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workshop tour challenge

Throw me in for a chance at the $100. Not much to show here compared to some of the ones I’ve seen. My shop is about 10′ × 20′ with a 7’ ceiling. Pretty small and I place a high priority on floor space to setup saw horses for this and that. ...

Thoughts On Working With Reclaimed Wood

Working with reclaimed wood can be very rewarding once the final product comes together. Unless you are purchasing it from someone who has already pulled the nails and cleaned the surface be prepared to put some effort into preparing it for...

Workshop

Small shop but I’m still able to get a lot done. Took some time off from projects recently to reorganize the shop and install a dedicated dust collection system. I upgraded a few tools and the shop-vac and it’s separator were no longer keeping...

Workshop safety #1: Workshop fire -- averted . . . and a "whuf" question

In the process of making a jig, I routed a dado for T-track in recycled plywood. Since my trim router was already set up with a ¾” straight bit, I used it – making four shallow passes 9” long and a total depth of 3/8”. After each pass I...

Gut Shop Reorganization #2: Planning layout

I finally sat down with a calculator and paper and figured out the layout I’ve been roughly organizing in my head. I also decided to permanently fix certain tools in place because I want a level work surface for all of them to share. My garage...

Bucket chip collector

I saw a couple of dust collector posts and figured I’d throw my lot in. I made a bucket chip collector for my shop vac. I really like the bucket aspect of it because it’s simple to build and outrageously sturdy. The bucket contains an orange cone...

Woodbridge Workshop

These are rare and unusual photos of my work shop. It is never really this clean. I built this basement workshop about 15 years ago and never got it completely finished. The cabinets still need to be painted and the drywall was never finished....

Dust Collection - Not Just for the Shop (Yard Vaccum)

We have a few pine cones to deal with throughout the year. If I get to them right after they fall, the shop vac makes short work of them. However, if they sit, they start to open and clog the vac quickly. Additional to the foregoing, there is...

RECALLS #13: RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacuums recalled due to Shock Hazard

I haven’t seen a woodworking recall for some time, but some of you might have this shop vac. Emerson Tool Company Recalls RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacuums Due to Shock Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot Recall Date: September 11, 2018 Recall...

How I Get The Most Out Of My Small Shop

Most hobby woodworkers probably have small shops, the majority most likely in one half of a two car garage. My set-up was a 2 car garage size but with only one enclosed bay and the other half was an open carport, but both are under the same roof...