|Workshop by JohnnyB||posted 11-10-2011 09:20 PM||1585 reads||0 times favorited||11 comments|
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I used to envy the rich old geezers who could buy any tool they wanted, and now I am one. Actually, I’m not rich but retired. However I am getting old, and I am moving into geezerhood. I began woodworking around 1970, and I have been acquiring tools since then. My shop is half of a two car garage. Fortunately, the garage is about 8 feet longer than normal, which provides space for my bench and a counter with drawers and cabinets for storage. I have moved about eight times since 1970, and I made sure that wherever I was had a garage where I could set up shop. I have been here for 20 years, and the shop has evolved largely without the benefit of planning, but it is quite workable at this point even though it is cramped. When I began woodworking, I had a romantic notion about working exclusively with hand tools, but I gave that up when I discovered how much skill is required. I do not have a planer or jointer. I do that work with hand planes, and I am only now becoming proficient with them. I built my first bench from salvaged lumber and used it for more than 25 years, but it was too small and too light, and it would skitter across the floor during heavy planing. My current bench is made from fir lumber with a plywood top and maple skirt in front, and it is bolted to the wall and floor. It moves only when the Earth moves! And because of the economical construction, I’m not shy about drilling dog holes wherever I need them, and I don’t cry when the chisel slips into the bench top. One of my early acquisitions was a Craftsman 8 inch grinder to which I recently added a Veritas grinding jig. The 12 inch DeWalt miter saw is one of the most used tools in the shop, handy for furniture making and construction projects. When I need more space for assembly or finishing, I can set up sawhorses and an old door for a bench in the other half of the garage. Now I only envy the rich old geezers who have all the space they want! Note: the shop is in its usual cluttered state in these pictures.
-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.