I meant to say something profound and meaningful about the relationship between a man and his workshop, but nothing's coming. So here's a few pictures of my shop and my main tools.

This photo is a picture of my shop from the door. As you can see, it is small, and rather messy. The mess is deceptive, though. I have no trouble finding what I need in here. It is also something of a defense mechanism, as the fact that I have packed the garage fairly tightly with my stuff ensures that no one (i.e. my wife) will be tempted to use it for storage.

I don't often use power tools, and I think one look at the shop can give a fair explanation as to why: I don't have room for the big power tools. I would love to have a bandsaw, for instance, but I have nowhere to put it. When you go the big, floor model, power tool route, you need a fairly large workshop for that. Mine is much too small for that, but it works for me.

This is the workhorse of my shop, the work bench. For a handtool user such as myself, the bench is the most important tool in the entire shop. The hardware for the bench was a gift from my wife for one of our early anniveraries. It sat in a closet for years until I had a space to put it and time to build it.

The bench is made from obtained by ripping up old skids. I took the wood out, cleaned it up, and began gluing pieces together. After the hardware, the most expensive part of this bench was glue.

I call this a "workshop" because what I do in here is technically work, but really I do it for relaxation and enjoyment, and one of the most fun things in the shop is my treadle lathe, pictured below.

I got the plans from an old Popular Woodworking magazine. The article was written by Roy Underhill, host of my favourite woodworking show, The Woodwright's Shop.

Here's where I keep some of the most important tools of my shop, within easy reach of my bench. My two main panel saws belonged to my grandfather. One of them is a Disston. Not one of their top of the line saws, but worth having none the less. I found them in my in my mom's basement, lost and forgotten years ago. I took them with me, cleaned them up and sharpened them. They serve me well. A few of the saws I made myself.

I will stop here for the moment, and publish a few more pictures of the shop next time.

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Comment by Sean on July 7, 2010 at 2:40pm
Planes are cheap. Build your own. It is really quite easy.

I have a photo of a few of my home made planes at this link.

Comment by None on July 7, 2010 at 2:37pm
The treadle-lathe is fantastic. I'd been eyeing making one for a Living History group we belong to.

I'm also jealous of the hand tool dominance of your work. I'm terrified to spend the money to get into it (planes are expensive!) because sharpening and maintenance intimidate me a lot.
Comment by Sir on January 15, 2010 at 11:48am
Once again, I gripe about the limited space in my house. Wish I had that wall!
Comment by Mitja Logar on January 15, 2010 at 7:01am
It's perfect compared to mine! I especially like the idea of not using power tools and your strategy for keeping any unwanted material from the shop :). Post some projects as well - inspiration needed!

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