Walt, have you moved? Does look like your pecan table (good job by the way) came out of this tiny space. Have you seen Bandit's shop ... with you low ceiling, lack of natural natural, and with all due respect, I'll have to refer to your shop as the "mini dungeon" ... your space is even smaller than mine … LOL!
You have a nice cozy workspace. You can do a lot of nice things in a small shop. Not long after I joined Lumberjocks a fellow Lumberjock pointed me to Dilo's shop. Here is Dilo's page and Dilo's projects
.At the time my shop was only 270 sq ft. My shop was so crowded because it was a closed in carport and the back door of the house was in the center of the carport so I had to keep a 4 ft wide aisle open so people could come through my shop to get into the house through the back door. There was also a utility room in one corner of the shop.
I'll never forget the first time I saw Dilo's shop. It was such an inspiration to me that I have often over the years shared Dilo's story with fellow Lumberjocks. I believe that Dilo should be an inspiration to all of us.
You have spent a lot of time organizing your shop. You have a wonderful cabinet with drawers. I like the utility cart and the two workbenches. You have also built in some nice shelves for tools and books. I bet that you really enjoy working in your shop. May you always be happy in your work. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks. http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com
Ron: Yes! This is a different shop from the one in which I made the table. This basement shop will be primarily a hand tool shop as there is no way to remove fine dust. My goal is to only make big wood chips and not dust as I improve my hand tool skills. I can absolutely go with "mini dungeon"! Bandit's shop is awesome, by the way. Thanks for sharing.
The shop in which I made my table is located about a mile from my house in downtown Decatur. It is larger than anything I'll ever see again at 46' x 45' with 15' ceilings. It belonged to a friend of mine who let me use it whenever I wanted. We just split utilities which came to about $80 every few months. Unfortunately, he passed away last May. While his wife didn't change the arrangement, life goes on. She is in the process of leasing the space to a new microbrewery! While an awesome development on its own, I will lose this glorious space in about 5 weeks. Working on PLAN B now. Plan B is moving all the machines and benches to storage while I renovate the 115 yr old out-building (barn, carriage house) behind my house.
Charles: You are correct. I can do most tasks in that space. I feel fortunate that anyone there had to walk down ten concrete steps; they are there by intent and not by necessity. It's been a blast getting this space organized. Been working on it since last June. It is very crowded now due to all the stuff I am moving out of my current workspace which is huge. My challenge is organizing all the stuff that will stay in the basement while still storing all the stuff that will move out when my new shop is up and running. I do need to get a sump pump installed in case the water heater fails. It's like a bath tub!
Dilo's shop is crazy. Love it. Truly amazing. We don't need much at all to do good work. Thanks for your thoughts and for sharing Dilo's awesomeness with me.
whoa I can't believe no one else commented on your awesome emmert vise. Can't wait to get my turtleback mounted to a proper bench. I'm also working out of a basement as well so I feel your pain. Would love to build a dedicated building on my property, but realistically speaking, not sure if it will ever happen. Great space!!! From one dungeon dweller to another.
That vise is easily the coolest thing I own. I've never seen an Emmert turtleback in person. I'm fortunate that the patternmaker who originally owned the vise mounted it to the bench to which it is currently attached.