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Well gang here is my little humble corner of the world…lol This will not make any magazines anytime soon I admit, but this is where I create for the time being.

I love old handtools….the smell of 3 in 1, wd-40, my handsaw saw running through a good Pine wood knot, cherry wood turning on my lathe…ahhhhh heaven..lol…Basically…...if I could live in Roy Underhills PBS shop….I would be just fine. So I guess that's why my pics…look so….wood…..wood….and oh look…there's some wood…lol it's a little rough, ragged….and yet…I love it that way.

It's hot and fanned when its 80…and its as cold as 20 and warmed as best as I can with my little heater…anytime I get a little fussed…I think…what do you think happened in the shops of the 1800s like in the novel the Wheelrights Shop????..lol….and then …....I am ok again…and just work a little harder to get the blood going to warm me up….lol

This is the corner of our garage, and it's funny to look at these pics….and see how intense my love of woodcraft has grown into in such short time….lol

Pretty much most things here you see here I have built…and all in a little over a year and a halfs time frame.

I am looking to get together a real cabinet makers style wood working bench this spring…..but for now I enjoy my smaller first bench…....it works very well for a first time build.

I realize it is a bit crowded….but I thought I would share with the LJ's crew.

Some pics to explain…..a shot in pic 2 of my stray cats house..lol…..yes I love cats….so I built this one her own home when it gets too cold.

Also in pic 4
Under my bench top…when its not filled with tools…lol…...on the second shelf there is a compartment shown with the knob hand carved with a "J" from some cherry I had….well thats a secret compartment…for some spare tools. I also include the little dowel key I made….I rigged a tenoned hole that once the key goes through underneath the bottom bench….it feeds into a loop that I mounted on top of the lid! Just for the hell of it…..to see if I could do it. It locks very well at that.

Hope you enjoyed this busy little tour of my workshop.

Be well friends

Joe

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I've often wondered what your shop might look like. I know that I enjoy seeing your handmade projects. What great little shop. I'm alot like you in that if I could learn from someone like Roy Underhill I'd be in hog heaven. I look forward to seeing more of your inspiring projects.
 

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I love it. That cat has got it made too! I know! I have cats too! LOL Great shop pics. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wow, lots and lots of hand tools. Thanks for the write up and sharing the pics. Looks like a great place.
 

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Great stuff, Joe. I'm also being tugged towards the hand tools, but still more in Norm's shop than yours or Roy's!
 

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Joe, it looks like a great place to have a lot of fun creating! Thanks for sharing your space with us.
 

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Great looking shop…lived in….busy…..important.
 

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Joe, I just want you to know that I just love your shop and all of those wonderful hand tools. You're a man after me own heart and I'm making your shop a favorite. I also love the way you have done your pictures and the next time I update my shop I may do something similar. Thanks for posting your shop pictures and I sure did enjoy your words and the photographic tour.

helluvawreck

https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com
 

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Looks like a pretty neatly kept shop, love the various hanging boards with the handtools.

CtL
 

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What a wonderful place, so full of warmth.
That seems like the perfect place to work with wood.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Hi Joe. I would have loved to have developed my woodworking in the direction you have gone. That is to use mainly hand tools. I loved all your projects, which to me looked fantastic and all work to be proud of. I can't think of a more enjoyable way to work wood. Unfortunately when I started, I was only interested in turning and I didn't even know about pole lathes and such things. I didn't fully appreciate the pleasure of handwork vs machine work before I had already acquired most of my machines. In spite of that, I have learned some hand tool skills, but at my age and having relatively mild arthritis and a really bad back, I have to admit that I also appreciate my machines.

Your shop has a good atmosphere and I see your dog even has a place in there. Quite a contrast to my shop where even I have a hard time finding space for myself with every square inch dominated by big machines. No matter, It's still all about doing something we like and in our own way. Looking forward to more of your posts. Thanks for making me aware of your work.

Best Wishes,

Mike
 

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Ha ha, I just noticed the dog house in one of your pics! If the dog can hang out safely then that is the seal of approval. Great shop Joe.
 

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Joe, what an awesome workspace! Really love the carved wood rail on the wall. Perfect!
 
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