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Thread: Worst Shop Ever

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    Worst Shop Ever

    I know some of the people on here were born with loads of money, and measured their shops in acres from the git-go, but for some of poor mortals, well we have had some pretty crappy places we called Shops when our priorities meant money had to be diverted eldewhere.

    Simply put, what was your worst shop ever?

    Now don't be scared to answer. I have a feeling their are some horror stories out there.

    Mine was not that bad, but bad enough. It was a "shop" I had located in my house. A 12 by 16 spare bedroom. It worked alright I guess, but it was so small, that I used my tablesaw for a bench. That meant I had to move everything out of the way when I needed to use the saw, then put the project on the router table, until I needed to use the Router Table. Yeah you get the idea. I moved stuff a lot. That was not the worst part though. The worst part was the sawdust. Being inside my house, the sawdust went althrough the house. Heck when I wanted to saw anything long, the "shop" was out of the question, so I set my RAS up on the kitchen table and sawed the boards. Yeah I had an understanding wife.

    So what was your worst shop ever?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    We'll I have to say it's the one I'm in now. If I want to use any tools I have to move stuff. Since the shops temporary I have everything in Boxes. I finally broke down and put up a couple of shelves.

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    Heres a view of how it looks today. I am trying to build a desc and you can see some of the casework in process.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Mine was a small 3.5 foot by 6 foot closet in the high rise apartment that Margaret and I lived in for the first two years of our marriage. I fitted it out with a small purpose-built bench that occupied about half the floor space. With the exception of a Black and Decker drill, all my tools were hand tools. At times, I would expand operation to the balcony or our storage locker in the basement. We were on the 16th floor, so forgetting to bring a tool to the storage locker could be quite annoying. I built a LOT of furniture in this "shop", some of which we still have,
    Cheers, Frank

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    Mine was a chart table on a boat, put a moving pad on it to protect the varnished surface. Cut wood on a dock, lining up the cut line on a gap in the dock boards so the saw could slide through the cut.

    I even "ripped" a 4' piece of plywood once with a dove tail saw, scored the wood with an knife, then slide the saw back and forth along the line, I used a block of wood to keep the saw perpendicular to the cut. It took awhile (OK a LONG while, but I got it done)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Arena, Wisconsin
    Mine was the back of my truck, both before and after I put a topper on it.


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Until we moved into this house five years ago, I never really had a woodworking shop. I did other things over the years (gun fixing, general tinkering, etc.) but no workshop. In the house previous to this I had a small corner in the garage that had a hand crank antique drill press, a holder for a hand drill that wa 'sorta' drill press, an old three-wheel Craftsman bandsaw and a small wood fold-up portable workbench. That was about it. At the farm (we didn't live there) I had a lot of antique neanderthal tools kept outside.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel

    this past summer, that was my chopsaw station.

    and this was where I did my scrollsaw work:

    because, my tools are:

    in storage until we move. at this rate, that's until late next spring.

    oh, and one more item, my 'sharpening station' which I think I'll cross post over on the 'jigs' thread. :lol:
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 12-11-2006 at 12:15 AM.

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    Steve Clardy Guest
    I've had several Model T size garages as workshops.
    You know the kind. Drafty doors, no insulation, woodstove pipe shooting out through a window with the glass removed. Cramped, no room.

    Next was at my parents 200 stall boat storage unit. I had three of those stalls together, with the inner walls removed.
    Roof leaked like a seive.

    I'm in my best shop ever now. 40x64 [and might I say a brand new roof and trusses thanks to mother nature ] with 16x64 addition. 3584 sq ft.

    I am not moving again. Last shop. I told my wife to bury me somewhere out back on the 31 acres.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    At times, I would expand operation to the balcony or our storage locker in the basement. We were on the 16th floor, so forgetting to bring a tool to the storage locker could be quite annoying.

    I had the same sort of annoyance. Back when I started ww'ing in Edmonton, I claimed a corner (literally) of the unfinished section of the basement for my workbench area. It was about 7' wide, by about 5' deep. More or less.

    But that was only half the "shop". The other half was the Tablesaw (and a few other assorted things) out in our detached small single car garage at the back of the property. Had to take the car out of the garage in order to make a cut.

    And when it is minus 20, I tell you the table saw motor sounds a bit off.

    The basement was mostly just for hand tools, assembly work, and so on. I used a drill down there, but that is about all. The router + tablesaw (the messy/noisy tools) were out in the garage.

    So, like with Frank, the walking back and forth was the real irritant.

    but it was a place to start, and to catch the bug.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    travis, when i started out on my own i worked outta the back of an olds...tore out the back seat, the trunk would sleep 6 to begin with.....i could fit a contractors saw and miterbox in one load.....the compressor nail-guns, ladders ect. where another load......from there i graduated to my garage,and front room and master bedroom, back deck ect......then i moved into a friends business basement with 7` ceilings......tod
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