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My Little Shop in Houston

comments (4) October 1st, 2012 in Shop Tours        
woodchip3703 woodchip3703, member
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My work area, two benches, both have a 30x72x2 maple bench top, purchased online for $15 each. Norms router table.... couldnt live without it. Floor pad... made a huge difference to my back, get you some.
Unisaw with shop made extension, sure was a great project, out of Wood Magazine I beleive. The power plugs into a reciptical in front of the saw, all blades and accessories arein a drawer mounted under the table, and added a knee switch. Built a modified Norm Mitre saw stand for my Milwalkee 12 sliding compound digital readout saw, that was well worth the time it took to save for such a great tool. Most recent addition is the drill press with a cabinet stand I built.
Upper drawer of the drill press cabinet. Made dividers and am able to keep my drill bits in order. This kind of attention to detail lets me know when my wife has been in my shop and used a tool.....
Yes, I still use my ShopSmith. Converted it to the electronic speed control, what a nice upgrade. In addition to the small band saw I have the 6 belt sander and the thickness planner. When I do move into an adult sized shop will purchase an adult size bandsaw and a full size thickness planner.
Overhead storage of clamps...have clamps in every corner of the shop, looking forward to having all the clamps centrally located on one of those fancy clamp carts....ever feel like you just have too many clamps? Me too.
My work area, two benches, both have a 30x72x2 maple bench top, purchased online for $15 each. Norms router table.... couldnt live without it. Floor pad... made a huge difference to my back, get you some. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

My work area, two benches, both have a 30"x72"x2" maple bench top, purchased online for $15 each. Norm's router table.... couldn't live without it. Floor pad... made a huge difference to my back, get you some.


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My corner of the world, I have built 2 cedar strip 18.5' canoes, kitchen cabintes, furniture, grand children's baby beds, and lots and lots of favors for friends. Shop suits me well, except it is just too hot in the summer on the Gulf coast, will move to the country one day and have my air conditioned, 100% dust collection, 1200 to 1500 sq ft 10 foot ceilings with a dedicated spray room. Not wishing for much, huh...oh yea, add a six inch joiner, full size band saw, floor mounted thickness planner, and maybe even a second router table.

I drap my shop with plastic, add air movers to do my spray finishing now....should have converted to spraying years ago, qualityis so superior to brush or wipe on.

Enjoy the tour, and thanks for the great magazine, I started my subscription about year two...1978 I believe, and have grown with every issue. Thanks



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woodchip3703 woodchip3703 writes: Sorry ducklaker for the not so timely responce.....

My only comment is probably too late....I was so happy with the size of my area when I started out, but as my skills improved, my desire to improve led me to aquiring more tools, thus I am shoehorned into my area, and now I am tool bound. When I retire, and move to the country, my shop will be no smaller that 40 by 30....that will house a nice size shop, a dedicated finish room, a mechanical room for the compressor and dust collector, a bathroom, and a small library for the volumes of books, which includes every Fine Woodworking since #20.

That being said, many a fine shop is on a small footprint, I guess you're seeing the Texan in me, you know Everything is bigger in Texas
Posted: 12:57 pm on May 20th

ducklaker ducklaker writes: I am just in the process of building my first shop, 16x22, 10" grizzly t.s., 13" planer on cart,router table on cart, home made sanding table ,rolling wood rack,drill press,shop smith with band saw11", and 6" joiner,couple of sanding machines, possibly drum sander, plan to start with casework, then try some simple furniture,dust coolllection , any suggestions?
Posted: 9:31 pm on April 15th

gaftech gaftech writes: I inherited my Dad's late 1950 model Shopsmith in early 2012 and decided to upgrade to the PowerPro headstock. Unfortunately, I had to ship it back because of a bad power cord. I'm really looking forward to powering that puppy up when I get it back!
Posted: 3:20 am on February 24th

BrazilianMaple BrazilianMaple writes: Great job! I only have a two car garage under the house,and am in the process of reorganising all my tools I've collected over 30 yrs. I have everything on wheels so that in the winter both cars can be in. It's very difficult to do.
Posted: 8:13 pm on October 15th

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