I could not do without this sliding shelf

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Blog entry by Allison posted 05-04-2009 01:17 AM 3189 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I meant to post this post quite along time ago. I guess I got sidetracked and I forgot.Today I found the pictures I had taken for it and decided to post it now.

Let me start off that I have an extremely small and weird shaped shop, so anything that saves space for me is not only a must do it is an absolute necessity. My shop is only 25 feet long by 6 feet wide. In it I have a couple scroll saws out at one time, 2 belt sanders out at once, one is a 1×40 and the other is a 4×36. Along with that is a standing drill press. Add to that a band saw. So you can just imagine I am sure just how “crafty” I have to be with “my space”

In the pictures below is what I call my “intarsia” table.It is here that after cutting , sanding etc. all the little pieces, I will bring them to this table to lay out on the pattern. To fit them together.

Anyone that knows intarsia knows there can be (and often are) hundreds of little pieces that need to be put together and glued.

Again anyone that knows intarsia knows what a complete nightmare it can be to lose just one of these pieces.

My husband built me a pull out drawer for underneath my table. It is here that I can safely put all my pieces on without worrying that they will fall off, get lost etc. I do not know what I would do without this one pull out table. It is without a doubt THE most important piece of “furniture” in my shop. My pieces are always secure and always right there where I am working.

He also has made me a similiar item on my regular desk where I place my computer. Underneath the “top drawer” he has made me a pull out shelf that holds my keyboard.


The slide out section is securely holding some of the pieces to a few projects I had going on at the time


This is it when it is pushed in. Underneath that you can see a trunk. In that trunk is where I have my extra special little intarsia pieces of wood, like I got last December from a friend. They stay safe in there and don’t get all thrown around or dirty etc.

You can see this is an A-frame room also. Where the ceiling connects to the wall is only 4 feet high.
Not the shop for a tall person. LOL!!!

Another little thing that I do is on everyone of my tables in my shop is one of those sewing measuring tape. That way no matter what spot I am at I have a measure right there.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 01:24 AM

Very cool, my shop is so crowded with tools, I have very little space. Sure glad I live in Florida with lots of sunshine, so that I can work outside a lot.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 01:24 AM

Nice Shop Allison looks like your hubby made some good improvements to make your work space better. Thanks for sharing.


-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 01:40 AM

Allison, very nice looks like you utilize every inch of space.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 01:58 AM

Nicely organized, uncluttered, what’s wrong with you. How do you get anything done? Girl space! Looks cool for you! ;]

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 03:06 AM

Great organization. Looks like you know where everthing is at.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 04:44 AM

What’s that thing sitting under your project? Is that a workbench? Humm I’ve not seen one in so long, I’m not really sure! Looks nice Allison!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#7 posted 05-04-2009 06:10 AM

Great work space and it looks like you can find everything. Looks like Intarsia is OUT for my workshop, I am lucky to find the scroll saw little lone a piece of wood that may have dropped on the floor. Great use of space and Allison you look to organised. Like your work.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 05-04-2009 06:46 AM

Love the green sign :^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 05-04-2009 06:38 PM

I like the sign too :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-04-2009 10:02 PM

wow! So many pieces to your projects. Nice looking work space. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 05-04-2009 10:09 PM

Well done Allison I was thinking about you yesterday I am making an intarsia bear for my new grandson and incorporating his name into it, and although I did some intarsia work before I need some help so I have been reading up a little I have it all drawn uo so I wondered how you and the other intarsia specialists might tackle it anyway I will start it as was not feeling well enough today.Your shop looks very well set up.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 05-08-2009 05:26 AM

Very impressive Allison. You have made some great space savers along with hubby. You truly are a woodie. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 09:47 AM

That is a great workspace & craft-cave that you’ve made for yourself Allison!

-- RonWen

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#14 posted 03-07-2011 09:35 PM

Very great conservation of space. You have to do it from necessity and you have done a fine job!!
it sounds like you have all the necessary tools for doing the intasia too!

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

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