|Workshop by Brian Shourd||posted 04-21-2011 09:09 PM||1384 reads||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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Finally got the workshop cleaned up (more or less) so that I could take some pictures here. It’s a pretty small shop – just under half of my two car garage. In the middle of the space is my workbench. I usually stand in between the workbench and the wall, where I have the majority of my hand tools hung. My old workbench, a tiny little fold-out thing, now serves as a tool and scrap holding area while I work. It’s actually kind of nice, since it keeps my workbench clear.
Near the garage door is my table saw, a little benchtop deal on a stand. It’s certainly no workhorse, but it works fine for smaller parts.
I’ve also got me Delta drill press on a stand that’s half-done. I wanted somewhere to put the drill press as soon as I bought it, so I built this cabinet for it. I intend to put some drawers in it soon, but it was more important to have somewhere to put it than to have the storage.
On the other wall is an old shelving unit I picked up somewhere. This holds all of my power tools, sandpaper, toolboxes, drill bits, finishes, etc.
The last picture is my workbench with my crosscutting jig on it. My table saw is too small to really do effective crosscuts on stock longer than 24”, so I built this crosscut jig to use with my circular saw. It actually works very well, and I can clamp a stop block on it for great repeatability.
All in all, my shop isn’t much. I’m in the process of adding some much-needed storage. I’m thinking about some lumber storage up high (the ceiling is 9’, so there’s lots of unused space) and a wall-hung tool cabinet for my hand tools. Then I think I’ll add some shelves and doors to the shelving unit I’ve got to hide away my power tools.
I’m notably missing a band saw, which is the only large power tool I’m looking for at the moment (I’ve got a router table top that I built that hangs out of the way when I’m not using it, but it isn’t in these pictures). Now that I’ve got the majority of the tools I need, I’m just waiting until I can afford some quality tools. I’ll be checking garage sales and craigslist all summer looking for this stuff.
Hopefully you enjoyed this workshop tour. It’s not much, but I like it. With the garage door open, I get some nice light and fresh air, and I’ve got plenty of room to make everything I want, so I’m happy.
P.S. I’m thinking of putting up some insulation and drywall in the garage, and maybe an epoxy coating on the floor. Has anybody else done this? Would you do it again?