SirFatty's Workshop

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Workshop by SirFatty posted 05-16-2012 12:37 AM 1743 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Chicago, IL 60601
United States

My shop is restricted to a two car garage. Since we garage our cars in the winter, the tools/benches have to be mobile. And since I live in the Chicago suburbs, I can’t do any work from Thanksgiving through spring break because it’s too cold out there.

-Updated 04JUL13-

The center the shop is my Porter Cable tablesaw, the Craftsman was retired after many years of service.

The center of the shop is my 20 year old Craftsman contractor saw. I bought it new and have cut miles of wood (it seems like it anyway). The Forrest Woodworker 2 with a blade stabilizer was the first and best accessory I purchased for the saw.

My bench is a all metal, heavy and on locking casters. Made by Workplace it is load rated for 600lbs. It’s height is set to work as an out-feed for my table-saw.

In the back of the shop is a somewhat recent acquisition: a 1950’s era Craftsman radial arm saw. It’s been in the family all these years, so I am the current caretaker. I have to admit I don’t find it too useful, and it isn’t the most accurate piece of equipment. On top of all that, it takes up valuable floor space. I will probably disassemble it, store it in the basement and put a band-saw in its place.

A cheap Tool Shop sliding compound miter-saw and a Ryobi AP-12 thickness planer round out the heavy equipment.

But I’ve done the majority of the projects with the table-saw and my trusty Porter Cable router.

The cabinets are made from 1/2 OSB, with some ubiquitous peg board storage below. I have wood stored whereever there is room, I have some 75 year old walnut waiting for a project, and tucked way up on top are parts from a couple pianos that I help demolish. Those will most likely end up as headboard/footboards.

It’s a small, cramped space, but it works. I might even put a furnace out there one of these days.

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:40 AM

A good shop lots of good tools too.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 01:15 AM

Its a bummer you have to share it with the cold! But you do some great work in there! You should get a furnace so you can work year round. I couldn’t stand not working in the winter!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 11:50 AM

Good looking shop. Now you better get to work out there cause winters coming. :) or get that furnace.

-- - Martin

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 02:28 PM

You have an interesting shop. I bet you have a lot of fun in there.


-- 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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#5 posted 05-17-2012 09:09 PM

thanks guys. yeah, I’ve wanting a furnace for the 13 years that we’ve been in this house.

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 12:23 PM

Nice shop!

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 01:52 AM

Thank you!

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 12:56 PM

Wow! Looks like a big workshop. Can’t wait to see more of your projects!


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#9 posted 09-16-2012 01:15 PM


Standard two car garage, so it’s of acceptable size. The downside is that come winter (usually about mid November) the cars get moved in. It would be nice to have a shop that I can leave the tools set up and have a heated space… someday.

Thanks for looking!

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#10 posted 09-28-2012 01:52 AM

Yeah! I know what you mean! In the winter are garage gets really wet! Everything is on wheels in my shop, so I can move anything anywhere!

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