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Not really a wood shop although the wood working tools are the biggest presence. It’s my half of a 28×32 two car garage plus whatever space I can poach from the wife’s half.

My tools are a conglomeration of mostly used stuff. A fairly unused Craftsman RAS that I inherited from my father-in-law. A vintage 1940s 4” Craftsman jointer that was my father’s. A garage sale Delta benchtop drill press. A small Delta 10” table saw that is hardly worth the $50 I gave the guy down the road who had the good sense to upgrade. A Craftsman router and Ryobi router table. Mishmash of drills, circular saws, clamps etc.

The jointer is being replaced (and passed down to a son-in-law) by a 6” Rockwell/Delta of about the same vintage that I earned by hauling it out of a friend’s basement. The knives are at the knife grinder as we speak. There is a 12” Craftsman band saw from the same basement that is awaiting the arrival of two new tires (it was missing one), a new blade, and a tune up.

There’s a 10” Grizzly table saw with a after-market precision fence and 52” rip width that I got in trade for some electrical work. I bought a used 15” Grizzly planer from an old woman cleaning out her husband’s barn for $250. I know there’s mixed reviews on Grizzly stuff but the TS is a major upgrades for me and the planer just seemed too good a deal to pass up. They’re both coming home this weekend when I commandeer the son-in-laws. The TS too awkward and the planer is too damn heavy to move by myself.

I know, I know … pictures! Give me a few days to make things half way presentable.

Six months later: okay, it’s obvious that ‘presentable’ is not going to happen to any laudable degree so here’s what you get.


Looks like it’s been a couple years since I’ve given any kind of update on my attempt at a wood shop. And I think it’s been about the same length of time since I’ve given it a thorough swamping out. There’s a lot more sawdust collected in the corners and piles of cut-offs and future cut-offs cluttering the area. Slowly, by stealth and subterfuge, I’ve managed to conquer and occupy the territory formerly known as “my half” by the wife. I put in a 100amp sub panel and rocked a couple of the walls. A lighting upgrade is next on the infrastructure improvement agenda.

The only change to the heavy equipment is a Makita SCMS and stand that replaced the Craftsman RAS. Same TS, Jointer, planer, etc. They’re all adequate for my needs and skill level though I’ve always got my eye out for a bandsaw upgrade. Lesser additions include a couple additional routers, a 6 X 48 belt sander, a Delta mortiser and tenon jig, a Porter-Cable dovetail jig, a ROS, a scroll saw, and an oscillating multi-tool. And of course there been the bi-monthly (wife claims ‘bi-weekly but don’t listen to her) visit from the UPS truck delivering some essential accessory that is now buried in a drawer somewhere.

This shop thing might be a drain on time and money but at least it keeps me off the street and out of trouble.


After about 28 years I decided it was time to insulate this place. I did the walls earlier this year and am now doing the roof. Do you have any idea how much stuff you can stuff in the overhead of a 28×32 shop over the course of 28 years!!? On the plus side I’ve found a cache of salvaged teak and mahogany I stashed up there and forgot about Lord knows how many years ago.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 09:55 AM

Just post as it is….we dont care.

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 01:39 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. We all had to start somewhere, most of us in a simple way. We’d love to see your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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