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jamesicus

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1286 days ago

I found myself “space challenged” for a woodworking “shop” when we moved into a small town home. The only space available was a very small 7 foot x 4 foot storage room — tiny for sure but with electrical outlets, a concrete floor and a sturdy lockable door. I now use hand tools exclusively (jewelry boxes, bookbinding tools,
oil stone boxes, etc) and so all so all I needed to build was a narrow bench (18” wide) with a tool storage back board and then equip the “shop” with hand tools suitable for producing the small scale joinery I undertake. Here are some photos of my set-up:

James


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Cliff De Witt

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#1 posted 1286 days ago

Wow looks like you got the most bang from your space buck.

I am wondering, have you ever had to rebuild your Yankee Screwdrivers?

I just re started wood working and fund my two yankee’s from my days as a stage hand and neither of them will work, they are both 131’s I called Stanly and they just said we don’t support them if they are not listed on our website.

Love to get them back in action.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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jamesicus

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#2 posted 1286 days ago

Thanks for the reply, Blackpearl. You wrote: .......... I am wondering, have you ever had to rebuild your Yankee Screwdrivers?

Yes, I have rebuilt a couple over the years—it seems wear of the pawls causes most malfunctions—it is not easy to completely disassemble them, on the other hand they are some of the most durable and reliable tools I have ever used.

James

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miles125

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#3 posted 1286 days ago

The thing about being confined to a small space for woodworking is it teaches you efficiency. You’ll be a better woodworker in the long run for it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1286 days ago

Yep…. gotta have Vaseline to squeeze everything into a small shop! :-)

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

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woodjewelry

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#5 posted 1286 days ago

Nicely done, just don’t try to build too many kitchens.

-- Mark, Lithuania, http://www.woodworkers-online.com

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Robinson

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#6 posted 1285 days ago

Nicely done. I’m afraid that my claustrophobia would barely let me walk past it let alone work in it (shudder)... I think I need to go stand out in the middle of one of my fields for a while now.

-- Francis Robinson, Central Indiana, USA - - Shopsmith fanatic

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crank49

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#7 posted 1285 days ago

No work holding vise?
How do you cut jointery?
Do you have a covered area outside in which to work?

Good use of the space available.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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jamesicus

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#8 posted 1285 days ago

crank49 wrote: No work holding vise?
How do you cut jointery?
Do you have a covered area outside in which to work?

Vise shown in above photo. All sawing and sanding is done (using a Workmate) outside in our back yard under a covered concrete slab patio overhang.

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 1285 days ago

Have a look at Dilo Marcio Fernandino's little shop and look at the magnificent work he turns out.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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rance

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#10 posted 1284 days ago

James, nice use of the space. I too like my tools out where I can see them as much as possible.

Dilo has another interesting shop but I seem to recall someone on LJ(or an external link) that had a very small shop. 6×6 I’m thinking. He had to roll some of his tools out on a patio just to work. I had a link but can’t seem to find it. Anyone know the shop I’m aluding to? Thanks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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jamesicus

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#11 posted 1281 days ago

I am having to go slow in getting my work area functional for I am still recovering from a botched abdominal operation (six months ago). Anyway, my first priority is to get all of my tools cleaned and sharpened. I was lucky to obtain a Disston #2 saw vise (I already had a jointer and set) in pristine condition—it is actually in better shape than the one I had sixty years ago! So now I can start some saw sharpening—it feels good.

James

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#12 posted 1280 days ago

Good use of a small space. Hope you feel better

-- Jeremy, http://projects-for-woodworking.com

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jamesicus

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#13 posted 1280 days ago

Thank you very much for the kind thought, Jeremy.

James

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