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Well I just moved the shop over to the new house. Things aren’t done but I sill have some painting to do as well as putting in some insulation into one wall. My new shop isn’t huge, But it is wonderful compared to the old one.

The bench (aka the Battleship) is custom made, and as heavy as my full sized truck.

the router table is also a monster, but it is worth it if I need to put something large on it.

Well I will post more pics when I get something useful complete.

Update: Well I did some clean up and put some cabinets on the walls. Like always, I will get the place set up and then change my mind and change it all again.
I am thinking about a new out feed table for the TS, and setting up another sharpening station as well. I am embarrassed by the lack of a proper table for the new miter saw. I am kicking around the idea for a station that will hold the miter saw and the mortiser all in one space. the other thing on my mind is some kind of assembly table that I can knock down. I was trying to come up with a way to make a torsion box top that I could flip up but nothing is coming to mind.

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Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-21-2007 04:56 AM

It looks like your off to a great start. The bench is a monster.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-21-2007 05:26 AM

Thanks Wayne. The bench is quarter sawn white oak. It is 6”thick where the bench dogs are and about half the benches total width. The twin screw vise is better than great. The bench was about the third woodworking project that I ever did. Before that I worked on a solid core door as my bench. The tail vise was a real chore to build. Those darn things are fussy. I am thinking about rebuilding that part of the bench and using some sort of exotic wood like purple hart or blood wood.

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#3 posted 05-21-2007 01:02 PM

looks like a GREAT bench and super workspace!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 06-05-2007 12:35 AM

Well I finished the lumber rack over the weekend. It turned out pretty well, but I am not sure if I should paint the thing or not.

Any suggestions?

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#5 posted 06-05-2007 01:09 AM

Looks good. I would paint it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-05-2007 04:56 AM

Watta beautiful work bench you have there Matt!!!

From a fellow Hoosier.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 06-05-2007 01:18 PM

Great looking battleship and shop. It looks like it is coming together nicely. Enjoy!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-05-2007 04:50 PM

Nice workshop Matt. Lots of room and lots of nice tools.

I would say do not paint the lumber rack. The paint may scrape off onto the wood you want to use. Just let it age naturally.

I love that workbench.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 06-05-2007 07:40 PM

The workbench is impressive. It looks like the beginning of a cleanly designed workshop. Enjoy the new layout

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#10 posted 06-07-2007 01:33 AM

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I posted another shot of the router table. It has a 3hp porter cable motor in a Jessem router lift. It is turned on by way of a switch/outlet that is located on the side. It is larger than most router tables that I have seen, but I was thankful for the size on many occasions. you might also notice that I have the insert offset to one side. That is also useful for infeed purposes as well. The bottom of the housing that the router is in is sloped toward the back to aid in dust collection. Getting central dust collection is the next major investment to the shop.

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 03:26 AM

That’s a great space, Matt! I covet the amount of room you have! Thanks for taking the time to show us.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 06-07-2007 03:31 AM

Have fun setting up your new shop. I really like the workbench and nice job on the lumber rack.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#13 posted 01-10-2008 02:44 AM


I’m about to build a lumber rack with a similar setup to yours, and you appear to have set the standard :)

Do the arms (w?)rack at all, or has it been steady under load? Any suggestions before I commence? Thanks!


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#14 posted 01-10-2008 04:04 AM

it is doing great. I would suggest that you use carrage bolts to hold everything together though. if you have the height in the shop, make it taller and give yourself some room to put a bench or something under it. I am wishing that i had about 2 feet more head room but it is doing great. I did a major clean up and after i get done with a project that I am doing for a buddy then I will post up some more pics.

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#15 posted 01-10-2008 05:40 AM

Nothing the matter with your shop that another 10K of tools wouldn’t fix. looks like a lot of room to fill, or work in.

Nice shop.

And I’d not paint the lumber rack.

-- 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 †

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