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Workshop by dawnv posted 04-28-2014 02:55 AM 1412 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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Oregon Coast, OR 97367
United States

Just started woodworking a couple of months ago. Over the years I’ve collected some hand tools, but only recently retired and decided to try my hand at a big bookcase for the living room. It worked and I’m hooked! Anyway, I cleared out a chunk of our very crowded garage. Here’s my work area.

I repurposed my hubby’s old bench, added a longer sheet of 3/4” plywood I already had to the top—it serves more as a counter that supports my stuff – not really something I can do woodworking on. Here’s my arsenal of “power” tools sitting on the bench.

Not having a rolling toolbox, I grabbed a jewelry box at a garage sale last week, removed the legs and added casters and some reinforcement for the two larger drawers. So now I have a home for my drill bits, dowel jig & dowels, screwdrivers and Dremel stuff. I’ve added the screwdrivers to the doors since I took the pic. Side pockets hold my smaller squares and a rod on the other side holds my little clippy-clamps.

I also repurposed a couple of spools hubby had put on casters years ago – now they hold my clamps, chisels, woodworking books and other stuff. I’ll be adding a rack for my handsaws to it as well.

My workbench is a Workmate for now (remember those?). Am reading lots of stuff about making woodworking benches, but for now I’m too shy to even go into our lumber store (we have no box stores nearby).

Oh, and after looking at various approaches to woodworking, I figure I’ll start out with my few hand-power tools, add some more hand tools (could really use a bench plane, etc.) and leave the heavy equipment to someone else.

So this is a work in progress – and I humbly accept all thoughts and suggestions!

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 03:41 AM

Welcome! I’m not retired but I do have the time (and now the space!) to get into this madness called woodworking, aka: making stuff :) now as well. I hit up some local pawn shops and Craigslist for some tools to get started with. You’re off to a great start!

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