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    Chris Hatfield is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    The shortest shop tour ever (56k)



    Hope you like it.



    OK, you got me. I've got a lot more pictures than that. The shop is a 12x12 shed, on a hill. Since four pictures could encompass the entirety of it, I think a time pictorial would be more appropriate. The above picture was taken early this year, and it largely remained unchanged from when I bought the house Christmas 08 until then. I made a couple of $20 tables, but the rest was loose hand tools, car stuff and house stuff. My first set of power tools (the Ryobi One+ 4-piece set) was lonely for about a year.



    There is was in all it's glory about March. I had already bought my router and temporarily turned one of the tables into my first router table.



    There it is. It worked well for a fashion, until I decided I wanted my table back and a dedicated station. Since then I built a NYW/AW-style cabinet and then tore it apart when I decided it wasn't good enough. Table 3.0 used the top and the insert, but a whole new carcass. From that point (the router purchase) I started adding tools. First was more of the Ryobi One+ line, which by now I own a majority of what's offered, and stepped up to their Lithium batteries. Much better.

    I then added a miter saw, even though I wanted a table saw first. Got a god deal. I'm all about good deals. The only major tool I've bought at full price was the router, and that's only because I was in a hurry. After the miter saw came the big boy, the table saw. Working in such a small space, a cabinet or a hybrid was completely out of the question. I was going to go with the fake Porter Cable contractor's saw until I got the Craftsman 21829 for half price one day. No brainer. Love the big wheels, I can take it everywhere. Then I picked up a display Ridgid drill press and a used Ryobi planer on the same day, and that's been the last of my big purchases.

    Here's the a photoshoot I did a few months ago while Table 2.0 was in progress, before I went on my buying spree:



    This was my miter saw station:


    One evening I decided to get a little crazy and switch the working wall away from the window. I'm still not sure why. This is after I was 'done.':


    Yes, the floor is completely covered. I had also ripped out the stinky 30+ year old carpet that was in there, and discovered a floor that wasn't too bad except for one spot. Feels like it's made out of MDF, but I don't know how it's lasted this long if it is. Eventually everything I didn't need got taken to the trash, including the seven trash bags full of carpet. I took more pictures after I picked up my table saw.

    Full view:


    Upon entry, to right:


    Back right:


    Back left:


    Upon entry, to left:


    Under the golf bags there is my lawn mower. The big white bookshelf is my detailing products. All the bins and boxes are the house items.

    This is my scrap storage:


    After that came the drill press, and it is in front of the window:


    It eventually got a rolling cart to go underneath it. Here I am working on the planer cart on top of it:


    I got the planer, and it very nicely came with this metal stand:


    That wouldn't work. So I built a rolling flip-top planer cart for it.


    Through all of this I am about 85% done on Router Table 3.0. I need to trim it out, make the drawers better and the back and a front door.


    Right now the shop is a mess. I am building a Ultimate Tool Stand to replace the planer cart, and that miter saw station I made. The old router table, the old planer cart are both in dis-assembly in the shed, along with one of the tables I am having to move out to fit the UTS. I also found an outstanding deal on the Kreg K3MS and I've made a mess all over the floor. Hopefully I can get some good stuff accomplished this weekend and take some updated pics. I still have a lot more I need to take out of the shed and find a permanent home for, like the decorations. Once those go, I'll free up a few more square feet. I also hope by next year I can get the ground out front leveled. Nothing like trying to cut a sheet of plywood on a hill.

    I hope you liked my time machine, and hope it kept with the spirit of the forum.

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    That looks like a great place to work. I recognize that vice, I've got a couple of them mounted. They have served me well. I like that CMS table setup. I am glad to see one in use. The plans looked very inviting. Thanks for taking the time to post all the pics.
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    It looks like a great space to work. Good start on the tool collection as well

    Lots of people knock Ryobi but they have been innovators in the power tool market for years. I really like most of their tools. Good value and good performance
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    Cozy! And nice to have it detached from the house!

    Nice job on the router table(s)
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    there are alot of us here that work in cramped garages and whenever possible we work on our driveways.
    I have almost all my machines on wheels and push them outside if Im using them for a long period of time and weather permits.
    I have a 20 foot car canopy over my driveway so I dont have to worry if it starts to drizzle.
    thats a great looking router table, the one I plan to build one day, and the flipper table is cool.
    one of the guys here just won a ribbon for his table in a state fair, and I dont think he has any space indoors to build, he does all his work on his driveway.
    we all have alot of space on our driveways and yards.
    especially when I have to work with the tablesaw and sheet goods

    didnt those ryobi cordless tools seem like brand new when you put a lithium battery in them? and alot more powerful?
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    You are making the most of your space and designing, and building, some fine work stations.
    I am puzzled by the bolts on top of your bench at the vice. Nice vice, BTW.
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    Welcome to the family Chris. Most definitely in the spirit of this forum. Very nice products from a great space. Talent is showing through! Welcome.
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    nice shop setup there,, and best of all no lathe we are glad your a flat worker we need all the help we can get.. and another vote for a nice router table setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    nice shop setup there,, and best of all no lathe we are glad your a flat worker we need all the help we can get.. and another vote for a nice router table setup
    I agree...no lathe=good shop!!!

    Seriously though...that is a great workspace!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    That looks like a great place to work. I recognize that vice, I've got a couple of them mounted. They have served me well. I like that CMS table setup. I am glad to see one in use. The plans looked very inviting. Thanks for taking the time to post all the pics.
    The miter station is very convenient. But also not at the same time. It takes up a lot more space than I thought it would, and right now I have to store the whole thing on top of a four-foot tall shelf. Very cumbersome to get down and carry to a place where I need it. It might have worked better is a space where I didn't have to move it outside to use it (ie, if I had dust collection). The plans are pretty good. I'll be keeping it tucked away if I have to take the saw to a 'job site,' but otherwise I'm going to be using it on the UTS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    It looks like a great space to work. Good start on the tool collection as well

    Lots of people knock Ryobi but they have been innovators in the power tool market for years. I really like most of their tools. Good value and good performance
    I've been extremely pleased with the set thus far. Having a Direct Tools Outlet within a reasonable driving distance has also allowed me to pick up a few reconditioned for even cheaper. If the radio had AM, it would be perfect. Oh well, that's what my phone is for I suppose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Cozy! And nice to have it detached from the house!

    Nice job on the router table(s)
    I wish it were closer, honestly. I have to run a power cord out there if I want to do anything, and I can't run two things at once, much less lighting. I will certainly have to pick up another extension cord for dust management. Unfortunately, having it wired would probably be prohibitively expensive.

    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post

    didnt those ryobi cordless tools seem like brand new when you put a lithium battery in them? and alot more powerful?
    It was fantastic. I bought the weed wacker because it included the battery and charger for the same price as just buying a battery and charger. My circular saw wasn't worthless anymore. I've since invested in a set of the smaller lithiums and they are great as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    You are making the most of your space and designing, and building, some fine work stations.
    I am puzzled by the bolts on top of your bench at the vice. Nice vice, BTW.
    It's how the vise is mounted. Seemed like a good idea at the time to go with the beefiest mount I could come up with. When I build my cabinet bench, I'm not sure how I will attach it. Perhaps I can recess the bolts into the surface and have plugs, or I can use a bed bolt setup and use shorter bolts. It was what I could think of at the time, and the bolt heads in the way have caused me to rethink that for the future. It was literally a $20 bench, so I wasn't fussed.

    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    nice shop setup there,, and best of all no lathe we are glad your a flat worker we need all the help we can get.. and another vote for a nice router table setup
    Quote Originally Posted by Dom DiCara View Post
    I agree...no lathe=good shop!!!

    Seriously though...that is a great workspace!
    I'd take a lathe if I was given one and I could fit it, for sure. But more than likely, I'll never get one or I'll be a grandfather by the time I do. I'm hoping that the Christmas goods will move out within the next month or so, then I can see just how much room I'm looking at.

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