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What do you “covet” most? When you look at photos (and Lord knows we all love seeing shop pics!), what makes you jealous (not in the bad way, but in the happy for them / wish I had that sort of way)?

Is it the fancy tools?

The stockpiles of lumber and sheet goods?

The shop furniture and creative organization strategies?

Their dust collection system?

The amount of space they have?

Something as general as….
How clean the shop is?

...or how understanding their spouse must be?

Or as specific as the impeccably designed and built workbench?

In a roundabout way, this sort of gets at what we’d most like to improve about our own shops if we could. For me, I know that I most enjoy seeing shops with plenty of space and light. Lots of area to move around between tools. I also have a weakness for shops where there isn’t lots of sawdust laying around.

Let’s hear it!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#1 posted 1326 days ago

While not many of my tools can be called high end, I don’t typically drool over fancier tool setups than mine. What I lust after is well designed, and well executed storage ideas, and space…

Sure I would like nicer this or that equipment wise, but everything I have works very well. What I don’t have working well is a free standing, completely dedicated space, and I want it BAD… Especially since LOML tends to think my space is hers too… We need to come to some sort of agreement….

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#2 posted 1326 days ago


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1326 days ago

I can honestly say I am not jealous of anyones shop. It is great when someone can get the shop they want !
I like seeing a shop that is well planned, organized and functional. Tools always impress me as well.
IRONY is : My shop is just the opposite of what I like to see, I am working on it, and ONE DAY ….................

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 1326 days ago

Space. I want a shop that the LOML doesn’t park her car in.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#5 posted 1326 days ago

Well … as much as I’d love a big ol’ cabinet saw—maybe a new SS, or a new PM, or a vintage Uni ….

I’m closer to canadianchips’s position:

I’m not sure I envy others for their shops. It’s more like …. I’m smiling when I SEE their shops, knowing that they have at least as much fun in THEIR shop as I have in mine :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 1326 days ago

Check it out

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#7 posted 1326 days ago

Hehe, that was the thread that prompted me to make this one, Jim. As I sat there looking in amazement and admiration at that shop, I thought we must all have different things that tickle our fancy when peering into someone else’s workspace.

And guys, I know ya don’t get jealous or envious – those have such negative connotations. I meant admire or wish that you had, aspire to, etc…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#8 posted 1326 days ago

Sorry I don’t covet. I admire the tools though.

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#9 posted 1326 days ago

Space. I know that can eventually get more tools, organize better, upgrade my DC etc. but I really can’t fit anything else into my shop right now without more space.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 1326 days ago

I think we are all looking for ideas for our own shop. Currently I am looking to get my dust collection under control, so I look for pictures that include that and see what others have done. What I really need for my shop and that I really desire to have is MORE TIME to spend in it.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#11 posted 1326 days ago

its sorta like a mortal sin, not quite, but sorta ?

I mean there isnt much difference between coveting a mans wife and coveting a mans tools.,no offence to gender but its wrong at best. I prefer to use the word “admire”

This I am guilty of…..............not their shop, but I admire the spouses of those put up with senseless purchases, rediculas hours, constant trail of dust, the noise, the smell of fermenting finish and the absolutly disaray of tools, incomplete projects, misplaced hardware, missing parts. Yup I admire that part of a shop, not matter what. the understanding spouse.

Without an understanding spouse its a whole new program, a whole new ball game and it suddenly doesnt even matter what the best thing they have is cause without it you are kinda #@%$#. Sad but very true in my experiences.

Thats my take on it


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

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#12 posted 1326 days ago

I like to look at what others have done with their work space. My experience in a shop, ( before woodworking I was a drag racer with a shop fiull of entirely different tools – talk about a complete turn around ) anyway, it seems the more room you have.. the more “stuff” you collect. Now this does not mean I would not like to have double my shop space, a dedicated “clean” room, etc.. but the biggest thing I look for is good use of space and functional jigs, etc…
Building a nice shop jig, storage solution, or tool is as satisfying for me as building a nice piece of furniture for someone else.
When I think about making changes or improvements in my shop, I search out someone who has a similar size shop and look at what they have done and see if I can make it work for me.

As far as support from my spouse.. well.. when it comes to anything in my life, including my woodworking I don’t think I could find a better person to support me.. my wife is amazing.

Would I like a 40’ x 60’ two story shop with all the bells and whistles.. HELL YA .. but.. then what would I yearn for every day .. a bigger shop with more gooder tools and …?


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#13 posted 1326 days ago

Space is what I could use some more of. I have a pretty good size shop but I could use a bit more. That and a nice pile of lumber you can have the biggest shop ever if you have no lumber it is useless.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#14 posted 1326 days ago

always perplexes me when I see what people think they dont have

great question.

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

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#15 posted 1326 days ago

Is there any other answer? SPACE


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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