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As my wife, Sue and I rent my workshop moves with me. At the moment its a 9' x 18' garage. Hot in summer and cold in winter. The power is from one power outlet, with a system of extensions, and I have to remember not to switch on too much at once or the fuse blows.
The first pic shows my workbench (homemade), my router table also homemade with an ancient Hitachi M8 1/2" router ( I use an old car sissor jack as a height adjuster) and my table saw which is an old ELU TGS173 flip saw (can be used as a table saw or a chop/ mitre saw). Various jigs on the wall. The bench has various holes in it to mount; a small lathe, clamps and a grinder press (like a chop saw for a small grinder, I use it mostly for metals and stone).
Pic 2 shows my Bench Grinder, Pillar Drill and Belt/Disc Sander and White Board (where all the clever stuff is worked out).
Pic 3 is a small 'tool gloat' twenty three, two foot clamps (go on count them) which I got from my work for £23 ( thats £1 each, I'll leave you to convert for local currency) as they 'weren't selling'!
Pic 4 is my latest addition. Shop made, three speed, 14" Drum sander. I built it myself and saved a shed load of money doing it. Plus the sense of acheivement. Details in my blog.
I've decided to make things more efficient I'm putting the planer and the drum sander on castors!
Pic 5 is the bottom end of the garage with the bandsaw (DeWalt) in the far distance and my 8" planer/ thicknesser and dust extractor in the foreground.
Pic 6 shows my small wood collection. I mostly use turning blanks of the more exotic woods for box work.
Latest addition is a 45 watt Logitech 2.1 sound system, picked up on the local freecycle for nothing, driven off a digital radio or a wireless connected Acer Aspire netbook, also free, (which also helps speed up photo processing) with access to all my music on the main system. At last sounds louder than the planer.

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Nice Shop. Nice also to see that there are others out there that have similar struggles with power and floor space but can still make it work with floor model workstations. Makes me have hope for my garage!
 

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You can do it. One of the secrets is to have all worksurfaces at the same height so you can have as big an area to work on as possible, as in the first pic. Including the bench, router table and saw extension table this gives me 10 feet to work with.
 

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Yeah, right now my workbench is a sheet of plywood on sawhorses. It ends up doing multi duty as a planer stand, drill press stand, assembly table, finishing table, etc. Need to get a small shed in the backyard to get all the gardening stuff out.

Slowly but surely!
 

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A man needs a shed. Its in our DNA
 

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This is a nice shop that you have to work in. I like the windows that you have in your shop as I have always found it easier to work under natural light. You have a nice set-up and it looks like you have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.
 

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Nice tour.
Great clamp collection.
Thanks for posting.
 

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Martyn, after I have thoroughly enjoyed several of your blogs, I am now deeply intrested in "The Impossible". I wanted to see you shop and witness where the magic takes place. You are indeed "THE MASTER"!

P.S. Pink Floyd is THE best!
 

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Well equiped and organized shop nice set up Martyn
 

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I'll be looking are that sander you made, might try that myself, how does it work? Steve in Oregon
 

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Great place, Must take a large truck to move
 

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So, Martyn, this is the famous BritBoxmaker's laboratory where you do all of your work. It's wonderful! I have never understood how you do the things that you do and my hat is off to you. Good work.
 

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I like the sign "Actually I can do anything". I hate to admit it but I've said that myself on occasion when someone asked.

This is obviously the shop of a clever man.
 

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Great shop Martyn. Love that you build your own tools linke that drum sander. A bit of organization and you can continue building the miracles you do with more ease. On the other hand it shows action and that woodworking is been made here.
 

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I love the motivational message behind that impressive jointer!
 

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BritBoxmarker Hello, I noticed in your workshop that you have a
Axminster planer, but I've got one like that. (See photo of my workshop)
My problem is that after a planed piece of wood, known at the beginning and I end up with a difference in thickness (less)
of 4/10 mm. It 's normal a difference of this entity on this type of planer or else is that has my problem?
 

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Not clear from your comment but I assume that this a difference in thickness planning, across the width of the piece being planed. In which case I would check the planer blade alignment, it sounds like one of the two planer blades is skewed. The instructions for setting these are in the manual.
 
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