Here are my 3 workshops!
I'm Tony, a 66 yr old hobbyist woodworker, furniture rejuvenator/upholsterer and picture framer. I'm a retired Army Officer /Defense Civilian Official.
My wife and I recently downsized into an Over 50's Retirement Village. One result of the downsizing
was that I no longer had space for my larger power tools (tablesaw, RAS, pedestal drill press, etc). I
am now limited to one half of a two car garage. I have a small workbench area but now I put most of my tools and supplies on racking when not in use.
I have a couple of folding workstands and folding tables which I can use for assembly jobs in the car
space when the car is out of the garage. The plan for the future is to have all my bench power tools mounted on
boards which can be clamped to the bench top or the workstands when required.
But I am lucky – I have 2 other workshops which I have access to.
Our Retirement Village has a small workshop with a reasonable range of hand and power tools (including a
Triton WorkCentre w/extension table, Triton Router table and Ryobi thicknesser). Of benefit to me is that it has more bench and assembly space. I can also safely and securely
leave "jobs-in-progress" in this workshop.
And if I need more space and tools? Then I can use our local "Men's Shed" where we have a bigger range of
machinery (table saw, sliding compound mitre saws, spindle sander, drum sander, several lathes, large and smaller belt/disc sanders, bandsaws, and drill presses. An added
benefit of using this workshop is the advice and assistance which can be obtained from other
So maybe I am luckier than some. I have access to three workshops which suit the size and scope of
my various projects. And the price? I am currently taking my turns as the Coordinator of our
Village Workshop group and as the Workshop Manager for our "Men's Shed" – and it keeps me
Tony can be reached directly via email at
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