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Pictures of my shop space.

First pic shows the look of my primary work area before a new wood floor changed things up a bit. You can see my first attempt at a plane till plus the “Inspiration Piece” wall cabinet mounted left of the window that my bench faces. It is called that because my Not-Wall-Hung Tool Cabinet was patterned after said vintage piece.

The second pic is the ‘oldest’ of my work area of the shop. It predates the purchase of any of my handtools and is taken before I built my workbench. Truly the Dark Ages, and the one immediately following is a kind of before-and-after of the space with how it appeared years later.

Fourth pic is also an older one and is a shop view to the northeast of my bench area, where a cabinetmaker’s bench is visible but has since moved to my dad’s shop. There’s also my assy bench (a few inches too high, but full of drawers), Folder’s cans and a wall cabinet from a now-gone hardware store.

Fifth picture in the series is the clutter that was in front of window, before being cleared away in a recent purge. I just like looking at the pic. :-)

And final pic is from deep in the shoproom, looking forward, with a ‘new’ reclaimed wood floor just as it was put down being admired by my Dad. It’s been sanded and refinished since then, and I’ll get those posted here one of these days. They are posted below, if you’d like to read the posts. They’re actually pretty entertaining!

My workspace is centered on hand tools but includes such Eisenhower-era Craftsman stationary tools (King-Seeley) as a shaper, table saw, jointer and band saw. A key power tool is my beloved DeWalt MBF 9” RAS… I won’t hesitate to power up for the rough work, but I’m mostly a hand tool guy. For what it’s worth. Galoot index, anyone? :-)

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UPDATE, Dec 2011: Additional content below closes the loop on the building of a partition wall that defines the actual shop space from the rest of the building. Been in work for a couple of years, now complete on the shop side, insulated and awesome.

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UPDATE, Oct 2013: New content in the posts below deal with adding a ‘new’ shop floor to my workspace. It is also a project that I’ve envisioned for quite some time, and it’s nice to actually see progress. Shop completely emptied, floor cleaned and sealed, insulated and built-up with reclaimed T&G pine..

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-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive


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redryder

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 08:16 AM

There’s a lot of chips on the floor. Somethings been going on there….........

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

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Splinterman

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 09:07 AM

Hey Smitty,
Snug little shop and lots of cool planes…nice one.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 12:45 PM

Smitty, this looks like a pretty nice shop in which to work. From what I can see so far you have put together a pretty nice collection of tools with a nice mix of power and hand tools. I am looking forward to seeing more pictures of your shop when you get a chance to post them.

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

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HokieMojo

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 03:17 PM

It looks like your shop is heavy on the things you need and light on the things you don’t. I particularly like the RAS, handsaws, and planes. welcome aboard.

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Eric in central Florida

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 09:59 PM

That looks like a shop I could be real comfortable in.
Thanks for showing it.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Bertha

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 10:01 PM

Where’s Neil, he’s going to love that RAS. Smitty, Nice shop with a bunch of handplanes; I bet we’d get along fine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 12:46 AM

I guess I’m not the only one that uses the Folgers plastic coffee cans!

-- Garry, Kentucky

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8iowa

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 01:06 AM

That’s a neat old bench – lots of character. You’ve got a pretty nice collection of handsaws also.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 01:53 AM

@Garry – Folgers cans rock!

@8iowa – bench supposed to have come from a nearby organ company; I bought it at auction, no way to know for sure. I built the top drawer (it was missing) and fixed the tail vise, and love using it. Is it hard, serving two benches? Yeah, sure, I guess so. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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NBeener

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 05:33 AM

Al: I’m not far. I could SMELL that MBF ripping :-)

Very nice shop. Thanks for indulging my need to see other RAS’s at this point in my life.

Do I see a benchtop mortiser ? Which one did you get ? 1/2HP Steel City Like it

GREAT bench, and a great collection of hand tools. Very much looking forward to seeing your projects.

Thanks for sharing the shop pics !!

-- -- Neil

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 03:43 PM

@Neil – Good catch, and you guessed it on the mortiser. It’s a Steel City and I love having the ability to choose between hand or power when it comes to mortises. That, and I had aspired to drill square holes since the very first time I saw Norm do it on the NYW. :-)

And love the progress on you RAS redo!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 04-08-2011 05:18 PM

Smitty, thats a nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#13 posted 04-08-2011 05:56 PM

Smitty & Neil, I also like the ability to cut machine mortises when my shoulder tires of the hammer and chisel. I looked hard at the Steel City but ended up going with the JET. So far, I’ve been pretty happy with it, although the factory chisels leave a little to be desired. I got an extra set of the shopfox. Smitty, if you don’t mind, I’ll post a picture of it here in case Neil would like to take a look.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 01:20 AM

Looks like a nice tool!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 04-30-2011 06:40 PM

That Jet mortiser looks nice, I like it.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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