sras's Workshop

  • Advertise with us
Workshop by sras posted 12-30-2009 12:45 AM 2191 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

View all workshops »

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

click the pictures to enlarge them

sras's Workshop sras's Workshop sras's Workshop
sras's Workshop sras's Workshop  

click the marker to see the address

Okay – I wanted to wait until I cleaned it up, but I guess that is not likely to happen. So here it is – mess and all.

First, my shop is a room off the back of the garage. It is about 15’x24’ with a 10’ ceiling. The walls are insulated and the doors are weatherstripped, but no heat. Only on the really cold days do I run the electric space heater. The windows do not open – an oversight I think. The plus side is that the room can be very airtight which makes dust control manageable when applying finish.

On to the photos…

1st photo: Lots of stuff here…
We’ll start at the lumber rack. This is my solution to lumber storage. Long lumber on top, sheet stock on the left, shorter boards in the middle. On the left end of the bottom shelf you can see my stack of shorter pieces. The tiny stuff is in the box directly below that.
The closet on the right holds my dust collection system. The switch turns the blower on/off. I have 4 inch ducts routed under the floor. There are inlets centered on the 3 remaining walls and 3 in the floor. The filters clean up any exhaust air before re-entering the room.
Below the lumber is my air compressor. You can see a hose running up to a wall inlet. I have 3/4” black pipe running to several outlets in the shop (plus one in the garage).

2nd photo: Not as much here
To the left of the lumber rack wall is the doorway between the garage and shop. To the right of the door, there is capped piece of plastic pipe. This is pass through I put in when I was using some finish with a lot of bad fumes. I used a forced air ventilaiton suit and set the pump in the garage. Not sure when I’ll use it next, but it was great for keeping me supplied with fresh air.
One of the things I like best as a shop feature is the tub sink. Keeps the sink in the house clean – this one is a mess! The cabinet was a weekend project of laminated MDF and fir trim.
Next to the sink is my crosscut sled. This is a project that I just finished recently. I plan on posting project details in the future (posted here).
Saw blade clock, pencil sharpener and old draw knife are the remaining details. The draw knife is from my grandfather’s Iowa farm.

3rd photo: On to some hardware
Grizzly 1023L table saw, Jet 14” bandsaw and ShopSmith Mark V are the main elements here. I used the ShopSmith as my table saw from 1982 until this year. I figured after 27 years, I was entitled to an upgrade. I’ll keep it for the rest of its features. Grizzly tenoning jig on the saw and an outfeed table behind it (another future project posting). Tall fence on the extension table. I built that to be able to modify the lazy susan I worked on earlier this year. The chalkboard was a rummage sale purchase for $3. Have not used it as much as I thought, but it looks good.
Just to the left of the photo collage is an outlet for compressed air.

4th photo: Workbench
The workbench is 15-20 years old. I had intended to add drawers, slide out shelves and doors underneath but have not gotten around to it. If you think that is bad, wait until you see my router table! The tool cabinet is equally old – I think I made it the year before. Mortiser on the bench and scroll saw on the left side. A lot of tools piled up underneath – kind of embarassing. I have limited hobby time and choose to make projects rather than organize… There is another compressed air outlet on the wall and a co-ax jack in the corner (for a TV someday).

5th photo: Clamps & tools
On the right is my clamp storage. I have a lot of spring clamps that I justified buying when I built a cedar stip kayak. Some forms from the kayak project are below the clamps. In the center of the pic is my “crude but effective” router table. This thing deserves a project posting. I threw it together 27 years ago when I needed a way to hold my router. I thought I would build a good one later – I guess later is still in the future. Another compressed air outlet next to the door.

Update: I have started a shop blog that will track updates and changes. You can find it here .

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

16 comments so far

View Splinterman's profile


23057 posts in 2178 days

#1 posted 12-30-2009 11:11 AM

Just some pics when you get the chance.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2638 days

#2 posted 12-30-2009 12:48 PM

Steve, you should know that we can’t let you get by without posting pictures!! Not that we are impatient or anything. Just post them when you have time.

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

View patron's profile


13260 posts in 2157 days

#3 posted 12-30-2009 12:56 PM

yea ,
we already waited 59 days .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

#4 posted 12-30-2009 04:03 PM

Okay – Okay!! It’s 6 AM and I am out in my shop shooting pictures! Sheesh – you would think there is no activity on this web site and we’re desparate for some new content! Don’t give up on me, it will take an hour or so – I still have to look at every project that was posted overnight, check out the new blogs and skim over the forum postings …

Thanks guys – it’s nice that you’re interested!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View stefang's profile


13905 posts in 2151 days

#5 posted 12-30-2009 04:40 PM

Yes, we are interested. Looking forward to seeing the photos. We are a strange lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

#6 posted 12-30-2009 06:42 PM

Okay, that will have to do for now. I need to get out to the shop! I’ll post the other two walls later…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

#7 posted 01-23-2010 07:07 PM

Been busy with work lately. Little time to post or woodwork. Here is another photo of the shop …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View a1Jim's profile


113059 posts in 2393 days

#8 posted 01-23-2010 07:11 PM

A good space with some super tools.

-- Custom furniture

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2638 days

#9 posted 01-24-2010 01:16 AM

Steve, this certainly is a nice shop that you have. It also looks like you have of offcuts that you just can’t bear to get rid of (but then I am sure most of us “suffer” from this condition). And I really can’t see what keeps the short stack in place. :) It looks a lot like the one I have that I just keep piling on short pieces until it finally falls and then I reorganize it.

You also have a nice set of tools. And that looks like a nice bench that you have in your shop.

Thanks for the pictures.

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

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

#10 posted 01-24-2010 05:57 AM

Very observant Scott! There is a good deal of those cutoffs that are plywood and chipboard scraps. I use the same “pile until it falls” storage technique as you. I intend to make some drawers to hold cutoffs, but that is another project for the future.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View woodworm's profile


14140 posts in 2407 days

#11 posted 01-24-2010 06:03 PM

Nice shop and great machines.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

#12 posted 05-26-2010 05:19 PM

steve.nice shop you have there i did see a potental safety problem though on the one door in your shop.and it needs immediate attention so i am sending by ups a huskies poster to cover over that uhumm wsu house cat sorry man but if ya live on the coast u gota suport the dogs!!!!!.i do have to say i like your cutting boards and am thinking of making some to ged rid of all the oak and hickory i have laying around but i have never made one before.any advice?thanks and have a great day.Randy

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

View sras's profile


4007 posts in 1946 days

#13 posted 05-27-2010 05:50 AM

For the cutting boards, I refer to a couple posts that helped me out a lot in my blog on cutting boards. The technique I describe where you get the stock ready to glue and then arrange a pattern worked out well for me. If you ahve a lot of stock, I actually think the boards made from the same wood are pretty sharp looking.

As far as the WSU poster goes – PM sent ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

#14 posted 05-29-2010 12:52 AM

steve i got your email today all i have to say about the pic lucky dog.umm i mean cat,coug well you know what i mean.i love the smile kinda like the chesire cat.

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

View helluvawreck's profile


16338 posts in 1683 days

#15 posted 10-06-2010 11:35 AM

You have a nice shop with lots of good tools and equipment. Congratulations.

-- 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

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase