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Project by Mike Shea posted 12-01-2007 04:26 AM 3526 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well i know there is nothing better than getting an inside look at sombody’s elses shop. well its that way for me atleast. i took a few pictures of my home shop last night to post up for people to see. as you can see its not verry big. only a one car garage believe or not. i have plenty of space for everything and im only a drum sander short of a fully equipt shop. i have people tell me that they have 3-4 car garage home workshops, and they say that its just not enough room. i usually tell them to get rid of all the crap lying around that they have never used and never will use. when your done with something put it back where it belongs and utilize your wall space. ya know us woodworkers can be pack rats and we never want to throw anything away. haha. im hear to motivate those of you who cant find that plane, bit, saw, or chisel when you need it. organize!!!!!!!!! “everything has a home” is my mattow

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#1 posted 12-01-2007 04:30 AM

We need more pictures than that, Mike! You are as neat obsessed as you are woodworking obsessed! Nice shop!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-01-2007 04:37 AM

Nice shop, Mike. If you put this on your home page under workshop you can post 6 photos plus a bunch more in the description. I don’t know how to do that but David does. Very neat arrangement. I think my main wood shop is a one car garage come to think of it. it’s 16 by 24 plus a lot more around it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-01-2007 04:42 AM

Now that is a nice neat shop! Great organization.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 12-01-2007 05:53 AM

That is absolutely amazing! What kind of dust collector do you have?

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#5 posted 12-01-2007 05:57 AM

Mike, Great way to organize everything. certainly found that to be a key in my small 10×20 shop. Mainly working on building those cabinets to get me even more organized.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 12-01-2007 05:58 AM

Nice shop, I once had a one car garage shop and it worked out just fine. Then I moved into a larger industrial shop that was 25 miles from my home. Maybe that led to a divorce? Now I have a good shop in a detatched 2 car garage and I’m kinda cluttering it up, but it’s home.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#7 posted 12-01-2007 06:13 AM

Ah! Wonderful Mike . . . always a treat to get a look into another woodworker’s shop. I like your organization.



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#8 posted 12-01-2007 06:17 AM

Mike, you run a tight shop. You are right about keeping the crap under control and out of the shop. Some give me a hard time for being obsessive about my shop and work, but it makes me good at what I do. You are good at what you do, I took a look at your projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 12-01-2007 07:06 AM

I like the way you have organized. Makes a small shop look a lot bigger! That is the key. Way to go.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 12-01-2007 04:37 PM

Great organization, Mike. My shop is 1/2 of a two-car garage, so I can take some lessons.

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

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#11 posted 12-01-2007 07:52 PM

great shop!!! one day…one day…keep posting…we are learning…great stuff as always

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-02-2007 06:50 AM

Great shop I also have a one car garage shop. It forces you to be organized or you cant find anything or will never have room to do anything

-- piper

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#13 posted 12-02-2007 07:48 AM

Shame on you Mike. My shop is 10’x22’ and you have completely shamed me. Now I am going to have to get it organized and functional. I’m getting better though, I went into the shop today and did a little work – never tripped over anything :-)). Seriously though, Thank You for giving me some motivation and showing me that I can make it work with a little more organization and junk removal.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 12-02-2007 03:24 PM

I could sure use a few lessons in organization and you look like the man to give it. Nice shop!

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#15 posted 01-01-2008 05:57 AM

I like craftsman tools. My saw has been great. Most of my tools are new, thanks to my wife. I try to buy the older tools, but she buy me new ones. I collect old hand tools. I’m looking for a 60’s model rockwell shaper, and maybe another saw Delta . Never can have enough.

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