I like checking out sites of other woodworkers and got frustrated
by not seeing the stuff in its context. Found out how to map
areas of a graphics image to a page and the rest was easy. Where
stuff is relative to other stuff gives a better idea of how the
shop works. Having the combi, the miter saw and wood storage
at the garage door end makes dealing initially with wood easier.
Having the workbench behind the combi lets it be an outfeed
table - keeps the outfeed alleys clear AND it's a step away
from the wall cabinet of handtools. Most everything is on
lockable wheels - including the long kitchen base unit that
the miter saw, with it's 8 feet of tables, is on. Made rearranging
things earlier on a LOT easier. The only thing in the Right
Shop that's stationary is Das Bench.
Wish more folks would do a shop floor plan with "click to
see" links to the equiptment pictures and info.
My site also has an all text menu that lets you get to other
stuff fairly quickly. For parts with more than three pages
I'm using a separate "table of content" linked to the various
pages on that subject. You can start at page one or jump to
My site ain't all that sophisticated, the navigation is pretty
basic - but it's currently about 20 megs of stuff - hopefully
some that's useful to others.
Art wisely suggested ..
Ψ Hey guys..it's time we get back on track with some good old
talk. Tell us what you have in your shop. Power tools..hand
Shop is basically one quarter of the basement of a 1900 square foot
ranch. It has been laid out so that it may be walled off when we
finish the basement. SWMBO has been keeping a wary eye on the
boundaries for possible encroachment, but I've been pretty good so
far. We are considering an addition out the back, turning what is a
"lookout" basement, into a "walkout" basement, and the resulting
additional 400-500 square feet would be new shop space (wood storage &
finishing room). She is a little concerned that the only reason I
want the addition is for the basement.
Jet 10" left tilting cabinet saw w/ recently added Grip-Tite fence
face and featherboard system. Did the usual shelf addition under the
side table, which also helps stabilize the legs. On the shelf are a
loose collection of saw blades (hope to build that saw blade holder
from FWW's last issue soon), push sticks, a Rockler tenoning jig, and
various inserts. My hopelessly out of square and thus unused
cross-cut sled is hiding under the shelf.
Makita 10" SCMS, sitting on a solid-core door atop a pair of homemade
sawhorses. Beneath the door in some boxes is a pair of saw-stop
fences which will be incorporate into a proper CSMS station with wood
storage beneath and a large dust collection hood. Currently I make
due with the stock bag and frequent vacuuming of the surrounding
8 x 3 foot workbench, the top of which is a sandwich of 3 sheets of Ύ
ply, construction grade, oak veneered, and Baltic birch from bottom
up. A metal working vice in on the left side, and a woodworking tail
vice is on the right, with a row of round dog holes leading to it.
There are 1 foot wide shelves built above the back of it. Portable
power tools sit in cases underneath on a shelf.
Delta 16 ½ drill press with shop built table.
Jet 14" Closed Stand bandsaw w/ Riser blocks on Delta Mobile base kit.
Grizzly 2HP dust collector w/ oversize American Fabric Filter bag,
controlled by a series of 24 volt switches throughout the shop and a
contactor/transformer wired into the 220 volt circuit. I used heavy
guage HVAC galvanized piping, starting with 6", dropping to 5" and
ending with 4" in a standard perimeter layout, complete with homemade
4" self-cleaning blast gates at each machine. I still have some fine
tuning/sealing and the aforementioned SCMS hookup to do, but it works
great as is.
Ridgid 13" Planer, sitting on a wire cart
Jet 6" Closed Stand Jointer
Like Keith, an unfinished Norm Style Router table. Carcass is pretty
well complete, need to build the drawers, attach and edge the top, add
the insert, Incra Dovetail Jig/Wonder Fence, Grip-Tite fence faces,
Woodpecker magnetic switch and casters, all of which are sitting in
Sears Router Table, enclosed for dust collection and outlet/external
switch addition. Not sure whether to keep once Norm Table is done.
60 Gallon Rol-Air Compressor, with black iron lines run around half
the shop to take out the moisture (2-6" risers and end blow out),
ending with a filter and regulator under the workbench.
***Portable Power/Air Tools***
2-12 volt, 1-18 volt Black and Decker Drills
1-15.6 volt Craftsman drill (one of the few things Craftsman sells
that's still nice)
Corded B&D Drill
Bostich Brad and Finish Nailers
Ό Sheet Craftsman Sander
PC 333 ROS Sander
Delta 1" Strip Sander
Fein 3 Ό HP Router
Craftsman 2HP Router
B&D El-Cheapo Jig/Sabre Saw
4 Jorgie Cabinet Master Clamps
6 Bessey K-Bodies
2 Gross Stabil PC-2's (these are the best, IMHO)
6 Pony Pipe Clamps
6 Quick Clamps
2 Bessey Tradesmen Deep Jaws
Five or six other assorted bar clamps
2 Band Clamps
Handful of C-Clamps and other clamps not worth mentioning
50" Clamping Straightedge
Metal planes consist of bull-nose, smoother, and low angle block
10-12 Wood bodied planes including molding planes
Marples blue handled chisels, Sears black handled chisels
Dovetail, coping and a couple back-saws
Various marking and measuring tools
200bf of common grade cherry, though quite nice for common
300bf of assorted thicknesses and grades of Walnut (which along with
the cherry is sitting outside the recognized boundary of the shop at
Odds and Ends of White/Red Oak and Hard/Soft Maple
Various scraps and one full sheet of sheetgoods
Ψ What do you want to add to your shop?
Aforementioned wood storage/finishing room
Stationary Belt/Disk Sander - The Fisch had a nice review.
Mortising Machine Grandpa just told me he has one buried in his
basement for me.
Upgrade Jointer to DJ-20
Upgrade Planer to 15" (Powermatic or Grizz)
Upgrade DC to Cyclone (Hope to use same motor, maybe have that
annoying wrecker who keeps spamming us build me a the cyclone part)
Ψ What collects the most dust?
Bandsaw, although it usually occurs to me AFTER completing a more
difficult cut that the bandsaw would have been the wise choice
Ψ On average, how many hours a week do you spend in the shop?
10 hours/week in the winter, and 5 hours/week in the summer is
probably a good average.
With salt and vinegar? Or tomato ketchup?
G'day Keith, or should I say Doook? :)
You must be one of the longest contributors to this esteemed forum.
My first conversation here was with Paul Radovanic back in '97 IIRC.
What a nice guy who is sadly missed.
And it was Dave Fleming who put me onto Agent.
I see the Franch guy newly in O'Regon is still making his presence
felt. What a nice place to come to, for interest, help, and raising of
the spirit :)
My apologies, I had thought that was how Norm referred to his, but alas, it
is merely a Deluxe Router Station, and could probably be hogged down to a
toothpick in 20 seconds with an Ultimate Router Table.
Nonetheless, I'm not sure how much mine will resemble the plans by the time
Art Finkelstein offers up the best thread of the month with:
After reading many of the posts, and after getting a little older, I find
myself very grateful for the size of my shop. It's a free-standing 24x36
building dedicated to woodworking. It's got double swing out doors that
open to 16 feet by 11 feet high. It has it's own power box with several
110v circuits and four 220v circuits. It is lit by 7 double 8', high-output
fluorescent fixtures, that do a really good job for these old eyes of mine.
Inside you'll find the usual power tool arsenal, tablesaw, bandsaw (2),
drill press (4), jointer, sanding center, dedicated mortiser, laser guided
miter saw, air compressor, radial arm saw, oscillating spindle sander,
grinder, router table, lathe, planer, etc. Hand tools consist of all the
basics plus trunk-loads of antique tools I've accumulated from countless
garage sales. I also have a lot of wood, mostly in two racks that take up
too much of my wall space. It's really good to have, but I wish I had
someplace else to store it, yet keep it handy. Lately (last two years) I've
been ignoring the shop except for accumulating more stuff. That is where
two of the drill presses have come from. Just deals too good to pass up.
It's been piling up and only recently (2 months) I've been feeling really
guilty (and wasteful) and only now have begun to get the shop into shape
again. I've been out there every weekend just organizing and cleaning. I'm
feeling much better about it now and will begin some actual woodworking,
soon. Actually, I've been doing some woodworking along with the
organization. New clamp racks and drawer dividers, pull-out shelves in a
new cabinet to store portable power tools. It's going to be so nice to just
walk out there and build something with little preparation.
I can't really think of anything. Well, OK, a DJ-20 jointer would be nice.
When I use it, I use it all.
Lately, 12-16 hours per week. Future plans, 16-20 hours. After retirement
in about 8 years? If I have my way, 35-40 hours per week. I want to make
up for lost time.
You can see most of my shop here: www.madrona.bizhosting.com I'll be
taking new pictures and adding better descriptions as I finish up the
organizing and cleaning. The site has been up for a long time and I haven't
really added much to it, but it's a priority after the shop is once again
"complete." Also, it's moving to www.philsfun.com
Thanks for the thread, Art, very intersting and "on topic."
Best Regards, Phil
Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake Washington
Most of the Normite stuff, a growing collection of meat powered tools.
More handplanes than are probably healthy. Half a dozen handsaws from my
father's generation. Shopmade sleds, jigs, fixtures. F-clamps. C-clamps.
Spring clamps. Kbodies. GS PC2s. Homemades. Ponies on pipes. A 9 foot
long by 7 foot tall rack of really special lumber, much of which has a
And a craftsman whose skills are growing, albeit slowly. And his gratitude
is growing quickly for the blessings to be able to work wood, and hang out
a serious jointer (DJ-20?), a drum sander (Performax 16-32?), and better
dust collection (Oneida, maybe?). And, as someone else said, maybe 400
square feet. And patience. Can somebody send me some?
The reality is that I have, or have access to, most everything I need to be
able to do anything my skills and ambition allow me to do. An old friend
of mine has committed to teach one of my sons how to build a guitar,
something he has wanted to do for years. So there will be some more
learning going on, and that's a major reason I started with this hobby.
I don't use the fancy dovetail machine as much as I thought I would. And
there is a benchtop mortise machine still in the sealed packaging from last
There are also maybe three or four 'stalled' projects out there, lurking in
the corners. A mission style blanket chest. A jewelry box. A headboard
one of my sons started last summer.
Average really doesn't tell the tale. Some weeks, none, to speak of. Then
today, Monday, a friend and I took a day off from work, and spent from noon
until 9 pm, building a fancy redwood potting bench for his wife, who is a
master gardener. Otherwise, maybe 12-15 hours a week, spread over maybe 4
It really depends on whether I'm in a finishing cycle. The need to keep
dust down really clogs the shop work flow.
Thanks, Art. I needed to do that inventory.
As far as power tools there is a 10" Delta TS, a 10" Delta BS, a Delta
BOSS, a Delta 12 drill. a generic 8" drill, a Delta 18-36 open arm drum
sander, a Delta 6" jointer, a Delta 12" planer, a generic dust
Collector, a CMS, a framing nail gun, a power finish nail gun, 2 brad
nail guns, a 1/4" staple gun, a furniture staple gun, a router with
stand, a plunge router, a bench grinder, a parts cleaning tank, an air
compressor, an inline sander, a DA air sander, a chain saw, a grinder,
an air grinder, an air impact gun, an impact wrench, an air ratchet, a
cordless drill, 2 electric drills, a power hand circular saw, a sabre
saw, a quilt filter, a lawn mower, garden tiller, a chipper shredder and
Various hammers, pliers, screw drivers, wrenches, piston ring
compressor, piston ring expander, valve spring remover, strut removal
tool, engine hoist, engine stand, a power chain wench and Mr. Dinky
two piles of 3' x 7' x 3/4" double faced white woodgrain look melamine
stacked 10' high, various short pieces of various stock and some scenery
of the concert.
Big mutt named Lady. (Not the SWMBO) various mice and other insects and
rodents which include squirrels and birds. And as a locksmith, a
security system that even my SWMBO gets upset over when she hears how
much it costs me. If it has not been mentioned in any of the above
items, I probably have it, I just can't remember what it is or where it
The only thing I want now may be a Legacy with a 2.5 HP Router.
The Dust Collector for dust and Mr. Dinky for use.
Less than I don't. With spending 18 hours on dialysis each week, I'd
like to spend at least that in the shop this summer, but ?????, I may
get only 3 hours a week.
Check out my Web Page at:
Where you will find:
******** How My Shop Works ******** 5-21-03
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** * DC Relay Box Building Plans. 1-14-03
* ** The Bad Air Your Breath Everyday.1-14-03
** * What is a Real Woodworker? 2-8-03
* ** Murphy's Woodworking Definitions. 2-8-03
** * Murphy's Woodworking Laws. 4-6-03
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** * Woodworker Shop Signs. 2-8-03
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