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My shop is in the basement of an old house that probably started as a miner’s cabin. The room is about 23 X 15 but I use one end of the space for a tread mill and a weight machine (where are my priorities??) My table saw, a 10 yr. old Ryobi BT3000, is fixed, due to the rail extensions and outfeed table but my other power tools are on mobile bases so I can move them out to the work space and hook up to my dust collector. I heard another wood worker call himself “dances with tools” and that pretty much sums up what I do when I’m dimensioning lumber for a project. Another aspect of my shop is the LOW ceiling, about 6’ 7.” I’m 6’ 4” so I just fit, except for the exposed beam which divides the space. I’ve had to cover the edges of that beam with foam pipe insulation to save my scalp. One advantage of the low ceilings, however, is I store jigs, bench hooks, some clamps, assorted measuring tools, etc. between the joists.

-- Hailey, ID

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#1 posted 2347 days ago

Looks very cozy! And a shopsmith too.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2347 days ago

You have a nice shop space and a good looking set of tools too. I see that yours tend to be mobile as are mine. The one thing I did notice was your work bench being set against the wall. Do you move it out to use it or simply use it against the wall? I wouldn’t have any problem working in there. Nice tools, decent space and, since I am 5’6”, wouldn’t have any problem with headroom.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 2346 days ago

I don’t move the workbench. I wish I had the space to have a bench accessible from all sides. If I ever lose the exercise equipment??? My bench is a small Sjoberg that was so light I bolted it to two layers of 3/4 inch plywood. That seemed to help, since I can stand on the plywood while hand planing and although light, the bench doesn’t rack. As you can see I replaced the light weight front vise with a Veritas twin-screw vise. The new vise is great. So far I’ve been able to hold any piece of wood I’m working on even in the rather tight corner.

R. Lonning

-- Hailey, ID

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#4 posted 2346 days ago

The Shopsmith is model 10ER which, I believe, is the second model in the series. I got it from my father-in-law who received it as a gift from my mother-in-law when he returned from Korea in the 50’s. He made several pieces which presently adorn our house and those of his other children. It’s a heavy beast, but it runs great. I use it as a drill press, disk sander, drum sander and tool grinder. It had a 4” jointer attachment that I used until some of the cast aluminum parts gave out. I have the attachments for using it as a shaper and mortiser, and used those modes a few times until I started using a router for those tasks. Set up takes a few minutes, which I’m used to, since my space limitations dictate that I have to move things around continually during any project. The nice thing about retirement is I’m not in a big hurry and don’t mind taking things slow. I think I make fewer mistakes that way, as well.

R. Lonning

-- Hailey, ID

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#5 posted 2346 days ago

Good looking shop space. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 2341 days ago

Great shop space – be careful when you dance with the tools – they sometimes step on your toes. I agree with you on the retirement deal – who cares about getting into a hurry – now my little projects can take all day – and I do not give a hoot. Bye the bye – RL – hows the weather up North.
Getting pretty nice down here in the lower south – which is bad because the woodworking stops and the yard work begins… oh well – I love both.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#7 posted 2340 days ago

I like your selection of hand tools, planes to be specific. I think I see the Lie-Nielsen cabinet makers plane with the hot dog. I’m so envious. Great shop!

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 2339 days ago

Yeah, I love the planes. If you ever run out of space, you know where to ship’em.. heheh!

Good looking shop!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 1832 days ago

Great little workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1832 days ago

nice shop with good layout

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1295 days ago

Your shop is almost exactly the same size as mine! Very cool

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