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As of Sept 14, 2014
(Edited Feb 15, 2015)

Hi to all my LJ Buddies and browsers.

I finally carved out some time to share my shop with you.

First I want to start with an overview of the shop to give you an idea of the small space that I have to work with. Itʻs basically a 16 X 20 by 12 X 12 L-shaped workshop.

The basement walls are cinder block. Before I put up the walls I painted the cinder blocks with 2 coats of Drylok just in case. Insulation was used where there was no earth behind the walls.

All the walls are 5/8 inch roofing sheathing plywood over 2 X 4 studs. Each sheet was attached to the studs with sheet rock screws. Each sheet was also cut into 3 pieces: 3 Feet, 1 foot, and 4 feet. The 3 foot length was installed near the floor. The 1 foot section was above that. And the 4 foot piece was above that.

The walls were painted white to reflect the light.

Here is a good example of the 1 foot section where all my electrical outlets are located. The center of all outlet boxes are 42 inches above the floor. If the need arises (and it has from time to time) I can remove this 1 foot section of plywood and relocate an electrical outlet. There is only a 1 inch hole in the plywood through which the romex wire is threaded. A quad outlet metal box is screwed to the plywood over the 1 inch hole and the electrical connections are made in the boxes. If a move is required, all I have to patch is a 1 inch hole.

When pulling the wire, leave a little extra (10-12 inches) slack plus the amount needed to connect to the outlets just incase you want to move the outlet

There are quad outlets spaced about every 5-6 feet on two different 20 amp circuits. Every other outlet is on one circuit and the others are on the other circuit.

There are also three 220v outlets placed in strategic locations for the big tools like the 3hp table saw.

There are about eleven 2-bulb 4-ft fluorescent light fixtures illuminating the shop on two switched circuits..

You donʻt see it in the pictures but there is a Jet Air Cleaner hanging above the table saw.


This transformation started in 2003. Over a decade things were added a little at a time. It continually evolves each week. Donʻt be impatient in building out your shop.

I hope you enjoy the tour…..


Upon entering the shop through the door you will see my 350 pound workbench and above that my tool cabinet. Storage above the tool cabinet is for paints, varnishes, etc.

If you turn to your right you will see my slat wall of supplies, an old Rockwell-Delta 6” grinder, my Milwaukee radio and flat screen TV, a collection of extension cords, and a shaving horse.

To the left of the workbench and tool cabinet is my rolling tool tower.

Walking past the tool tower is my floor standing drill press with a rolling cabinet beneath it. I store drill bits and other stuff in the cabinet. Standing directly in front of the drill press you see my clamp wall.

If I move the cyclone and drill press out of the way youʻll get a better view of the clamp wall. Since this picture was taken it has been modified as a result of a good deal on clamps that I got at HD. Also in this corner is my 1-1/2 HP Delta dust collector that is attached to a cyclone.

Turning to your left is the wall were my compressor, drum sander and dust collector is parked. On the wall is where the air hoses are stored along with miscellaneous paint supplies.

When I move the cyclone back into place along with my PM 14 inch band saw with riser you can see how cramped it gets. And thatʻs with my table saw out feed table in the down position.

You may also notice on a shelf on the wall just to the left of the PM band saw is an old Millers Falls Metal miter box. I donʻt know if it will ever see another piece of wood again.

Panning to your left you see a couple of storage bins … need to get rid of that … and my scroll saw, oscillating belt and spindle sander, and my old Rockwell-Delta 14 inch band saw. Above the scroll saw is another slat wall full of more supplies.

Now weʻll re-park my DeWalt thickness planer back where it should be.

Stepping back you get a better view of that corner of the shop. This shot reveals my Jet jointer that a neighbor gave to me (thanks neighbor) cause it was in his way and he didnʻt have a use for it.

Going back again and looking to the left you see my charging station on the wall above the jointer. Above the chargers on the wall I have a scarf jig and my Kreg Pocket screw setup.

For those interested, this charging station has a dedicated TIMED outlet beneath it.

When I need to charge a battery, I select the cord for the charger to be used and plug it into an outlet that is controlled by a 12 hour timer. I set the timer for 2 hours which is more than enough to charge any battery. After 2 hours it automatically shuts off power to the outlet. I donʻt like to leave batteries on chargers longer than necessary. The timer is good for old guys like me who forget what they are doing.

Here is a better view of the sharpening area where I have a low speed 8 inch grinder with white wheels to the left of my Delta Mortising machine. To the right of the mortiser is a buffing wheel and leather strop I made with an old motor.

In the cabinet beneath the sharpening wheels are various tools in cases that are seldom used. Also in the cabinet is a Milwaukee abrasive cut off saw. Nice to have when cutting metal.

In the very far corner are my collection of table saw blades and a dado blade set. On the slat wall is where I store my collection of extra band saw blades.

To the left of this area and an old 40 year old lathe that isnʻt that good. Also on the wall is where my saw horses are hung. Also on the wall above the lathe are more jigs.

If you turn 180 degrees around you see my Delta Unisaw.

Since I have a router table on the end of my table saw, I added a panel that is hinged on the panel attached to the 2 support legs. This panel is kept close using magnets and the metal cabinet saw base to keep the sawdust from the router contained. On this panel I store my miter gauges along with all the safety push sticks, push pads and gripper. Stuck to the front of the table saw cabinet is my magnetic feather board.

Moving back towards the door of the shop and looking back you can see the working end of my router table. The panel of plywood is attached to the legs that support this end of the table saw. Here Iʻve added the safety switch with a cord wrap for the router along with all the other router table accessories.

Turning to your left you see the SAD (Separation Anxiety Disorder) section of my shop … my small scraps that I canʻt get rid of. Laying up against this bin is my cross cut sled.

To the left of this area you can see another workbench where I keep my beverly shear that I use to cut sheet metal. To the left of that is my WorkSharp sharpening station. On the wall beneath the wall cabinets are some hardware storage. You can also see my storage pole where my phone and pencil sharpener live. Also more screw storage on the pole.

On the other side of the pole is where I hang my levels. Also on this side of the pole you will find my DeWalt 12 inch miter saw on a DeWalt miter saw stand that has its own mobile base. The passive dust collection hood is attached to the stand behind the miter saw. Also in front of the pole on the floor is a dowel storage/organizer.

On the last wall in the shop behind the miter saw is my Delta Midi Lathe with all the accessories and tools mounted on the wall behind it.

When Iʻm away from the shop for extended periods of time, this is what it looks like … some say it looks like a morgue. You guess it … all the covers are made with tyvek housewrap. Great stuff.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look. I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of my small shop and hope it gave you some ideas for your shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 05:28 AM

You have a lot going on there.
Nicely organized for the grab and go woodworker.
Keep the projects coming…....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 07:29 AM

You have an amazing number of tools in such a small space and I see that your machines are mounted on wheels. My shop is also compact and without wheels on everything I wouldn’t be able to keep it clean. Your shop looks looks ready to handle a wide array of different projects. A great place to spend a lot of time in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 10:25 AM

Alex, Good job posting this. You have an amazing amount of stuff packed into your workshop. I could learn some lessons. After having been to your shop and now seeing it is photos it is even more amazing.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 12:23 PM

Nice shop and well equipped.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 01:11 PM

Great shop Alex. Having seen your shop in person it is really amazing how much you are able to get into this space.

But I think you have to many tools, if you ever need to get rid of some things I’m more than willing to help you out with that. ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 02:06 PM

WOW. I love it it is so good to have a VISUAL shop so you can see what you have. for lack or wall space too many of us have things squirreled in drawers and can’t find them when we need them and may buy them over again. I know I have.

Alex you have one beautiful shop!! Congratulations!!...............................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 02:33 PM

I’ve seen it, too. It’s hard to do it justice with still photos. A video with a wide angle lens might be fun.

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 02:37 PM

Great use of space and storage Ideas ,lots of cool tools.


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#9 posted 09-15-2014 02:49 PM

You have a wonderful shop. It’s one of the best I’ve seen.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-15-2014 03:19 PM

Very impressive! Great use of space and one of the most impressive shops I’ve ever seen. However, I have to ask if the reason you’re posting now is because you just got everything cleaned up and organized? LOL

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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bob riley

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#11 posted 09-15-2014 03:24 PM

wow I wish my shop looked like that and I was just wondering how you got that first picture is there some kind of program you used to make that picture?

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#12 posted 09-15-2014 03:39 PM

You should be able to tackle any project you set your mind to with a shop like that.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 09-15-2014 06:55 PM

I appreciate all the comments.

Hillbilly …. yes … getting the shop cleaned up was one of the reasons why Iʻm just posting it now. Iʻve had the pictures since Feb 2014. I had to stage every shot since so many tools are double parked. Also, as all of you know, a shop is an evolving beast. Like I mentioned the clamp storage area has changed slightly. I now have some spring clamps hanging off the back of the mobile tool tower.

James … that first picture was made with Sketch Up. I started drawing the shop to help me see if there was another way I could arrange everything to make it more efficient. I donʻt have all the tools illustrated cause I havenʻt spent the time to draw all the cabinets and stands that some of the bench top tools sit on. That sketch of the shop took a while to do. Getting the tool images was challenging but they are available from the 3D warehouse. That file is HUGE!

If you donʻt use sketch up or have it, I would suggest you get the FREE copy and learn to use it. It is the best tool that I have in my shop. It saves a lot of wood and avoids lots of mistakes. I usually end up with a better designed project when I use sketch up. It also helps me find the wood I need to make a project.

Having such a small shop really makes one make use of all the space. It also minimizes the amount of walking that I have to do from one end to another … so a small shop is sometimes good. Still wish I had more room.

You may have noticed that you didnʻt see any wood storage in the shop (except for my SAD area). Thatʻs because all my scrounged wood is in a third car garage. It is so full of wood that I canʻt put any more in it. I still have some wood in the back of my pick up truck from my last trip to collect FREE wood. Also there is some long rough hickory on the floor in my wifeʻs side of the garage. Iʻve got to get that made into something before she divorces me. SHMBO has been parking outside for almost 2 years now.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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bob riley

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#14 posted 09-15-2014 08:18 PM

ok thanks tyvekboy i had herd a little about sketch up before but never thought it would be handy i had always figured it to be one of those peice of crap programs but i guess i have to take that back ill try it thanks do much

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#15 posted 09-16-2014 02:30 PM

I like how you have made boxes to hold your boxes. I have a stack of the black and yellow sorting containers, as well. Added as a favorite and I hope I make time to make some soon. Makes getting to the other containers so much easier.

I will not tell you how jealous some of us are that do not have a dedicated space and all the tools you have accumulated. Thanks for posting some pictures for us and sharing some of your organizational ideas.

-- Brad, Texas,

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