My workshop.

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Project by Matt posted 10-11-2010 07:42 PM 3405 views 6 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally got some pictures of my shop. I built it early spring of 2010. Its 10×10 with a 4 foot desk. Its a small space but I use every nook and cranny in it. I figured little ways to make the most out of the space like using cjs to hold longer lumber Shelves under my saws to hold cut offs and other smaller tools and I am using the crap out of my walls. :p My next two major tools will be a planner and a jointer. The workbench on the left hand side is 2×4 and plywood plain and simple. My workbench is made out of 4×4 fir for the top planed flat and the legs and cross members are 2×12/10 fir. The back window opens. The front two are stationary.

Thanks for looking!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 07:50 PM

Where do you fit in at? Won’t be long till there is no more room left !!!!! :)

Nice Shop !! Love the stones on the side of the walkway

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 07:55 PM

I’m sure it’s just the picture, but something about that little shed isolated in the middle of the woods gives me the heebie jeebies. it reminds me of that cabin in “Lost” or the “Blair Witch Project”.

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 07:56 PM

Looks like a nice place to escape to. I like it.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 08:16 PM

Its not exactly in the middle of the woods. :p My house is about 100 feet away from it! I actually have a lot of room in there. I can swing a 8 foot board. There is about a 8×5 foot area behind the table saw. The band saw I have to pull out if I have a long board I need to cut. Thanks for the comments!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 08:16 PM

awesome shop Matt. I can’t think of any place better to do woodworking than a shed in the woods.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 08:31 PM

I think it looks great, and I love the peaceful looking setting as well.

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

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 08:41 PM

WOW that is small, but if it gets used regularly that’s what matters or at least that’s what we want to matter LOL. I love the landscape around it also.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 08:51 PM

What a wonderful little cave you have.
My workshop are also small, but it don’t stop me.
If I had your shop, I would be sitting on the porch smoking my pipe, and listen to the birds.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 08:52 PM

Excellent use of limited space. Very nice selection of tools, too.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 09:13 PM

Looks very peaceful and cozy. I built my first workshop this year and I had a couple options. I could use my detached two stall garage or a outbuilding/garden shed I have thats probably just a bit bigger then your shop. I ended up going with the garage so I would have the space. However I am much more comfortable and work better in smaller areas and I often think about putting a small shop in my shed. Your pictures are making me consider it more now.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 09:30 PM

I’d never leave it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 10-11-2010 09:32 PM

Yes, I was thinking quiet and peaceful cabin in the woods kind of thing.
Great shop to get away to.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 09:38 PM

This most be the nices place to have a shop….a little paradis…

The thought of standing in a forrest al alone with my favorit plane and a gourges piece of wood is one of the best thoughts i can think of…

lucky you…

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#14 posted 10-11-2010 09:40 PM

Nice shop matt and some cool tools too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 10-11-2010 09:58 PM

I know this is going to be a tight space to work in and you will be limited regarding what tools you can buy but I find the idea of a wood shop in a isolated building in the woods to be very appealing.

My first workshop (many moons ago) measured 10’ x 12’. Then my tools consisted of a ShopSmith with most of the accessories (including the jointer and bandsaw), a small miter saw, a planer and a bench top drill press. I produced a lot of pretty good stuff in that workshop. You just have to stay organized and have good storage places for everything.

I think the ShopSmith is the ideal tool if you have really limited space and good used ones are easy to come by.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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