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BritBoxmaker

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As my wife, Sue and I rent my workshop moves with me. At the moment its a 9’ x 18’ garage. Hot in summer and cold in winter. The power is from one power outlet, with a system of extensions, and I have to remember not to switch on too much at once or the fuse blows.
The first pic shows my workbench (homemade), my router table also homemade with an ancient Hitachi M8 1/2” router ( I use an old car sissor jack as a height adjuster) and my table saw which is an old ELU TGS173 flip saw (can be used as a table saw or a chop/ mitre saw). Various jigs on the wall. The bench has various holes in it to mount; a small lathe, clamps and a grinder press (like a chop saw for a small grinder, I use it mostly for metals and stone).
Pic 2 shows my Bench Grinder, Pillar Drill and Belt/Disc Sander and White Board (where all the clever stuff is worked out).
Pic 3 is a small ‘tool gloat’ twenty three, two foot clamps (go on count them) which I got from my work for £23 ( thats £1 each, I’ll leave you to convert for local currency) as they ‘weren’t selling’!
Pic 4 is my latest addition. Shop made, three speed, 14” Drum sander. I built it myself and saved a shed load of money doing it. Plus the sense of acheivement. Details in my blog.
I’ve decided to make things more efficient I’m putting the planer and the drum sander on castors!
Pic 5 is the bottom end of the garage with the bandsaw (DeWalt) in the far distance and my 8” planer/ thicknesser and dust extractor in the foreground.
Pic 6 shows my small wood collection. I mostly use turning blanks of the more exotic woods for box work.
Latest addition is a 45 watt Logitech 2.1 sound system, picked up on the local freecycle for nothing, driven off a digital radio or a wireless connected Acer Aspire netbook, also free, (which also helps speed up photo processing) with access to all my music on the main system. At last sounds louder than the planer.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com


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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 08:47 PM

Nice Shop. Nice also to see that there are others out there that have similar struggles with power and floor space but can still make it work with floor model workstations. Makes me have hope for my garage!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 08:51 PM

You can do it. One of the secrets is to have all worksurfaces at the same height so you can have as big an area to work on as possible, as in the first pic. Including the bench, router table and saw extension table this gives me 10 feet to work with.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 09:22 PM

Yeah, right now my workbench is a sheet of plywood on sawhorses. It ends up doing multi duty as a planer stand, drill press stand, assembly table, finishing table, etc. Need to get a small shed in the backyard to get all the gardening stuff out.

Slowly but surely!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 09:28 PM

A man needs a shed. Its in our DNA

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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bigike

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 10:50 PM

nice set up very nice tools too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 11:04 PM

This is a nice shop that you have to work in. I like the windows that you have in your shop as I have always found it easier to work under natural light. You have a nice set-up and it looks like you have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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Splinterman

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 04:25 AM

Nice set up with sweet tools to play with.

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lumberdustjohn

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 01:04 PM

Nice tour.
Great clamp collection.
Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Cozmo35

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#9 posted 06-16-2010 02:58 PM

Martyn, after I have thoroughly enjoyed several of your blogs, I am now deeply intrested in “The Impossible”. I wanted to see you shop and witness where the magic takes place. You are indeed ”THE MASTER”!

P.S. Pink Floyd is THE best!

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

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 06-16-2010 06:01 PM

Well equiped and organized shop nice set up Martyn

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sillac

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#11 posted 12-03-2010 07:54 AM

I’ll be looking are that sander you made, might try that myself, how does it work? Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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NormG

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#12 posted 12-03-2010 08:07 AM

Great place, Must take a large truck to move

-- Norman

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 12-03-2010 03:06 PM

So, Martyn, this is the famous BritBoxmaker’s laboratory where you do all of your work. It’s wonderful! I have never understood how you do the things that you do and my hat is off to you. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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shipwright

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 08:01 PM

I like the sign “Actually I can do anything”. I hate to admit it but I’ve said that myself on occasion when someone asked.

This is obviously the shop of a clever man.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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steliart

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#15 posted 01-28-2011 10:32 PM

Great shop Martyn. Love that you build your own tools linke that drum sander. A bit of organization and you can continue building the miracles you do with more ease. On the other hand it shows action and that woodworking is been made here.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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