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Forum topic by IrishWW posted 10-24-2011 05:56 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2011 05:56 AM

I fell in love with woodworking in high school, did a little in the military when packing crates and got access to woodworking tools. I want my own shop, i own my own house and the shed that i want to put it in is a little small (about 10’ x 10’), im wanting to expand it, but i havent a clue where to begin, or what to do. any help would be MUUCH appreciated. On a side note, i have a few tools to go into the shop, but no REAL bench tools, any thought on where to look for decent bench tools forthe shop please help.

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 06:16 AM

When you say expand what do you mean? Expand the things you have and can do or the physical size of the shop?

Next is to figure out what type of work and projects you are planning on doing.

Regardless of those answers I feel like you need to start with a workbench make sure it is sturdy and has storage. If your space is going to be small you will want to utilize as much as possible hanging things from the walls where you can and from the ceiling.

You didn’t say what tools you do have, but make sure you have a variety of hand tools. My philosophy is a couple of every type of tool rather than tons of one thing and few of another. I also include cordless drill (I prefer an 12v since it is generally fine for most WWing projects) in my hand tool classification.

In terms of other tools Random Orbital Sander, Table Saw, Router/Table/Bit Setup in that order. I feel like it makes most sense to start with the most basic but essential tools and then move along (though if you look at my workshop I have a router table setup but not a table saw). You may also want to think about a shop vac (with a 2 1/2” not 1 1/4” hose) sooner rather than later. Once you have these your next purchase will probably be an air compressor/nail gun(s). For a basic shop that is probably about all you’ll be able to have and still move around (remember to have some places for wood storage). If you do want to add more then jointer and planer are probably next, with a band saw and drill press after that.

Hope that answers your questions a bit and I am sure that everyone else who responds to this post will have plenty of different answers, this is just how i’ve done it/am doing it.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 06:16 AM

oh and good luck, have fun and stay safe!!!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 06:21 AM

Ok, you need to be a bit more specific. The amount of space you need and what tools you can use depends on your projects. Are you interested in hand tools, power tools? You wanting to go minimalist or all out with all the latest gadgets? What kinds of woods are you going to be using? The shop for someone doing miniature work will be much different from someone who is doing large scale pieces. It doesn’t take a huge amount of tools to be productive in woodworking. A saw,a drill, a plane, a few chisels, some layout tools and you can make just about anything. Oh, and clamps. You can’t have too many clamps. :)

Also, some people like to work outside and have the workshop be just a large toolbox.

Think about it a while and you will be able to make some more direct questions.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 06:25 AM

Hi IrishWW welcome to LJs

We get lots of questions asking the same thing I think you should search the LJs sight and you will find many post on the subjects your asking about.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 07:14 AM

im sorry for not being more specific. what i have is very basic, i constructed a few shelves for my wifes craft room and bought a cheapo plunge router, i have a few tools for basic everyday maintenance of my home. now that being said, im looking to expand roomwise for my shop.. im wanting a place that is mine for a few hours a day to relieve stress and whatnot. now as far as projects i want to do everything from little bandsaw boxes up to furniture to practice for my first big project, i want to build my own cabinets for our kitchen. and i may have stumbled upon an older style table saw form a family member. and yes a1Jim, im juist looking around the sighht right now and you’re right i have found some interesting posts about shops, thanx! and by the way, i just posted this about an hour ago and already alot of helpful advise!! thanks for that also! keep it coming!

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 03:19 PM

IrishWW…on the tool issue, there are a lot of good websites on the internet that sell tools at discount prices.
Perhaps some of the best sites for used tools would be Ebay and Craig’s List. The trick is to know the price points for the tools you are looking for and to be sure you know what the max is that you want to pay for it. I have purchased much of my shop on Ebay. Even the large stationary tools came from Ebay…new and used. I have saved thousands by doing this. Read lots on LJs and find out what the best tools are for your applications, be patient, then have fun finding them at stores and on websites. You usually cant go wrong with the big names like Delta, Porter Cable, Powermatic, Bosch, etc. Good Luck !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 10-24-2011 04:23 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Irish. As Jim stated there is a lot of threads regarding small shops. A 10’ x 10’ is a good place to start. Before expanding check with your local code office for limitations and restrictions for out building sizes. This will help you to determine how big you can expand for shop size.

Being that you are just starting out one suggestion would be given your location, would be to pour a cement slab and place a lean to type top over the slab to work under while your woodworking progresses and you acquire the tools you want. This will help you to determine the size shop you will need and how much storage is also needed for your hobby.

It sounds like you will be basically a power tool user. So in my opinion I would look at the electrical supply to the 10’ x 10’ shed and upgrade the electrical service for your shop. Your shop should have its own sub panel with room for expansion of circuits and able to cover any future shop expansions.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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