I knew it had been a while since I had updated my shop tour. When I checked though, I realized that I no longer even had a shop tour posted on my homepage, so it was time.
Welcome to William’s Wood Shop. It is a 40×50 cinder block wall shop. I’ve moved things around a little since some of you visited last, so come on in and I’ll show you around.
As you enter the shop, look to the left. You’ll notice the first thing inside the door is the coffee pot table. I have to have my coffee. It is an important part of my day if I am to be dealt with. All those bottles you see is my water supply. I do not have running water in my shop and I do not want to have to go home for water three or four times a day for water to make coffee. So my boys keep plenty of bottles full for me.
Next to the coffee pot table is my boy’s entertainment center. They spend a lot of time in my shop. When they tire of playing or watching me, they have this area set up with a television and DVD player, a computer, and one of those fancy game systems. Don’t ask me what kind. I bought it but I don’t know much about that sort of thing. I have never been able to get into the games and such.
Some of you who have been to my shop before may notice all my finished work is inside the shop. One of my grown children has moved back in. He is staying in the front room of the shop, where my finished work used to be. So I now have all my finished work in the shop area. It creates a dust problem. I have to vacuum everything off about once a month to keep a two inch thick layer of dust from settling on it all. However, since putting it all in here, I like it better having all my work open for all to see when they enter the shop.
Look right and there are tables my boys play on and do homework on during the school year. Behind that you can see a lot of my junk. The front half of the shop is mostly filled with non-wood working items. So let’s move on towards the back of the shop where the magic happens.
here almost dead center of my shop, looking towards the back right corner, here is my saw station area. I have two saws. The antique Craftsman you see to the right is set up for ripping. The Ridgid does most of the cross cutting duties.
Further back is my lathe corner, we’ll get to that later.
You can also see some of my wood stash in the back. I am not a wood addict. I can stop anytime I get ready.
This center island is a built up long story. I have added, modified, and changed this area so many times that you never know what you may find hung here. It started as a simple junk table that used to sit in my utility room at home until my wife got tired of looking at it. I moved it to the shop and added the other table to it. It is screwed to the first table to make them both more massive.
Later I added the clamp racks on top of the second table. There is two different vises attached to the mass. Mostly, the first table holds different items I grab for often, like hammer, screwdrivers, chisels, you name it. Most of it is hung from various method holders I have fabricated over time. Some things, like hammers, are just in holes I made in the old utility room table.
In this photo you see the planer up front. The second table, which mostly catches cuts I make on the table saw and such while I’m preparing material for a project is here. It has the two vises attached to it too. The clamp rack is rear of that table. A 1950 Craftsman scroll saw resides here. I use it to rough cut some things coming off the saws. Under the table is my box joint jig and dovetail machine that are both built from fellow Lumberjock, Stumpy Nub’s, design.
To give you a better idea, we’re going to have to go all around this area.
Now, going clockwise around the island, here is the utility room table. You can see my throw together plane till on the end of it. Down the side I have attached holders for screwdrivers, nail punches, chisels, and such. Thin scraps get stored under this table, closer to where I do a lot of scroll work at. There is an 80s era scroll saw attached on top of the table. On the side, that big one, is a 1947 Craftsman scroll saw. You can’t see well in this photo, but there is a lot of often grabbed small hand tool type items, like pencils, awls, and such and the hammers, all on the top surface of the table.
At the other end of the island is my Delta scroll saw. This is the saw I use for all my detail type scroll work. Beside it is the front of the 1947 saw you seen in the last photo. On the other side is my drill press.
While we are standing here, you may as well look over your shoulder, back towards the back right shop corner. Here is my lathe coner. I have the two lathes and my accessory table setup here. I once had one lathe that stayed tucked somewhere out of the way. Now I’ve gotten into it more though and the lathe area wound up taking more room up than I ever thought it would.
If you notice the blue vise on the backside of that table, that is an old Record brand vise. I use it mostly for pressing pens together. It used to be on my work bench. I got tired of having to go half way across the shop to use it to press pens though, so I moved it over here. Now I need to eventually find another one for my work bench. I now don’t like walking halfway this way across the shop to use it for things other than pressing pens.
Now back in the hole that is the back left corner of the shop, this is my main, not so pretty, workbench. I love my workbench. I would never trade it for one of those fancy, pretty benches. Don’t get me wrong, those benches are nice. This table though is battle tested. I have beat on it, stood on it, hell, I’ve had three other guys standing on it with me when we put the light over the table. It does what I need it to do and has never failed to perform as it should. It just needs to be sturdy enough to take all the abuse I throw at it.
This is where I do most assembly and pretty much anything else that doesn’t require specialized tools. As a matter of fact, if I can bring the specialized tool here, I do that here too. My routers and bits are under thise side of the table for easy access. The spring clamps, dremil tools, and air nailers are hung on one end. The cordless drilled are underneath. The sanding station is at the far end.
The saw horses you see on the other side, that is where I break down large material for me to handle. There is more lumber stored under that side of the work bench and under tha saw horses.
Look even further back and you can see my resaw band saw and my scroller band saw. Both of these are shop built. Past that is more wood. Don’t look. I told you I do not have a hoarding problem.
To the left of the bandsaws you may notice two large wooden cases besides the filing cabinets. This is my entertainment center. The filing cabinets hold plans, wood working books and magazines, and wood working catalogues. The stereo is on top of the filing cabinets and is wired to large speakers that are stategically placed in the rafters all over the shop. Those two large wooden cases are my CDs.
Althought you may have noticed wood in other areas of the shop, this is supposed to be the actual wood storage areas. The ladder is there to get to the plywood that I have stored in the rafters above all this. Stop thinking what you’re thinking. No I am not obsessed with wood. I told you I can stop anytime I want.
Before you leave the shop, look back towards the back corner again to get a better view of those saw horses I told you about and the work bench. On this end of the work bench you can see my large end vise. I made that out of pipe clamps to hold large objects that my other vises wouldn’t handle. Mostly I use it to hold large pieces of woods when I route signs.
Look past all this in the back corner and you can see I have some cypress on one table and the table closest to the fridge is sycamore and some odd and end scraps that I can’t bring myself to part with until I find a use for it.
What’s that you say?
Yes, maybe I DO have a wood hoarding condition.
I hope you enjoyed the shop tour. If you’re ever in my area, get in touch with me before you come and I’ll make arrangements to show you around better. I’ll make sure to have you a clean coffee cup waiting when you get here.