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Finally found time to post my workshop (garage) pictures. Living in Chicago, I need the space in winter, so most of the tools are on wheels. I actually like this setup rather than stationary, as I can stage these tools for whatever project I’m working on and have plenty of room to maneuver. Lately I’ve just been creating “whirligigs” so the main machines brought out were the bandsaw, belt and oscillating sander. The bench over the table saw serves as an assembly area. This bench serves as an out-feed table and was the subject of a post I illustrated earlier.
It looks pretty quiet and fairly clean right now as woodwork projects are on hold until next spring. The shop is approx. 700 sq. ft. and is heated by a natural gas space furnace mounted to the ceiling. It’s cooled in the summer by a 12,000 BTU window unit.
Thanks for looking.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!


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#1 posted 10-14-2010 01:39 AM

Jim, you have a nice looking shop in which to work. It looks to be well organized and the windows are a big bonus in my book. I like to get as much natural light as I can in my shop so I will often work with the doors open. I also think the pegboard is a pretty good idea as well (I did the entire front wall of mine in it). It is a pretty good way to store and organize hand tools.

You also have a nice set of tools to play with. That looks like an effective outfeed/assembly table that you built for your table saw. I considered building one of these when I had my contractor saw but just never could seem to find the time.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 03:23 AM

Hey Jim,
Sweet shop with all the right mobile toys in the right place…well done

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 03:43 AM

Looks like a great space to work.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 04:57 PM

Awesome shop setup. I LOVE those cabinets… That looks fantastic.

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

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 05:03 PM

Great looking shop with super tools and very well organized.

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 05:33 PM

Nice subtle board and batten doors on your cabinets.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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jim C

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 06:24 PM

Boy,
The great comments coming from quality woodworkers like you guys is a real honor.

Thanks guys.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 06:45 PM

Great shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 10-14-2010 06:45 PM

Jim that is a very nice shop. You have lots of nice tools and equipment and it’s so clean and organized.

-- 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

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EPJartisan

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#10 posted 11-14-2010 03:24 AM

Great looking shop!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#11 posted 11-24-2010 03:49 AM

Good looking shop to make some sawdust in, thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 05:08 PM

Jim, thats a nice looking shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 08:08 PM

Great looking shop. I too have that Ridgid Table Saw and think I may end up borrowing your idea for the outfeed table. Maybe I should borrow your cleaning habits too. lol.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 12-31-2010 03:02 AM

Wat two clean Jim LOL Great looking shop…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 03-20-2011 06:27 AM

Yes that is a nice place you have to work there Jim. I like your cabinet doors. Did you make them? Lots of room for a two car garage.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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