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Blog entry by Brett posted 09-09-2011 08:54 PM 3330 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks!

I just wanted to share a video tour of my shop with any who are interested. I hope that you enjoy and Thank you for watching.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 10:00 PM

Thanks for the tour. I love looking at people’s shops, especially garage spaces. It looks like you planned this out well. One thing that I like to do is place my table saw and bandsaw right at the line where the garage door closes. That gives me virtually endless space behind me…I always work with that door open. Of course, if you live in a place with cold/snowy weather, that may not be on option.

Oh, do you find having two tablesaws handy, or do you mostly use just one?

Hey, I noticed some old glass insulators! My dad used to work for the telephone company years ago and collected them!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 10:48 PM

Everyone likes a good shop tour! I was a bit unsettled by the appearance of Gunnery SGT. R. Lee Ermey in various corners of the shop, though…

You and I think alike in some respects it seems. I also have the double table saw setup, though I buit it into a big island in the center of the shop that extends along the wall with an aditional radial arm saw.

We also both discovered the benefits of high storage! I built lofts along th walls for both regular storage and wood storage. They’re about 8 feet above the ground. (I have 10 foor ceilings)

I’m in the middle of a big remodel, so everything’s in chaos still, but you sinpired me to snap a few photos and compare ideas with you. What size is your shop?

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 10:49 PM

Noticed you must not do much lifting around the shop, so you have weights to lift to get your exercise. LOL
Nice shop tour, looks comfortable to work in. Thanks for sharing your shop with us.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 12:07 AM

Brett, Great video of your home away from home. One day soon, I hope, I might have a shop to film, but as for now, it’s just a carport in the back of the house. However, I do work in the custom department of a local door and window company. I get to play with some great tools in about 17,000 sq ft of our 100,000 sq ft building. I know it’s not mine, but it’s fun none the less. Thanks for sharing your tour. OH, I love the shorter tables for the kids to work from. Gotta past it on down.
Pickpapa (Chuck)

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 12:26 AM

great looking workshop…puts mine well below shameful….will get it sorted when i get rid of some stuff

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 12:36 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement. I am still trying to figure out the whole blog, video posting thing. At least I figured out somehow, how to make a video that was clear enough to watch! HaHa

@Steve I haven’t used the second table saw since it has been set up like this. I need to mount the switch, install the blade and get it adjusted. This was my Grandpas saw and it was my first table saw. I got the second one new for a really sweet deal and the older one just sat in the corner getting rusty. I needed to build a better mobile base than what I had so, I decided to build a base that would house both saws. I thought that I would have one with a rip blade and the other with a combination blade and use that one with a sled for crosscuts and sled work. I have been fixing up and rearranging the shop and I just haven’t had the time to get the second saw going. I do hope to this fall because I want to see if it will be useful to have two tablesaws and IF I can make it work.

I am a Lineman for the power co. so I have collected some of the old insulators. There are some pretty cool ones out there but they are getting farther and fewer between. Most of that old stuff is getting replaced in our system, but there are still some gems out there waiting to be found.

@Stumpy We do have some of the same ideas in our shops. My shop is 18’ x28’ with a 5’x10’ dogleg where the sheet goods are stored and Gunny first looking at ya. I also notice in your shop, nice shop by the way, that you have pictures on the walls (so do I) and also some fatigue mats on the ground (more similarities). Having storage high was HUGE in getting my shop back. I have only been able to build out there for about a year and half. Before it was just a storage building basically. I am sooooo happy to have it set up for some work now. I still have a lot that I want to d to it but it will take some time.

@Gregn I need to use those wieghts a bit more than I do right now. I usually just ROLL them out of the way! Ha Ha. Thanks for checking out my tour and I really do enjoy going out there to build. Sometimes I just go out there and look around and think “Wow! this is my woodshop.)

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 01:04 AM

Thanks for the tour. Nice setup.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 01:43 AM

Brett, thanks for the shop tour. You have a nice shop.

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 02:29 AM

Brett, that was certainly a nice tour of your shop. It looks like you have a pretty effective shop with plenty of bench and storage space. I like the way you have utilized your overhead space for storage and can see where you would gain quite a bit of storage by using the space over the garage door when you get around to replacing it. Thanks for the tour. It was fun to take a look at your shop.

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

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#10 posted 09-10-2011 07:34 AM

Brett, very well layed out and organized work shop. Great work with the camera to walk us thru your hideout. I have done much the same with the overhead storage especiallly of those items that we use so infrequently. It is a slight inconviencence getting the ladder out to crawl up and get something from the top that you seldom use but the added workspace is worth it, like you said …......

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 09-10-2011 07:07 PM

Thanks again for everyones compliments. I enjot checking out other peoples workshops and I hope that you all enjoyed mine. Now I need to get off of the computer and get out there and make some sawdust!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#12 posted 09-19-2011 08:51 PM

Your shop seems picture perfect. You even had a shop dog laying out front. Thank you for posting it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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