|Workshop by Ron Henricksen||posted 08-25-2010 05:57 AM||1906 reads||0 times favorited||11 comments|
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The big theme of my workshop is space efficiency. I have now purchased most of the major tools required to do some serious woodworking. I just completed a bench tool system from www.woodonline.com. Well completed may be a stretch. I still have two more shelfs to build and install, mound the new Ridgid planner (just arrived today, very exciting). The third shelf will be for a Ridgid Oscillating Spindle sander still on the need to purchase list.
The area is basically a 10×10 patio under a portion of the house out the side door and an 8×10 shed. The shed is still full of stuff from when I had a lawn and yard that I took care. A couple of years ago we had the whole yard landscaped and turned it over to a professional gardener so I can do woodworking and play tennis when I am not working.
In the first picture you see the Ridgid Planner, fresh from the box and the tool cabinet with the assembly table top on it.
The second is my 30 year old trusty Craftsman 10”, this was a gift from my father an woodworker from way back who would be thrilled I am sure to see me making furniture with many of his old tools. Sadly Dad passed away in 92 long before I found out why he liked woodworking so much.
Third picture is a mobile cabinet I think it was in Fine Woodworking maybe 18-24 months ago. Not real mobile and a little to big for my liking. I have plans to cut this down and get it into the shed after doing some major cleaning on the shed.
In the forth pic you see the completed tool closet. Which stores the bench tools on shelfs that fit on the top of the tool cabinet. The Ridgid Jointer is there on the left and the Drill press I inherited from Dad also a craftsman and works great. The Craftsman bandsaw is in the corner, it needs to be replaced just scary with the blade wandering all over the place. I haven’t used it in over a year because of that. You can just see some of the hand tools which are all mounted on the very stable door of the shed.
The remaining two pictures are of the Triton router on the tool cabinet. and the shelf and cupboard on the bottom of the tool cabinet.
Plans for the future. I would love to say I found another 1000 square feet but that is just not going to happen. So the shed is going to have to be cleaned out and make room for a workbench, and some more tool cabinets to hold the drill press and a new bandsaw. Also really need a dust collection system, to make clean up easier. I am outside when working so dust is not as big an issue but still would be a lot better to have one.
I will continue to work on the shop, I read recently one of the Lumberjocks builds something for the shop after completing each new project. Seems to me you almost have to if you include jigs. I seem to have to build one for almost every new project. Well hopefully I will be able to complete more projects now with the improved organization the assemble top on the cabinet has already helped out a great deal.
Thanks for stopping by and ideas for better ways to organize a small shop be all means let me know. By the way I get away with working outside because the weather here is 50-80 all year round.
-- Ron, Aptos, CA