My tiny woodshop is currently in two-thirds of what started out as a very small old horse stables. It is 11’x19’. But it looks like I’ve got the opportunity to knock out the wall between my section and the “room” next-door. This will add another 11’x13’ for a total of 11’x32’ !!!
This will mean a lot of cleaning rat droppings, organizing, throwing away buckets of rusty hardware, etc. Then after I knock the wall down will come electrical work, lighting, cabinets, etc. As excited as I am to have almost twice as much space I think I am going to try to wait until after the holidays since it will be such a big project.
In the mean time I couldn’t help drawing my future shop layout in Sketchup!
The 6” step-up in the middle of the floor is where the wall is now. The cement slab is at two different levels:
The shop expansion couldn’t come at a more perfect time though. I have officially outgrown my current shop this month. It has been creeping up on my for a while now. I have been adding tools and machinery one at a time. I have gotten to the point where I have a lot of “stationary” tools under my benches.
My grinder, chopsaw, wet grinder, mortiser, and other tools need to be pulled out in order to use, which is a pain in the butt but I make due. With the extra space I can leave everything set up which will save a ton of time as well as my back.
By the way, if you look at my “workshop” page the photos I have on there now are very out-dated. When I get a chance to clean it I will post some current photos.
I met a guy yesterday at the Tool Shop who wanted to get rid of his old 8” Grizzly jointer for a smaller version that he could take to jobsites. When I told him I had a 6” Grizzly jointer, he offered to trade me straight-across for it. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT!!! Free upgrade!
My jointer that I bought two years ago:
This is a newer version of the jointer I am getting:
So in the next day or two he is going to bring it to my shop and swap it for mine. I don’t have a clue where I am going to put it for now… but I don’t care. The thing is MASSIVE. Finally I will be able to joint the face of boards.
Tool Box Restoration
I found a steel of a deal at the flea market this weekend. Two antique tool boxes for $20 each. Both were in terrible condition but I removed the hardware, cleaned, sanded, painted, and re-assembled them and they look great! I really wish I had taken before photos, they looked TERRIBLE.
The first is an old Craftsman. Its made of very heavy-gauge steel:
It is the perfect size as a stand for my Ridgid sander:
The CRAFTSMAN emblem had several layers of spray paint on it but with a little carb-cleaner it came off to reveal the original two-tone look. I punched out the rivets that held it on and then after painting the box I used tiny bolts to re-attach it:
The other box says “Stack-On, Made in USA” and is a locking-front top box:
A few hours of cleaning and painting completely transformed these boxes. They will be perfect for the new shop.
-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com