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Workshop by jtworkshop posted 02-22-2011 08:13 PM 1377 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Welcome to my workshop. I’m not sure if it fully qualifies as a workshop as it is in my living room. To make this area I first painted and then put down a large sheet of high grade plywood to protect the floor. Then I built this worktable out of scrap lumber and later stained the base of it dark so it would blend in better in the house. The top is stained with two different natural stains I made. The first I put down was a beet stain which turned it very pink. Then 2 more layers of a very dark coffee stain(coffee and a teaspoon of Alum). The end color I really liked and these photos were taken shortly after I stained it. I have a hook installed on the right side which holds my cordless drill and my other tools I keep on the shelves. I mainly use this area for finishing and assembly. Cutting and sanding I do out in the driveway or in a spare room in the basement where I also keep some additional materials. I saw another worktable that had a small open shelf right under the worktop and that is a great idea. I wish I had built that into my table as well. It allows you to have tools out of the way but right in reach at all times.

Actually, my current setup is a ton better than how I used to build in Florida, I only had one small workstand and built everything else on the concrete porch of my apartment. But I’m still looking forward to someday having a more complete and separate workshop.

I have a mitre saw and a hand saw. Generally I stay away from any project that requires anything more than that or a few hand tools. From the beginning I’ve tried to build things in a way that keeps things simple and encourages anyone with a few tools and some material that they can be building furniture for their home even if they don’t have a full workshop at the moment.

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 11:38 PM

I began woodworking in a one BR apartment, on an old dining room table. My hand tools were purchased at a nearby hardware store. Two of my first projects are still in use almost fifty years later.

While I now have a great workshop, I have never forgotten, or regretted, those early days. The important thing is to just do it.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 11:57 PM

I have always said that any shop is a good shop and yours certainly is no exception. The size of a shop or the number of tools that are in it are relatively unimportant. As 8iowa said, the important thing is to dive right in and work as best you can.

You might want to take a look at Dilo's shop. He has a shop that is 42 square feet and manages to produce some masterful projects with the limited space and tools that he has available.

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

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 01:21 AM

Hey JT,
Size dont mean much….the end result does….good job.

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 09:15 PM

Dilo’s shop is crazy small but incredibly organized. I think organization and storage is key. Also, I continually get rid of any tool or material that I havnt used in a long time.

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