|Workshop by Smitty_Cabinetshop||posted 03-28-2011 04:25 AM||9164 reads||2 times favorited||482 comments|
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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…
Before I had a dedicated shop space, I thought having one meant having power tool workstations; that having a router table and building jigs for my table saw would unlock the world of furniture building and true craftsmanship. Sounds funny to say now. I’ve instead become a hybrid worker by recognizing hand tools – planes, scrapers, #71 routers, saws, beading planes and chisels – as precision tools that are incredibly satisfying to use. 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? :-)
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.
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..
-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive