I’ve gone through most of the shop tour pages as I love seeing these things, and along with the project pages, I use them to get ideas for projects, layouts etc…
A good number of things intrigued me about this site overall, and I just wanted to share them with you.
#1. It would appear the two most common table saws owned by LJ members that bother to post their shops, are Ridgid TS3650/TS3660s, and Delta Unisaws.
#2. DeWalt DW735 planers are insanely popular, next seems to be the Ridgid TP1300LS.
#4. There are more than the typical sparse handful of folks here working out of a small shed. If I recall right there is even one guy running an 8×7 plastic shed as a workshop. Not sure how, but if it works for him, why not?
#5. I thought I was a lone ranger aiming for bang for the buck, and building a shop leaning a little bit on the heavy side toward Harbor Freight equipment.
#6. Of the HF leaners, I saw no less than 10 other shops that have the same Band Saw, Lathe, and Dust Collector, including the Wynn filter modifcation.
#7 Of those HF leaners, I am the one that is behind the curve as most of those other guys also have the HF 6” floor model jointer, and benchtop mortiser.
#8. There are far fewer shops listed with dust collection than I would have expected.
#9. The majority of the shops that don’t list a current dust collector are running Shop Vac dust collection.
#10. The majority of those are wanting to upgrade to a full on dust collector.
#11. Really great stuff is coming out of some shops that look like a tornado just went through them.
#12. Lumberjocks seem to have a strange affinity for building workbenches, blanket chests, and baby cribs.
#13. Most LJ’s don’t have enough electrical service in their shops, and know it.
#14. Very few of the shops are completely dedicated shops. Most of them are shared storage spaces that share their space with things like lawnmowers, cars, camping gear and whatnot.
#15. Compared most other forums / sites I have seen, LJs seem to have a higher percentage of woodturners. Or at least more productive ones from the projects listed.
#16. For the most part, LJs do not seem to take part in the brand snobbery that has turned myself, and more than likely more than a few others off of certain other sites.
#17. Along with the near total lack of brand snobbery, there also is much more acceptance of the less experienced here. Generally speaking we can come here, and share our stupid mistakes, get advice, and even have a laugh over it.
#18. While I am on a couple of other forums that are as friendly, and helpful as LJs, they are not as active. LJs is one of the most active woodworking sites I have come across. Great if you want action, not so great if you don’t want to blend into the, ahem, woodwork….
-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com