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Workshop is my two car garage. All so called “stationary tools” are mounted on casters or mobile bases to afford changing location as needed. Main feature is a large mobile “platform” that incorporates a 10 inch Table Saw, a 10 inch Miter Saw, a Router Table, a 6 inch Belt/Disc Sander combination, an antique Miter Guillotine and a Miter Vise. Below the machines are numerous drawers for storage. The platform can be pulled out on to my driveway for more ease of use. Additional equipment includes, 10 inch Radial Arm Saw, Drill Press with self made table and mobile base, Oscillating Spindle Sander, 10 inch Disc Sander, 12 inch Ryobi Planer, 16 inch Sears Scroll Saw, Two Air compressors with 18 and 23 gauge Nail guns and Staplers and a miniature Hobby Lathe. Bench tools include 4 Routers, 2 Sabre Saws, 7 inch Skil Saw, Biscuit Jointer, 2 Orbital disc Sanders, 1/3 and 1/4 sheet Sanders, 2 powered Screwdrivers and 3, 18 volt Drill motors. The bench tools are housed in individual containers within a 3 foot wide, double door metal cabinet. An extensive array of hand tools are kept on pegboard racks or a Sears “Rollaway Cabinet Combination”

-- Bob W, Simi Valley, California

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 12:02 PM

This is a wonderful shop that you have to work in. It is well organized and putting your tools on mobile bases is a good idea. I like the cabinet that you store your hand tools in. This type of design works well for organizing small tools and takes up a farily small amount of wall space for the storage that is available. It does look as if you have maximized the use of your available wall and floor space. It appears as if you have used most of the space from floor to ceiling.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. It looks like you have a pretty efficient work flow in there and the table saw center is wonderful. It improves the functionality of your saw while providing storage for other small tools and accessories/jigs. And making it mobile is a good idea. But it is HUGE. I am not sure I could drive something this big. :) It certainly is an all purpose work center. You have a nice collection of hand tools as well. I would enjoy working in your shop.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 12:22 PM

Hey RNW’s,
There has been a lot of energy, effort, and expenses gone into your shop….....very well done.

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 12:39 PM

I enjoy looking at other people’s shops and have seen many over the years. I find yours to be one of the more fascinating shops that I have peeked into. What a wonderful job you have done!

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 09:36 PM

A LOT of thought went into that multi function work center. Good idea, good execution. Totalled up that looks like a nice shop to work in!

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 03:34 AM

I like your multi-function work center idea also, but in Alaska I could only use the driveway but rarely – cold, rainy, dark…...too many months of the year. But thanks for the ideas. I am in the process of revamping a multi-function workshop into a woodworkers shop primarily… will take me years, I suspect. New hobby for me.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 05:52 AM

A good layout and well organized plus some nice tools . super shop.

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 10:59 AM

Yes, its a well organized workshop. Very nice!
If I have that plenty of tools as you do, my two-car garrage will become sole a workshop!

Have a nice woodworking journey Bob. W

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 08:45 AM

Aye Laddie, Where’s the kilt locker. lol Great shop. Now all we need is a good single malt and a lazy streak.


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#9 posted 08-06-2010 04:25 PM

I just saw a post about you on the home page of LJ and thought that I would check out your workshop. Your shop is great and what a collection of tools. I just love to look at workshops. With that engineering and machinist background there’s no telling what kind of projects you will get into. That model house looked almost like a real house. Thanks

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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