made (in my case in virtually every project) but I always learn a little more each time.

A real nice shop by the way, have fun in there pal

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#8 posted 09-05-2012 08:48 AM

Any shop is a good shop. If you’re comfortable in it that’s all that matters. It does look like you did a really nice job of it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 08:55 AM

Way cozier than mine! FIrst order of business in my opinion: build and install an overhead air cleaner! You wouldn’t want to have such a nice shop all messed-up with sawdust :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 10:51 AM

Now you have a place in which to plan and build a storage shed! LOL

Great job you did on this workshop and the wife!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 09-05-2012 11:47 AM

That is a great looking shop space, and you can really pack quite a few big machines in there if you plan it right!

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#12 posted 09-05-2012 11:51 AM

I’m jealous. Nice job. Look forward to seeing what you build next.

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#13 posted 09-05-2012 11:55 AM

Excellent shop, great build. Being in Alabama you probably don’t need to worry too much about heat for the shop, but that would be a great place for a pot belly stove for burning your cut-offs.
Have fun in the shop, congrats on the new baby boy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 09-05-2012 12:48 PM

nicely done. i’ve always had an island around my saw. the space is great for storage, assembly, etc. the only downfall that i occasionally come across is you cant cut when a larger piece has glue drying and yoou cant move it till later. no problem, just means its time for a break. again the shop looks great, hope you have many enjoyable years in it, and some years of teaching your children as well.

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#15 posted 09-05-2012 01:05 PM

That’s a great space bud! Nicely done.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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