Being a great fan of shop tours who can spend hours and hours looking at the photos of other woodworker’s shops I’d like to invite you to a tour through my shop. I’ll will also add a few links to some of the manufacturers of the equipment I own as you might be interested in the stuff that is used in my neck of the woods.
"My" shop isn’t exclusively used by me but also by other members of my family. I’m not really enthused about this because some members of family don't seem to share my passion for keeping the shop clean and organized. Nevertheless, this is the "family woodworking" board so here’s my "family workshop".
Basically, I work in two rooms.
This is not a shop but a multi-purpose room. Many years ago (I was a young boy at this time with way less tools), it had been used as a shop. Then it was turned into a (chunk and old stuff) storage room. Today, it’s still being used to store stuff in there but last year, when I bought a few stationary machines I just had to adopt it to a "part-time workshop".
I placed my dust collector and my bandsaw in this room. The recently purchased compressor found its place on a shelf next to the dust collector.
As you can see from the pictures, I drilled and chiselled a hole into a wall. A buddy of mine was kind enough to lend me his Hilti TE 16 rotary hammer drill. The "real shop" is located on the other side of this wall. The 120 mm dia suction hose will be replaced with a aluminium pipe as soon as possible. The hole dust collection system should finally look like this: Short 160 mm dia hose from the dust collector to the pipe, pipe through the hole in the wall, long 120 mm dia suction hose on the other end of the pipe, hooked up to tools.
This is my Schuko Profi S 3 dust collector and my small Kaeser air compressor on the shop-built rack:
I only need to loosen three screws in order to remove the compressor from the shelf. At approx. 65 lbs the compressor it still a portable unit.
Close-up pictures of the dust collector:
Close-up pictures of the compressor and its rack:
My Hema Garant 400 (16") bandsaw. Hema is probably the most reputable (German) manufacturer of bandsaws in Europe. The Garant types are actually made in Italy and fine-tuned by Hema in Germany. Fine-tuning means that Hema adds the APA bandsaw guides, Hema bandsaw wheels etc. Hema also offers several bandsaws made by themselves in Germany but those were way out of my budget.
The mobile base for the ~ 350 lbs bandsaw is shop-made:
Room No. 2 – the "real" shop:
These two photos give you an idea what the shop looked like a few years ago:
Most recently taken pictures (I shouldn’t have taken them before I cleand up):
So what’s new?
First, I installed a some simple shelves where I store all kind of wood (parts of handrails, parquet floor cut-offs etc.), tool cases, Systainers, guide rails (for my Festool saw and router) and clamps.
Currently, I’m already in the process of planning a cabinet that should be mounted instead of the shelves.
The clamp rack looks "ugly" in the photo but I already improved it.
Next, I replaced the poor-looking shelf (actually, it wasn’t only poor-looking it was really poor) above the three cabinets with a cabinet built from melamine laminated particle board.
Cutting and edge-banding were outsourced, I only installed the hinges, drilled the shelf pin holes, "biscuited” the joints, routed rabbets …
I filled the gaps between the cabinet and the walls with small stripes of melamine laminated particle board (sorry, no photo).
Lots of different stuff is stored in this cabinet. I built boxes from cheap pine plywood in order to keep things organized.
Another important improvement was the installation (French cleat) of OSB tool boards. Apparently, there’s still some empty space where I can store chisels (above the screw drivers), hand planes (above the workbench) and clamps (next to the clamps).
Finally, I had to have a jointer and a planer. In Europe, single machines are very uncommon in the hobby woodworker’s range. It’s mostly the companies that produce industrial grade woodworking machines that offer single machines.
Most hobby woodworkers use jointer/planer combo machines and I also decided to purchase such a unit – a Hammer A 3-31. (A review of the machine can be found in the latest FWW magazine.)
The mobile base of the jointer/planer combo (approx. 680 lbs) was also shop-built:
This pictures was taken while I was standing in the "real" shop. It shows the hole for the dust collection plumbing.
Did I mention that I should build a stand/station for my Makita SCMS? It’s rather inconvenient to cut on the floor.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Thanks for looking.