It’s almost warm again here in Ohio. I spent the winter thinking about how to make my shop more productive. While the snow flew and my tools were safely covered in WD40 I spent a lot of time surfing the web, looking at others’ shops, and playing around in Sketchup. After a while I started to notice a few of the tricks that well-laid-out shops use to be more efficient. So, I downloaded a few tool models from 3D-warehouse and took a stab at it myself. I ended up with this: ...
Well, I finally got out in the shop for the first time in 2013! I covered my tools with tarps to slow the winter rust. It wasn’t too bad. A little surface rust on the tables. Nothing some WD-40, T-9, and paste wax couldn’t handle. I also decided to remove the Rockler router table from my table saw. I could never get the height right. It made it hard to cut accurately.I am still going to use the router table, but build a new dedicated base for it. I upgraded my lighting this wint...
For those who aren’t familiar with P5, it stands for “Proper Planning, Prevents Poor Performance.” I don’t plan much. I want to, but mostly I just jump in with both feet and course correct as I go along. In this case I am hoping to someday build a seperate woodshop. With that in mind, I set up shop in my tiny 1 car garage. A garage built in 1942. 10’ x 20’...I wish! Closer to 10’ x 15’. Plus, the ceiling is less than 8’ high, eliminatin...
My shop is in our musty 2-car garage, and while the space itself is quite a bit larger than your average 2 car garage, it is awkward due to the fact we park 2 cars in it (with a single garage door), the presence of some structural posts, an ancient and ginormous furnace, water heater, and laundry. Sometimes I drool at the space a new furnace and tankless water heater would afford me, but that’s another discussion for another day… It has taken me 2 years to determine the optimu...
Hi LumberJocks! I’ve just recently joined LJ after being a long-time reader. Thanks to everyone who participates in the discussions here. Your wisdom and experience is invaluable, and you are are generous to take the time to share. You can check out my page to learn more about me and my shop, but in a nutshell I am a fairly amateur woodworker working to set up my 2-car garage into a functional workshop. We’ll keep 1 car in most of the time, and I need to get set up to build ...
I used to do the baby food and mayo jars with the lids nailed under the shelf thing.But after I joined the Navy I had to go more mobile.I started putting my screws and nails into Gatorade bottles.The nice thing is I can put a piece of bailing wire around the neck with a loop on it and hang it on a pegboard.Since the bottle is clear I can see at a glance what’s in it.Right now I don’t have a pegboard wall, but the filing cabinets (another blog entry) work pretty good for keeping th...
Yesterday I sold my Ridgid (sniff).Goodbye little buddy. But…... I got my new saw delivered and set up too… : ) manuals galoreand wired with a dedicated circuit today. But along with mo tools/mo problems I started feeling another space crunch. My bench is tall so I can’t outfeed onto it without lowering it or raising the saw. I got stressed about it last night and woke up thinking about my shop layout. So I reread a few articles and decided to try a diagonal la...
Hey everybody! I was just reading and responding to someones forum topic about shop design, and I remembered that a while ago I downloaded a Sketchup component library that contained models of most of the power equipment you would find in a wood shop. I got it from the downloads/components page of the old Sketchup (pre Google). I don’t remember who did the modeling but they graciously put it up there for anyone to download and use. Here is a couple of screen shots of the stuff thats in...
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