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My Long Wait for a Workshop #1: First Video - Building Norm's Workshop Hutch

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Hi All -

Hope I’m doing this right. Beginning to construct a workshop I’ve been waiting for for a long time.

It will be a small space (at least for now). Everything on wheels.

Be kind for this is my first video attempt. I will update as I go. Thanks for watchin!

Video is Here!

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...



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Robw

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#1 posted 1206 days ago

James, looks like a nice shop shaping up. I like the PCV clamp rack, good idea. Are you going to park a car in there too? What are you using for a bench top? By the way I have considerably more then 2 clamps per year old. Take a look at my shop for ideas about packing a small shop.

http://lumberjocks.com/Robw/workshop

Rob

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JWags

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#2 posted 1206 days ago

Thanks Rob.
No cars allowed – already too small. The bench top will be 3/4 plywood over the framing, then the dark masonite. I like the idea of being able to change out the bench tops when they get messed up.

Wow – your shop is well organized – something to shoot for. Great job!

As for clamps – sometimes I think it’s just a contest. Especially when I see shops with sevendy-eleven thousand clamps on a big wall – no way that many would be needed at one time unless you were building a town.

James

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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Robw

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#3 posted 1206 days ago

James, you might think about using 2 sheets of 3/4 ply for the bench top, makes it very sturdy. One of mine is 2 sheets of 3/4 and the other is a section of butcher block that can be ordered in different sizes (used for kitchen counters). Those are both rock solid.

Rob

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ClayandNancy

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#4 posted 1206 days ago

Great looking shop. Should be pretty sharp with the Griz color scheme. I agree with Robw extra thickness with a little over hang gives a strong place for clamping.

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JWags

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#5 posted 1206 days ago

Thanks Clay and Nancy -

That 3/4 ply is going over a frame of closely spaced 2×4’s on their sides – you both still think I need 2 layers?

James

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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bluesmarky

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#6 posted 1206 days ago

Looks like you are making good progress with the workshop hutch – I made one myself & it is awesome for making sure everything has a place & every place has a thing. Keep up the good work. I have built several ‘Norm’ projects & all have turned out great so far & I have learned so much in the process. I especially like your comment that woodworkers should have 2 clamps per year of life – good rule of thumb.

-- bluesmarky..........................................."If you're here & I'm here, doesn't that make it our time?"

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Manitario

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#7 posted 1206 days ago

nice video, and looks like a good space to ww in, small but efficient! I also would echo previous comments and recommend doubling up on the workbench plywood surface; another good rule of thumb is that your bench can never be too sturdy!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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ClayandNancy

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#8 posted 1206 days ago

Depending on your intended use you will want mass. Are you planning on a woodworkers workbench like a Roubo or something similar? If you are then 1 sheet of 3/4 would be enough.

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JWags

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#9 posted 1206 days ago

Hey Blues – nice bench and hutch – I hope mine looks as good. (I wonder what ole Norm is doing now…)

As for the benchtop – yes – I will have a sturdy wwer’s bench later – this is for general use – small projects and nothing too big or heavy. Also a place to set up miter saw, mortiser, small assembly, etc.

Thanks for the great feedback – I really like this website community!

James

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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JL7

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#10 posted 1206 days ago

Hey James – this is great space to enjoy your time – well thought out and efficient. Good job on the video also, sometimes easier said than done.

Looking forward to your future updates.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Woodenwizard

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#11 posted 1206 days ago

Thanks for the video. I liked the clamp storage idea. May try to use it in my shop. Nice to hear from a fellow Colorado woodworker. I will be looking forward to future updates.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Jeremy Greiner

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#12 posted 1206 days ago

2 clamps per year old, hmm I need some more clamps.

Great looking shop so far.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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nobuckle

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#13 posted 1206 days ago

James, it looks like you are going to end up with a fine shop. You really have some very nice equipment. I like your method for acquiring clamps. By your calculations I should have 84 clamps. If this were so I would be over-run with clamps in my 9’x11’ shop. It is a nice thought though. Good job on the video. Keep em’ comin’.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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RobWoodCutter

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#14 posted 1206 days ago

James,
nice to others “branding” their shops with the color of their tools. I figured there was only one or two other eccentrics like me that did it. I ended up with mostly PM tools so I created this knee wall around three walls of the shop.

I am in the planning stages of building wall of “Norm” base cabinets, but want to incorporate a RAS, a SCMS and a router lift table in the range of 22’-24’ long. Will keep my eye on your progress.

As far as two many clamps, after counting mine, I guess it’s time to get out the walker and head to a nursing home. 2 per year, arrggh.I am starting to feel real old about now..

Rob

-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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JWags

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#15 posted 1206 days ago

Wow – thanks to all for nice comments.
Rob – LOL – yes you indeed have some clamps! Love the colors.

Progress – got the bench top done and finally the window arrived. I now have even better light, and a great view!

James

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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