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I have a 16×24 basement workshop (384 sf, a little over 1/4 of the basement). I now work almost exclusively with hand tools. I find that much more rewarding, since as a hobbyist, most of my projects are single items, not production runs.

The photos show my recently-completed tool wall. You can read more about that at

Part 4 of this series includes a short video tour.

-- Steve, mostly hand tools. See my woodworking blog at

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 11:41 PM

People who are unorganized, must hate to see something like this…... nice work!

-- mike...............

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 01:16 AM

Steve, this is one of the best organized shops that I have had the pleasure to see. I have always had a great deal of admiration for those woodworkers willing to put the time and effort into developing their hand skills. I am glad that you posted these pictures of your shop. It was enjoyable to take a tour of it.

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

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 01:21 AM

Hey Steve Welcome to Ljs This is one of the most organized shops I’ve seen fantastic job.


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#4 posted 03-14-2011 08:51 AM

Hey Steve,
Now that is what it’s all about….cool hand tools and great individual projects….nice job.

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 02:23 PM

Hi Steve;

I love it. You have the same problem I do.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 02:33 PM

I love the disign of this system.


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#8 posted 03-14-2011 06:45 PM

Steve, you have entirely too many hand planes and chisels. I can send you my address to send them to if you need help storing them… :-)

Okay seriously though, I really like your collection. That plane till is really nice.

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 06:48 PM

Whoa! Steve LOVES handtools. This is my favorite shop yet here at lumberjocks!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 11:11 PM

Hi Steve – That is some great tool storage! It looks like everything is handy to your bench and will enhance your productivity. I agree with you about horizontal surfaces – nature abors a vacuum so stuff just tends to accumulate there. I must kick into high gear and get organized like you. Nice work!

Curt Brannam

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 05:09 AM

Been following the shop renovation since you started it. The final results are great. One of these days, I’ll get a roundtuit.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 07:56 AM

Great lay out of Hand tools!!!!

-- John

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 08:18 AM

Welcome Steve. If I had all those hand tools that is all I would work with too, very impressive.

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#14 posted 03-29-2011 04:00 AM

Truly inspiring, nice layout! I should be such a good planner with tool storage. Thanks for posting!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#15 posted 04-03-2011 04:00 PM

I edited the entry to add a photo and a link to part 4 on the blog, which includes a short video shop tour.

-- Steve, mostly hand tools. See my woodworking blog at

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