Workshop Tour (space efficiency)

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Blog entry by john1102 posted 01-28-2012 05:59 AM 5964 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would finally post some images of my workshop. It is still being modified but improving. I currently work out of a 12×24 workshop and when weather becomes adverse my tools must be mobile to allow for my wife to pull in out of the elements. Eventually I plan to have a dedicated shop some day but it will be some time from now. I am still young and other items take priority as most others know.

That said I have had to work smarter and more efficient to make the most of my space which at times I like, there are pros and cons with any space, bigger isn’t always better there is a fine line, but mine is small.

I got these cabinets for free, can’t beat that price.

The above photos show my lumber storage, creative since the minivan still has to get by, I used black 3/4 inch pipe that I cleaned with TCP cleaner so I wouldn’t have to dirty the wood. I also added chair foot protectors to the ends of the pipe so I don’t hit my head or my hand. Nice little safety addition.

I hung everything in the shop with french cleats (wood whisperer inspiration), very handy, even made a custom board on the back wall, used dowels for custom holders for everything.

I ran multiple outlets (20 amp on 12 gauage wire to the garage, and even a 220 volt line on 8 gauge wire) for a shop heater. Garage is insulated and this little heater works great—gets me down to long-sleaves even when temps are below 25 degrees.

Here is the location for the 1.5HP Penn State dust collector, waiting for part that was damaged.

Lastly, I said this shop wears many hats (many purposes) here is where the snow thrower sits and one more free cabinet (and can redemption).

Thats it so far, future projects will be mobile outfeed/assembly table using toggle clamps for feet, and then I have 2 jobs waiting for me (make some picture frames for fund-raiser, and Daughter’s bookcase). Woodworking is a great passion of mine and I enjoy it immensley even making the shop tools to make the projects. I finally have a little time to pursue this passion, that is why my posts have been delayed hope you enjoy my little, but mighty workshop.


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#1 posted 01-28-2012 06:03 AM

Looks like a great space to spend time! It’s great on a cold day, that being warm in a shop making sawdust.

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 06:18 AM

A great looking shop and some super tools.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 06:26 AM

I have been fortunate in my area with some great craigslist ads. The R4511 was only about 1 1/2 years old, taken care of great by a gentleman and obtained for a little under $300, the powermatic jointer was another not even broken in tool less than 1 1/2 years by a pair of brothers, about $500 on that one. The RAS was such a good deal I can’t even say how low it was. Thanks for the comments. I think great qualty used tools are wonderful if you don’t want to or can’t pay full price on new equipment.

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 04:05 PM

Nice looking shop. Remember it’s not how big it is, is just what you can do in the space you have..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 04:07 PM

OPPS!! Hit the post button 1 to many times

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 03:28 AM

That is a fine looking shop, you are very well orgainzed.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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