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Sorry to anyone who looked at my profile and there wasn’t a lot in it, I was just finishing my one bench this week end. I have a small shop in my basement it is only a little under 200 sq. ft. so I need to keep it neat and organized. I also have a small area off one side for shop vac and some lumber storage.(15 sq ft.) The first picture is my bench. It is on the tall side as I am 6-2. On the left the 4 bottom sections are filing cabinets and all the rest are for my hand tools.

The next two pictures are of my power tool bench, there is a drill press, chop saw, planer, grinder, oscillating sander (new this weekend), router table, belt and disc sander that all pull out and go into the space on the left. They all line up flush with the top of the bench and there is a fold up out feed table on the left. There is a second table top under the top one that can be pulled out to give a larger working area (6’x4’).

The next pictures are of a cabinet that have a pull out sled with some of my clamps on it, the other side of the cabinet is something I call my vertical drawers. I am not big into stuff hanging off my walls so I made these pull outs that I hang more clamps, squares, straight edges and wrenches off of.

The last and not least is my bench saw (one day I will build a new stand), I have built my own air sleds for under it that are inflated with the blower part of a shop vac (I am able to move the saw around with one finger). These sleds can come out and go under the bandsaw and drum sander and they can also be used to move the benches and cabinets (with a little help, all those hand tools are heavy). They can lift slightly more than 400 lbs and only cost about 30 dollars to build and about 4 hours

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 08:23 AM

Hey Neil,
Sweet storage arrangements…cool bench and draw configuration…and some great toys…well done.

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 01:05 PM

Neil, you certainly have a nice looking shop in which to work. It is well organized and you have arranged it pretty efficiently. I like the workbench that you added to your shop. It provides a nice work surface and has a ton of needed storage. You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 01:53 PM

Great organizational skills! Very neat and tidy.

Would love to see a blog on the air sleds. They seem better than castors for an occasional move without busting your you know whats.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 02:33 PM

Great looking shop Neil. Well organized. I like the idea of air sleds. Welcome to LJ.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 10:00 PM

Neil, great little space, I like you vertical drawers I will be doing something like that in my shop. And the air sleds are very interesting and I would like more information on them if you can please. On lunch break now, have to get back to work, later, Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 04:56 AM

Neil, I’m back again with a few questions about the air sleds you have. What are they made of, what size are the hole in the bottom, how close together are the holes? Thats about all t he questions for now, but I’m sure I will come up with some more later. Thanks, Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 05:33 AM

very clever, well thought out layout and storage.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 05:37 AM

I have been looking for a way to store all of my belt driven tools (Planer, Sander, Jointer, and buffer) and use the same motor for every tool. I have just seen it. Nice storage cabinet!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 05:40 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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