Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 161, January 2019Welcome to Highland Woodworking - Fine Tools & Education Learn more about Highland Woodworking View our current woodworking classes and seminars Woodworking articles and solutions Subscribe to Wood News
Here's My Workshop!
By Jim Mayer
Long Beach, CA


I just recently shared my woodworking projects last month in the Show Us Your Woodworking column in the December 2018 issue of Wood News, where I also discussed a bit of my woodworking background. Now I present for you, my workshop, where all of the projects are made.

Being a small workspace (20' x 20'), I keep everything stowed and out of the way. All of my equipment is on rolling bases to facilitate movement in and out of storage.


As you can see, even wall space is at a premium. I am constantly adjusting and refining how and where I store my tools and materials.


My 1.75 HP SawStop panel saw. I can say first hand that this saw functions as advertised. I once got my thumb in the blade and came out with just a very minor cut that only required a bandaid.


My Sjobergs Elite 2000 Workbench. Very well made and functional.


My DeWalt DW 735 planer and a Jet drill press. The planer has been upgraded with a Shelix radial planing head manufactured by Byrd Tool. It makes a very fine cut.


My router table with an Incra router lift. The router is a DeWalt.


My Laguna 14/12 band saw. I use this for re-sawing exotic woods and general purpose cutting.


Sawdust is an issue no matter how large your shop is. This Jet filtration unit keeps dust down and helps keep my lungs clear.


Planes. What can I say? I am currently re-introducing myself to hand planes. They're very rewarding but my technique is still under development. The two bench planes on the left are a Lie-Nielsen #6 Foreplane and a #5 Jack Plane. The third one from the left is a Lie-Nielsen Scraper Plane and the one on the far right is a Bench Dog #4 Smoothing Plane. The small planes include a Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane and Lie-Nielsen Router Plane. The other two are Block Planes. The one on the far right (greenish color) I have had for 40 years. The other one belonged to my friend's father and she gave it to me. I tuned it up and it is now working well.


Just a few hand tools. Good squares and calipers are very handy. The larger square, which I have had for many years, is from Bridge City. The Machinist Square is from Starrett. As for the calipers, one is a Mizuno graduated in thousandths and the other reads in fractions down to 1/64".



I don't know what this specific hammer is for exactly. The peen is conical and it has a Navy anchor stamped on each side. It is also marked "E.W.H. June. 17 , 1915" on one side and "S.F. Cal" on the other.


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