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Here's My Workshop!

by John Moore
Wimberley, TX

I retired in 2009, and we built a house in Wimberley, Texas, and in the design I included a shop next to the garage. The shop is about 25 ft by 25 ft. It was completed in September 2010.

Note: click on any picture to see a larger version.

I build guitars as a hobby, and miscellaneous other woodworking projects. For a hanging system, I took aesthetic direction from the Shaker peg rails, but used a french cleat design, thus having a completely adjustable system. I use scrap cedar wood from the porch posts for various hanging supports. I really like the look and flexibility of the "french cleat / shaker" rails (clearly!).

In the shop I have a corner I use for guitar playing, writing, and reading/project planning.

My tools include: Band Saw with extension for resawing, Table Saw, Router Table, woodworking Lathe, Drum sander, Belt sander, Jointer, Buffing assembly, Scroll saw, Drill press, sharpening station, oak drafting table and a 100 year old Hammacher Schlemmer workbench bought 10 years ago on Ebay. My shop floor is bamboo, very resilient with a pad underlayment.

Since we just moved in here last fall, I've only finished a few real projects in this new shop, other than jigs and french cleat hangers. The first one is my fifth guitar, an electric guitar made from cocobolo and mahogany. Here's a photo:

I also just built a 'shooter's tool chest" for a retiring friend, and a bow rack for archery bows.

Here's a typical "french cleat hanger", this one made from a cedar post scrap, and used for holding gouges...

The back view shows the cleats with 45 degree cut to match the cleat on the wall:

And here's the holder on the wall, hanging from the french cleat rail.

Here are a few photos of stuff I made in my last shop, which was a back room off our garage at the last house. That shop was 8' by 20', so I was looking forward to the new more expansive shop after retirement!

This is the fourth guitar I built: red spruce top, cocobolo back and sides:

Here's my first woodturning, a Gavel given to an Industry Board I was on:

Here's a guitar amp cabinet I converted to a beer cooler.

And here's guitar number 3, mesquite back and sides, red spruce top. I made the bridge, fretboard, rosette, and headstock overlay from mesquite as well.

You can email John at JCM5399@aol.com .

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