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THE SHOP:

This is an older shop, first started in 1985, and is a multipurpose shop, including electronics, a ham radio station in disuse, some handyman equipment, etc. My intent is to retain rudimentary electronics capability, with that function being markedly compressed, and essentially convert the shop into a woodworker’s shop. The following is the shop as it exists now. These pictures were also used in the third installment of my blog describing the shop and my plans. This is a condensed and more to the point version of that blog description.

First a little description. This is the back half of a 2 stall wide garage, two cars deep. Essentially, a double car garage. This is a 20.5 feet by 20.5 feet space. My SPACE (now talking about floor dimensions) has one totally immovable object imbedded in it, a 96×41 inch stand upon which resides the water heater and two furnaces…I know, but it is just like the cowboys with two pistols instead of one….Another less immovable object is a 31×32 inch freezer. Once we have totally remodeled, and the miscellaneous prepurchased doors and such are gone, that freezer might be moved. About two years from now I think.

Shop – from the front (near the cars). You can tell by the bottle that I was busy lubricating the saw……......

Shop – old kitchen cabinets installed as an electronics area in 1985. Also contains the sink. The Xmas lights are from a few years ago when we had the whole kitchen installed down here, even had the ice maker running on the fridge…during a remodel of course. Note the brown lamp at the right. Purchased in 1959 to go to college with. Still has the original bulbs. Either those are the world’s greatest bulbs, or I didn’t study very much……..

Shop – from the rear, looking towards the cars (not in the garage at this time). Notice the 3 project tables I made about 20 years ago with picnic table fold down legs. The tops are loose and replaceable. Nice to be able to fold them away when this space was used during a big remodel for storage. I also use them as outfeed tables, they have adjustable leg heights.

Shop – the main workbench, built in 1971 from 2×10 for top, 4×4 for legs, and 2×4 for the rest. With a 3/4” plywood Watco treated top. Put together with nuts and bolts, and some lag screws. Needs new drawers, but is otherwise, as you would expect, indestructible and works like new. Notice the freezer, central vac, miscellaneous cabinets…….....

Shop – back bench. Bunch of small power tools. Note dust collector on the edge at right. I plan to demolish this bench put the tools on movable stands, or other.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1779 days ago

Great shop Jim ,super layout and great tools ,thanks for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1779 days ago

Jim, this is a nice shop. It looks to be well organized and you have space in there to move around between the tools and the benches. It looks to be well lit and you have added plenty of storage capacity with the cabinetry and pegboard. I am a big fan of using pegboard for storage of hand tools. It is an economical method of quickly adding storage and keeping hand tools organized.

You have some nice tools to play with as well. Bummer about the “non-essentials” being in your shop and occupying space that would be better suited for the addition of more tools but I guess they have to go somewhere. One of the things that invariably leads to “discussions” between my wife and I usually revolve around her desire to store things in MY shop space. Of course I always get the last words in- “Yes, dear”. :)

Thanks for the photos. I appreciate the tour.

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1779 days ago

Jim and Scott:

I think I will gain a lot of storage space by moving electronics and some general household stuff out of the old kitchen cabinets and into “dead storage” space, meaning space only used for storage, rather than a workshop. Then I plan to add cabinets with tool storage on the outside and inside of the door, such as with pegboard, and then have the shelves, or additional hanging space in the cabinet. I will probably make these in an assembly line cookie cutter style, with standardized grooves, french cleats, etc. But this will not happen for the next 3 to 6 months I expect. I will replace and revamp the kitchen cabinet area, but maintain the “counter space” concept, just different surface. Oh well, lots of plans.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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TheDane

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#4 posted 1779 days ago

Jim – I see you use the same type of lubricant that I do! Be careful … after lubrication I sometimes think I can get by without using all of those safety devices with my power tools! (LOL).

Your shop looks well organized!

What I wouldn’t give to have as much space as you have! When my house was built, the two stalls in the garage were as deep as yours … until some idiot built a laundry room in the back of the garage!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Splinterman

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#5 posted 1778 days ago

Hey Jim,
Nice cosy little shop with some great toy’s to play with…good job.!

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1778 days ago

TheDane,

I assume you are of danish descent…...I am 75% danish, Minnesota is where my relatives lived. I grew up in northern Minnesota. Lived 3 years in Madison Wisconsin while training.

One of the reasons we bought this house was the shop area, if not the main reason. I lost out on the moving the furnaces and hot water heater, but that was necessary for a safety upgrade in this 1970 house. Otherwise, I have successfully defended my space.

Thanks for the comments.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1778 days ago

Splinterman,

Spent a couple of weeks in Australia, hope to go back. Big place!
Thanks for visiting my shop….

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#8 posted 1778 days ago

Jim, Great to see you put that up in the workshops section! Nice setup for sure!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 1778 days ago

dbHost:

Thanks for the visit. I have pulled the Hitachi scroll saw out of its box, and tried it out. There was some vibration at highest speed when it was sitting on a project table. So I put it on my workbench, and ran a bolt through a mounting hole and into one of brass inserts on the bench top for a Kreg jig. Just the one bolt was enough to squelch the vibration. So I don’t even need a plywood bottom or more than one bolt. The saw is quite heavy, and that is probably the reason.

About to make some pushblocks, and wanted it for the finger cutout. The band saw would probably be better for the outline, but I’ll use the scrollsaw first just to try it out. Have ordered a dado set, and a new saw blade for the table saw. When it comes, I’ll do the whole tune up routine on the table saw. Dumb me has had a crosscut blade in it, primarily because plywood was the most demanding thing I was cutting. So I am getting a combo blade that will be more appropriate.

Then I will put together a small downdraft table I have already cut out, just to try the Kreg pocket screw routine.

Then will build the computer cart I have designed for my office, again using pocket screws, a couple of dados, and cover the plywood edges with iron on edging. The latter is to be made as quickly as possible, nothing fancy, since I need it to fix a rat’s nest of wires in my office.

Then I hope to make something fun and educational for the hobby….and simple…like some Arts and Craft’s bookends. That’s my real starter project.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Splinterman

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#10 posted 1776 days ago

Hey Jim,
If you come back to Oz again…..let me know.

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 1776 days ago

Splinterman:
I have been accused have being “in the trees” and “having my head in the clouds”. Might as well add to that someday, and go see the SplinterWizard in the Oz down under…......................It hasn’t been on our short list, but I am not sure why. Like to go see the wine country, and Tasmania and the north coast and the west coast…...and the whole bit. We were in a motorhome on the east coast for two weeks, and had a ball….......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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lilredweldingrod

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#12 posted 1722 days ago

YOU ARE A REAL INSPARATION TO US WHEN IT COMES TO SETTING UP A SHOP. (I just had to shout)
Nice!
Rand

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1722 days ago

Nice shop,Jim.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 1722 days ago

lilredweldingrod:
Noted you use the garage also. It works, it better work, cause like my wife says, we are going to die here, and there is no other place for the shop. Having fun fixing it up. The pictures on my blog are a little better, this section cuts off things to the right. Have to make a sled, then a utilitarian computer cart. And then, my first real hobby project.

Beginningwoodworker:
Thanks for the comment. You got to change your moniker, don’t think you are a beginner anymore (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 1704 days ago

Maybe I am not! :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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