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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-21-2009 07:07 PM 4151 reads 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I better post some pictures of my real workshop in case anyone thought I just had drawings. If you’ve been in on my home page work shop the following is what you saw. I put the overview in here so you could make sense of my detailed photos which follow. The shop is 220 sq. ft. and was a carport attached to the garage with a small workshop running across the back of the garage. The loft which is about 550 sq.ft. spans the garage and the workshop. It’s all insulated and paneled in pine. I plan to make it into a finishing center eventually.
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This is my bandsaw and drillpress right across from the lathe. It’s pretty close, but works just fine. I often use the drillpress table as an outfeed table for the bandsaw since it is adjustable in height. Pretty handy. The drillpress is mounted on wheels like most everything else in my shop
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This next one is clamp storage next to my sliding beams bench. Those new type Irwing clamps are really great!
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Here is my electric handtool storage. The drawers house glue gun and supplies, soldering iron, handrill accessories, etc.
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This is clamp storage on the opposite wall at the other end of the beam bench.
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My 30 year old cabinet makers bench made by the Swedish manufacturer Sjøberg. You can also see my Delta band/disk sander with a sanding jig for precise sanding of segments to be glued up for turning.
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This is what you see coming in the entrance door. Left is platter storage. First right is my shop-made router bench and just beyond that my 5 function combination woodworking machine. It has a tablesaw, shaper, jointer, planer and mortising attachment. A cheap version of similar machines, but good enough for me.
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My newest tool acquistion. A Woodfast 12” disk sander. I’ll be using it for my segment turning. It’s a great tool and I will no doubt find a lot of other uses for it as well.
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Opposite view looking towards the entry door. Stacked against the wall at the end is the garden bench components constructed so far and which I hope to finish soon. Remember my Garden Bench blog #1 before summer? Well, I’m not very fast or productive. Lazy Larry will be ashamed of me!
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This is the sliding miter saw my wife gave me for Christmas last year. I love it! It’s mounted on a sliding torsion box so I can slide it out of the way when I’m not using it. As you can see I have a very narrow shop. Please note the round thingies on the dust hood. One on top and on each side. These are vacuum hose holes with removable plugs. This way I can put a hose in whichever way the saw is pointing.
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This shows the SMS pushed in (it does go in all the way). My 2000W 2 motor 50 Gal. drum vacuum is tucked under the counter in it’s own place.
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Here is my sharpening center and grinder equipped with a Veritas grinder jig which is very useful. I also have a Veritas honing jig, but since I’ve learned to hone by hand I don’t use it much. The scrollsaw is stored at the left. It’s mounted on a table with a cleat that’s for mounting to my drillpress table. I first tilt the scrollsaw table to the desired angle and then I tilt the drillpress table until the saw table is level. Makes it a lot easier to control angled cuts. The first original idea I’ve had since 1947.
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The next two photos are near identical pictures of my sliding beams bench (yes there are two of them). I love this bench. There isn’t anything I can’t clamp for gluing-up. hand planing or anything else. It beats the heck out of my cabinet makers bench. I also have a 50 ltr. compressor under the bench.
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This is my Record 1/2 hp 3 speed lathe. It has a swing of 12” over the rails and 16” using the extended tool holder attachment and with the headstock swung 90 degrees to the the right. Not a particularly hefty or even good lathe, but extremely reliable. I’ve had it for 13 years now and never had a single problem with it, or replaced any belts or parts.
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Another lathe view which shows my turning chisels and accessory storage. I’ve made a dust catcher from an office lamp shad which attaches to the vacuum hose. You can just see it at the right under the rails.
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One thing I didn’t mention above is that the counter tops, electric tool storage top, combi machine and router cabinet all are the same height. This comes in real handy to support long pieces.

This is the newest addition to my shop. I have my wife to thank for this fantastic scroll saw. She encouraged me to buy it. It is the only really top quality tool/machine I have ever purchased and I am thrilled with it. It is a dream to use and very habit forming. When I get too old to go out to the workshop I’ll move this indoors and keep going as long as I can.
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I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for looking in

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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woodisit

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 07:20 PM

Well thought out, very nice shop!!!!!

-- Woodisit

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 07:30 PM

very nice and organized well!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 07:31 PM

Nice very nice shop …...thanks for posting

mike

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 07:39 PM

okay, I’m more than a bit jealous… so I must find fault… the stairway does not have a hand rail!

So there. Not perfect, but you are getting mighty close. Well done.

Sliding beam benches. Very interesting. Question: Do they float on the wall support beams? They can be lifted up in addition to slide along? Hope I am understanding that right. Wish I would have thought of that when I was making up my little shop space. But it is not too late to rethink it… and upgrade…

aren’t all shops a work in progress?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 07:45 PM

Lots of pics and lots of nice stuff….......that’s a nice place!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 07:52 PM

Wow. What a beautiful, organized, and totally functional shop! Well done, Good Sir. Well done!

Quick questions:

- what’s upstairs (inquiring minds….)??
- what’s the total square feet on the ground floor?

I was telling my brother, last night, that I was trying to get every table/bench top to be the same height—ideally, the height of my TS. I just think that’s a nice feature, if you can manage it. You managed it :-)

“I know it’s a long blog, but please don’t feel you have to look if you’re not interested.”

Yeah. Pry me away from your pics :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 08:02 PM

Very nice shop!..................thanks for the pics

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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stefang

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 08:14 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

AL There are three reasons for not having a handrail. Firstly, it discourages the wife from nosing around up there. Secondly there’s a lot of stuff stored up there that I couldn’t get down if there were a handrail, and thirdly, there is a very large trap door at the top of the stairs which closes off the loft to prevent too much dust migration and which does not allow a proper handrail to be installed. You are however, absolutely correct from a safety standpoint, and I do appreciate your concern. My wife is nagging me about it all the time. I just say “yes dear”. Hope I don’t live to regret my poor attitude.

You are correct, the sliding beams just sit on the sliders mounted to the wall and can be lifted upwards as well. Did you notice the lower sliders? That’s for mounting the beams at a lower position for grandchildren or working on something tall like a chest of drawers. A little warning here: The beams tend to easily rack when being moved, so a guidance system to prevent this would be an advantage (but not a necessity).

Yes, you are right. Shops change constantly as the type of work and storage changes and when experience and frustration motivate better ideas. There is no such thing as the ultimate shop. For example; I used to hate that my shop was so small, but now at my age I’m glad I don’t have to walk so much.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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dbhost

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#9 posted 09-21-2009 08:20 PM

Very nice… It would be nice to folks that browse the Workshops to update your workshop page with this info as well…

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

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stefang

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#10 posted 09-21-2009 08:25 PM

NBeener Upstairs is a lot of “stuff” including paint storage, xmas decorations bit and pieces of odds and ends. However there are a couple of interesting things too. I have a professional drafting table (all we need now is a professional draftsman) and a shopmade light table. My plans for the future are to make the loft into a finishing center. A couple of years ago I insulated and paneled the ceiling and 30” high walls with knotty pine. The floor was already insulated as is the entire shop. I have a lot of plans, but at my age I’m not sure if I will be able to realize them all.

The shop is 220 sq. ft. total.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-21-2009 10:06 PM

I just love looking at other folks shops and yours is a doosy.. not small just compact and you have it organised quite well.
Enjoy.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 10:47 PM

Mike, Great looking shop. We look forward to seeing a lot more fantastic projects.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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stefang

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#13 posted 09-21-2009 10:47 PM

Thanks Larry. I like to look at other folks shops too. Are we nuts?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#14 posted 09-21-2009 10:50 PM

Thanks Kent. It’s certainly not beautiful, but is fairly functional.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 09-22-2009 04:31 AM

Cool shop! Thanks for the tour.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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