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It’s small, but I love it. Yes, it would be nice to have more space, but that isn’t possible. With barely 6’5” of head clearance, my workshop is about 12’ x 14’ with a small dog-leg at one end where I keep my bandsaw, lumber rack and compressor.

In the way of stationary power tools, I have a 3hp 12” cabinet saw which is the heart of my shop, a 14” bandsaw, a combination jointer/planer, a router table with a Triton Router fitted with a Precision Router Lift, a lathe, and a drill press.

I have two other routers, loads of hand tools which get regular use, a sharpening station (in addition to the space described above, and a small kitchenette and a W.C. (No bed yet, but sometimes my wife threatens.

The space was originally a small basement suite for the son of a previous owner of the house. They installed artificial turf as carpeting. My original intention was to remove it. But after dropping a few of my favorite chisels, (and you know they always land pointy side down) with no damage to them I decided the carpet was good protection for this oft-clumsy woodworker.

I am very concerned about the health effects of inhaling wood dust. (Some of the Australian Eucalypts are particularly carcinogenic. See Badwoods) Therefore, I’ve installed a DC system to which all of my stationery tools are hooked up. You can see where the flexible 4” piping goes through the wall to a crawl-space where the DC unit is kept. I can turn it off/on from within the shop. Additionally, I have an air filtration unit mounted near the ceiling on one wall and wear a Triton Air Respirator when working wood. Over-kill? No, remember it’s the dust you can’t see that gets into your lungs and can eventually kill you.

Feel free to ask me about anything you see in these pictures.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/


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scottb

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#1 posted 01-01-2007 08:06 AM

I don’t reckon too many others will be jealous of your workspace’s ceiling height… but I am.
6’5” would be a dream to me (but not my Dad – 6’6”).
I come in at a hair under 6’, the basement ceiling, (or rather floor joists) a hair over. (good thing about the haircut, no?)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Shawn

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#2 posted 01-12-2007 11:14 PM

Nice to see you flying the Maple Leaf in your shop too, you can take the boy out of Canada, but you cant take Canada out of the boy!!!

-- Cheers

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Don

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#3 posted 01-13-2007 12:02 AM

Shawn, the only problem is that it is fading fast. Iguess that’s to be expected after 19 years.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Shawn

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#4 posted 01-13-2007 12:10 AM

well, I guess i’ll just have to send you a new one. hey don, drop me an email so I can send you my address if you found tha tdrawing, if not, it could be alot of fun for me to try to replicate your big box just from your pictures, good exercise in my designing. But still then I can go pick you up a new workshop flag.

-- Cheers

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Don

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#5 posted 01-13-2007 12:35 AM

Shawn, I’ve looked fairly extensively for the drawings. Unfortunately, I haven’t located them. I can’t believe that I threw them out, so will likely come across them when I’m not looking, if you know what I mean.

Martin has promised us a Private Message capability on this site which will allow us to share private contact details without publishing them so the whole world can see. In the meantime, I’ll send Martin an email asking him to send you my email address.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Shawn

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#6 posted 01-13-2007 12:44 AM

perfect, ya I didnt realize we didnt have PM ability on here, no worries about that drawing, this will stretch me more as a wood worker

-- Cheers

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oscorner

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#7 posted 02-08-2007 11:33 AM

Don, is that green carpet I see in your shop? Man you’re south of down under, but on the top of my list of Great woodworkers. Thanks for inviting me to your shop.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Don

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#8 posted 02-08-2007 11:43 AM

Quote me: ”The space was originally a small basement suite for the son of a previous owner of the house. They installed artificial turf as carpeting. My original intention was to remove it. But after dropping a few of my favorite chisels, (and you know they always land pointy side down) with no damage to them I decided the carpet was good protection for this oft-clumsy woodworker.”

Yep – green carpeting it is, Mark! Thanks so much for your kind remark.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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jockmike2

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#9 posted 03-03-2007 02:39 PM

Nice shop Don, at least it looks clean. I thought you were living in Canada. Silly me. buds mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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PanamaJack

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#10 posted 04-17-2007 07:14 PM

Thanks for the heads-up with the “Badwoods”. Even though it’s from an Aussie site, we all need to know this information.

Nice shop! How do you keep it so neat and clean? Or, did you just do this for the cameras?

Again thanks.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Don

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#11 posted 04-18-2007 12:15 AM

PJ, thanks for the observation – if you look closely, its not that clean. There’s some wood chips and sawdust on the floor as well as electric extension cords and my compressor line on the floor. It could be cleaner/tidier.

As you can see, my shop is quite small. It is indeed difficult to keep it clean when working on a projects. But if I don’t it becomes almost impossible to work there.

So I make sure that every tool I use goes back to its storage location rather than on the nearest surface. I also take ten minutes and clean, vac and blow it out at the end of a working session.

Before I incorporated this method of working, I would spend as much, or more time, searching for that tool I just had in my hand.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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TomFran

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#12 posted 08-30-2007 09:53 PM

Don,

You have a very neat, well organized, efficiently arranged shop, which is what I would have expected, judging from the projects that come out of it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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designerboy

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#13 posted 02-02-2008 10:50 AM

Hey Don,

Do I spy HnT Gordon Wooden planes in ya shop. Are they pure joy or what! I have a few and lurve them!

-- My Fear is when i die, my wife will sell my tools for what I TOLD her they cost

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Don

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#14 posted 02-02-2008 11:09 PM

Yes. DB, they are great planes – particularly good on the extremely dense Aussie hardwoods.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Karson

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 11:32 PM

Don nice looking shop. I must have looked at this shop in my pre-comments days. But now it hard to find time to look at everything.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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