My Workshop Remodel #6: No Tool Is An Island Unto Itself

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 02-24-2012 12:45 AM 9158 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have come quite a long way since the last posting that I did to the blog. Work had gotten hectic once more and I did not have the time I needed to devote to fitting out the shop.

I built an island around four of the tools that are too big or too heavy to move around. My table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, and mortising machine are part of the center workshop island. I also have an out feed work table behind the table saw that is 42” deep and 72” long. When I built the island I used 3” screws to join the 2×4 frame together and 2” Kreg pocket hole screws to screw each leg to the floor, this island / bench is not going anywhere, it is rock solid. Under the workbench is going to all be wood storage and I have started filling it up already. The empty area between the table saw rails are reserved for a router lift.

I built a two level work area against the wall by the overhead door that holds my CNC machine, drill press, and spindle sander. I plan on making some roll out storage that will go under the work area to gain the most out of the space.

I have my buffing and sharpening systems on the cabinets against the wall adjacent to the interior of the house and have added two French cleats to the wall. I will be building tool cabinets and other storage systems that will hang on these cleats to help in keeping my tools organized.

I still have a long way to go in finishing up the workshop, but it is now in a useable condition.

Once more I am starting with my before picture and then some of how the shop looks now.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 01:23 AM

Looks great! Makes me think that an island like this may work in my new shop. Congrats on completion!

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 01:27 AM

i think im dizzy … i bet itll reduce the amount of back and forth from one corner of the shop to the other .. less walkin more woodworkin. I like it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 02:23 AM

That is quite the transformation! It must be rewarding working in there, knowing what you did to get to where it is now.

I’m in the throws of setting up my first shop. It has still got a looooong way to go, but it is usable. So, I know you are feeling justifiably proud of your progress.

Thanks for sharing your workshop metamorphosis!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 04:06 PM

This looks like a wondrous transformation Otto, really well organized. I love the ‘island’ idea, and also your cabinets along the wall. Only one small thing I might change would be to spin the bandsaw 90degrees so that the infeed side would take longer boards. Congrats on your successful update. I’m sure you must be enjoying your woodworking a lot more now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 02:20 AM

Wow!!! hey that is great…. I have seen this done before but not this well done. I can’t work to well in area that is a pain to find a flat spot, looks like you have several. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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