The Basement #19: Woodshop Tour Video

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 09-23-2011 05:03 AM 3697 reads 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a little shop update – sorry for all the edits, it was way too long so had to shorten it up a bit. Always appreciate the support and comments….........hope you enjoy:

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 06:28 AM

Man, what a shop. You have enough tools to outfit two shops. You have some very original ideas for organization that I like. I have never seen the air tool hangers before. I see what you mean by the open concept. Everything is visible. I have tried to put a lot of my smaller items in drawers and behind shelves. The downside of course is out of sight, out of mind. Nice video tour…...........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 06:59 AM

redryder – thanks..but I can’t take any credit for for most of the concepts. The air tool holders have been used by the Matco/Mac/SnapOn tool truck drivers for years. The open tool thing is basic Lean Concepts – credit goes to Toyota because they really started it.

I studied Lean Manufacturing techniques for many years, and my shop has a long ways to go…...but it is really about continous improvement…...

Thanks for the comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 12:09 PM

Jeff, you have a pretty nice shop to play in. It looks like you have it arranged pretty well and you certainly have a nice set of tools. It looks like you have put a lot of planning and effort into making your shop effective and efficient. I would enjoy working in there. Thanks for the taking the time to film the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 01:58 PM

Nice shop Jeff. I wish I had that much wood. Like you I am always moving my tools around, to see is I can get a better layout.

Thanks for the video.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 04:01 PM

Great shop, thanks for the tour. Like you, I prefer the open concept as well.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 04:25 PM

Enjoyed the tour, good use of space.
I noticed that your air filtration system is mounted over your dust collector. How is that set up working for you in dust control? It seems to go against what I’ve heard, but its a good space saver idea.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 09-23-2011 04:53 PM

Scott, Tim and Jack – appreciate the comments!

Greg – there are actually two jet filters in the shop, one on each side of the shop. Both were Craigslist finds, and picked them up for $75 and $50…..gotta love that! It was because I got a good deal on it that is is there at all, in other words, wouldn’t be shelling out $400 to mount an air filter over the collector…...

I would not typically use the dust collector and the air filter at the same time in your example. It was mounted over the collector simply because of space – with a 7’ ceiling, you need to mount these outside of your walking space! I use it for sanding projects and such where the downdraft table isn’t as effective…...

Thanks for the comments..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 09-23-2011 04:58 PM

I like taking the shop tours and seeing all the different set-ups that the LJs create, and the placement of their tools and machines….good use of space in your basement. I’m not trying to be critical, buit I think you need to put a little more “life” in your video presentation….it sounded too monotone, and you almost sounded bored… Good presentation with the video camera, just “liven it up a bit”.....If you’re happy with your shop, you’ll be happy showing it off…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#9 posted 09-23-2011 05:06 PM

Hey Rick thanks for the feedback! I guess Steveinmarin has nothing to worry about here! I am proud of the shop and will liven it up on the next one…..thanks.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 09-23-2011 06:30 PM

Thanks I was wondering about that, I must of missed the other one.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#11 posted 09-24-2011 10:57 PM

Nice shop, Jeff. Thanks for thee tour.

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#12 posted 09-25-2011 12:46 AM

Nice shop! I watched the shop evolution video too. You have made some major improvements and gained a ton of space. Thanks for showing it off!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#13 posted 09-25-2011 01:39 AM

Hey Charles – thanks for the comments, I really appreciate it…

Brett – thanks for noticing – there was a major shift in the shop plan – had to redo the dust collection, which would normally be no big deal, but turned into a big deal…...anyone experienced that?

Appreciate all the comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 09-26-2011 04:37 AM

Hi Jeff. Seems you ┬┤ve been busy this weekend. Lol. At least you used the tiny broom down there.

Terrific shot of the workshop. I enjoyed the video. Thanks for the update.

Yes no matter what, whenever I start any no bog deal fixing, I make the way to create an even worse matter at the end.
Now I feel better.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 09-27-2011 12:38 AM

Hey Fernando – thanks for comments! Having the shop in the house, you kind of have to keep up on the dust and cleanup a little more…...but you know that.

I don’t suppose the shop will ever be done, but I’m thinking it is closer to what I want…..or is it? :)


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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