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Located in the basement of our ranch style home, my current workshop is twice the size of my last basement workshop. With all the extra space, compared to what I had previously, I now have a little more freedom to experiment with different ideas and layouts that really help me to be more efficient and thus, hopefully, leading me to being more proficient also. I’ve tried to layout the shop with areas dedicated to specific tasks or at least groups of tasks.

At the far end of my shop is an area dedicated to my big machines, the ”cutting area” this consists of my miter saw, band saw and table saw. Also included in this area is my thickness planer. Even though I have more space than I previously did, I still have most of my large tools on some sort of mobile platform so that I can easily move them in and out of use as I need them. I placed the mitersaw and tablesaw adjacent to each other, this is especially useful for when I’m doing both rough and finish dimensioning. It’s rather easy to move from one to machine to another as the task requires, not to mention that dust collection is easier considering that my smaller dust collector works best when it’s attached to a single machine.

Next up is the ”lumber storage” area. This is also at the far end of the shop and consists of multiple adjustable shelves that stretch across the width of my shop’s wall. I located the shelves above and around my mitersaw for easy access of lumber as I need it for a project. Not to mention that by having a storage area dedicated to lumber really helps to keep the shop more organized.

At the other end of the shop is the ”workbench” area. Not only does this area consist of my workbench, but an assembly area for the majority of my projects and storage areas for my hand tools. I really can’t complain about this shop at all, in the year that we’ve lived here I’ve had the pleasure of making several pieces for both my family and friends.
Thanks for visiting, Matt

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#1 posted 12-25-2006 12:35 AM

Matt, no way you do any work in that shop – just too tidy! I envy your shop and equipment. Very nice!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 04-05-2007 11:40 AM

Great shop,Matt.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 04-05-2007 11:44 AM

Excellent space management….Great Shop

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 04:40 AM

thanks Sawhorse. Small shops require a lot of thought, although I think I over analyze things to much sometimes. Especially considering that after every project I spend too much time trying to figure out where things would go better.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 06:37 AM

Looks nice.. I am just finishing mine and have been listening to your podcasts to try to get ideas of things to build… Been thinking about those toy tables…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 04-06-2007 04:41 PM

There’s nothing better than breaking in a new shop!! Those toy tables were alot of fun to build. Very straight forward and once my son had them in his room I was glad to see the floor again. But I’m afraid I might need to make at least one more.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#7 posted 04-14-2007 09:37 AM

Nice shop.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 06:26 PM

Hey I’ve got alot (100’s ) of wood. Love your stuff

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#9 posted 05-18-2007 06:33 PM

So that’s what my shop looks like. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to step into it, that I was starting to forget what’s in there!! Thanks for taking a look and stopping by.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#10 posted 04-05-2008 02:57 AM

Hi Matt,

I have been scrolling through these workshop posts tonight and didn’t realize that I had seen this one before until I read the signature line. You have a nice space in which to work and a nice set of tools. I really like your hand tool collection.

Thanks for the shop tour and keep the podcasts coming.

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

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#11 posted 04-08-2008 04:38 PM

Thanks Scott,

The shop has had a few changes since these pics were taken, but the floorplan is essentially the same. I really should do an updated tour. Of course, once again I’ll be changing things around very soon. It seems like every project makes me think of a different way the work could flow through easier.

It’s a disease!!!

But thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#12 posted 04-25-2008 05:19 PM

Hey, Matt!

I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while now, along with Marc’s. Very cool. I’m in the process of setting up my fifth shop, this time in an old, decrepit barn.

My question for you today is this: I studied your workbench for some time. It looks like it has some traditional hand-tool features, particularly the leg vice and board jacks using a pin and hole index. What I found interesting was that the leg vice was on the right-hand leg of the bench, and the jacks were to the left. Are you a southpaw, or did you just get used to doing things this way (I hang up my shirts backwards from everybody else because I was a southpaw until some misguided schoolteacher made me change…)

Thanks for the tour!

Mack, who is envious of anyone who has a concrete floor right now…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 04-25-2008 05:32 PM

Matt, Thanks for the shop tour. It looks great. I can’t help noticing your vintage band saw, I can’t make the manufacturer.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#14 posted 04-25-2008 08:53 PM

Hi Mack and Bob thanks for commenting on the shop. I really should update the pics soon but essentially the players are still the same.

Mack I am a Southpaw and so that’s why the bench is set up the way you noticed it. I golf (actually it’s more like aerate the course) right handed and the same with swinging a bat. But I’ve always held onto my left handedness and so I set up my bench to take advantage of that.

As for the bandsaw and actually the tablesaw too Bob. They’re both Sprunger Bro. tools. They originally belonged to my grandfather, and although they need a little extra attention from time to time they’re working pretty good for being about a half century old.

Thanks for commenting.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#15 posted 06-13-2008 01:45 PM

Nice shop Matt.

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