Maclegno's Workshop

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Workshop by Maclegno posted 01-15-2010 02:20 PM 2404 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My Workshop, or Studio as we call it rather grandly in Italian, is in reality a two car garage (maybe 1.5 American).

As you can see my studio is not the magnificent Professional workshop that all the American woodworkers seem to possess, Apart from the lack of choice in tools etc. I am too poor to afford thousands of dollars in equipment. Also my wife would kill me LOL

Studio closing down
This is a very large Tool box which hangs above my bench (a reinforced old kitchen table) and will transport most of my hand tools if I have to move

Bench and Wall-Toolbox

Tool Box (left section)
Tool Box (middle section)

Tool Box (right section)

-Lathe and power tool cupboard
This view shows my lathe (with shop-made disc sander), and old cupboard holding hand power tools. Note that they all have leads of about 12" this saves all the hassle of coiling lots of cable. I use one long extension cord instead.

O-head lighting
This hangs over my saw table giving a perfect light where needed without interfering with the job. It’s an old re-cycled Anglepoise lamp If, like mine, the shade is missing, use a spotlight bulb.

my library

My Library


This is the setup in my studio for photography with a black sheet on a roller hanging down over my workbench forming a horizon free backcloth

I enjoy making holders for my tools
Squared Away
Squared Away
The Stanley plane, lower left, had terrible plastic handles when new, now they are walnut and beech. Good use of small scrap bits
Never Enough
.Never Enough

Various Woodstains
.woodstains etc.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 04:39 PM

Maclegno, how about posting some pictures of your shop? I would enjoy a visual tour of it. Since I rarely get out of the states this may be the only opportunity I have to visit your shop. :)

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

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 08:53 PM

Here are some Photos Scott hope your not TOO disappointed (looks more like a scene from the film Pinocchio)
I will post more when I get a chance to tidy it up a little.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 09:04 PM

This is a nice shop space that you have. The tool cabinet that you added to your shop is a piece of shop cabinetry that I would love to have in my shop. It stores and organizes a ton of hand tools while occupying a relatively small footprint. You also have a nice collection of hand tools. That is an area of woodworking that I have sadly neglected. I have made a resolution to try and improve them but seem to make little progress.

I am looking foward to seeing more pictures of your shop. I am sure I would enjoy working in there.

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

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 02:18 AM

Nice shop, remember its not the tools that make a good woodworker what he is, its a woodworker that makes his tools what they are, looking at that camra stans that you make and I think its a no smoking sign in the background? You do some nice work. Thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 09:25 AM

You have a nice set of tools and you put them to good use. A modest tool collection in the hands of a good woodworker can work wonders.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 10:54 AM

Hey Maclegno,
You have all the essentials there and close to hand…sweet job.

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 11:28 PM

Nice shop. Neat set of tools. My shop too is small but still a shop and I make do.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 12:11 AM

Hey! I loved that movie and Jeppeto was a woodworker too!
I like the nice cozy look of your shop.
Looks like you have what you need. Us Americans are lucky in some ways. (we are also tool collecting fanatics when we can afford it). LOL

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 02:18 AM

Nice shop with good organizing fixtures

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-20-2010 07:05 AM

Maclegno, now that “shop” is what I would gladly call a “studio”... very, very nice. I love all the hand tools, books and it’s not grandiose just worn and comfortable like a fine pair of gloves. Great workshop. I hope the one I am building gets that feel to it.

-- John ..."Measure twice, cut once and always do a finger count right after that..."

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#11 posted 01-26-2010 01:52 AM

That looks like a very warm, comfortable and inviting studio.
I am sure you get much pleasure from being there.
Thank you for sharing it with us, and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 07:34 PM

Maclegno, if you think that we all have “large, professional workshops” perhaps you should give up the grappa and go back to the single malt. I think that perhaps Scotsmen get a little squirly if they been away from the peat for to long. :) lol

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 02-01-2010 07:41 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#14 posted 02-03-2010 01:21 AM

Never look at Americans and paint with such a broad brush. There are those on this site that make almost no money and there are those who have a great living, that will be shown in the workshops Where they spend there free time as with your studio it fits the way you work and how you enjoy your passion. I with others believe your studio in very nice, with that said if they enjoy there passion for woodworking as much as you do then lets not judge people by there tools but the merit of the person and craftsmanship that comes from there soul. Thank you for posting your studio I have enjoyed a snap shot into your life and may you create all that you desire. p.s. please take a look at my workshop.


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#15 posted 02-03-2010 03:20 AM

NoKnotSorry if you took me seriously I was just poking gentle fun and being a little overwhelmed

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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