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I thought I better post some pictures of my real workshop in case anyone thought I just had drawings. If you’ve been in on my home page work shop the following is what you saw. I put the overview in here so you could make sense of my detailed photos which follow. The shop is 220 sq. ft. and was a carport attached to the garage with a small workshop running across the back of the garage. The loft which is about 550 sq. ft. spans the garage and the workshop. It’s all insulated and paneled in pine. I plan to make it into a finishing center eventually.

I’m on my way to my shop. It used to be a carport and I poured concrete and enclosed it. Did all the work myself except the electric and lighting. The floor is concrete topped with plastic sheeting which has a 2” layer of polystyrene on top of that and then impregnated flooring panels to top it off. I painted the floor with enamel paint which has really stood up well. The floor is never cold and is very easy to maintain. It would be slippery though with MDF dust on it, but I don’t have a problem with that. I used the left over floor boards to make the drawer cabinet that my little Delta disk/band sander sits on.

This is my old (now gone) bandsaw and drillpress right across from the lathe. It’s pretty close, but works just fine. I often use the drillpress table as an outfeed table for the bandsaw since it is adjustable in height. Pretty handy. The drillpress is mounted on wheels like most everything else in my shop.

This is clamp storage on the wall next to my assembly/marquetry bench. The area also includes my shop made chevalet marquetry saw and my Excalibur scroll saw.

Here is my electric handtool storage. The drawers house glue gun and supplies, soldering iron, handrill accessories, etc.

This is what you see coming in the entrance door. Left is platter storage. First right is my shop-made router bench and just beyond that my 5 function combination woodworking machine. It has a tablesaw, shaper, jointer, planer and mortising attachment. A cheap version of similar machines, but good enough for me.

A newer addition A Woodfast 12” disk sander equipped with a shop made sanding gig for my segment turning. It’s a great tool and I will no doubt find a lot of other uses for it as well.

Opposite view looking towards the entry door. Stacked against the wall at the end is the garden bench components constructed so far and which I hope to finish soon. Remember my Garden Bench blog #1 before summer? Well, I’m not very fast or productive. Lazy Larry will be ashamed of me!

This is the sliding miter saw my wife gave me for Christmas last year. I love it! It’s mounted on a sliding torsion box so I can slide it out of the way when I’m not using it. As you can see I have a very narrow shop. Please note the round thingies on the dust hood. One on top and on each side. These are vacuum hose holes with removable plugs. This way I can put a hose in whichever way the saw is pointing.

This shows the SMS pushed in (it does go in all the way). My 2000W 2 motor 50 Gal. drum vacuum is tucked under the counter in it’s own place.

Part of my improvement campaign was to freshen up with some paint as shown below.


My Record 1/2 hp 3 speed lathe. It has a swing of 12” over the rails and 16” using the extended tool holder attachment and with the headstock swung 90 degrees to the the right. Not a particularly hefty or even good lathe, but extremely reliable. I’ve had it for 13 years now and never had a single problem with it, or replaced any belts or parts. The 2nd photo shows my turning chisels and accessory storage. I’ve made a dust catcher from an office lamp shad which attaches to the vacuum hose. You can just see it at the right under the rails.

One thing I didn’t mention above is that the counter tops, electric tool storage top, combi machine and router cabinet all are the same height. This comes in real handy to support long pieces.

A recent addition to my shop is this Woodfast 18” bandsaw. I just got it in June 2010 and I haven’t used it a lot, but I already love it anyway. It resaws like a dream and is very user friendly when it comes to adjusting guides, and all.

My latest purchase is my Tormek T7 sharpening machine. A wonderful tool!

This is the new plane till that was just finished and I moved the tool cabinet which was hanging over my workbench to a need location and I mounted my chisels, carving tools, screw drivers and files on the wall where the tool cabinet was.

*I am now in the process of updating and improving my shop. I will add photos of the changes as the work progresses.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 05-27-2009 07:10 PM

Looks like a good use of available space look forward to photos


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#2 posted 05-27-2009 08:43 PM

Thanks for looking and the nice comment Jim. I did a little editing since you looked. The reason I wanted to show it was to maybe give some of the beginners some ideas, as I know this works very well for me. I did have problems a few week ago though when I made up a gigantic blind frame for a printed photo for my son (my biggest customer). I used half lap joins on it and corner bracing to make sure it would stay flat. Everything went fine until after the glue-up. I almost didn’t get it out of the space where the bench beams are! I had to remove a bunch of clamps and other tools hanging on the wall above the beams. Even then I barely got it out .I think my planning abilities could be really improved. I’ve been in and seen your shop too. It looks like a real professional shop. Since you are from Oregon, it reminded me of a bank manager I worked with back in the 60’s. He got tired of banking, so he quit, and moved with his wife and 5 children to Grant’s Pass where he bought a Kentucky chicken franchise . As it turned out he was allergic to the frying oils and so his wife had to run the place. A sad story. I always wondered what became of him.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-28-2009 01:03 AM

Mike, this is an excellent way to plan and organize a shop. It sure is a lot easier to position and move tool/cabinetry around in Sketchup. And not to mention the wear and tear on the back that it saves as well. It looks like you developed a good plan and organized your tools in an effective and efficient manner.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 01:16 AM

I really, really need to spend some time learning to use Sketchup. I just tore down some old shelves that were in my way in my basement workshop and need to rearrange the entire thing. I have load bearing wall and some other things in the way which makes it tough to figure out. I guess besides drawing it all in Sketchup, there is just the time it takes to measure everything. Thanks Mike, this looks like the way to go.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 10:34 AM

Sketchup is particularly good when you get to my age! Dale, if you are just starting out in Sketchup, it will take awhile to learn it, but the single most helpful thing is creating components as you develop your drawing. You do this by selecting the object you have drawn and then in the ‘edit’ menu ‘create component’. In that menu you have the option to name it, etc. I don’t usually bother with a name. I just pick ‘create’ and leave it at that.

The BIG TIP is that if you create a component for every part of each thing you draw, then you can easily change details of your detailed objects, parts or whatever. If you don’t make these components all the parts wil ‘stick’ together and you wil be unable to easily manipulate, resize, move or change them. If an object you are drawing is composed of several components and will be inserted as part of a larger drawing, then you can in turn make the entire object a single component so it can be easily manipulated within the larger drawing.

If you don’t have a clue about what I am talking about here, come back to it after getting some experience with Sketchup. You will be glad you did! The main message is to try to learn as much as you can about components.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-28-2009 03:52 PM

Looks like you have thought it out well for then space available. Post some pic’s soon.

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#7 posted 05-28-2009 04:05 PM

well thought out shop , and good blog . very helpfull .
looks like a space capsule !
thanks for sharing .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 12:24 PM

Thanks a lot guys. I was going to paint some some cabinets before taking pictures, but I just got a request from my wife to make a scrolled bread basket my younger son and his fiance’ can take with them as a gift to his future inlaws in Sweden when they visit there in a couple of weeks. So I guess I will take the pics as soon as I’m done with the new garden bench in my blog. I don’t think that painting is going to get done anytime soon! The shop drawings are the ideal while the photos will be the reality (read messy).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 04:49 PM

Looks nice, Mike.

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#10 posted 06-13-2009 10:05 PM

Thank you CJ. I will try to post some photos of the actual thing soon providing my wife lets me out of the garden. the real thing isn’t anywhere near as tidy as the drawings. Hope you won’t be too disappointed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-14-2009 12:57 AM

Looks good Mike. Can’t wait to see the photos… You sorta got me interest again in sketch up but like you might have to get laid up for a month to learn it. Thanks for the ideas you mentioned. Maybe I’ll give it a wack soon.

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#12 posted 06-22-2009 04:35 AM

Hey Mike, thanks for another take on how to make a workbench. I think I get the idea!

-- Eric at

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#13 posted 07-15-2009 06:17 AM

I love sketchup ! I think you have done a great job with the space you are working with and I like the sliding beam workbench . I draw everything on sketchup . Can’t wait for the Pictures .

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#14 posted 09-27-2009 12:26 PM

Natural light is good, no it’s great. When winter comes and I have to keep my doors shut I am sealed in. I have picked up a large window and will have it in my next month. Your shop is also a lot cleaner than mine. Love looking at tools I haven’t seen here in the states too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 09-27-2009 12:38 PM

Very nice use of available space Mike!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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