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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 05-01-2016 05:02 PM 1292 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a very small shop and “to many” machines. But I could not resist and bought a new Excalibur 16 scrollsaw Unfortunately there was really no place to put it. Therefor I modyfied my dustcollector. Bought also a new dustcollector micro filter, which is smaller than the old fabrics one. Besides that this micro filter is also healthier. When all the machines are in rest I can store 17 on 55 square feet. Previously I thought this was impossible

The machines are:

10” Saw (5 in 1)

Moulder (5 in 1)

12” Thickness planer (5 in 1)

12” Jointer (5 in 1)

Mortiser (5 in 1)



Scrollsaw 16”

Bandsaw 16”

Lathe (2040) (Combi with disksander)

20” Disksander (mounted on the lathe) (combi with lathe)

16” Drumsander

Small router with crossing table (small machine table)

6” Wheelrrinder (small machine table)

Belt grinder (Robert Sorby look a like) (small machine table)

Drill press (small machine table)

Spindle sander (small machine table)

The lathe, drumsander , scrollsaw, bandsaw and the small machine table are all mounted on drawer cabinets. In this drawers I put the tools for the above mounted machine(s).

Thanks for watching


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#1 posted 05-01-2016 05:20 PM

Good gosh Jan. Now you’re making me feel bad because I complain to the wife that my 24’X32” shop is too small!

I bet you could pack a freight trailer full with various sized boxes and not have an inch of airspace left !

Good job, Sir!

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#2 posted 05-01-2016 05:32 PM

It just amazes me that you turn out the amount, and quality of fantastic work in that small space that you do.
Well Done my man you must spend a lot of time getting things out and putting away?

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#3 posted 05-01-2016 05:40 PM

Thanks Joe.

When your shop is 24’x32’ (instead of 32”) stop complaining. My shop is approx. 11’x17’.


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#4 posted 05-01-2016 05:43 PM


Well Done my man you must spend a lot of time getting things out and putting away?

- Dee1

Thanks Dee.
I can really quickly change from one to another machine.


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#5 posted 05-01-2016 06:12 PM

Nice to see this.
I am currently looking at building a new house for the wife and I. This will be a down size move for us. This also means I most likely will end up with a smaller shop…......... So it is nice to see that it can be done. :-)

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 05-01-2016 06:36 PM

It looks like you have made a lot of nice improvements. Congratulations

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 05-01-2016 07:45 PM

You’ve definitely figured out how to use every inch of your space. Work/Play safe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 05-01-2016 08:09 PM


You have a lot of patience, and precision which are important for woodworkers. The small space and my chaos wouldn’t go together. LOL! I’d like more space but I have my big machines on wheels.

I need to follow your example. Don’t know if I’m that patient. LOL!

Nice details in the blog!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-01-2016 08:22 PM

Wow that’s one organized and tight shop,I thought my shop was to tight but it’s not tight at all compared to yours,super job Dutchy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 05-01-2016 08:24 PM

Thanks all.

Brian Succes with building a new house. I,m curious.

Roger and Charles I had to.

Doc Follow my example and you don’t have to be that patient! You always know where it is ;)

Jim For me it is hobby (Small is okay) It is your income, so I hope yours is much bigger.


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#11 posted 05-01-2016 09:14 PM

Great write up. You sure make frantic builds, in a small space. My hat off to you!!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#12 posted 05-01-2016 09:32 PM

Jan, You certainly have made excellent use of the your small space,
makes me wish I had a level floor to take up you wheels and storage solutions…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 05-01-2016 10:32 PM

Looks like you got er all figured out.
I wouldn’t mind that new saw either, mine is on it’s last leg, it’s just waiting till it can get me in the middle of a build and put me in a bind when it quits.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs.

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#14 posted 05-01-2016 11:42 PM

Well organised but I guess it’s expected from your standard of detail. Two good thing though,
1. You wont get blisters walking long distances in klompen.
2. When you move a machine, you’ll find hundreds of screws, nut and bolts and small tools that manage to roll under those inaccessible places when they drop on the floor and no matter how hard you try you cannot find them.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 05-02-2016 03:24 AM

I know the feeling
I used to have a 12’ x 20’ garage that I used for a shop and it was tight and I had not nearly all the machines you have (lucky you ) and built cabinets in that small shop .
You must be organized so well with your work process it’s almost impossible to comprehend but the 5 in 1 machines help a lot .


-- Kiefer

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