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01-12-2011 03:04 AM

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What do you “covet” most? When you look at photos (and Lord knows we all love seeing shop pics!), what makes you jealous (not in the bad way, but in the happy for them / wish I had that sort of way)?

Is it the fancy tools?

The stockpiles of lumber and sheet goods?

The shop furniture and creative organization strategies?

Their dust collection system?

The amount of space they have?

Something as general as….
How clean the shop is?

...or how understanding their spouse must be?

Or as specific as the impeccably designed and built workbench?

In a roundabout way, this sort of gets at what we’d most like to improve about our own shops if we could. For me, I know that I most enjoy seeing shops with plenty of space and light. Lots of area to move around between tools. I also have a weakness for shops where there isn’t lots of sawdust laying around.

Let’s hear it!

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 03:20 AM

While not many of my tools can be called high end, I don’t typically drool over fancier tool setups than mine. What I lust after is well designed, and well executed storage ideas, and space…

Sure I would like nicer this or that equipment wise, but everything I have works very well. What I don’t have working well is a free standing, completely dedicated space, and I want it BAD… Especially since LOML tends to think my space is hers too… We need to come to some sort of agreement….

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 04:17 AM


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#3 posted 01-12-2011 04:52 AM

I can honestly say I am not jealous of anyones shop. It is great when someone can get the shop they want !
I like seeing a shop that is well planned, organized and functional. Tools always impress me as well.
IRONY is : My shop is just the opposite of what I like to see, I am working on it, and ONE DAY ….................

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 05:15 AM

Space. I want a shop that the LOML doesn’t park her car in.

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 05:18 AM

Well … as much as I’d love a big ol’ cabinet saw—maybe a new SS, or a new PM, or a vintage Uni ….

I’m closer to canadianchips’s position:

I’m not sure I envy others for their shops. It’s more like …. I’m smiling when I SEE their shops, knowing that they have at least as much fun in THEIR shop as I have in mine :-)

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 05:23 AM

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 05:35 AM

Hehe, that was the thread that prompted me to make this one, Jim. As I sat there looking in amazement and admiration at that shop, I thought we must all have different things that tickle our fancy when peering into someone else’s workspace.

And guys, I know ya don’t get jealous or envious – those have such negative connotations. I meant admire or wish that you had, aspire to, etc…

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 05:41 AM

Sorry I don’t covet. I admire the tools though.

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 05:43 AM

Space. I know that can eventually get more tools, organize better, upgrade my DC etc. but I really can’t fit anything else into my shop right now without more space.

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#10 posted 01-12-2011 05:51 AM

I think we are all looking for ideas for our own shop. Currently I am looking to get my dust collection under control, so I look for pictures that include that and see what others have done. What I really need for my shop and that I really desire to have is MORE TIME to spend in it.

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#11 posted 01-12-2011 06:28 AM

its sorta like a mortal sin, not quite, but sorta ?

I mean there isnt much difference between coveting a mans wife and coveting a mans tools.,no offence to gender but its wrong at best. I prefer to use the word “admire”

This I am guilty of…..............not their shop, but I admire the spouses of those put up with senseless purchases, rediculas hours, constant trail of dust, the noise, the smell of fermenting finish and the absolutly disaray of tools, incomplete projects, misplaced hardware, missing parts. Yup I admire that part of a shop, not matter what. the understanding spouse.

Without an understanding spouse its a whole new program, a whole new ball game and it suddenly doesnt even matter what the best thing they have is cause without it you are kinda #@%$#. Sad but very true in my experiences.

Thats my take on it


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#12 posted 01-12-2011 06:48 AM

I like to look at what others have done with their work space. My experience in a shop, ( before woodworking I was a drag racer with a shop fiull of entirely different tools – talk about a complete turn around ) anyway, it seems the more room you have.. the more “stuff” you collect. Now this does not mean I would not like to have double my shop space, a dedicated “clean” room, etc.. but the biggest thing I look for is good use of space and functional jigs, etc…
Building a nice shop jig, storage solution, or tool is as satisfying for me as building a nice piece of furniture for someone else.
When I think about making changes or improvements in my shop, I search out someone who has a similar size shop and look at what they have done and see if I can make it work for me.

As far as support from my spouse.. well.. when it comes to anything in my life, including my woodworking I don’t think I could find a better person to support me.. my wife is amazing.

Would I like a 40’ x 60’ two story shop with all the bells and whistles.. HELL YA .. but.. then what would I yearn for every day .. a bigger shop with more gooder tools and …?


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#13 posted 01-12-2011 07:32 AM

Space is what I could use some more of. I have a pretty good size shop but I could use a bit more. That and a nice pile of lumber you can have the biggest shop ever if you have no lumber it is useless.

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 07:51 AM

always perplexes me when I see what people think they dont have

great question.

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 08:07 AM

Is there any other answer? SPACE


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