Jack Barnhill's Workshop

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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
United States

This is actually the 2nd phase of my workshop. The 1st phase was limited to about 1/3 – 1/2 of its current size (now about 10X20). After we got rid of the tent trailer because the kids got too old to go camping with us, I was able to acquire a couple more tools and enlarge my domain.

My major tools now are:

Delta contractor saw
Delta Shopmaster Bandsaw
Delta Shopmaster Benchtop Drill Press
Low-end Delta DC
DeWalt Miter Saw
Porter-Cable pancake compressor and various nail guns
Grizzly G1276 Belt/Disk Sander (not pictured)
Delta Shopmaster variable-speed grinder
Delta 13” portable planer
Various power hand-held tools

The workbench is an old utility bench that I made about 20 years ago long before I thought about getting into woodworking. I cut the legs down and put a face vice on it. It’s reasonably sturdy but far from flat.

Once I finish the major project occupying the center of the shop ( double sink vanity cabinet), I plan to begin on phase 3. I am compiling workstation and storage ideas that I hope will make the equipment configuration more compact and flexible. I’ll be sure to post the progress photos as phase 3 evolves.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 01:07 AM

Jack, you have a nice shop space in which to work. It looks like you have a lot going on in there but you have organized it well which is something that those of us with smaller shop have to do in order to get things done. But, at least, I do not see any “non-essentials” (lawn equipment, bicycles, cars) in there that take up valuable shop space. The one thing that I have always been glad of is that when we built our house we put a third garage in the basement which I later converted into a shop. I can tell you with an absolute degree of certainty that if I asked my wife to let me use HER side of the garage for shop space I would be outside in the weather before her truck would be.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#2 posted 05-10-2009 11:39 PM

Hey Jack
Great shop and well put together ,that drill press stand looks like it belongs on display in a gallery not as a drill press stand. It goes to show that you don’t need 12000 sq ft and every tool known to man to do good work. I don’t think I welcomed to LJS lots of good folks here , Welcome


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#3 posted 05-10-2009 11:51 PM

good looking shop.. i’ve never met a woodworker that does not need more space.. a small shop is a challange. yours looks good

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 05:20 PM

Jack, thats a nice looking shop.

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 07:50 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone and thanks BWW for reminding me that it’s about time for some new photos. The cabinet in the middle of these shop pics is completed and I am in the middle of installing it in our master bath. As soon as that is done then I will update the shop page.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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