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I started getting interested in woodworking a few years ago and started with a few basic hand tools and a Workmate bench in my garage. Not long after that we moved, and into a house with little basement to speak of, no garage and only a small shed so my woodworking plans were put on hold.

Last month we purchased our (almost) dream home, out in the country, near the water (Georgian Bay) with an oversized garage and huge basement (at least these were MY dream features – not necessarily my wife’s). I really enjoy using the garage as a garage, so that left me with almost half the basement for a workshop. It’s about 15’ x 30’ with concrete floors and finished walls and ceiling. Not the way I would have finished it, but it’ll work for now. Lots of room, compared to the garage I started in and I’m sure it will fill up quickly but also do me for many years to come.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 06:01 AM

Very nice. Space is always nice to have….

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 07:30 AM

Hey Mike,
Nice set-up with a cool bench….sweet job.

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 11:53 AM

Great workshop, clean and spacious – very condusive.
Anybody would want to make this shop as the place to unveil his potential in woodworking.
Enjoy working with wood the safe way.

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 03:04 PM

Mike, this is a nice looking shop that you have. It looks like you have plenty of room to maneuver between the different tool stations and it looks to be well organized. And having a window in a basement shop is a nice bonus as well since it will admit some natural light into your shop.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. That is a nice bench that you have in your shop.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 04:49 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m sure it’ll be a continuous work in process. Now to learn some of the basics so I can start building cabinets for all the tools I want/need to buy!

The bench is the Veritas Workbench from Lee Valley (about an hour and a half away from me in Toronto). My philosophy was that without a decent workbench, how can I make decent projects. So rather than butchering my first bench by trying to build it myself, I bought this one instead. I’ve had it only a week but it has already made my time in the shop more enjoyable.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 01:21 AM

ooooh what a beautiful space!

(next time we head to Parry Sound, we might just have to make a detour!!) :)

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 07:14 AM

Hi Mike

I grew up in Penetang (now living in Victoria, BC). Glad to see someone else from the area on LumberJocks. What do you plan on building?

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 02:33 PM

Hey John

If you remember the area, I’m actually over along Tiny Beaches Rd, north of Balm Beach. The mailing address is Penetang – but I’m about 10-15 minutes out-of-town.

building? Well, got lots of plans on the list – First, make a new top/lid for a blanket box that I made a couple years ago (when I didn’t know what I was doing – not that I know much more now) that the joints have ‘shifted’; end tables for the couch in the rec room; some shelves for the workshop and a lumber rack, a fire box for the wood beside the fireplace, and once I know more, an entertainment stand – and I’m sure my wife will come up with other ‘stuff’ we need. I’m really enjoying the learning experience and no matter how many mistakes I make, it’s all good.


-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 08:07 PM

Another Penetang guy….who would have thought :)

Mike, you arent too far from me (I’m on Farlain lake, back on to Awenda).



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#10 posted 01-22-2010 06:05 AM

Thanks Ryan. I look forward to learning from everyone here.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#11 posted 01-22-2010 07:51 AM

Very nice shop clean with nice tools

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 04:39 PM

Nice shop you should be able to a lot of nice work..

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