Let's see your shop!

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

hiya folks,

My shop is still in a state of flux. As is my life...lol. I have yet to build my workbench and am considering doing it this year sometime from Quilted Maple and Cocobolo. My tools reflect my newness in this hobby. I still have several lower quality machines but have been able to add a few good tools to the shop (thanks Pam). The shop takes up a one car garage and a third. I'm still doing the logistics of machine permanent machine placement.

I'll post pics of the shop as time and dust permit...lol. Let's see yours!

best,
don

Hiya everyone (whoever might be here!)

We just moved to a new house a couple months ago, and we're still kind of getting settled in. My shop is in our shed, which is 3600 sqft. It's ridiculously huge, as the previous owner apparantly needed that kind of space for the automotive repair he used to do.

Anyway, I've taken a corner of the shed for my shop and I can expand as I wish. I have marked out spots for all the goodies I'll be bringing.

Right now I have a 16' long table that I am using for my work bench. The table is 2 folding tables butted up against each other.

I'm planning on building a solid bench to replace the flimsy folding tables. The owner left me a huge pile of 16' long 2x6s that will be fine material for goofing off.

dave

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

hiya dave,

all those 2x6s will be great practice wood and sood for doing some projects as well. I've never met a woodworker that said he/she's got too much wood laying around...lol.

I need to build a bench soon, as my table saw seems to be the current 'catch-all' horizontal surface in the shop for stuff when there's not enough time to put things away...lol.

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Heh - that looks like I imagine my shop is likely to look in the near future!!

dave

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

My woodshop area is only 12 X 18 feet and certainly not what I would like. Even had to part with my old band saw and super scroll saw to make room enough to 'turn around'. DW has wisely (?) said I can't expand into her garage, so we'll just make small projects.

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Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

It doesn't even seem larger from the other end. Pity.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

I inherited the fabluous scroll saw from balvenie. Talk about generosity! It is so much better than the one I had before....a Dremel.

I don't see how size matters, but it sure would be nice to have more space around the table saw for panel cutting. I for one find the stuff coming out of your shop balvenie to be huge on creativity, it would fit that they came out of a small shop.....balance in the universe....lol.

best to you always,
don

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Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

This is the biggest "furniture" piece to date. A great addition that gets used everyday. Guess I could count the kitchen cabinetry, such as it is, too.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

Whoa,

Wow, very nice, balvenie! I'm glad that you found this forum!

I don't have a picture inside of my shop yet (I'll take my camera next time I go out there). Here's an aerial view, though. The two arrows indicate the house and the shop. The shop is the structure closest to the pond. The borders are shown by the red lines.

(37 acres, in case anyone was curious)

Dave

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Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

That's a great piece of land Dave. You have a really wonderful shop area away from the house so noise and dust isn't a problem. Keep the pictures coming.

Mableton, GA(Zone 7b)

Shop's a weeeeeee bit bigger than the house eh? lol

Actually, no. :) The house is surprisingly huge. It wasn't that we intended to buy a huge house, but it was the only one with the property that matched what we wanted.

Mableton, GA(Zone 7b)

ok, well it must have a lot of trees around or something because the shop really sticks out. Either way you've got yourself quite a compound there! You can be in the shop and Trish will have to call you (literally) for dinner. lol

Cell phones are a must around here, for sure!!

You can't see the house because of the tall trees around it. I have another picture from a different angle where the barn looks very small compared to the house. :)

dave

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

It's an incredible property dave. Congratulations man, really nice indeed. Maybe we can take a tour of it some time through your diary and discuss it on the Garden Tour forum....lol.

3000sqft......holy smokes. The capacity to store lumber/wood alone makes my palms sweat...lol.

balvenie, can you imagine the machinery you could pack into a space like that? woohooo, Pam would divorce me for sure....lol.

Or she'd be very happy to have no noise from the shop...lol.

wow,
don

A garden tour would be great! I just need a better internet connection (it's still on the way) so I can upload a ton of pics into my diary. :)

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

cool, we'd love to see it dave.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Wow, what a nice wooded property you have, Dave! Looks like the water is a little low in your pond, as it is everywhere in TX right now, lol.

If I can ever get my 24-yr-old to get all his stuff out of my garage (and get the stuff we threw in there when Rita was headed this way) I'll take a picture of my samll workspace. I have a pegboard on the wall (I was so proud when I installed it last year), a nice long shelf underneath, and sawhorses. Be it ever so humble, it's a start!
:-)

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

Some pics of my shop.....it's a mess, but it's always a mess. come on in!

first steps in bring you to the planer, which I hope to replace with a more durable brand this year and the 6" jointer.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

Around the table saw/router table. It's a bit of a squeeze through here.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

The window in the shop looks into the greenhouse on the south side of the shop. There is a long counter on this side that runs the length of the shop and has lots of cabinets for storing hand tools and failed projects I can't seem to part with...lol. The buffing wheel is out because I've been buffing and polishing abalone shells for use in my next tiling project.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

the back wall that has a window that faces east and looks out into the Hacienda garden (see my garden diary), and I can hear the fountain when machinery isn't blaring. Under the cabinets is where I store hand power tools like routers, jigsaws, sanders and drills.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

Along this wall I've got my little lathe, an oscillating spindle sander, belt/disc sander, scroll saw and lumber storage.....then it's back to the table saw.

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

As I previously stated, I'm a beginner. I first purchased inexpensive tools to see if there would be any lasting interest in woodworking. Now I get embarrassed when guys with amazing shops come to visit and see all these 99cent store machines....lol. Not really, as with the size of a shop, a tool is only as good as the user. But then the time does come when the tool can't do more and it's time for a better machine. I've had some of these tools for almost three years and they've started reaching their limitations. In my next three year plan I do hope to begin to upgrade machines as I can afford them or I get permission from the boss (DW) to get some....lol.

My beginning bandsaw, still works for small detail projects

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

My birthday present to myself......from Pam last year. I've been making some cool veneers now and have so much more flexibility with thicker and harder woods, like my favorite Cocobolo.

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Great shop, Don!! Thanks for posting these pictures.

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

thanks dave,

boy would some of these machines love living in a giant space like your shop. You should see what I have to do to cut up a sheet of plywood in here...lol.

best to you,

don

Well, when you start upgrading your stuff, I'll buy these old guys from you!! Shipping might be a problem, though, eh?

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Holy moly! That's a bunch of great tools. Jet makes some fine stuff. I've been curious about the Rigid tools. They appear to be well designed and made, what do you think of them ? Your variety of tools and the space available makes me very envious. That sure is a nice shop.

Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

hiya balvenie,

The Rigid jointer isn't a bad machine at all, but the lathe, my first, is a bit of a joke for anything but spindle turning. I've learned about as much as I can on that machine and I'm grateful that I have it, but now it's finally time for a good one. Rigid tools are reliable as far as I'm able to judge. Their circular saw (mag saw) is as good a saw as my old Makita wormdrive mag saw. And a good skilsaw isn't easy to make. I've certainly owned a few dogs...lol.

When I was a kid Rigid was THE brand for pipe wrenches, power threaders, and all things plumbing and that was about it. Then the Home Depot phenomenon happened and now they make everything, or have everything made for them by six year olds in China then label and box the tools here in the US...lol.

As far as space goes, we both work in small shops amigo. I have to plan ahead if I want to mill any piece of wood longer that 6ft....lol.

Jet does indeed make quality machinery, and I'm lucky to have the pieces I have. Some day, when I grow up I'll be good enough at this stuff to warrant some really great machines.

Royston, GA(Zone 7b)

Nice work areas yall! My shop is the garage =D I have a building we call the "Big Building" that I want to convert into a workshop. The previous owners used it for a RV garage. My husband is getting quite tired of the garage holding everything but the cars. *grins sheepishly* I would take pictures, but its a mess right now.

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

Here is my shop. The saw is a powermatic 72a and the bench is my own creation made of reclaimed Oak 4x4 posts milled to about 3.5. (very heavy) The apron is Ash and the end vice (a Veritas Twin screw) has a front jaw made of Purpleheart. It has 3/4 inch square dog holes for the end vise and few rows of round dog holes on the front vise side. The base is made of reclaimed Oak as well but I ebonized it with a mix of vinegar and rusty nails. The tablesaw, jointer and band saw are connected to a Grizzly dusy collection system. I love the Vidmar cabinets for keeping all my stuff in order.

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Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

Here is a closeup of the bench.

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Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

That's the neatest bench I've seen anywhere. "The Workbench Book" from Taunton Press has a bunch of beauties from ancient to modern, but yours is in the best of them. Great shop, and the Powermatic must be a joy to use. How large is your work area ? That's my biggest problem, tools take up so much room you can hardly turn around. I'm envious. Thanks for sharing. How about some pictures of projects.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Wowie, zowie! That is a beautiful bench!

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

I am using most of a 3 car garage for my shop. I have to shuffle a few things around to get the vette in and have to move it to the driveway to use the tablesaw. Your right about the saw its awesome. I got it from a friend for nothing. It had triple phase motor on it so I had to buy a 5hp single phase - about $700 and some change. The 14 inch blades cut through anything with ease. It's a far cry from the Powermatic 66 contractors saw I was using which used to bog down and trip the breaker when ripping the big stuff. As far as projects go my wife posted this one to Daves a while back. http://davesgarden.com/place/t/565790/ I have to take some pictures of some of the other pieces I've made.. If anyone wants advise on making a bench the best I can give them is design it around your vises. Everything else you can play around with but with the hardware there is no give or take it must be planned for exactly...

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

Maggiemoo,
When I saw the finished bench Hardwood (my hubby) built I was so impress (translate jealous *LOL*) I asked him to make me a harvest table along the same lines. I think it's beautiful.

Dovey

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

Balvenie,
I love your rolltop cabinet, it's fablous.
Dovey

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Thought French Valley was familiar from Dovey's post, but didn't make the connection. A three car garage makes for a pretty good sized work area, and who would want to get sawdust all over a vette anyway. Five horses and a 14 inch blade, you could almost become a sawmill (small one of course). The bed is a work of art.

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