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Forum topic by shadetree90 posted 12-17-2014 02:09 AM 791 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2014 02:09 AM

Ok first ive just recently built my first wood shop it is 8 for wide by 16 foot long i have been told that the shop is just too small well i was wondering on everyone’s thoughts here. All my tools are bench too tools i have a 10 inch craftsman drill press, 10 inch craftsman bandsaw multiple routers, router table craftsman contractors table saw (for now) so what all tips and things can you all help me with? I know im gonna make my table saw outfeed over my router table and have a small work bench probably 4-5 feet by 3 feet for the sake of the space i have but sorry for the long post like i said any help and tips will really be appreciated thanks in advance Jesse

-- Jesse, Kentucky,

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 02:38 AM


I do have almost the same size workshop. small but comfortable. I mostly work with hand tools, so I do not need the big real estate floor for big machines. I do have a TS on mobile base.
Get organized and be relative with the best way to optimize your space.
If you build bit furniture, sure it might be a little cramped.

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 03:23 AM

The only other tools i have are hand tools some chisels and hand planes and things like that i really dont need a joiner because a friend taught me how to edge join a board with my router table, I will use the power tools but i do want to work with hand tools as well. Thanks for the reply keep them coming thanks in advance. Jesse

-- Jesse, Kentucky,

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 03:33 AM

No need to listen to naysayers. Enter Dilo Marcio Fernandino.

His workshop is the size of a closet and he makes
the best furniture, lifetime family heirlooms.

Hone your skills and you’ll be able to make family
heirlooms as well. HTH

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 03:55 AM

I agree with waho6o9, “don’t listen to naysayers”. Having a shop that isn’t as big as some others may be a bit of an inconvenience, but it isn’t a hard & fast rule that shop size equates to project size. I am using an integral garage for a shop, about the same size that you mention having, and I’ve made two dining tables, a chest on chest, and an entertainment center in there. I’ve had to move things around a lot, but if you want to work wood there, you’ll find a way to do it.
My tools are similar to yours, bench top types, and with a little forethought, you can make it work. Just don’t be discouraged and enjoy yourself in the process.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 04:22 AM

The size of your shop has nothing to do with the amount of heart you put into your work.
I’ve seen beautiful work come from shops smaller than yours.
Enjoy. Ignor the egomaniacs.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 11:27 PM

thanks everyone I appreciate everyones views on the subject, thanks a lot. Jesse

-- Jesse, Kentucky,

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 11:35 PM

plus 1 for waho609’s reply. I’ve seen some outstanding work produced by the most meager of shop and tools.
You cannot buy talent.

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 11:52 PM

Amen to Waho609, my shop’s in the same size range, running out of wall space, but it works for me.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 12-18-2014 01:26 AM

My shop is 8×24. While not BIG, it’s certainly big enough to build all kinds of stuff. No issues here. You might want to build a flip-top table so you can fit multiple tools in one footprint. Try to store stuff you don’t use often outside your shop space. I used to have a workbench that was almost 3 feet deep, but I ditched it for a narrower bench and haven’t missed the big one. Three feet is a lot in a shop that’s only eight feet wide.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#10 posted 12-18-2014 03:24 AM

My wood “shop” is like yours but a little shorter. Everything I have is on wheels except my Roubo style workbench.
When I intend to work I just roll everything I not using out of the way and pit it on the porch or driveway. The only kink is when it rains, I can usually figure out something to do. Get wheels.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#11 posted 12-18-2014 01:13 PM

thanks all I mayuild a smaller bench because 3 feet is too big for 8 feet I may go 2 foot bench that also doubles as a out feed table

-- Jesse, Kentucky,

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