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My workshop is about 700 square feet in the basement of my home, plenty of size for the work I do. As always, more space would be better, but it would likely just provide more room for clutter. have recently completed an upgrade to Shop v2.0, with new benches along the wall and a wall cabinet for my hand tools.

This shop has been in place for 19 years and is like a pair of furry slippers for me – very comfortable.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 04:48 PM

That’s a great shop that you have. it’s a great workspace and plenty of tools and equipment. Congratulations.


-- 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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#2 posted 08-14-2012 11:14 PM

I love everything I see in the photos with one tiny exeption. It really is a small thing, but the house in your logo is out of perspective. I say this because I am an Architectural illustrator & when I see something like that it really jumps out at me. All of your vertical lines ( sides, left & right,corners etc.) should all be paralell. If you are trying for whimsical, ignore this. Since I illustrate buildings for a living ( or did, before the economy collapsed) when I see incorrect perspective, I can’t help but speak up. Makes me feel like my eyes aren’t working right. Anyway, I told you it was tiny.I just thought maybe you’d want to know. Probably no one else will ever notice or comment ! That is a really great shop. Enjoy working in it.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 03:12 AM

Nice ! What make is that bandsaw ? Doesnt look familiar. JB

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 03:45 AM

Wow what a great shop and fantastic tools.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 12:10 PM


couple of responses:

dnick: very funny observation, that house looks like it does as it is from a real building, have a look at this picture and you will see why :-) This is the logo I use for my guitar labels, it is an iconic building here in Nova Scotia.

cabmaker: The bandsaw is a Craftex, supplied by Busy Bee here in Canada, I think its just another one of those Taiwan made units sold under a house brand like many others.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 08:18 PM

I am laughing. It looks like it got hit by a bomb! What is making it collapse in on itself? Well you did a good job. You can see my involuntary retirement leaves me with too much time on my hands.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 08:22 PM

Wow great shop. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your projects; I see a great looking mandolin in there.

-- Rex

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 10:11 PM

That is a great shop. I would love to have a space that size inside my home.


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#9 posted 08-24-2012 10:33 PM

Richard: That is a cool shop! Your lathe tools look very impressive lined up right there.

P.S. I like your logo—the cool story behind it is awesome. Amazing that it is from a real building! (That’s what a regular house looks like from inside the fishbowl I guess.)

@dnick—When you have woodworking tools, it isn’t “involuntary retirement”, it’s “involuntary self-employment”.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 08-27-2012 11:30 PM

Great looking shop, lots of organization, nice collection of planes! Is the shoulder plane a Norris?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 10:52 PM

I’ve been up Nutby Mountain. I’ll have to look for that house next time I’m up there.
Great looking shop.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#12 posted 10-25-2012 02:38 AM

Great shop…nice n clean, bravo!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#13 posted 01-11-2013 01:44 AM


Very nice shop. My first thought was the same one that I had when I look at your tool chest. “where did he get all those fantastic tools?” Then I read you description above and understood. I have only been at this for a couple years.


-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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