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Around After realizing that I spent too much time on the computer, playing video games, and doing nothing too productive on my free time, I decided that I would start to spend that time to put my creativity and skills to the test by doing something that I would start to love: woodworking.

This was spring 2009, at that moment, my girlfriend and I just decided we would move in together in july, and we lacked a proper bed. It was at this moment that I started to get serious. Our apartment has no room for big tools, but I made an arrangement with my dad: he would let me setup a workshop in the garage and I would buy the equipment and let him use it.

Having no background whatsoever in woodworking, it took me a few months to get started… I knew a bit about power tools, but never really got to shop for any of the workshop equipment. After reading a lot (on this site) and on other sources around the net, I got a hold of a few shop equipment:

- 13” Planer
- 6” Jointer
- General Table Saw
- Drill Press
- Mitre Saw
- Router and router table
- Dust Collector
- Cordless drills
- Circular saw
- JigSaw
- Biscuit Joiner
- Random Orbit Sander
- Brad nail gun
- Whole set of Bessey clamps (~20)
- Stacked dado blade set
- 2 Roller Stands
- Other miscellaneous stuff
- Big Workbench that I built (First real project)
- Jig to use the planer as a jointer (Required for the bed pieces that are too big for my 6” jointer)

I finally have everything setup correctly and ready to roll. I am a bit limited in space, so I often move the tools around and use the driveway as a shop extension. I was able to produce a few nice additions for my apartment so far, and I have to say that I love the feeling of building something from scratch and using it on a daily basis. It is rewarding.

Can’t wait to get that bed out of the shop!
And a lot of other things in the future.

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#1 posted 10-20-2009 01:51 AM

Looks like a cool shop a good deal for you both.

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 04:00 AM

Vincent, you have a nice looking shop. It does look like you have a lot going on in there. Moving some of your tools outside to work is a good idea. I used to do that when I tried to keep both a shop and a garage but I eventually just gave up and let my truck sit outside. Besides it gave me more room for tools! :)

You have a nice set of tools to work with as well. And I like the planer sled that you have built. I tried one of these but never could get it to quite work the way I thought it should. But it looks like yours is working well. This is a nice addition to your shop and adds versatility to your planer.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 06:42 AM

It looks like you are set up well. Both you and your Dad can benefit here. What a great deal!

When you get your own house, make sure you get one with enough space and no restrictions to allow you to put in a proper workshop. I should have held out for that… My garage works, but it is tight…

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 11:35 AM

Hey Vincent,
You have some great tools and timber in that little shop and as time goes by all will benifit from it…well done.

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 11:43 AM

great shop ,
and a great story !

keep up the good work .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Vincent Labreche

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 06:14 AM

Hi Guys,

Thanks for coming by.

I will definately take shop space into consideration when moving into a house. Now that I’ve had this setup, I just don’t see how I would do without it.

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 01:39 AM

Nice looking shop!

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 05:05 PM

good choice you made there, dont give up, when it comes obout wood there is no limet todo anything, congrats

-- Ron Sanchez

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#9 posted 12-15-2009 02:13 AM

Great looking shop. Keep the projects rolling.

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#10 posted 12-15-2009 09:16 PM

Great shop and story. Enjoy

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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