|Workshop by Blake||posted 10-17-2007 08:32 PM||11404 reads||22 times favorited||41 comments|
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I just finished remodeling and expanding my shop to its current size (11’ x 34’). Check out the video blog HERE.
I have been woodworking ever since I was a kid but started taking it seriously about three years ago when I acquired a few very nice pieces of shop equipment from my father-in-law as an early inheritance/wedding gift. He had hopes of setting up another shop but unfortunately no longer had the space for it. He was happier to see me make use of it rather than sell it for pennies. It was the greatest gift of my life.
From my father-in-law I received the Delta/Rockwell table saw, Delta/Rockwell 14” Drill press, Delta/Rockwell/Milwaukee 14” band saw, DeWalt 13” planer, and a small collection of nice hand tools. Next, I cleared out an old horse stables on my family’s property and moved in. I hung pegboard and recycled old cabinets.
In the process of cleaning out the tiny “barn” I fond an old neglected radial arm saw rusting away in the corner. After I restored the saw it became one of my favorite tools in the shop.
Soon after I set up shop I started working at a used tool store near my house (a woodworker’s dream) and the rest is history. I have built up my arsenal of tools over the past year mostly through the store, where I get a discount on already dirt-cheap tools and I generally get first pick of what comes in (don’t hate me.) Almost everything in my shop is second-hand.
I spent a lot of time in the first year just working on improvements to the shop. I rearranged equipment several times. I had to learn how to be very neat and organized in order to fit in my tiny space. It is still evolving. For example, my router table has changed forms about four times.
Since my shop is tucked under the edge of a redwood forest, here is the view I have through the back windows:
A few of my “shop” projects:
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