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Finding Open Space in a Small Workshop
I have had the good fortune and pleasure to have a hobby turn into a full time occupation that I love. Designing and hand-crafting fine custom furniture is my passion.
Over the years I have moved my workshop from the garage to larger spaces and back again several times, based on my work flow and the size of the then current projects. What I liked about the larger shop is all the extra available workspace to assemble projects plus room for those newly acquired tools (William & Hussey moulder planner, spindle drumsander, stationary sander, shaper, jointer, large dust collection systems, Binks spray system, etc...) that I needed/wanted to help build those large production projects, at the time.
Since my tool needs change from job to job, these tools were moved from shop to shop and just ended up sitting around collecting dust or were used only once or twice a year. However, when I moved my shop back to the garage, once again, I had very little floor space to accomodate all those tools.
I had to make a difficult decision; TOOLS or FLOOR SPACE?
FLOOR SPACE! I learned to create a smarter shop, at least for me. I kept
only stationary and hand tools with their accessory attachments, that still
continue to give me the most flexibility. I came to this conclusion after
taking a closer look at improving my production process. And, truthfully,
it really hurt to let all those tools go! But I gained
However, to take the place of these tools, I had to“out source” to local manufacturers, that specialize in small custom orders for doors, dovetail drawers, turnings, millings, etc., that produce the same high quality of products, that I have always offered my clientele. Finding good reliable finishers, took a bit longer. I found by the time I completed cutting out the main furniture parts and assembling them, the ‘out source’ orders arrived, ready to install. This lead me to be more productive after considering the cost of my time, labor & materials when doing everything myself.
can view my work that has come out of this “Small Workshop” at www.woodextension.com
the ceiling rafters to 11.5’ giving me room to stand-up a 4”x 10” sheet
you can see an overall view of the finished workshop.
Stationary Tools all on Mobile Bases:
Unisaw-Left side Excalibur SLT60 Sliding Table with extended rails; Right
side 54” extended table and with a drop in Jessem Mast-R-Lift with a Porter
Cable 3hp Router.
Work Bench Tool List:
3 Makita cordless drills; 2 Haubold nailers and 1 staple gun; Grex headless nailer; Porter Cable 2 Routers & Bits, oribital/belt sanders & biscuit cutter; Bosch trimmer; Micro Fence plunger base, circle & ellipes jig & accessories; air Sander; jig saw; Blum ecodrill jig; Starret square/miter/protractor & rule , Trammel points & Fasterners.
Below are two of the cabinets found in the shop.
We think Scott has maximized
the workspace in his shop very well. It must work for him just as
well as the talent that Scott has attached to his bones. His work
is beautiful! If you would like to see some examples of it, make
sure you visit his website listed above.
If you want to know more about Scott's shop or his services, you can E-Mail him at: email@example.com
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