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Hinsdale, IL 60521
United States

My shop is set up in a 20’ x 17’ basement room. Finished basement, poured concrete floors with an epoxy painted finish. Very easy cleanup!

I have 1.5 years of woodworking experience. in that limited experience I’ve built a few nice pieces I’m proud of. Nothing terribly difficult as I’m still lacking a TON of experience as well as equipment.

If anyone in the greater Chicago area needs an apprentice I’m looking for a teacher. My time is free.

I am 100% self taught. While this is good for the initial curve I know it is holding me back without proper teaching. Box joints and dove tails took me a solid week to get a tight fit. I’m willing to look over the shoulder of someone more experienced than me for free.

Looking to better my craft. If you have a bigger project and need a monkey as a second hand feel free to shoot me a pm.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 63 days ago

Looks like a great shop.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 63 days ago

I agree with Jim. All you gotta do is make it feel right…............

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 62 days ago

We are on the same page, same saw, same DC and shop vac. but a much better looking space. Enjoy.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#4 posted 62 days ago

Now that sure is a good looking space to work in. Nice tool setup too!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#5 posted 60 days ago

Best way to build your skills is to build yourself your tools, like an apprentice of old.
Shooting board
Cabinets, Tool Cabinet.
Bench, assorted tool needs..
As you go along you’ll learn to fix your mistakes and turn your skills into skills that an apprentice would have learned.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 60 days ago

Thanks for the kind words!

I built the rolling drill press cabinet, sleds, outfeed tables etc. Learning by building by myself has been a great learning process and I will continue everyday to do so.

Simply throwing it out there that if a veteran carpenter needs an extra hand on a larger project in the chicago area I’m free to lend a hand and observe someone with more experience than me.

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#7 posted 58 days ago

(Owen McKenna Rio Rancho, NM)

Looks great. I wish my shop was that neat and orderly.

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#8 posted 58 days ago

That’s a nice shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 57 days ago

Wow, that’s a tidy, clean workspace. Welcome to LJ, you’ll love it here.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 54 days ago

Nice shop! Thought I’d offer my 2 cents on your partial roubo bench. I’ve learned its pretty hard to build a bench without a bench. I unfortunately used a couple hundred dollars of maple and didn’t have the tools or the skills to make the best use of it so I’ve got a 60% completed mediocre bench. Then I decided I’m not trying to impress anybody, but I need a bench so for under a hundred I bought a bunch of the best 2×4’s I could find and completed a very sturdy and useful bench. I bought 2 entry level vices and know now why I will upgrade when I build a “real” bench. Moral of the story from perspective is why don’t you grab $50 worth of dimensional lumber and give your completed top a temporary stand (that you most likely will enjoy for years : -)

The process of building the bench is where you learn how you really should have built your bench.


PS I like your attitude of offering to help without pay. A noble and rare view of work these days! I hope you find a great mentor!

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#11 posted 52 days ago

Great looking shop, very organized.

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#12 posted 51 days ago


Took your advice and got a flat workbench to finish the roubo build, which at the current rate will be finished sometime in 2027.


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