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Here's My Workshop!

Bas Dinant
San Marcos, CA

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I immigrated from Holland in 1982. I was an architectural draftsman there, but here in the US, I first worked on a dairy, later I owned a cabinet shop, and currently we have a wholesale nursery (quite a big change!) in San Marcos California. I built my dream house on the property and in 2008 we moved in:

I drew the plans myself with a little help from a local drafting office. We built the house as "owner-builders". Besides being the general contractor, I made all the cabinets myself in the garage (gave me an excuse to buy a nice 3hp tablesaw). All the casework and crownmolding was done by a craftsman who used my machinery in the garage.

Now that we have moved into the house and all the cabinet building is done, I am getting the urge, as time permits, to do some more relaxing woodworking like boxes and other small stuff.

My workspace is actually the garage. It is a 2-car garage. We park our cars outside. Maybe some day I will build a shop in the back yard or build a carport for the cars. The benches came from garage sales or were given to me. The upper cabinets were given to me by an elder from our church.

Here are some of the projects I've completed in my workshop:

This is the smallest bathroom cabinet in the house. All of the cabinets in the house are made of Hard Maple. I bought the sink at the big box store - it came with a cheap cabinet that I tossed. The hardest part about this style cabinet with the flush doors was to keep it all flush. The finish is tung oil and polyurethane.

Birthday greasebox/jewelbox

First marking knife

Carving knife made from scrap

Reproduction of Tender Memories picture frame, by John Hall

Log with drawer

A cute little hammer

A birthday box made out of a piece of firewood. Finished with tung oil and polyurethane.

You can read more details about Bas's shop and projects on his Lumberjocks site at lumberjocks.com/PaBull .

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