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Project by mark76wa posted 03-27-2009 10:46 PM 2228 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop takes up about half of a one car garage. I share the space with bikes, the freezer and other general household storage. I have a secondhand Shopsmith 510 with the dust collector, band saw and joiner attachments. I build the work bench and the shelf with the Shopsmith attachments all from extra/recycled wood. My work bench is made of old 2×4’s and a sheet of ½ inch plywood my wife used as a welcome home sign for me when I came back from Iraq. She would not let me get rid of it so I cut it up and made a work bench out of it. On the black metal shelf are glues, lubricants and other fix it items that come in a container (top level), all of my power hand tools (second level), screws, nails and other fasteners (third level), and other hand tools that I am going to put on the peg board of my work bench (bottom level). I have a router table to that I can mount between the way tubes of my Shopsmith as well.
In addition to my work bench you will also see a 1/3 scale bench. My son got that from his grandparents last Christmas. All of my extra wood goes in his pile to hammer on. We have a lot of fun building together!
So far, all’s I’ve done in my shop is make a key rack and fix a dresser drawer for my neighbor. My goal is to make kitchen cabinets over the summer when I can use my driveway as work space without fear of rain (I live in Seattle). I would also like to use the space for model building. I have the 1:35 scale M1A1 that I had when I was in Baghdad.

I added my router setup. It is basically the router table top that came with a clamping table that broke a while ago. I only have one router so I do not keep it mounted.
Note my helper.

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 11:15 PM

Ah, yes… the 1/2 garage shop. I know it well! :-) Looks like you’re getting along well in it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-28-2009 12:03 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhh i’m dreaming of a dust collector!!!

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#3 posted 03-28-2009 12:06 AM

Nice little shop. Two shop stools, I assume one is for you and the other is for your son.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 03-28-2009 03:50 AM

Nice shop. Enjoyed the tour.

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#5 posted 03-28-2009 04:39 AM

Lookks tight, but well organized. I guess you’ll have to be efficient in that amount of space. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 03-28-2009 05:02 AM

I also have my Shopsmith in 1/2 of the garage here in Gainesville. My wife claims the other half, and plans to put a long arm quilting machine there.

My working space is only about 230 sq feet. I also have the DC3300 dust collector, bandsaw, jointer, scroll saw, and strip sander. Everything has to be in it’s place, but the space is surprisingly functional.

Keep us posted on your kitchen cabinets project.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 03:43 AM

GREAT MARK!!! Your going in my buddies…as a fellow SS owner…I got a use 520 two years ago and love it a lot…I also have a smalll one car garage with tons of other items…

I am in the middle of a back yard makeover…in the summer I want to build a shed as my last back yard project and then I will re-do my shop as I will have room to clear everything out…

I look forward to seeing your project…and I would love to see your router set up that uses the SS way tubes…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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