BobAnderton's Workshop

  • Advertise with us
Workshop by BobAnderton posted 10-19-2010 05:16 PM 2375 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

View all workshops »

View BobAnderton's profile


263 posts in 2818 days

click the pictures to enlarge them

BobAnderton's Workshop BobAnderton's Workshop BobAnderton's Workshop

click the marker to see the address

My workshop is in a 20’ x 20’ 2 car garage that has two cars parked in it at night. As a result, the workshop has to exist in an 18-24” wide strip around the perimeter, along with bikes, lawnmower, lawn tools, etc. It’s a challenge. I’ve shown these photos with all the stuff in the “stowed” state. Most of the machine tools are on mobile bases and can be pulled out into the open space when being used. I had to downsize a lot to move into this workshop space as I used to have two garages and a barn. As a result, I ditched all my workbenches except the 2’x3’ maple job you see in the photos that my dad set me up with when I was a kid. I find I have an easier time keeping a workbench cleaned off the less of it I have to clutter up. I made the pegboard tool cabinet above it to get some of my tools out of plastic tool boxes and up where I can find them, and the open doors enable me to use the space taken up with the electrical box and the garage door opener buttons. Also visible is a little pair of alcoves where I’ve got some sheet good storage, a road bike, a tall shelf for toolboxes, and a set of shelves for finishes, paints, lubricants, solvents, etc.
I bought the Dewalt 2.25 hp router and top at a gargage sale and repurposed an old bathroom cabinet I got for free of of Craigslist to make a router table, which will suffice until I decide to build something nicer. Also in that photo is my Delta 12.5” surface planer and a Makita miter saw.
I’ve put high shelves and french cleats all along the two side walls, and in the second picture, you can see my floor drill press and a 6×48 belt/disc sander. Behind the drill press are some pipe clamp storage racks hanging on the french cleats. Also visible are some pegboard panels that I made that also hang on the cleats. They are 2×4’ and have cleats on two sides so they can be placed vertically or horizontially. In these photos you can also see a few 14” deep cabinets that I curb picked and stuck french cleats on the back of. Also visible is a melamine top that I want to repurpose into an outfeed table for the table saw, and some lumber leaning against the wall. I intend to make a set of lumber racks to hang off the frech cleats and get the lumber storage addressed here pretty soon.
In the other photo you can see a 7” jointer, a 14” bandsaw, and a contractor table saw. Behind the bandsaw there are some french cleat c-clamp storage racks and a french cleat mounted sandpaper station. I really like the french cleat system because when I move next the cleats can stay but all the cabinets and stuff just lift off and can go with me.
Thanks for taking the tour of Bob’s shop!

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

9 comments so far

View helluvawreck's profile


31417 posts in 2894 days

#1 posted 10-19-2010 05:20 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Bobby. It’s a great woodworking site for all kinds of woodworkers and you’ll love it. It will be good to see some pictures. Most Lumberjocks like to look at other people’s shops. We’r glad that you joined.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View 8iowa's profile


1580 posts in 3789 days

#2 posted 10-19-2010 05:24 PM

You indeed will be faced with many challenges as you attempt to “put a shop” into where cars must go. Perhaps first on the list will be to add more electrical circuits and receptacles and install lights on the ceiling.

Send pictures and keep us posted. Good luck.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

View a1Jim's profile


117126 posts in 3605 days

#3 posted 10-19-2010 05:32 PM

Looking forward to photos

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3850 days

#4 posted 10-19-2010 07:41 PM

Hi, Bobby, we are glad to have you on board. I am also looking forward to taking a tour of your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Splinterman's profile


23074 posts in 3389 days

#5 posted 10-20-2010 03:19 AM

Hey Bobby,
Pics would be nice here.

View sillac's profile


644 posts in 2792 days

#6 posted 11-23-2010 06:57 PM

Looks like a great space to make some sawdust in, Thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

View sawblade1's profile


754 posts in 3055 days

#7 posted 11-23-2010 09:12 PM

Nice shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3850 days

#8 posted 11-24-2010 02:36 AM

Bob, you have a nice looking shop to work in. It looks to be well organized and you have done pretty well with the space that you have. I really like the hand tool storage cabinet that you added to your shop. This design holds a ton of tools while taking up a relatively small amount of wall space.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View GaryL's profile


1099 posts in 2858 days

#9 posted 11-24-2010 02:39 AM

Nice and organized! Just how I like it. Thanks for letting me look.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics