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Here's My Workshop!
By Bob Gift
Ooltewah, TN

A little over a year ago, my wife, Brenda, and I moved into a new home. The new place has a dedicated 460 square foot workshop on the same floor as all the living space.

After getting the house settled, I turned my attention to building out the shop. The builder had lined the walls with OSB, allowing for some flexibility in placing things on the walls. Having learned some lessons about permanently installed cabinets from my previous basement workshop, I lined this shop with a series of French cleats. I had hoped that this too would allow some flexibility.

The north wall of the shop has lumber storage and my miter saw station. I used Kreg universal rails and legs to construct the frame and an old Steel desk top for the surface. The station has wheels, as does all the equipment in the shop. This wall has an entry door into the garage. Beside the door hang my apron, ear plugs, and mask, allowing me to don those immediately upon entering the shop.


The northeast shop corner houses a bathroom, the outside of which provides space for my clamps. The cleat system allows flexibility for me to change the configuration as I acquire more clamps. The east wall has the compressor and all the sanding supplies, as well the sanders, router table (located under the cabinet filled with router supplies and accessories), drum sander, and planer. The second cabinet on this wall has planes, scrapers, chisels, rasps, files, and sharpening stones.


The southeast shop corner shows the dust collector, Festool stack, the bandsaw, and two more cabinets: one for marking and measuring, and one for fasteners. Once I become satisfied with the placement of the table saw and jointer, I plan to pipe the dust collection system. The blank space on the cleat system allows space for future storage additions.


The southwest corner shows the placement of the workbench (the only item in the shop not on wheels) as well as the drill press. The combination assembly and runout table was also made from Kreg universal rails and legs. Sheet goods storage occurs behind the grey metal cabinet in the corner, the wheels of which provide for easy access. The pedestals sitting atop the desk are a work-in-process frame and panel desk I am building for my wife.


The northwest corner completes the look around the shop and shows the joint placement in relation to the table saw.


I made the storage cabinets out of Baltic birch and over built them to allow for future expansion. With the exception of the fastener cabinet, each has extra space in it for more tools.


You can email Bob at rggift@comcast.net.

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