It seems that workshop postings have slowed down considerably since Steve posted his. I can’t compete with his, but I’ll show (parts of) our workshop anyway.
The main portion of our shop is on the lower level. I chose to utilize the space beneath the stairway for lumber storage. It’s sorted (more-or-less) by length. I’ve made markings on the wall at the back end of the stairs for the length of each shelf so I don’t attempt to place a piece and then find it won’t fit.
The wall has never been closed in on the stairway so it makes a good location for clamp storage. There are also pipe clamps attached to the open joists, and spring clamps and other small clamps attached to the edge of metal storage shelves.
On the opposite side of this wall is additional lumber storage. You can tell that I have a really hard time throwing anything away!
A 5 HP Grizzly right tilt table saw is the center of the shop space, with an outfeed and storage table next to it.
The outfeed storage table was made from recycled lab cabinets with drawers and doors on both sides. I saw an idea for storing the miter gauge in a piece of PVC attached to the side of a cabinet. I thought there was no reason to buy a piece of PVC since I didn’t have one the correct dimension so I just made a piece out of scrap oak and added it to the table.
A 12” planer is mounted to a moveable cart (also made from recycled lab cabinets) which occupies the area in the center of the shop.
I removed the doors from these lab cabinets and made drawers to store all the sandpaper and a couple of the small sanders. It also has a place on the side for the miter gauge.
The Porter Cable 7518 is mounted in this make-shift table which I plan to replace with a cabinet with drawer storage and better dust collection. Above it is storage for small hand tools, etc.
I also have plans for building a drill press cabinet to store drills and bits beneath the press.
At the end of the shop, numerous jigs hang from the last joist.
The opposite wall is made up of recycled lab cabinets that store numerous tools, etc. One of my favorite features of this work area is the outlets every two feet.
The center portion of this work area holds the miter saw.
The miter saw can be removed and replaced by the horizontal router table (which I built at no cost from scraps). It shares the same PC but has a second base so that I only remove the motor.
All the cabinet doors are outfitted inside with pull-out trays which I made.
Small plywood cutoffs are stored in the corner next to the utility room. Full sheets of plywood are stored in another garage.
This is what occupies the utility room along with furnace, well pump, electrical service, water heater, and utility sink!
This 33-drawer cabinet stores small tools, (lightweight) hardware, and miscellaneous items.
The 25×2 drum sander is placed in front of the 33-drawer cabinet and can be easily moved if sanding longer pieces. The sandpaper rolls store in the box beneath the sander.
The band saw is placed across from the dust collector. I’m considering a mobile base since it can be difficult to maneuver large pieces in the confined area.
Also in this area is a Ryobi BT3000 tablesaw (no photo). I stripped the gears to raise and lower the blade and bought the parts needed to repair it from another woodworker whose motor quit. That happened just before I bought the used Grizzly so I haven’t made it a priority to fix it. (I always have to bother my husband to lift the parts for me since I’m a weakling.) I still use the router table in the end of the tablesaw for small projects but the area is too confined to route long pieces.
There are open steel shelving units (no photos) with cans of finishing supplies and boxes of miscellaneous hardware which I hope to some day replace with cabinets with doors. I really hate all the sawdust that collects on the open shelves.
Below is another project that needs completing. It is a Woodmaster 4-in-1 that needs work done on it. It was not well maintained by the original owner so I have never used it.
The previous owner used it mainly to gang-rip pine and it was very badly caked with sawdust and pitch which I chiseled off. It needs a roller replaced, more cleaning, and a good tune-up, but it (supposedly) works. My plan was to use it mainly for moldings and planing.
There is also lumber storage in the garage portion of the shop. Here’s some that needs to have the stickers removed and then be restacked in the other garage.
Then we can move this in:
We would really prefer to purchase our lumber where the quality is unmatched, but we don’t like to drive so far to get it.
The shop garage is also home to a spindle sander, scroll saw, mortiser, and sliding miter. The lathe (which my husband uses) is in the other garage.
We use the upstairs of the shop for upholstery projects and wood finishing as well as canning garden produce and butchering wild game. My husband uses whatever space I’m not cluttering to do his carvings . . . often the shop kitchen.
Thanks for taking a look at our work space.