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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 06:33 AM

I love the Edison quote, John. I have a shirt with that on it. Long story, some other time.

Taunton published a book some time ago called “Small Shops.” I couldn’t find it, but I found this And this may be an upgrade of that early book.

The extent of your planning suggests you’ve been down the research road.

I like my work bench against the wall, not very deep, power tools below, and then an assembly table parallel and about 32” away from it. I can get to things on the wall behind the bench, it is the right height for sharpening and some planing, but most of the work is done on the larger, lower table (that has tools and materials stored below). And, like you, my hand tools are in a drawer-type cabinet a little ways away.

The really good news here is that you’re not really stuck with anything, provided there is ample power around the periphery (and even that is easily added to). So I think you’ll know when you’re ready to start serious scootage and you’ll get it there and use it a while and then execute minor tweakage.

It looks like a fun place to while some time away.



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