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Grayslake, IL.
United States

Reed Woodworks – est. 1982

Welcome to my little world.

This 24×28 shop has been a work in progress for the last 20 yrs.

I’ve produced a lot of cabinetry and furniture in this little shop, not as much as some of you guys, but this is my side company to a remodeling business.

Plus I get to build cool stuff for my house

I’ve always wanted to buy a CNC machine, a panel saw, a full size 3 sided shaper, a drum sander, a bigger drill press, a full size planer, a downdraft sanding center, a spray booth,....... shall I go on?

After all these years, it turns out I didn’t really need any of those tools. But I sure wanted them.
If I had gone full scale and opened up a commercial shop (I almost did) I would have lost everything and gone bankrupt by now.

My full time remodeling business is what makes this part time shop possible.

Best part is, I can work on a project late and the “boss” doesn’t mind. I’m home.

If it gets too hot, I jump in the pool. How many commercial shops have a pool?

Kasey Boy the shop dog passed away at 15 1/2 last year. He loved being right there in the middle of the action as long as he had something in his mouth to hold. A tennis ball was his favorite, but a piece of wood was OK too.

I still look behind me so I don’t step on him. Sure miss my ol’ buddy.

Where would we be without the men that share our passion for what we do?

Alberto is great to work with, very independent and I can always count on him.

The 12×12 shed is great to keep all the cords, air hoses, power tools and supplies.

If you need help with a simple furniture repair or just want to have a beer and chat, stop on by.

The shop is always open.

-- mark


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rrdesigns

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#1 posted 1138 days ago

Love the slatwall. Did you fabricate that yourself? It looks like it will hold heavier goods than pegboard. Can’t quite tell what the brackets are like, although they look sturdy. I’m in the process of reorganizing my shop as we speak. Always seeking new ways to handle the inevitable clutter.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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KMT

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#2 posted 1138 days ago

Very nicely laid out. And loaded with tools. Wow!

-- - Martin

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Splinterman

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#3 posted 1138 days ago

Hey Mark,
Nicely lay-out man cave and lots of cool toys to play with…sweet job.

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mafe

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#4 posted 1138 days ago

That is a wonderful workshop, I enjoy your big ammount of leveled table, this must be really a pleasure when handeling sheet goods.
Nice place!
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 1138 days ago

Mark, you have put together a pretty nice shop. It is well organized and you have added plenty of benches and storage to your shop. And it looks like, with respect to tools, you have combined the best of both worlds. You have a nice selection of both power and hand tools.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 1138 days ago

Mark, your shop is one of the best that I’ve seen. You’ve spent a lot of time organizing it and you have some great tools and equipment. I like it so much I’m going to make it a favorite. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- 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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reedwood

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#7 posted 1138 days ago

Hi Beth,
The simulated cherry slat board is actually a bunch of 2-3 ft. cutoffs I kept from going into the dumpster when I installed the Kitchen cabinets and plumbing fixture displays at the Home Expo. Remember those stores?
You can buy slat board at some HDs. So much better looking and stronger than DIY happy homeowner pegboard.
I love it when hubby outlines the tools with a fat magic marker. he he.

Mafe, Yes sir, this shop was laid out specifically for a one man operation. But there is still plenty of work space so 2 people can work at the same time.

HW, Scott, Thanks,
Hey, I’m sure you guys know this unrealistic visual display of a working wood shop is just eye candy.
Today, I’m starting on my 155 gal. bow front saltwater cherry tank stand so the dust will be flying, tools everywhere, cords, dogs, wood chips, and air hoses all over the floor.

I just might watch a Dave Mathews concert on the home theater.
Life is good.

-- mark

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LittlePaw

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#8 posted 1138 days ago

What a shop! I will frequently refer to yours and certainly model mine after yours. Mine is in the planning stages while working out of my 2-car garage. It is so packed with stuff that I have to move my main machines (all on casters) outside in order to do anything, that is, if Mother Nature co-operates! I particularly like your designating specific places for everything. That is one thing that saves a lot of time and frustration. I have now disciplined myself to put everything back to its designated spot (such as a pencil, ruler, chuck key, etc.). The straw was when I couldn’t find something I just put down less than a minute ago! Is it Alsheimers or just Halfzeimers? Thanks for sharing your man cave with us. I know it will help with mine. It’s getting there!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1138 days ago

Mark, thats a nice little shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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EPJartisan

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#10 posted 1138 days ago

AWESOME shop! I would love to have my studio right next my home…alas city/condo living. For that much.. I’d like to have a permanent workshop where I can stay in one place for more than a few years. If you are ever down near the Loop, look me up. I can always make time for visitors… though with 24 hours notice I can have the place cleaned.. right now can hardly walk through it. LOL

-- the sacrifice of one's ego is the greatest gift to someone you respect

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therookie

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#11 posted 1138 days ago

I love it, do you like you delta planer?

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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reedwood

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#12 posted 1136 days ago

Adam,
The 13” 2 speed planer is awesome. For a small shop it’s plenty big enough. It’s sitting on the table saw and connected to the dust collector most of the time but I can move it real easy on to a rolling stand. It has handle grabs on the top to pick it off the ground and on the bottom for taking it off a table, and the tables fold up for storage. Hardly any snipe when locked. Solid cast body. The material zero depth gauge works good. I hate too deep cuts. Also, I can take it to the job site if needed.

One of Delta’s best tools. and I am one picky SOB.

-- mark

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reedwood

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#13 posted 1136 days ago

EPJ,
It was the pictures of your shop that motivated me to finish some of the projects and take pictures, like:
build short material bin behind the lathe, pulled down everything from the rafters and thinned out 30%,
brought in all the antique planes from my office, go thru every drawer and get rid of 15 years of crap I will never need (until next week), cleaned the glue and stain off the bench top and table saw,
reorganized the mechanics tool box, cleaned all the power tools, wiped down the walls and garage door, cleaned and organized the tool shed, etc. Whew!

Look at it this way, I’ve spent the last 20 years gutting and remodeling my house and shop. Which hasn’t left allot of time to make as many things that I wanted to make. Imagine if you had to come home and work on a house till 11:30 at night for 10-15 yrs. You probably wouldn’t have produced as much as you have and therefore might have missed out on advancing to the level you are now.
I have no regrets of course, but I always love the color of the grass on the other side of the fence. I always wonder where I would be if I hadn’t committed to this lifelong project. But I also believe, it gave me and my wife a purpose, like adopting a child. This house needed us and our goal was to finish it, no matter what the economy does. I didn’t buy this house to make money in the first place.

So, now that it’s done, I hope to take it to that level as I plan on semi retiring from remodeling and spending more time here so I can follow my mother’s footsteps and participate in a few art shows. We’ll see.
I would love to stop by sometime only I would prefer you leave it a mess. Much more homey.

Litle paw, when you’re my age (53) it’s called old timers. Ha.
Thanks everybody.

-- mark

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therookie

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#14 posted 1135 days ago

I have been hearing good things about them because I really wanted to buy a planer, but I didnt want to invest in a 24” powermatic and have it taking up all that space. so thanks for the feed back.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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bigike

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#15 posted 1135 days ago

wow now that is a small shop. LOL yea right if that’s a small shop then the empire state building is a one bedroom apt.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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