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Workshop by shopmania posted 09-13-2011 01:04 AM 2902 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I recently had to push everything in my shop to one side for a week to make room for another function, and took the opportunity to reorganize and tidy up. I figured it’s never going to look any neater, so I should take the opportunity to take some pictures.

My shop has grown into the bulk of our oversized 3 car garage. (Garage measures 31’ x 40’) It started off in about 1/3 of it, and has expanded as I’ve acquired more tools. Fortunately, my wife has been supportive of both my tool acquisitions, and my gradual takeover of the garage. (She still wants to be able to fit one car in there.) We also have covered area between the garage and house, so we can park under cover, even though we’re not in the garage.

My tools are a mixture of new, Craigs List specials, and some used that I got from a fellow Lumberjock who was a full-time professional woodworker, and who has decided not to do it for a living anymore.

I have a Rigid R4511 granite top table saw, a Hitachi Miter saw with a Kreg measuring system that sits on a miter saw station I made (my first cabinets). I have a Bosch router in a Woodpecker router table with a sidewinder lift, used Jet 14” bandsaw and 12-36 lathe, a 12” DeWalt planer, and a used Craftsman 6” jointer. A Delta drill press, a Jet oscillating spindle sander and Skil belt/disc sander round out my traditional power woodworking tools. Acquired from my Lumberjock buddy is a table mounted /compressor operated pocket hole jig, which is really cool, and saves a lot of time when you are drilling a lot of pocket holes. On a recent project I drilled over 200 pocket holes in about 10 minutes, and didn’t get my wrist/arm tired. It may be my favorite, or at lest my new favorite tool. Here it is.

I also got another tool from him that he had let me borrow a few times before. It is called a door making machine, and it basically has 3 cutters mounted in it for all 3 cuts you need to make to assemble a raised panel door. (rail, stile, and panel) It is very slick and makes short work of any raised panel construction, avoiding many set up cuts and a lot of trial and error. I also have a Shop Fox dust collector that is hooked to my tablesaw and router, and another smaller one that is used for my planer, spindle sander, and bandsaw. I also have a lumber rack i recently made, and an old desk that my father made over 50 years ago for my two oldest brothers, that I now use as a work table. It has obvious sentimental value. Here it is (dark green , w/ a hardboard top, end view) along with my portable lumber rack.

Here is a work table I made, one of my first projects. It has Kreg clamp track and single clamp on it.

Last but not least, my new router table and lift. Thanks for looking!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Dave T

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 01:30 AM

Looks like you have a good collection of tools and a good amount of space. I’m jealous :)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 02:08 AM

Wow. Nice shop and that is a nice collection of tools. It looks like you’re set to make about anything!!
I like that router table and fence with the adjustable feather board!!
Great to get the pictures when you reorganize.
Now it’s time to dust it up!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 04:28 AM

Tim, You’ve got a great shop there! As Dave T. said, nice tools and lots of space. You are very blessed!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 05:00 AM

Very nice shop. I have the same TS – I like it a lot. I think I also have the same drill press.

And hello from the North State.

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 07:52 AM

That portable wood rack looks handy. Nicely organized….........

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

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 08:34 AM

Tim, you have put together a pretty nice looking shop. You have a collection of toys that look like they are a lot of fun to play with and congratulations on having such an understanding wife. If I asked mine to give up her garage space so that I could have a shop I can guarantee you that I would be sitting out in the weather before her vehicle would be. :) You should be proud of your shop. I know I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the tour. It was fun to take a look at your shop.

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

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 11:24 AM

Now that is one sweet shop with lots of cool toys to play with…nice job.

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 02:19 PM

Tim, you have an absolutely wonderful shop. It’s one of the best I’ve seen on here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-13-2011 06:48 PM

Wow. Nice job… That folding table the planer sits on seems so out of place with all those nice heavy duty built benches in there. Like Parking a Smart for Two next to a crew cab 1 ton pickup you know?

I like that portable lumber rack too… Looks like a good way to store your wood!

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#10 posted 09-17-2011 02:10 AM

Tim, WOW you are blessed to have space. Mine is a one car garage witha shed for all the other stuff. Still working on the shed though to put in the second floor. This looks really great. I will let you know when I am finished so you can come up and look at it and give me some pointers for my shop. But for you well done!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#11 posted 09-17-2011 02:16 AM

The man has mini-blinds in his shop….................. great place to work.
- JJ

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 08:01 PM

The very beautiful chest project looks near completion – you obviously have the skill to really get the most out of what tools you have, and what a nice collection you do have! now about that router table with the lift if you want to get rid of it – Call me first!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 10-14-2011 12:05 AM

Tim, I can say that this is the best shop I ever invited myself to come get stuff done! I love working in this shop and appreciate all the use of stuff I don’t have myself. See you soon, let’s go make the dust!

PS. I am going to squeal on Tim a bit and say that this shop is ALWAYS this clean! Let’s make a mess Tim!

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#14 posted 12-03-2011 03:48 AM

Tim – Good to see another dust maker here in South Carolina. Like your shop and envy your location a bit. Like yourself, I retired and got into woodworking too. Actually I am totally out of control as it is truly my main passion (next to the wife of course). Drop me a line and lets compare notes. Roger

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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