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, NJ
United States

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Hand Shop
I have 3 separate rooms. One a workshop for hand work, sometimes routing too, a machine area, and a storage and finishing area (mostly storage) . I have 3 benches in the hand tool shop, tool storage, organizers, sharpening bench w/granite top.
Here is tool storage, screws/parts, small tools. I also have a dovetailing bench riser to raise the height of my bench here, when not in use it raise

My main bench is a solid maple top, and a beech frame w/haunched dovetail joints up top, through wedged mortises lower, and very wide stretchers to prevent racking. Also the orientation of the legs is to prevent racking. This is a heavy bench. I will probably shorten the stretchers one day to mount a quick release old Morgan vise that has a larger opening rather than cut the vise down. I will lose more underneath storage; which I like the empty underneath. I can remove a project from the bench and put it down there while it’s still small enough. I keep my shooting board and gear there too.

This is my old bench and was a dresser converted with a solid core door, old morgan vise w/quick release. Paper for gluing up is on the left bottom. Small rack of clamps, small portable compressor for on the go. Underneath the vise is an anvil (old rail tie), machinists vise, and a buffer.

My tool wall is just a small amount of the overall tools that I have. Some of the more common use tools, or ones that I don’t want in drawers because I would search too much.

This is my sharpening bench with a huge granite machinists plate. This is a very accurate piece. I move my lamps all over.. I have quite a few of them. The sink is for my wet stones and cleaning my glue brushes and hands after glue ups. There’s no running water, it’s a pump that pulls the water from the bucket, and recycles the water over and over. I had a drop or two of bleach every week. When it gets too scummy I throw it out. I don’t use that dovetailer. I prefer hand cut, that was a learning experience, I thought it would be cool to cut them with the router.

I goto garage sales regularly you never know what you can find. I found this clamp rack, I added base and wheels… and it serves me well. The rack cost $10, the wheels were closer to $40 or more.. But it’s so great having clamps near when you need them.

Machine Shop
My shop is not setup in the order of work. I wish it were, it is setup in the way the tools best fit and the more dust generated are closer to the vac.

Planer, bandsaw, router table, tablesaw drill press.

Jointer, Thien Cyclone, Vac and sanders, dewalt scroll saw.

Thien collector and sound enclosure for vac.

Sanding Table, Belt and disk, Disk and belt (smaller) usually used for metal but sometimes smaller work. The large belt sander was a rust bucket when I got it at a garagesale for $2. I didn’t even want it, it was so bad. But with some heavy work, and major rebuild it works nice. I don’t have a disk on it, I need to find one 9”. I has a real nice cast table, that is very secure and can move to the disk. Not like todays tables with rods. This is a beefy unit. It can be leaned back. I found a delta tablesaw motor and changed the pulleys to slow it down from the 3250.

Router table Detail
Aside from having plenty of storage , attached and in view on the fence are quick setup system to do long and short stopped dadoes, or other stopped routing (edge or other). Those 2×4’s attach to the bars and fine adjustments are done by moving the support bars in and out. The bars come off when no stopped ops are being done. Also the table has vac right at the bit and fence. Rather than starve the motor for air, I removed the door and removed the cabinet vac.

Also on the table is a 3 point wheel system. There are 4 wheels, but the table float over an uneven floor with a single point of attachment for one side of the cart. A block of wood locks it in when in place. This is better than using wedges to level the table each time. The wheels really lock well in this mode. I recently lowered the table as I now have it next to the tablesaw. So I had to rip the skirt on the bottom off and re-attach using pocket holes.

Band Saw
This band saw is an American made Delta. It was not as well constructed as I had hoped. I have done lots of work to get it right, and now can resaw just by moving the fence over. No need for a point type of fence. I’ll detail it later. I attached a wrench to the pin so I can get it off quickly. I change blades when I need to. I don’t use the same blade for everything . I did replace the dust collection the Delta unit whistled and did not get enough of the dust.

-- Jeff NJ

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 12:39 AM

You have a very well laid out shop I really liked your solid bench and the modifications to your saw. And please don’t say you don’t have enough clamps.!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 01:31 AM

Thanks, I appreciate that, and of course you can never have enough clamps can you???


-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 09:19 AM

Coming back. Still a wonderful workshop! :-)
The column here at the workshops on LJ’s is just about 460pixel wide. :-(
So I used 460 wide pics on mine. I actually use the image and the link formatting syntax nested in each other.
The syntax: ”! AddressOfSmallPic !”: AddressOfLargerPic [Without spaces]
Example: ;-)
Google (Picasaweb) makes sizing cheekily ridiculously easy. Their photo address structure contains a part like ”.../w1520-h856-no/...” If you want any exact width for a photo you just have to rewrite the number after the “w” letter. (No need for changing the number after the “h”(!). How sweet.)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 10:34 AM

Thanks Johnny, but I am moving away from google more and more. Youtube and file sharing are all I do. I switched to for a search engine when google was not finding my searches any more. I realized that they went off the deep end. I keep all my images on imgur. I even keep my shop inventory in a hidden album, so if it ever goes up on fire I have a record. I should update it…
Thank you for the compliment.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 02:01 PM

Hey Jeff I would really like to copy that vacuum housing you made,
Your right about fesstool power verses a conventional rigid, anyway I found my self last night wanting to use the vac but I can’t since it’s way to loud.


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#6 posted 07-27-2014 03:03 PM

You have a very nice shop. It’s laid out well out and has a lot of nice equipment.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 06:10 PM

Nice, well organized space! Well lit and clean.
Question, how is it working on a vct floor? Noticing all your floors are vct and wondering if you have any problems with footing? Getting ready to lay floor in a new shop and most likely option in my case will also be vct.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 07:26 AM

Great shop, it’s nice to go to a place where you can relax and enjoy woodworking! Really liked the way you put the photos in.

-- Never put youself in a bad situation or how could we have prevented this accident ;-)

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