Reed's Woodshopcomments (5) March 9th, 2011 in Shop Tours
- Location: Grayslake, Illinois, usa
- Size: 920 sq. ft.
- Type: Garage
- Focus: Cabinetry
- Heating/Cooling: 80K BTU house furnace, AC unit
Welcome to my little world. The shop is always open.
Thanks to all of you for giving me a reason to finally clean my shop and photograph it.
This shop has been a small work in progress for the last 20 yrs. I’ve produced well over 2 mil. in cabinetry and furniture so far, which isn’t much compared to some of you guys but this is my side company to a remodeling business.
I've wanted a CNC machine, a panel saw, a full size 3 sided shaper, a drum sander, a bigger drill press, a full size planer, a downdraft sanding center, a spray booth, shall I go on?
After all these years, turns out I didn’t need any of those tools. But I sure wanted them.
If I had gone full scale and opened up a commercial shop (I almost did) I would have lost everything and gone bankrupt by now. My full time remodeling business is what makes this part time shop possible.
Best part is, I can work on a project late and the “boss” doesn’t mind. I’m home.
If it gets too hot, I can jump in our back yard pool. How many commercial shops have a pool?
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Threaded inserts keep grinder locked-down, but easily movable.
My work table often pulls double- and triple-duty for tons of shop tasks. Most often it's sharpening, but I also use it for drilling, holding bench hooks and shooting boards and occassionally as a chop-saw station. Hopefully soon, it will also hold a midi-lathe. Since I plan on rearranging the top pretty regularly, I wanted a way to... read full tip