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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought it might be time to show you all my work shop. Since I moved into a retirement mobile home park and completely downsized everything, an 8íX12í shed is now my space.
#1 is walking in the door.
#2 is my bench area with clamp storage along with small misc. tools and some pegboard storage above the saw.
#3 shows my table saw and thickness planer. The saw is on a shop built stand with 2 drawers and open storage below those. The planer is on a Craftsman rolling tool chest that was just the right size and provides a lot of drawer storage.
#4 shows my drill press/bench grinder both mounted to a shop built rolling cart with 5 drawers under the press and recessed pegboard under the grinder. I think the plan was I Wood magazine about 3 or 4 years ago. Also, my router table designed and built after reading Bill Hyltonís books a number of times. I used a Craftsman deluxe router table fence that Sears had on clearance, a Rockler router lift FX that they offered on sale a while back. The dust collection was Bill Hyltonís idea which works perfectly for under the table collection. The basic cabinet has 2 small doored compartments and 1 drawer and open storage under that.
# 5 is my shop vacuum set up with the Rockler Dust Right separator which does about as good a job as possible for me. Above is 2 shop built cabinets for finishing and maintenance supplies along with screw storage bins between them.
#6 just shows the proximity of everything and the reason for good locking casters on everything but my bench. There isnít much working space but I can still build things as long as they donít get too big.
Thank you for looking and I apologise for taking so much space.
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Nice and tidy shop there Roger!!
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Very tidy setup, Roger.

Do you have to move things around very much to use the tools?

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Very tidy setup, Roger.

Do you have to move things around very much to use the tools?
The saw gets moved around quite often. But the projects I've been working on lately the drill press might move straight forward, then the doorway provides more space. The router table is pretty much stationary. There is enough space on both sides of it.
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It would be hard to down size so Excellent work. Question but, where did you get the drink holder from? Always looking to where I have put my beer. (kidding, don't drink and play with sharp tools)

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Well done Roger! Looks away too clean for a wood shop! You'll have to get busy now and mess it up lots!! I also had to downsize from a 900 sq ft shop to a 240 sq ft shop (my 12 X 20 garage) also in an adult trailor park. I put wheels on everything and have to move it all around for each different process. This has all changed my methodes so that now I must carefully plan my next move to avoid all the extra work moving tools. I also had to reduce my collection of tools and decide what my main intersts would require in tools retained. I mostly use my radial arm saw, table saw and routers along with the drill press. My main interests are making small boxes and furniture pieces. The furniture has also gotten smaller!! Hope you will share some of your finished projects and ideas and photos with all of us. WELCOME to the Forum.

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Nicely done! I live in a mobile home park too and know what a challenge it is to get a useable shop in those confines. Again, well done
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very nice. i am impressed by your organization skills. even though you have very limited space, you have utilized it very well.

i theory, with my 2 car garage, since i have more space to work with, i SHOULD be able to make my shop as organized as yours, but i cannot seem to be able to get there.
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Nice shop there, keep it up and make some sawdust, I too have a small shop and working,moving around can be a challenge and most of my tools are on wheels and mobile... I think the A/C should help keep it up

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Wonderful job! I'm always impressed when I see how others adapt to limited situations. A guy I visited last month said, "Never underestimate the usefulness of a doorway!" I laughed then but I've since mused on that wisdom.
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