LumberJocks

Help With My Shop Space

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion posted 01-18-2014 01:09 AM 795 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Brandocalrizzion's profile

Brandocalrizzion

23 posts in 1067 days


01-18-2014 01:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop garage bench

Looking for some input as to ways to utilize space in my shop. Short little backstory, my grandfather was a carpenter all his life. He past at age 90 when I was 8. When my grandmother passed 2 years ago, I was given some of his hand tools, as I wanted some things to remember him by. I also moved his work bench from his shop (12.5 ft) to my garage.

I would love some ways to highlight some of his old hand saws, but mainly some of his old hand planes. I use them as the need arises. Its through acquiring his hand tools that I struck an interest in woodworking. I am still very green, but am learning, loving it, and hope one day to make some great items like my grandfather did before me. So far I have made a 7 ft dinner table with benches and am starting in on a dresser for my wife.

That said, the bench is very long, which can be nice. It takes up most of the length of the right side of my 1 car garage. Through the transport though the bench came loose (as it was built over 20 years ago). It was jointed with tongue and groove joinery. When those came loose, I tried to put them back together but I the table top is not level and is slightly bowed. It still works well for assembly purposes.

Part of my thinking was to cut up the bench into 2 smaller benches, one being an assembly bench and the other being one on wheels that I can move around and possibly use as support for some of my other tools like table saw or miter saw.

My big struggle is do I break this down into smaller benches or keep it large. If I break it down, I feel like I can place some of my larger tools in better spaces. I will attach some photos to show what the space looks like. Lighting is horrible and my friend fortunately gave me some overhead lights I can hang, but want to get my layout squared away before I hang them.


5 replies so far

View Brandocalrizzion's profile

Brandocalrizzion

23 posts in 1067 days


#1 posted 01-18-2014 01:12 AM








View Brandocalrizzion's profile

Brandocalrizzion

23 posts in 1067 days


#2 posted 01-18-2014 01:17 AM










View Brandocalrizzion's profile

Brandocalrizzion

23 posts in 1067 days


#3 posted 01-18-2014 01:19 AM

View Brandocalrizzion's profile

Brandocalrizzion

23 posts in 1067 days


#4 posted 01-18-2014 01:20 AM

View Glen Peterson's profile

Glen Peterson

556 posts in 2516 days


#5 posted 01-18-2014 01:23 AM

Cutting it in half is certainly possible, but you might think about a bit differently. You don’t show the work bench, so I’m thinking its a slab top on top of legs, probably 4×4’s, with stretchers between the legs. You might be able to dismantle the bench then rebuild the base to the desired size, which would just mean resizing the long cross members. Then cut the top to size. If looks like he had some nice hand tools. Another tribute would be to revitalize them. You can probably find info on Lumber Jocks. There is a fellow named Cian Perez with a fantastic cite of woodworking and tool info. There is also an online community of galloots dedicated to using and fixing up older tools.
Good luck.

-- Glen

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com