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UPDATE: My 2017 Woodshop Tour is on YouTube here:

We bought our tiny house in 2013 and it had a typical dark and dysfunctional 1-car garage, full of crap and a washer/dryer in the corner. My goal was to turn this into a dream shop. And oh yeah, it was also going to be home for my wife's art studio, a laundry room, 3 bicycles, and a ton of storage. Impossible? My wife certainly thought so.

By the way, I blogged about the journey to turn this into my dream shop HERE.

Here's the before photo:



A few of my "shop" projects:











Photos of my old shop:



Gallery

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Looking forward to seeing a few photos. I'm over in Sacramento. Welcome to the crew.
 

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Great writeup. Looking forward to the photos. I keep trying to talk myself into one of the old Dewalts. I've seen a few on craigslist. Just have limited space and a very good table and miter saws.
 

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Nice Photos. Very well laid out. You will have to get Douglass and Debbie to "Inspect" it.
 

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Blake, send a Private Message to Douglas Bordner or MsDebbieP. They are wonderful folks epitomizing the fine group we have here. I second Wayne's comments on the write up. It's taken me about 10 more years than you to get to where you are and I haven't done it nearly as well or as thriftily, I'm sure.
 

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Hell of a job on the shop. Nicely done.
 

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welcome!!
Thanks for the introduction.
 

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Really enjoyed the shop story.
I agree with your comments about the radial arm saw.
Does the blade on that saw want to climb up on the wood? It looks like you have a pretty heavy hook for radial arm saw use.
 

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Negative hook angle on the blade. No climbing here.
 

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Your comment about cleaning up after every stage sounds like my philosophy. I clean up between tasks to regain control of the shop and it is in those few minutes that I figure out my next part of the operation.
Cleaning like this increases the efficiency and safety of the shop too.

I just can't think straight in a messy shop.

I agree with the sharing, it is part of my philosophy too. As a craftsman is a part of my responsiblity to share the knowledge.
 

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Looks great, Blake! I hadn't seen another tablesaw, jointer, planer setup like I was using before. Great shop!

Cheers!
 

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See you Wednesday Blake!
 

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That is just dandy, Blake. You make very good use of every bit of space you have. When you move to a big shop you will soon have it full as well. I'm sure you spend some very enjoyable time here. Have lots of fun.
 

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Great shop tour Blake. Glad you are having fun and enjoying your treasurers.
 

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Great little shop Blake. It's about the same size as mine (12'x22') and I'm still trying to figure out the best layout after 10 years. Looks like you pulled it off.
 

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Blake, A great looking small shop. I am still working mine out in my basement and try to keep it as clean as possible between projects as well. An old shop teacher once taught me that the best tool in a tool box could be a dustpan and brush.
As to your tools and having a story I think that is great, I love the older tools and that is a good reason to besides the fact that they tend to be buitl better. Something you may be interested in is a CD that was just availabel on Ebay "60 Power Tolls and How to Build Them" it is a compilation from the 1950's Popular Mechanics magazines.
Look forward to seeing more of your projects.

CtL
 

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Blake,

First time I have looked at your shop. It's very nice, and the setting is …peacefull.

Gary
 

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Hey Blake,

Don't apologise for the Long Wind,
sounds like you're a bit of a story-teller!
...and a good one. Great blurb.

I wish I had the time to search
out all the good second-hand deals you find !

Time poor, I am afraid, but working as a
graphic designer with my wife, in my own
business, I am not too upset about working
and being a little time-poor!

I am 39 and really glad to see some younger
guys out there indulging in woodwork.
I didn't get to do much woodwork in school
but developed an interest during my late twenties
-but renting did not allow for any 'practical'

My thinking is basically to avoid getting to sixty and have
no cash to buy the toys after retiring to do woodwork !

My 2 cents… or quarter, whatever : - )

Nice setup by the way… and wood on tap, in heaven i'd say!
 

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Your shop is basically where I want to go with mine. I see you make a lot of shop accessories. There nice I have got to get over and post some high remarks.
 
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