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Small backyard shop - E Bergh

comments (3) April 23rd, 2011 in Shop Tours        
ebergh ebergh, member
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Looking through the front of the shop and out the back sliding door. The Radial Arm Saw shares its outfeed table with the 220v Table Saw. Downdraft sanding table on left, 6 Jointer on wheels under saw on right. Plywood stored on edge on far right, Lumber above.
14 Bandsaw to left by doorway on wheels, buffer w/low-speed grinder on wheels beside it. Beyond is 8 x 10 shed w/ bench area, 6 x 48 belt sander (and clamps around corner on right.)
Bench area (behind Bandsaw) Delta mini lathe w/ extended base, low speed grinder, elderly Sprungner Radial arm drill press, Air Compressor below. Loft above for storage of stuff w/ just enough headroom to work at lathe.
My old bench, made from Alder 25+ years ago. Use laptop w/Cutlist Pro software, PCDraft. Window on right provides ventilation. Overhead there is a Dust filter box, also an electric catalytic heater. 
Outside storage of shorts and dust collector. Tarp/trees do good job keeping rain off. Dust collector runs automatically when saws power up. 
Looking through the front of the shop and out the back sliding door. The Radial Arm Saw shares its outfeed table with the 220v Table Saw. Downdraft sanding table on left, 6 Jointer on wheels under saw on right. Plywood stored on edge on far right, Lumber above. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Looking through the front of the shop and out the back sliding door. The Radial Arm Saw shares it's outfeed table with the 220v Table Saw. Downdraft sanding table on left, 6" Jointer on wheels under saw on right. Plywood stored on edge on far right, Lumber above.


Shop Specs

  • Location: Castro Valley, California, USA
  • Size: <220sq. ft.
  • Type: Detached
  • Focus: Cabinetry
  • Heating/Cooling: electric catalytic, fan. Mild climate!

My shop is in two adjacent small backyard sheds, one 8x10, the other 10x14, with the common wall opened up. I have added a pair of large Sliding Doors across the front Wall to ease cutting plywood on the T. Saw and another on the backwall to allow ripping lumber. A Dust collector is housed under an overhang outside. It's tight but I do build kitchen cabinets, etc. Mild weather helps! Jointer under the T.Saw is on wheels, a Planer under the Radial Arm Saw lifts onto sawhorses on the deck outside. I can also wheel out the Bandsaw onto the deck if needed.

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Comments (3)

Ron Alley Ron Alley writes: Shop envy? Perhaps.

Climate envy? Most definitely!

Why does an otherwise sane person live in Minnesota anyhow?
Posted: 4:09 pm on May 14th

ebergh ebergh writes: Anvilhead... Tough question! I made lots of use of my 2D CAD program (MacDraft - same as PCDraft) to plan where things would fit best, although the old graph paper and scale cutouts of equipment works well too. Think alot about workflow... you don't want to move things back and forth alot, better if it can be linear, or around the room.

I "try" to have a place for every thing, and keep every thing in it's place, although if you opened the door this morning to put something inside in the dark you would be at risk! Too much of a packrat I guess - after 25 years teaching shop on a low budget, I can't throw away small pieces of wood! In a small shop you probably should exercise a high degree of discipline - weed out the things you don't "need". Can't say as I do that!
Posted: 11:45 am on May 14th

AnvilheadMarty AnvilheadMarty writes: Nice shop Ebergh. I have a small shop also. It is a 9'x 19' car and a half garge and I can't keep it organized like yours is. What is your secret, and can you share some ideas?
Posted: 9:08 am on May 7th

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