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I’m a recreational woodworker…if there is such a thing…living in south central Texas (on the Medina River). The property had a chicken coop that I converted to my workshop; even with a low ceiling and limited square footage (20’ x 20’), the space works well.

For the general layout design, I built a “U-shaped shop” (based on an article in the September 1963 issue of Popular Science magazine using surplus lumber from prior house renovation work. The torsion box workbench is adapted from American Woodworker magazine The revolving corner bench/storage system is based on Shopnotes and Popular Science articles.

I own a range of power and traditional hand tools. The list of larger equipment includes:
1. Red Star 10” RAS, Multiplex 30A (1946 wired 230V)
2. Dewalt 9” RAS, model 925 (1959 wired 230V)
3. Craftsman (Emerson) 10” RAS, model 113.23100, (1975 wired 230V, w/most attachments)
4. Craftsman (Steel City) hybrid table saw, model 152.221240, wired 230V —Biesemeyer fence —Osborn miter fence
5. Jet Belt/Disc sander, JSG-96
6. Delta 6” 37-90 Deluxe Joiner
7. Craftsman (Emerson) 12” bandsaw, 113.248321
8. Craftsman (Colovos) 12 1/2” planer, 351.217581
9. Craftsman (Delco) 6”, 1/3 HP grinder, 397.19390
10. Toolkraft floor model drill press/router 452
11. Powermatic PM701 Benchtop Deluxe Mortiser
12. Jointech IPM-1 Cabinetmaker system
13. Tormek sharpening system
14. Central Machinery 12’’ x 33-3/8’’ Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
15. Shop-made air filtration device

The radial arm saw station is the focal point of my shop. I understand how to keep them in precision tune; they’re just as accurate as my table saw…only more flexible without all the fussy jigs. As with any power tool, the key is to know how to use it correctly and safely. Because they are built into a long bench, they provide a great deal of storage while taking up minimal space; one is set for cross-cutting and the second used for dadoing, etc.

My Dad introduced me to woodworking and left me much of his equipment. This is my first dedicated shop and I escape there whenever possible to dream and build.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 01:51 AM

Howdy Neighbor, that’s a great looking shop space, but it needs some sawdust on the floor :-) So is there any water in the river these days?

-- James

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 01:55 AM

Great looking Shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 02:23 AM

Needless to say, I’m impressed!

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Don W

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#4 posted 07-21-2011 03:08 AM

nice shop. First one I’ve seen with 2 RAS. I like the revolving top bench.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 08:07 AM

Nice chicken coop….....

-- mike...............

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 01:15 PM

Jeff, this is a shop that any of us would be proud of. I have said many times that I feel a stand alone shop is the way to go. And the windows are a big plus in my book as well. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

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

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 02:54 PM

Jeff, you have a wonderful shop and it has a lot of nice equipment and is very well organized.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 01:05 AM

Jeff, thats a nice looking shop. I am a RAS fan myself.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 04:32 PM

Nice shop. And a great save to an old chicken coop for sure! A bit on the low ceiling side of things, but certainly not too bad. Just put the machines where your head doesn’t need to be…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#10 posted 07-23-2011 02:44 AM

Great shop and great pics! We were stationed in Del Rio from 99-02 and I drove I-90 MANY times. Very nice, underrated part of Texas. THanks for sharing!


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#11 posted 07-23-2011 03:07 AM

Looks wonderful to me. Really like the corner turn table for ease of assess to the tools. I will just keep wishing

-- Norman

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#12 posted 07-23-2011 10:16 AM

Hey Jeff,
Real sweet set-up and lots of great toys to play with….nice job.

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Rob Mammen

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#13 posted 07-24-2011 03:08 AM

nice looking shop.. it is well organized and laid out. congratulation, you have a nice place to work.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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#14 posted 07-24-2011 03:42 AM

Very nice shop! Thanks for the tour. I, too, have a stand alone work shop that I just doubled in size from 12’ x 20’ to 24’ x 20’. I would much rather have a stand alone workshop than work in a garage that is attached to the house for the cleanliness. You don’t bring in sawdust, chips, odors like paint, varnish, some woods have a powerful odor like Camphor which will stink up the whole house! I would rather the mess and odors stay in the shop. You can see my shop video in my blog.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 07-24-2011 04:07 PM

Nice set up.
I too, like the lazy susan in the corner for the tools.
I’m in the process of getting a new fence for my TS.
What is the length of the rails on your saw?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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