New Shop #2: The space that will become the shop

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Blog entry by Devin posted 07-11-2009 10:36 AM 4065 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sketchup of Shop Layout Part 2 of New Shop series Part 3: Assembling and initial test of the layout (and a couple surprises) »

Well this post has been a while in coming…
We moved into the new townhouse back in May, I spent about a month painting (old place and the new), swapping out all the light fixtures, switches, plugs, taps, doors and even the kitchen cabinet doors, so the shop just had to wait.

Here’s the space before we moved in.
Walking in the door
Walking in the door

Looking to the right
Looking to the right

All the way in, by the window, looking at the exit
All the way in, by the window, looking at the exit.

Then the move happened…by the time the movers got to moving my shop equipment and collection of wood, they had lost a lot of their finesse. They just dumped everything in the shop. **Warning, the following few pictures are disturbing (at least they were to me…seriously, I felt a little sick seeing the contents of my once sacred man-cave littering the floor like so much trash)

Workbench, drill press stand and other assorted shop bits
Workbench top, drill press stand and other assorted shop bits

Table saw body, jointer base, chop saw, etc...
Table saw body, jointer base, chop saw, etc…

Pile of lumber, lathe, the top of my jointer just lying on the ground...the horror!
Pile of lumber, lathe, the top of my jointer just lying on the ground…the horror!

That’s it for now.
Next, it’s time to make sense of this chaos.
...thanks for reading

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 11:58 AM

Devin, I see a lot of potential in the space that you have available for your shop. Once you get it organized and get the “non-essential” stuff out of there you should be able to start making some sawdust.= and make some benches, shop cabinets and tools stands. The fun is just beginning!!

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 12:00 PM

Ready- Get Set- GO!
Nice space! Looking forward to seeing it as a working shop!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 01:29 PM

Hey Devin,
You have more space then some of the LJ’s and with a little planning, you should be able to turn that great area into a real fine shop.

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 01:40 PM

Devin, what looks mess will be transformed into a well organised workshop from where many beautiful projects are going to come. Take enough time to plan for the best.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 02:31 PM

Devin, Looks like a great space to set up shop. I just downsized my shop and it took a while to set everything back up and find a final resting place for each tool, etc. It was actually fun though and a great time to re-inventory your treasures and get new ideas on how you want your shop to work for you. Good luck and we look forward to seeing it when you have it set up and running. Keep us posted.

-- John @

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 05:22 PM

Painting, light fixtures, plugs, taps, doors . . . Where are your priorities man?


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#7 posted 07-11-2009 05:45 PM

look forward to the finished project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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