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Workshop by Mike Morris posted 02-11-2009 at 03:34 AM 700 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Mike Morris

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Currently my workshop is in transition.

My ‘shop’ started as a Ryobi BTS20 portable table saw a few years ago setup in my unfinished basement. I have since then added a few more tools to my collection…nothing too fancy or high end, that has spread and gained a life of its own. It’s at the point where I need a dedicated space, with walls to keep noise and dust under control as well as dedicated cabinets/stations to give my tools a more permanent home. The days of lifting my planer/band saw/drill press off the floor and sitting it on my portable table saw to use will hopefully be coming to an end soon.

I’m currently working on plans to finish out part of the basement as an official ‘shop’. So, all my tools are currently confined to a 10’x10’ piece of carpet as the final floor plan for the basement firms up. I’ll keep the shop status updated as it progresses.

Here’s a few shots of my tools patiently waiting for a new home:

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 at 06:34 AM

You are at a fun stage in shop evolution. Planning and constructing a new shop space is a wonderful event for all of us woodworkers. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your shop when you get a chance to post them. You might also want to consider making a blog of the construction process. A construction blog is a nice way to document your progress.

Have fun.

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

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 at 02:06 AM

Scott,

Thanks for checking in on me. I’ve updated the shop with a few current pictures. I’ll definitely run with that idea of starting the construction blog. Will keep you updated.

Mike

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 at 05:42 AM

Your tools are indeed overdue for a “new home”. It would be a challenge to get any work done with your current set-up. But one of the stories that I often tell concerns a former co-worker whose shop was just about the size of yours now. He put a table saw, planer and jointer (bench models, of course) in his shop and managed to produce some nice furniture. It was tight and the tools were arranged around the “golden triangle” concept. But I don’t know that I would have had the patience to work in such tight quarters for very long.

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

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 at 09:09 AM

whoo you need a bench with organization to get your space functional but you have the tools to do it keep us posted.

-- GO DAWGS!

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 at 09:27 AM

That’s a lot of Ryobi blue there!

FWIW, when you get it together, you may want to go with a full on dust collector. The Funnel type adapters from Woodcaft to a 4” DC hose REALLY pull the shavings out of that planer. (I always had problems with mine using a shop vac).

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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