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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.

So here is a tour of my humble man space. Here is a picture of my shop.

Here are a couple of wall shots. I’ll cover these in more detail below.
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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.


My workbench area is meek. I have the tools needed to currently perform the small projects I am working. A couple of nailers, sanders, and a router.

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!
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One of the areas I enjoy most working is with the lathe. I have a Rikon mini-lathe with an area for making pens, lures, and the like. The organizers on the wall store my pen kits.
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My “finishing” area is quite simple. A few cans of this and a couple of bottles of that.

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

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#1 posted 10-23-2009 03:04 PM

It would be great to have phots of your shop.

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 03:32 PM

Absolutely Jim. Still trying to find my way around the LJ site but pics will certainly be posted soon. BTW, visited Roseburg several years ago for business. You live in a beautiful part of the country.

-- - Brian

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#3 posted 10-23-2009 04:26 PM

Brian, I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your shop as well. Visual tours of other shop are always well received. And, yes, you will find that a shop’s evolution is an ongoing event. We just do not seem to be content with the status quo. Besides there are always more tools to add and that generally means rearranging the shop.

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

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#4 posted 10-24-2009 11:20 AM

Hey Brian,
Post some pic’s when time permits.

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 03:38 PM

New photos of my shop are up. Take a look and let me know what you think.

-- - Brian

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 04:12 PM

Brain, it looks like you have a nice shop in which to work. I have always thought that a stand alone shop is the way to go. You can run power tools and apply finishes without bother other members of the family. I tend to be an early riser and I am usually ready to dive into the current project I am working on first thing in the morning. Of course if this entails planing some lumber my wife, who believes that anyone getting up before 10 on their day off is nuts, has a “few choice words for me” if I even dare to turn the planer on before she gets up. I also like the windows that you have in your shop. I am a big fan of natural light and I find it much easier to work under natural light than I do artifical lighting. You also have a nice set of cabinets in there. It looks like you have plenty of counter space and storage space available.

You have a nice set of tools to play with. You have added a table saw station that is functional and looks good as well. It improves the functionality of your saw and adds more storage that is always welcome. Your plywood rack looks a little similar to the one I built. They do take up some shop space but keeping them mobile is a good idea for those of us with smaller shop spaces. It looks like you have organized your tools well and there appears to be plenty of space to maneuver between tool stations. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 05:34 PM

Nice shop. Great space! And I learned something new. I never knew Hitachi ever stuck their name on a 14” C frame band saw… Very cool…

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#8 posted 10-27-2009 06:58 PM

Brian I like you shop looks like a great place to work your magic! Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for sharing, I love checking out other peoples shops your can get some great ideas

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 11:01 PM

Very nice shop, I favor a detached shop, my shop is in the basement and it sometimes limits my productivity depending on who is upstairs and who wants to go to sleep at 10:00 when I just got off work and want to do something productive downstairs. And as for still adding things to the shop, we all are, I am a true believer that a shop is never complete and always changing, be it the layout or adding more tools because one can never have enough tools haha. Thanks for posting!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 11-04-2009 01:11 AM

great shop Brian, hope you have as much fun in it as I have mine. Do you have a router table?

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#11 posted 11-04-2009 06:58 AM

Thanks okwoodshop. I do have a portable router table as seen on the floor in pic 2 above. I want to install a router plate into my tablesaw workcenter soon however.

-- - Brian

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#12 posted 11-04-2009 07:03 AM

Very nice shop, love the lathe tool holders, may have to “steal” the idea for mine if you dont mind!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#13 posted 11-12-2009 03:11 AM

Nice looking shop, Brain.

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#14 posted 02-16-2011 04:04 PM

Hi Brian,

Just done your shop tour, very nice too. What you have there size wise would be about my perfect shop. Big enough for my needs, one day when I retire (and move out of town) I’ll build myself something like you have.

A well set out and organised shop with clear work areas, my way of thinking too.

I’m with you on obtaining quality tools at bargain prices, I have just purchased a Jet jointer £172, Jet 12” Disc/belt sander £320 and an old stock (never used)Jet 10” table saw £560 . All in, less than the price of a T/S. retail

My wife too is very supportive, she walked into the shop a while back and told me my bandsaw (Startrite which was green) didn’t match the rest of my tools. What a great chance to buy a new B/saw. It arrives next Wednesday, can’t wait.

Good luck with the “ongoing” build.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 02-16-2011 04:58 PM

Congratulations to you for having made yourself a very fine shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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