Here's My Workshop!
by John Moore
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
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
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
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.