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Workshop by just_adam posted 10-19-2009 04:07 PM 1201 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I must apologize, I do not have a refined series of photos for my shop but will proudly update this space with them when I do have something to post. My workspace is a lifelong dream realized: a 20’x40’ slab foundation structure, decrepit and formerly housing cars. But now it will be my studio for all my creative endeavor. My painting, motorcycle fabrication, and yes woodwork will occur here for what days I have left on this orb. For now, let me post my workbench below. Please understand it was made with all good intentions but having not a very well founded base of practical knowledge. Still, she serves me well as a start of operations. This table has seen me through countless hours of fiberglass layup work for my motorcycle over the last winter. I also did a fair bit of wood hacking under it’s support.

My style emphasizes reclaimed lumber. I look at exotics and just can’t do ‘em. The invaluable cost of patina is what allures me and my favorite place to cruise wood is architectural salvage yards, like “Urban Ore” located just at the nexus of Emeryville, Oakland, and Berkeley in the Bay Area. This is my first bench of reclaimed lumber:

first bench

I built a face vice using pipe clamps before I even heard of the NFW. i feel vindicated that I might have been on the right track somewhere!

front vice

recent clamping hardware was made for a bunch of favor boxes that I’ll post about. made of 1/2” carriage bolts and secured with wing nuts

for chopping out waste between dovetails

a small scale face vice

I guess for me workbenches should not be art pieces. They need to be modified ad-hoc to support what you need. I’ll make another one, probably based on the New Fangled Workbench, but I love looking at peoples’ benches.

Anyway, more later. Great to have some other people out there who actually pay attention to the newbs signing up on this forum. It’s a great resource!

-- Oakland, CA

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 06:22 PM

Adam, those are nice looking favor boxes. Your dovetails look prety good.

How about posting some additional pictures of your shop when you get the opportunity?

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 06:24 PM

WE like shop photos

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 06:59 PM

Hi Guys – And thank you for your interest! Sorry, I’m new here, i just put some photos i had taken in my shop as opposed to the shop itself. alack, i now see i probably should have linked these photos to my ‘projects’ section.

I’m a new home owner (well it’s a 1911 bungalow, i’m just new at ownership!). The house came with a decrepit 20’x40’ garage/outbuilding. beautiful open space with lots of potential but in need of a lot of structural shoring up. the roof is shot, the concrete floor/slab foundation is all cracked…walls are porous…the list goes on. but some day it will be a pleasing area for me to work on projects, right now it’s kind of a mess.

I should take some photos of the shop proper and bounce some ideas off y’all on what I could do to make it better.

-- Oakland, CA

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 09:55 PM

You have pretty good workbench.
Ok, you can take your time to shoot some pictures while organising your shop. So much better if you blog the progress and show us before and after.

Happy woodworking!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 11:38 AM

Hey Adam,
So far its a good effort…....just post some more pic’s when you get the time.

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#6 posted 10-21-2009 11:51 AM

great start ,
and you do have room ,
when and as you organize .
nothing wrong with your bench either ,
i’ve worked on many rickety sawhorses ,
could have used one like yours at times !

welcome to LJ’s .

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 11:27 PM

Nice shop and it is a nice bench too. I enjoy working with exotic woods but there is nothing like building something out of reclaimed lumber, it is like giving the wood a second lease on life and the fact of recycling something old and to some, worn out is nice as well. Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#8 posted 12-10-2009 10:33 AM

Adam, Good luck, I’m down the road and also found a diamond in the rough, I’m restoring also.
1920’s Art’s & Crafts with built-ins, oak floors and a fireplace.
Do you know about the ReUse People on San Leandro St in the 80’s. I’ve found some stuff there but craigslist is my addiction now. I’ve found lot’s of reclaimed lumber on CL. I try to do every thing myself.

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 04:34 PM

Hey there BB, yup i’m going to have to look over craigslist for reclaimed lumber here at some point. thanks for the tip!

-- Oakland, CA

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