Building the Perfect Workshop
While strolling through the recent entries to our online shop gallery, I spotted some pretty novel designs as well as a couple of fun videos worth taking a look at. From brilliant solutions for tight spaces, to novel repurposing of department store display racks, there were plenty of interesting elements to the eight shops listed in my February round-up. By the way, if you’ve already seen our art director’s video tour of his redesigned garage shop (Mike’s Garage Shop), you can go ahead and skip it. If not however, it’s really worth a look!
Enjoy the sawdust-laden eye candy!
|18th Century Shop
This beautiful shop at Colonial Williamsburg is the benchmark for old world romance. For hand tool lovers only!
|Mike’s Garage Shop
Who could forget FW art director Michael Pekovich’s complete garage-shop transformation?
|Plane Old Workshop
Take a video tour of a garage shop makeover for an entire family of woodworkers.
|My Slice of Heaven
Nearly 800 square feet of clean, modern workspace–and one heck of a nice bandsaw if I do say so myself!
|A Modest Shop
Here’s proof that you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy hand tool heaven on a modest budget.
This post-Hurricane Katrina story is enough to warm the hearts of even the most cranky of woodworkers.
|A Different Shop
Why build your own shop furniture when you can salvage it all from a department store?
Organization is the key to this shop, relegated to a small urban foot print in a New Orleans woodworker’s backyard.
Beautiful Bench for a Beautiful Shop
Of course, if you’re going to build a sweet shop, you’re going to have to outfit it with an equally sweet bench. This afternoon I stumbled upon a UK bench-maker by the name of Richard Maguire. Built of kild-dried ash, Maguire’s benches are then finished with an oil and wax combination and feature twin screw vises which, while really interesting, might not be a perfect fit for everyone. While you can use these vises to apply more accurately distribute clamping pressure on different-sized stock, I could certainly see it becoming a wee bit of a pain when clamping stock that comes in contact with the entire length of the vise’s face. Having to equally screw in each side might frustrate some woodworkers. Still, these benches are a blast to look at.