Tour Of My Workshop

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Blog entry by gdpifer posted 03-06-2011 04:45 PM 2133 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my last post I told a bit about building my workshop from material salvaged from an old house. ( In this post I’d like to take you on a brief tour of the shop.

With both doors open you can look straight into the shop. My Jet contractor saw sits near the center of the shop. Most of the cabinets and benches are recycled cabinets and benches made from reclyled material. On the backside of the Jet saw is a bench/out-feed table I build from used 2 X 4’s and some OSB. The top is from an old solid core door I pulled from a dumpster a number of years ago.

To the left side of the shop sits my Delta drill press, recently acquired from CL, my DeWalt miter saw, and at the far end of the shop is my Craftsman Router Crafter. The router crafter was located on E-Bay, was in a box that had never been opened although purchased new by the seller’s father 13 years earlier.

This pix was taken from in front of the Craftsman Router Crafter looking toward the right side of the shop. You can see my HF scroll saw that has been in storage for over 15 years and my Delta 1” belt sander. The belt sander is mounted on another bench built from mostly recycled material.

Here is a view looking back toward the door across the out-feed table and Jet saw.

This last photo is of my chainsaw grinder, which is just to the right of the door. Hanging on the wall behind it is my certificate of completion from the Foley-Belsaw Saw and Tool Sharpening School, January 1994

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 04:57 PM

Its all about the credentials. Nice looking shop. Looks functional.


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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 04:58 PM

Nice shop, excellent reuse of materials. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 05:22 PM

How do you like that JET tablesaw, my friend? I’ve got the same saw and I wouldn’t part with it for the world. Really nice shop with some rustic character.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 05:26 PM

nice shop :-)


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#5 posted 03-06-2011 05:34 PM

Its a very nice shop. I love all the natural light from those windows. Its so clean!!! Where do you store your wood?

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 07:07 PM

I LOVE THE SHOP! I am a huge fan of an “old shop” feel! I think there’s a great contrast between modern machines an an old room. I put 100 year old cedar siding on my shop walls and am going to install 110 year old hardwood floors next year. Maybe some rough sawn beams in the ceiling if I can find some.

This is an old photo of mine, showing the siding I refer to on the walls. (I’ve done a lot of rearranging since this was taken)

Anyway, I love your shop- one of the best I’ve seen!

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 07:10 PM

Jack T and I have the same thought on this one, just love all that natural light. Also the hardwood flooring is a major plus in my book. Great use of space and recycle cabinets it a beauty of a workspace so inviting, thank for the tour I enjoyed it …BC

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 05:54 AM


Thanks for posting your shop. I really like taking the shop tours. You’ve come through with the originaztion of all your tools, and used all the room to good use. I really like a clean shop, and you’ve come through quite nicely on all asspects…....... Good use of eveything that I can see…..Good post….. Rick.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 01:08 AM

Thats a nice looking shop.

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 01:11 AM

Great shop and some cool tools too.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 01:19 AM

Nice shop. I love seeing the things people do with reclaimed materials. Thanks for the tour!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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