|Workshop by BrianK||posted 10-23-2009 03:01 PM||1393 reads||2 times favorited||15 comments|
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Several years ago I realized that coming home from work, spending a little time with the family, retiring to my office to design web sites or develop databases would end up killing me. So I decided to try my hand at something I had always wanted to try – woodworking. Being married to the most wonderful woman, she knew I did very little half way, so she encouraged me to build my own shop. This was a blessing for me and my family as we have had countless hours of fun in the shop with many more to surely come. Here is my shop.
I have a 20X24 detached workshop that I had framed a couple of years ago. I, along with several friend’s help, did all the internal work from electrical to walls and ceiling. I am still adding things to my shop on a regular basis (and suspect I will continue to do so long after I deem my shop “complete”). I have built my shop slowly looking for inexpensive ways to get me where I thougt I wanted to be – such as buying all the cabinets at a local charity store and using ShopNotes like it was going out of style to build racks, jigs, and fixtures.
Here is my chop saw station. Still have a little bit of work to do to get this where I want it. Adding the measurement system and some bins underneath should do it. I have a nice Jet dust collector but need to install the duct work. Figured I would get the planer I’m after then move my tools to optimize the colelction effort. Also on the wall is my lumber stock that includes some cherry, oak, walnut, maple, and some exotics.
Of the things I have taken great care to do is work to get good deals on my tools. My Hitachi band saw was a floor model at Lowe’s that was used in a couple demos (so I negotiated the “heavy” use time down a couple of hundred bucks). My Jet jointer was a buy from a good friend who upgraded. So I was there to grab it second hand. My Craftsman drill press is also a hand-me-down from a good friend of mine. Again a victim of upgrading to bigger and better is my gain. Thanks buddy!
I built every work area in the shop. I bought all the cabinets from a Habitat for Humaity Store in Nashville. One of the work areas I built that I am most proud is my table saw workcenter. I used a plan from a ShopNotes issue and it turned out better than I expected.
Finally, my cutoff and sheet goods storage cart was built using a plan from some guy on the ‘net. Wish I could remember off hand his name as I would certainly give him credit. It was a nice little plan although it takes up a bunch of floor space. I’m looking at alternatives.
Well, that is it. My Shop. I still have on my wish list a planer and either a drum sander or belt sander. But overall, I’m proud of it. I have spent a bunch of time building the different aspects of the shop. My wife once asked me when I was actually gonna build something to put in the house or sell or whatever. I said why? I’m having fun just getting set up. Hope you enjoy the pics and let me know if you see areas where I can improve.
-- - Brian