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Pictures of my shop space.
First pic is what the shop looks like when I step inside and look towards the bench. 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. That’ s the cabinet my Wall Hung Tool Cabinet aspires to be in style.
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 appears today.
Fourth pic is older 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. Don’t think this one’s been shown before.
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 a place for dedicated 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