Best Workshop contest?

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Blog entry by spaids posted 09-03-2008 04:53 PM 844 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would love to see a showcase of the best workshop pages on lumberjocks. Does anyone else sometimes just randomly click on lumberjock workshops around the world hoping to see cool pics and innovative shop ideas? I work in a garage and everything has to be mobile. I like seeing how others deal with that “temporary” shop situation like I do. I also love to see woodworkers who have awesome shops with stationary work areas that I have submitted to only dreaming of. It would be really cool to see a contest of a couple different categories like that where your entry must be in the form of your lumberjocks workshop page.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 05:10 PM

i often look at other peoples shops and dream. maybe someday i will have all the toys, sorry tools , i need.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

View Moron's profile


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#2 posted 09-03-2008 05:21 PM

great idea

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View Chardt's profile


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#3 posted 09-03-2008 05:40 PM

I do it, especially when I’m looking for idea’s. I scoured the site looking for idea’s for my hanging tool cabinets and got some really great idea’s.

I have to update my pics, I’ll do it as soon as I finish the cabinet I’m working on.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

View hObOmOnk's profile


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#4 posted 09-03-2008 07:36 PM

OTOH, It might be nice to see where non-shop LJers do their thing.
Other than the ubiquitous “shop-as-a-temple-of-tool-worship”, how about those that work outside, in non-traditional places or in other areas where you wouldn’t guess that wood was being worked. I know a LJer that uses a panel truck as his shop. Mobility is his thing.

My “shop” is a large detached garage where I installed external electrical outlets all around. Weather permitting; I work outside under a spreading Eastern Red Cedar on split log benches. Every power tool I own is mounted on wheels so they can join me outdoors.

There’s a 12 acre pond about seventy-five feet from my cedar work spot and the primitive Licking River (a tributary of the Ohio River) is down the hill at a safe distance. I’m surrounded by woods where I gather most of my materials and I even get driftwood along the shores of the Licking. Local farms provide barn wood made from species that can not be found in local wood marts.

Sometimes the weather drives me indoors, but I’ve learned to tolerate a little rain, snow, heat and cold. I’ll occasionally setup my 10’ x 10’ craft show tent when needed. I have a finishing room in the basement of my house – ‘cause I’m not completely daft.

I’ve adjusted by work habits to the schedule of Nature – to every Season, turn, turn, turn… Today I am cutting, scraping and sanding. Gentle Kentucky breezes provide my dust control system. Fish jumping in my pond are starting to annoy me. The saw versus fly rod conundrum distracts my focus. True to my chosen craft, I’ll stay at my bench.

If I had to work in a modern shop, my next phone call would be to Amnesty International.

Just my opinion…

-- 温故知新

View ND2ELK's profile


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#5 posted 09-04-2008 01:49 AM

I enjoy looking at other peoples shop, especially now that I am in the process of putting in a new shop myself. I do not know about a contest, but it would be nice if all the shops were grouped together some how. If you go to, there are a lot of shops to look at. Good Luck!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View Karson's profile


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#6 posted 09-04-2008 02:34 AM

I agree it would be nice to have a link at the top along with blogs, projects to have one for workshops.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Napaman's profile


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#7 posted 09-04-2008 02:54 AM

i like the idea….maybe another contest could be shop projects/cabinets/jigs, etc…this would be great to see…so instead of a whole shop…it could be something that we could all do…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

View ChicoWoodnut's profile


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#8 posted 09-04-2008 03:57 AM

Sounds good to me. I would like to look around and gather some ideas.

Thanks Randall. I really enjoyed your post above. Have you thought about a career in writing? You obviously have some talent.

-- Scott - Chico California

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