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We bought our tiny house in 2013 and it had a typical dark and dysfunctional 1-car garage, full of crap and a washer/dryer in the corner. My goal was to turn this into a dream shop. And oh yeah, it was also going to be home for my wife’s art studio, a laundry room, 3 bicycles, and a ton of storage. Impossible? My wife certainly thought so.

By the way, I blogged about the journey to turn this into my dream shop HERE.

Here’s the before photo:

A few of my “shop” projects:

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Photos of my old shop:

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com


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WayneC

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 09:57 PM

Looking forward to seeing a few photos. I’m over in Sacramento. Welcome to the crew.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 05:39 AM

Great writeup. Looking forward to the photos. I keep trying to talk myself into one of the old Dewalts. I’ve seen a few on craigslist. Just have limited space and a very good table and miter saws.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-19-2007 05:47 AM

Nice Photos. Very well laid out. You will have to get Douglass and Debbie to “Inspect” it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-19-2007 05:56 AM

How does that work?

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#5 posted 10-19-2007 06:25 AM

Blake, send a Private Message to Douglas Bordner or MsDebbieP. They are wonderful folks epitomizing the fine group we have here. I second Wayne’s comments on the write up. It’s taken me about 10 more years than you to get to where you are and I haven’t done it nearly as well or as thriftily, I’m sure.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 06:28 AM

Hell of a job on the shop. Nicely done.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 10-19-2007 11:52 AM

welcome!!
Thanks for the introduction.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 10-20-2007 03:01 AM

Really enjoyed the shop story.
I agree with your comments about the radial arm saw.
Does the blade on that saw want to climb up on the wood? It looks like you have a pretty heavy hook for radial arm saw use.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Blake

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#9 posted 10-20-2007 03:02 AM

Negative hook angle on the blade. No climbing here.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 10-20-2007 03:29 AM

Your comment about cleaning up after every stage sounds like my philosophy. I clean up between tasks to regain control of the shop and it is in those few minutes that I figure out my next part of the operation.
Cleaning like this increases the efficiency and safety of the shop too.

I just can’t think straight in a messy shop.

I agree with the sharing, it is part of my philosophy too. As a craftsman is a part of my responsiblity to share the knowledge.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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mot

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 02:17 AM

Looks great, Blake! I hadn’t seen another tablesaw, jointer, planer setup like I was using before. Great shop!

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 11-04-2007 02:24 AM

See you Wednesday Blake!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 11-04-2007 02:31 AM

That is just dandy, Blake. You make very good use of every bit of space you have. When you move to a big shop you will soon have it full as well. I’m sure you spend some very enjoyable time here. Have lots of fun.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 11-04-2007 08:07 PM

Great shop tour Blake. Glad you are having fun and enjoying your treasurers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#15 posted 11-08-2007 07:13 AM

Great little shop Blake. It’s about the same size as mine (12’x22’) and I’m still trying to figure out the best layout after 10 years. Looks like you pulled it off.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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