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I've sold all of my stationary power tools and kept the hand tools. My current space is 6' x 6' soon to be a generous 6' x 12' in the basement. I have a mix of inherited and purchased hand planes ranging from a no name No 4 with a stamped metal frog to a couple of Lie-Neilsons. I am at the point of learning to sharpen and use my hand tools in the craftsmen manner rather than the unskilled manner I have bumbled with for many years. I plan to make a bed. And a few boxes for Christmas gifts. Possibly a house. Who knows.

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Nice way to work. Have you considered building a tool chest?
 

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Of course WayneC! There are SO MANY designs to choose from I haven't settled on one yet. Still working on my joinery skills which do seem to improve as my sharpening skills improve which seem to improve as my joinery skills improve…
 

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Read a borrowed copy of Schwartz's book and have a copy of New-Traditional Woodworker in a box somewhere. Should go dig it out and review it!
 

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great collection of hand tools and a beautiful view you've got there!!!!
 

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In a moment of egotism, I'll advocate for something like this:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/87793

Of course, the idea and design are far from my own, as you'll see when (if) you read. Welcome again!
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I have plans to build both a tool chest and a tool cabinet. We do some extended travel in our (small) RV so a small but complete traveling tool kit is of real interest, probably on the order of 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the anarchists box. As for the tool cabinet, when I take in the additional space I will actually have a wall to hang a cabinet on behind the bench. If I build a separate storage solution for the hand saws, I think all of the other tools I own and anticipate owning will fit in a well designed cabinet over the bench. I am currently remodeling our living dining room and have set aside all of the fir trim boards. My plan is to rip them down and use them in the tool chest. On my first tour through the projects, I stopped on your tool cabinet MrFid! Looks like you have plenty of room to add tools as needed. I also need to make a shop stool, a small drafting table, a cabinet to hide the power hand tools that I didn't sell and only use grudgingly.
 

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Nice looking bench and tools.
 

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I admire your decision to go with hand tools only. I have been woodworking more than 17 years, mostly with machines, but I have been doing more and more hand tool work over the past few years and enjoying my woodworking more because of it. I'm not ready to give up my machines though, as they are often great for and old man like myself to take on the more laborious tasks. You have some nice tools there and you can make almost anything out of wood with them. Have fun!
 

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Nice shop with a great view and a gorgeous set of hand tools. Welcome to LJ.

It's always nice to think about doubling your shop size no matter how large the shop is.

Dale.
 
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