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Workshop by SquintyPolock posted 03-17-2013 04:17 AM 1543 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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SquintyPolock

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We just moved into a new apartment building and this is my third workshop. It is much improved over shop #2 in that it has lights. LOL. I also have about 8’ of head room and don’t have to share with the laundry. I feel really spoiled to have such a great space all to myself. The space is about 450 square feet and located in the basement. I have good egress with a wide set of stairs that leads outside. I could use a few more power outlets and will add those as I build new benches and workstations.

My workbench is currently a set of field made saw horses with three pieces of plywood on top. It’s pretty solid, but not exactly flat. At the moment, it works great as an assembly table for me to construct more permanent tables. I like the 4’x8’ size and I am going to make my permanent assembly table about the same size.

I currently stage my miter saw on this table and angle the saw as necessary so the long boards don’t run into the wall; it’s a pain and I really need to get a nice long bench built.

I just cleared a big space in the back of the shop for my table was area. I have plenty of room on all sides to slide a big piece of plywood across the saw without knocking into anything. The portable table saw sits on top of an old steel wood working bench and is hooked up to a dust deputy & shop vac. I plan to build some out-feed tables and hide the vac underneath.

The homemade router table got destroyed in an accident and I haven’t made another, but plan on doing so. I have a plunge router that I use now and it does the trick just fine. I will likely pick up a smaller router for table mounting later on.

Like the last two shops, these three pieces, a good fence, a skil saw, a whole lot of hand sanding, and a lot of patience are my major tools.

My shop is humble, but I am able to produce great things from within.

Thanks for reading. J-

-- It's all in a day's work...


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JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 12:39 AM

Nice use of space. love the patina of the workbench, wonder what stories it could tell.

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Dakkar

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 01:04 AM

Thanks for sharing a look around the shop, Squint and welcome to Lumberjocks. One thing I’ve noticed from looking around this site is that some of the most impressive things can come from some of the most humble shops. You’re motivating me to finally get around to snapping a shot or two of my rather scattered woodworking gear.

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SquintyPolock

99 posts in 1648 days


#3 posted 03-19-2013 01:14 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

When I was a young man, I rembember my Dad criticizing Norm Abram for his extensive workshop, so he could make anything. That stuck with me and I philosophically disagree with Pop – you make anything from nothing – with a little bit of heart.

-- It's all in a day's work...

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 02:50 PM

Utilizing the space you have.
Kinda like the old saying, “It aint how big it is, It’s how you use it that counts”

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