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Workshop by DynaBlue posted 10-24-2009 11:36 PM 1793 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Okay, here are pictures of my shop at ‘medium clean’ settings. I hope the pictures come out in proper sequence:

North Wall- washer/dryer
East Wall- POS (point of sale) workbench, which came with the house
South Wall- Main garage door (closed because the sun glare made the place look like a dark cave. Now it looks like a bright cave!)
West Wall- Lumber wall
Outdoor wood storage- 180bf of 15 yr old air dried 5/4 rough cherry I found on craigslist for $3/bf (mainly 7-9” wide x 8’)

I think I’m fairly happy with the layout so far as there is plenty of room to move around three sides of the bench and almost all around the table saw. I need a better place and stand for the chop saw on the west wall. Obviously almost everything needs to be mobile but currently only the lathe (not pictured) has to be rolled outside to work. At night it lives between the good bench and the POS bench. I also need many more lights to allow me to work a bit later in the evenings. I have some halogen worklights but I don’t feel like using a sauna just for better lighting.

I also included a picture of my shop supervisor, Sasha. She is a wild cat that came with the house and is remarkably at home in the shop even when I’m doing mortise chopping or running the dust collector and a machine. Most happy when there are wood chips and curls on the floor so she can take a little roll in them. She strolls in, looks around a bit, demands some attention and then wanders off for a while. Just like a real supervisor!

Craigslist has been my friend for shop tools. A very special shout out goes to my wife who located (and purchased while I was deployed) my drum sander, Craftsman tool box, Bandsaw and the rolling bench under the lumber on the W wall. Her father was a carpenter/woodworker and she totally gets buying nice tools so they last. She also prompted me to buy the Sawstop (52” model, 3hp model) and bandsaw.

Thanks for looking!


-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 11:44 PM

Nice looking workshop!

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 04:15 AM

Super shop and cool tools

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 04:48 AM

Blue, you have a nice shop in which to work. It does look like you have quite a bit going on in there but you have organized the shop well and it looks like you have a good work flow. I like the cabinetry that you have. At one time I thought that shop furniture only needed to be utilitarian but have come to realize that it can have both form and function, as yours does. I also like the headroom that you have in your shop. I have 92” to work with and when I am handling long boards or sheet goods it can be a challenge not to hit the light fixtures. :) And having an area outside of the shop to store lumber is a nice idea since it frees up shop space.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. That certainly is a nice stash of cherry lumber that you have. Cherry is my favorite wood to work with and I can see a lot of potential in that stack.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 05:51 AM

Ain’t it great having a good wife? Nice setup there. Not sure how you got it all into the garage, but it sure fits. What’s the dimensions of the garage?

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#5 posted 10-25-2009 08:45 AM

Thanks for the comments. Actually, this is lucky: My wife turned down several houses in her search for our lodgings simply because she didn’t feel that there was either enough garage for me to have a shop or enough yard to have a shop built. She says as long as she gets some furniture outta the deal it’s okay if the garage floor will never see a tire.

She’s a keeper!

The garage is roughly 20’ x 23’.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#6 posted 10-25-2009 09:10 AM

Hey Dyna,
Nice set-up with some really great toy’s to play with and plenty of lumber…....sweet job.

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 02:05 AM

Very nice shop, I really like the Sawstop, I recently had a chance to use one and I fell in love with it on the first cut, it is a pleasure to use and the added safety features are a big bonus.

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 01:13 AM

Nice layout Blue.

I can’t believe your garage is that same size as mine! By comparison your’s looks empty and you have more woodworking tools that I do. I will definitely have to get rid of some of my junk.

Take care,


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 12:59 AM

Nice set up. Thanks for the tour.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#10 posted 02-01-2017 05:44 PM

You have a wonderful workshop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 02-01-2017 08:42 PM

I love your shop …. nice tools … I like your supervisor …....GREAT SHOP :<))

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