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Located in Southwestern Ontario, (between London and Toronto), our shop is a work in progress.

I made a beautiful video tour of our shop but Picasa won’t accept video’s from a Mac… Go figure. So here are some photos. Not nearly as impressive as the personal tour.

Photo 1: “Come on down!! Enjoy my Mom’s paintings but don’t bump your head at the bottom. I’m only 5’ and I have to protect my head.

Photo 2: ”Take the 180 degree turn and follow RickieD into our Shop”.

Photo 3: Our Workbench – we built this first, right after the cement floor dried!! At the far end, there is a flip-up end so that we can get to the sump pump if we ever need to. Underneath are three really big drawers on wheels. They are sorted and marked for Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical. Rick and I were both really excited about this. No more “one stop shopping” for an article. You will also see behind the 2×4’s the beautiful old stone wall of the original house’s foundation. Midway down the bench is our mitre saw.

Photo 4: My Workbench – this is my little corner. (You can see that I got walls!!! .. and shelves (thanks to an old waterbed headboard). Under the leather apron is my scrollsaw. Just to the right of the sander, on the edge of the table is my Dremel router table. On the top of my shelves are a couple blowtorches that were my Dad’s, and we can’t overlook the beautiful sun picture that my first husband got from a Liquor Store. After I got two pictures he was told that they couldn’t give them away any longer. I guess someone got in trouble – but I got two beautiful plastic posters !! (Great for in the basement)

Photo 5: The Bandsaw and our wood. Enough said.

Photo 6: The Wood Shelf that we built.. and a bird house that Rick built a very long time ago.. I don’t know if he’s ever had it outside. And in the right hand corner, underneath the plastic are two antique rocking chairs that need to be fixed (and yes they are from my Great-Grandfather’s home).

Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Watch your head again as you go back up those stairs.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 01:17 PM

Hi Debbie,
I find that my workshop is always a work in progress.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 01:28 PM

it’s pretty exciting, watching it change.

When we built an addition on our house (over 25 years ago) we left the basement unfinished due to finances. It soon became the dumping ground of all things large and small. The floor was not finished, and so we had a bed of gravel and for a very long time a “swimming pool” as the workers had set it up that the water drained INTO the basement rather than OUT of the basement. That has been a big headache, let me tell you!!

When Rick moved in, it was time to take back the basement, so last year the cement was poured, an electrician was called in and our workshop began. The room is quite large so it was really exciting to envision a shop that people would love to have.

But that isn’t as stress-free as you’d think—what to do, what to do. Rick had only a small space in his home and so this was an opportunity to set things up like he’d always dreamed. The possibilities were endless and every magazine we looked at, every plan for a workshop we considered, just added another “oh, what about this” to our list and the vision became less clear.

We finally found a plan that we both thought “fit the bill” and so along one wall we have a full-length bench which holds most of our tools. The table saw and the router table sit in the middle, right behind the mitre saw, and my new work bench sits in a corner.

My husband’s mechanic tools and “big red” toolbox have come in really handy, holding and organizing tools. A “cubby” cupboard that I had used when I had a preschool in my home is now a large organizer for screws, bolts, nails, etc. I always knew that little cupboard would be great in a workshop!!

The rest of the shop is holding piles of wood (there has to be a way to organize that!!) but, we’ve only been gathering the wood for a few months so that will iron itself out in time.

Well, that’s the shop, as it stands now. A little more cluttered than I envisioned, but it still makes me smile, having seen rocks, water and junk in there for 20 years.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-18-2007 11:59 PM

Photos posted – and represent our shop at Phase II. It will probably stay this way for a while.. except for the lathe that will be coming later this spring and will sit beside the bandsaw.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-19-2007 12:47 AM

Very nice Debbie. A warm place to work (I assume it’s heated) and a dry place to work (I assume that you fixed the water problem). And you don’t have to bundle up to go out to the workshop.

Where’s the blackboard to draw your plans on. A teacher should always have a blackboard!.

Now get to work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-19-2007 01:06 AM

the blackboard is on the back of the door.
and in the 7th pix (not enough room on here to post it) are the cubbies that I used for preschool and are now nuts/bolts/screws/nails storage

oh.. and yes it’s warm (warmest place in the winter and coolest in the summer)
and it’s dry—no more water problems!!
and it’s inside.. :)
of course we are limited as to what we can get OUT of the shop… but i guess if you way the pros and cons, warm and dry wins!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-19-2007 04:00 AM

looks good

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#7 posted 03-19-2007 01:30 PM

I can relate to the swimming pool problem, when I was building the back part of my workshop there was a delay of about 3 years between excavation and building and me fixing the main drainage problem. (Still have some occasionally but is hidden by the matting).

Like the way your shop is developing, keep telling us how it improves.

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#8 posted 03-19-2007 01:31 PM

thanks :)
The swimming pool has all dried up now.

And yes the shop is developing nicely. But, after making our own boards yesterday I realized that we need a planer and jointer!! hehehee

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-19-2007 02:13 PM

Looks like a shop where woodworking will flurish, I am constantly thinking of how to move things around to make projects steps easier to accomplish….never ending story? Nice shop.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#10 posted 03-19-2007 02:24 PM

Yah.. there’s still the idea of an extension table for the table saw. Need room for that as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 03-23-2007 03:52 PM

Hi MsDebbieP-

Thanks for visiting my workshop. I came over to visit your place.

When I looked at the picture of your workbench, I could not help but think that we used the same magazine article for inspiration! It looks like you stayed closer to the prototype; you built the lower shelf and the drawers under the lower shelf. I did not create the lower shelf as I was concerned about mice in the garage. I see you have the space for the “pull out table saw stand.” In my case I decided to build the rolling cart that you see in my photo instead because of the configuration of my space.

I wonder how many folks built benches from this article…It took me along time to find the right one to build too.

I really like the painted saws; we have one my wife’s mother did.

-- John

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#12 posted 03-23-2007 05:41 PM

I thought I recognized your table!! :)
It took us a very long time as well and this is the one that we liked best. The drawers on the bottom are priceless. The shelf, well it just holds clutter, in my opinion. But we hope to build some shelves and drawers in the area – especially right by the saw. We need the pencils, squares, measuring tapes etc. right there handy and a little pull-out drawer would be helpful I think.
The space for the table saw is holding our air compressor, which we put on wheels, and there is space for a router table on wheels that we were going to build but I think that plan is changing. The hole does come in handy though for tall stuff. I’m glad that it is there.

And i like the rolling cart idea. I think that that will be one of our next projects and it will fit in there nicely. Then we can put the pencils, squares, clamps on it and move it to the machine rather than having to walk around the shop after each of the items. Brilliant idea!!

Thanks for visiting, come back any time :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 04-05-2007 11:27 AM

Nice entry into you shop with those paintings from your mother. So that’s where the first entry into the challenge came from. Now I know!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 04-05-2007 12:14 PM

yup. Got my artistry gene from my Mom … and my woodworking gene as well I guess. She could use her hammer pretty good, fixing little things around the house that she wanted done.

I’ve talked about not seeing my Dad work with wood but I do remember that for their 25th wedding anniversary my Mom got a hammer, saw and screwdriver that were for her alone (a family joke obviously). She didn’t build anything, just “fixed”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 08-03-2007 05:33 PM

i like the paintings, good use for some non functional tools

-- mjhaines

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