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Welcome to Joe Compound!

On the North Wall is the lumber rack, miter saw, jointer, planer, bandsaw and dust collector

East Wall is two butcher block benches, one attached to the wall, the other to some kitchen cabinets that were “broken” and extremely reduced in price at Lowes. Also from Lowes are the 3 cabinets across the ceiling (on clearance). AC unit in the wall as well.

South Wall has a turning station with clamps, mini-fridge, freezer, peg board, paint sink, and 2 cabinets for cleaning and finishing supplies.

The final picture is where I started from when I first took up woodworking. You can see the cheap tradesman table saw and a rolling cabinet in the background…

The North and East walls have outlets set at every other stud, from a 100 amp sub-panel. The Dust Collection is on one circuit, the AC on another, and the remaining outlets are on a breaker per wall. I did the electrical work myself (minus the sub-panel), added some track lighting, added in the paint sink, and built the benches.

Still got some work left to do… this past winter my water pipe froze (in HOUSTON TX NO LESS!), so I had to cut open the wall and insulate the pipe. Between that and the AC unit, you can see that I have some drywall work still to do, but it is moving forward, and should be in great shape sooner or later (depending on the wife’s honey do list).


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 11:22 AM

Hey Duke,
Great looking toys you have in there and well set out…good one.

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 02:42 PM

Thanks… I am working on the clutter (I think every shop has this battle), but I am really happy with the set-up so far…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 02:57 PM

Good looking shop!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 03:59 PM

Nice shop Duke. You have some really great tools to work with and plenty of light.

Thanks for the tour.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 07:00 PM

Nice shop Duke, thanks for the tour.

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

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 07:08 PM

very nice set up, i love the JD sighn. That’s my mom’s name jackie daniels.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 07:34 PM

Very nice shop – the white colour of the wall, the ceiling and even the cabinets help brighten it. Hope you have brighter future on whatever venture you take.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 04:09 AM

Very nice shop

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 04:58 AM

This is certainly a nice shop in which to work. It is fairly spacious , well lit and you have added some nice cabinetry to your shop as well. And you have some nice tools to play with.

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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#10 posted 03-29-2010 03:42 PM

I am actually debating placing a window in the shop for more natural light… just not sure where to put it (and when I can afford it). Going to hang an air filter from the ceiling near the Dust Collector, and debating adding a shelf to the North wall for more storage… look for updated pictures as I make more progress…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#11 posted 03-29-2010 08:06 PM

You froze a pipe? Ouch!

FWIW, I got clobbered with REALLY high electric bills trying not to freeze my pipes by keeping a space heater the the water softener in the shop this winter. I feel your pain…

Pretty good looking setup there. You guys in Katy sure know how to set up a woodworking shop!

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 01:24 AM

I would recommend building a counter top over the beer fridges. You need more workbench space and above counter space. You could probably incorporate the chop saw within this space to eliminate the roller cart. More floor space is a must in an organized and efficient shop. If you add more upper cabinets or shelves this will get some clutter and trip hazards off the floor. Do you have room to install attic ladder? I did this last year to get rid of my clutter and wife’s nick nacks off the floor. I agree on adding a window or more lighting. Its tough to accurately layout joinery with shadows. A perfect an orchestrated shop is trial and error unfortunately for years to come. But once your complete its great to concentrate more on projects than organizing your shop. Its a frustrating process but your on your way. You have stated well with good tools. Have fun!

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 05:38 PM

Actually, the garage is on the ground floor of a 2 story house, so there is no attic storage immediately over the garage, and the attic space in the house is very limited and small, with only access through a hole in a ceiling that isn’t big enough to move much of anything through it (I guess I could add a pull down ladder in the allway, but I have more pressing things to do). I am thinking about a benchtop over the fridge. As for moving the Miter Saw, I honestly like where it is because it is near the lumber rack and makes it easier to cut the pieces to size (I am thinking about expanding the cart, either with fold-out wings, or maybe a long platform cart with a cubby’s for cutoffs).

As for more light, track lighting is cheap at the box stores, so I am thinking of adding track lighting around the perimeter of the shop.

Thanks for the input James.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#14 posted 04-08-2010 04:41 AM

Very nice set up! Looks like you are able to handle anything woodworking will throw your way. Great collection of tools. Thanks for the peek into Your compound !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#15 posted 04-08-2010 05:19 AM

Yup. Great shop.

Thanks, especially, for the picture of the upside down, empty carton from your chest freezer :-)

Kidding. Thanks for the pix !!

-- -- Neil

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