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The shop is a bit of a mess right now but I am in the middle of a project. I love the time in spend in the shop, creating something new and useful, or just learning how to do something I couldn’t do yesterday. This isn’t my dream shop but it is so much better and bigger than what I’ve had in the past. The main shop is about 14×40, and I have a room that was supposed to be for finishing, about 14×10, but so far it is just used for storage. I have lots of wood stored in the shop now as I found some good buys on and just could not resist. The workbench is made of some of the birch from my wood purchase, and has an MDF top (4 layers and massively heavy!) and is a joy to work at. My previous bench was about half the size and of similar style and I used it for about 4 years before selling it to make this one. My current project is a mantel surround, cabinets, and bookcases that run 22’ x 8’ high along one wall of my family room.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 06-05-2007 10:50 PM

Phooey on the cleanup! Let’s see it in it’s native state! All in favor of a cleanup, say Aye! LOL…I look forward to seeing your setup. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-06-2007 03:22 PM

That’s dirty? That’s a great shop! The lumber storage under the bench is a good idea and must add even greater stability to the bench. It looks like a worthy bunch of tools. I love the TS and the big planer. Thanks for posting the pics!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 03:44 PM

The lumber ended up under the workbench only because I had no other place to put it! There are lumber racks on the wall near the ceiling and an adjacent room has another wall loaded from floor to ceiling. The bench probably weighs in at about 300 lbs by itself and is very stable. I had the wood stored in the garage for a while but with the summer months I feared the high temp and humidity in the garage would warp and cup it. So under the bench it went. I plan eventually to add a cabinet under the bench but first I need to put the wood to good use. I got a mix of 7/8 S2S birch, beech, ash, and oak, maybe 1200 bf or so, from a h/w floor mill shop that went out of business, and 600 bf 5/4 of birch from a cabinet maker that lost an client. Good prices so I had to take get it while I could. Sometimes you can get a good buy in craigslist but there most people are trying to unload construction or PT lumber or finished h/w flooring though they claim they are selling h/w lumber. But if you are careful and make sure you see a pic before driving all over the place you can get some really good deals. Not always easy to convince the wife I need more wood, though.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#4 posted 06-06-2007 11:38 PM

I was going to say a nice & Tidy workshop, but if you think it is untidy, then you are not working hard enough.

I clean my shop quickly “nearly” every night or after finishing a stage of work – I have to its too small otherwise, then once evey two weeks the doors are opened, the repirator in on and the compressed air is let loose blowin ALL the excess dust ouside.

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH WOOD – I have the same problem with my wife, until she wants something, then I can never find the right piece fore her – so I have to get more wood, then she is happy, and I am happy.

If you follow the link you will see my sollution for lumber storeage Inside. Outside I have a 6’ x 8’ x 21’ storeage shed for lumber which has been dried but is waiting to be brought inside, it sits at about 14% and takes a month or two to come back down to 8%.

I think I have about 1800 bf inside, 2300 bf outside – I am going to cut some trees later this year, to set to one side for the next 3 or 4 years, mainly Birch, Aspen, Alder and Cherry – 4” – 16/4 takes a long time to dry. If I can find anything else intesting, then I set that aside for a special project.

You are producing some nice projects from your shop – keep up the good work.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 02:13 AM


You might have too much wood for this, but I found that those hanging supports from Lee Valley (the ones made of 1/4” thich metal rod) are great. I have 2 sets of them hanging down from the rafters and I absolutely PACKED them with my wood. They’re fairly cheap to buy and easy to set up, too.

-- surplusdealdude

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#6 posted 06-07-2007 03:23 AM

Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions for wood storage. Tony’s web page is certainly worth a look.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#7 posted 06-11-2007 06:18 AM

Your shop is very organized…far from messy. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 02:44 AM

Hi Ron,

You have a very nice shop and a wonderful set to tools to play with. I love your tablesaw. You obviously have a need either for some more lumber storage or to get some projects completed but the bench serves as a useful storage area for the lumber (I am currently using my assembly table and miter bench for the same purpose).

Thanks for the shop tour.

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

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