A lot of you are probably used to seeing woodshops full of tools and sawdust. Some even have woodshops that the brothers Green would be jealous of. Well, I have neither.
In my first blog in this series, I shared my opinions on table saws and told you which one I was purchasing. Today I will be talking about the space that will eventually become my woodshop. As you can see, it looks more like a garage than a woodshop but I’m going to change that over the course of the next few months. I agree with the feeling that a woodshop is a work in progress and will never be finished but I am starting from scratch. I only have a few hand tools, a crappy miter saw and a small shop vacuum.
Just to give you a little background, I have only made two projects in my life. A hardwood toolbox that I made in 9th grade shop class and a plywood portable box for electrical hook up to 110v. So, I am a complete novice when it comes to woodworking. I have always wanted to do some woodworking but I never got around to it. Sad, Huh. About 6 months ago I stumbled across a video podcast called The Wood Whisperer. (Some of you may of heard of it.) Marc inspired me beyond belief and I once again caught the bug. I scoured the internet for anything woodworking related and found a wealth of information and resources. To make a long story short (I know, too late) I am itching to build my woodshop and start making anything that catches my eye.
Ok, I have my table saw on order from Grizzly. It took a little longer than I thought because of financial reasons, but its on order. My shop is a 16’ x 22’ one car garage next to my two car garage. Its a decent space and I don’t have to give up a stall that’s used for my car. The home came with the built in shelving and workbench that you see in the pictures and they will do. (For now)
Any suggestions on equipment, shop layout, dust collection or tips and tricks would be extremely helpful. They will probably not read this but I would like to thank The Wood Whisperer, Woodworking For Mere Mortals, The Carmichael Workshop, Laney Shaughnessy, Gwinnett Woodworkers Association, Pahrump Valley Woodworkers Guild, Drunken Woodworker, and The Internet Woodworker for inspiring me to become a woodworker and getting me started on my journey. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you will come back for more.
-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin