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My shop is a mess. It is functional; however, my productivity is sometimes challenged due to the lack of storage. My megaproject is to finish out the walls (I have studs today) and put in some cabinet storage.

I am beginning the planning phase. If anyone has some nice ideas of the type of cabinetry, shelves, and storage that may be beneficial, I would be interested in hearing about them.

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Nice shop you have there. If its not a mess then you are doing something wrong. Storage is always a problem you have to get creative sometimes. Is there ever really enough anyways?
 

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Phil, it does look like you have a lot going on in there. But you are right in that adding some cabinetry and storage should improve your productivity but, to tell the truth, I think most of our shops tend to get in similar shapes, especially when in the middle of a larger project. I know at times my wife (who is borderline compulsive about keeping things neat and orderly, will offer to "help" me clean up my shop. It is nice that she volunteers her help but I can't find any of my hand tools after she organizes and puts them away so I usually respectfully decline her help.

You have put together a pretty nice set of power tools and your hand tool collection is enviable. Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.
 

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Phil, your shop is a little messy but that's only because you haven't had time to take care of the storage problem by building some cabinets. It takes time to get a shop completely strait because it's always a work in process. You can't build the cabinets because first you have to cover the walls but you'll get there because you recognize what needs to be done. Everyone has to start somewhere and you can't do everything at once. However, you have a lot of good equipment and nice tools and your shop has a lot of potential. In fact you have a very workable shop and I know that you must be proud of it and you ought to be.
 

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Wow. Very nice collection of tools… I am somewhat intrigued by the dual table saws. I am guessing one of them stays set up for dadoes or similar work…

The pulpit / lechtern is an intersting shop addition… Brings new meaning to the Woodworkers Bible huh?

Might I suggest that anything you think you might want IN your walls gets installed before you slap sheet rock up? Having to rip rock down to stuff insulation or wiring in is a pain…
 

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I acquired the Powermatic, set it to the same height as the Craftsman and bolted them together. It makes for a very wide surface. I have the Powermatic set up for crosscuting (I have a crosscut sled and a miter sled). I use the Craftsman primarily for ripping and daddos.

I wired the basement out, but I am looking at redoing it. I currently have all of the outlets at switch level, so I didn't have to bend over. Now that I am planning to close in the walls, I think it best to lower them. Should I ever have to sell, it may be more acceptable.
 

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That all depends. Is it a basement? Are you prone to flooding? Outlets higher up might be of some value…
 

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Hey Phil,
One cool shop with lots of goodies to play with with…good job.
 

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Good looking space to make some sawdust? Steve in Oregon
 

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dbhost - it is in a basement, but I live on the side of hill. We had a busted pipe once and once the water cleared the door threshold, it started running out under the rear door. I do need to put in a sump pump, just in case. That may also be code (once I start finishing it out).
 

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Thats going to be a great shop once you get some wall covering and storage going. Thats about where I am, just now insulating the shop. way to go, Steve in Oregon
 

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Cool Shop, Looks busy LOL :)
 

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Very nice looking area for making sawdust. If there isn't sawdust everywhere then you must not be making anything and I think we all have stoage problem. I just moved from a basement work shop into a detached workshop that is 60% bigger and I still have problems with storage. i think we all have shops that are works in progress. good luck.
 

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Great looking Pulpit project! I'm curious - what is the double speed square jig setting on your bench? To make quick storage, I built open faced simple shelves, and just hung them directly on the studs. I do plan to go back later and cover my open studs, but I thought getting the shelves up was more valuable as the first priority.
 

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Good looking shop and good tools too.
 

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Sawdust,

I used the double speed square jib to help me guide a slick for a joint used in making cross that I put on the front of some of my lecterns. I got the information for the joint from Mr. Underhill. I will attach the liink. This jig was my version of what he was using, but on a larger scale.

Mr. Underhill
 
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