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Here’s where I do all my current work. Have had this shop in my basement since 1995. It’s only 350 sq ft (I envy all of you guys with bigger shops!), but has 220V service, lots of overhead flourescent lighting, and soundproofed walls and ceilings. My family can watch TV upstairs when I’m using the table saw, router, dust collector, and only hear a low hum.
A Delta Unisaw with 52” side table occupies the center-love that machine!. All stationary tools with the exception of the drill press are on wheeled stands for portability. 2 Jet dust collectors (3hp, 1hp) keep the majority of the dust at bay, but it’s tough with a small shop, and no permanent dust collection piping.
Built the woodworkers bench out of hard maple in 1995. It’s my own design, influenced by the Veritas bench. It has 4 rows of bench dog holes, a Jorgenson front vise, and Veritas Twin Screw side vise-this design allows almost unlimited flexibilty in holding wood for hand tool and power tool work. A hand tools cabinet (it ain’t fine furniture, but it works!) is above the bench with everything in handy reach. A four drawer chest underneath the bench holds layout tools, bench dogs and hold downs, router bits, etc.-also handy to get at what you need when working at the bench.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions you guys have about tools selected for the shop, layout, how I work within a small space, etc.
My next shop (already in planning) will be in an outbuilding of between 1500-2000 sq ft in the mountains of ID.

-- Gerry

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 10:18 PM


This is a nice shop. It appears to be well organized and you appear to have plenty of tools (not that you couldn’t use a few more but that can be said for all of us). I like your clamp rack. It keeps them organized and readily available. This is about the same sq footage that I have in mine so I know how you feel about working in a space like this. All my tools are mobile and I generally cut outside unless the weather forces me inside where I get yelled at if I do any cutting (But after 31 years I am used to the occasional yelling).

How did you soundproof your walls and ceiling. My shop is located in my downstairs garage and is directly below a bedroom. If I can do anything to improve the noise transmission it would be nice.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 10:37 PM

Very nice shop! I really like your wall cabinet.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 10:49 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys.

Scott-to answer your question on soundproofing. Fiberglass batts were placed between the wall studs before the drywall or plywood walls went up. Fiberglass insulation was also used in the floor joists of the workshop ceiling. If you drywall your ceiling you have to use what’s known as Z-channel to suspend the drywalll away from the ceiling joists. This eliminates the “snare drum head” transmission of noise from the drywall to the joists-cuts down significantly on the sound levels.

-- Gerry

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 10:50 PM

Gary-thanks for the compliment on the wall cabinet. The carcass was very easy to build. Fitting the holders for the tools/planes, etc. took a lot more time. When it was done, however, it was a joy to just open the cabinet and reach up for the chisel or plane you needed for the next step in hand work on a piece.

-- Gerry

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 03:20 PM

Hi Gerry

You have a great looking shop. You are my kind of guy. Everything has a place and everything in its place. The only way a guy can work in a small shop. It is beyond me how some guys can work in a cluttered shop.

I was born in Chicago and lived in Skokie till I went to college. I have brother who lives in Glenview. Perhapes when I am back there sometime we could get together and talk some wood working.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-20-2008 08:49 PM

nice workshop mate i wish mine looked half as good to embrassed to show on here

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 05:14 PM

Another great shop, I understand the size of your space but you really made the most of it. Thanks for sharing.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 01:38 AM

Nice looking shop, Gerry.

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 06:26 PM

Very nice. I like your handtool cabinet as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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