The Garage Shop

Large Tools

Precision Tools

In woodworking, being able to read an exact square corner is very helpful! Woodpecker tools are pricy, and the precision devices seem worth it to me.

Having an accurate straightedge within arm's reach is very helpful. I keep an eye out on the daily Woodpeckers sales and then jump on the right tool.

Shop Details

In the past, I have worn an apron to hold some marking and layout tools readily at hand. In this shop, when temperatures can sore past 90 degrees, I have opted for a small tool pouch that I can clip to a pocket or belt. Much better than adding an additional layer of clothing!

I originally purchased this fan to sit on top of a spare air filter I took off an old dust collector. The problem is that the fan is so strong, even at the lowest settings; rather than drawing air into the filter, the bounce effect ended up pushing dust away from the filter. I expect with a very clean filter element, this would work, but I would be spending a lot of time cleaning the filter to keep it functioning as a filtering process.

In the end, most of the time, I have the garage door open, I wear a mask when sanding or cutting, so this fine fan simply keeps the air moving out the door, and that helps with the heat.

The Builder's paper dispenser is the newest addition to the shop to protect the bench and outfeed/assembly table from glues and finishes.

It is a simple plywood construction that hangs on some hooks on the VERY messy steel shelves in the back of the shop, ready to dispense whatever amount is needed to tear off.

3-D Printing Arrives in the Shop

This is the AnchorMake M5. I am amazed at how simple it was to put this machine together and to get the first prints off the machine. Almost plug-n-play!

Creating the .stl files in FreeCAD, an open-source CAD software, takes a bit of a learning curve. And since millions of ready-to-go files are online just waiting to be printed, you can get going immediately.

I will be interested to see how I utilize this new device in my woodworking projects. At the moment, I can see it being used to create patterns that I want to keep for future projects.

The first items off the new printer are hangers to hold my most used drill and driver, so they are always at arm's reach. In addition, screw trays have the most commonly used fasteners on projects. They hang on the doors of the New Yankee cabinet I built many moons ago!

To the right, just under the Woodpecker's straightedge, is a set of six corner radius routing jigs stacked up, ranging from a 2" radius to ½" radius. Hanging on the Tormek bar is a similar corner radius jig for layouts.

Not pictured are some DeWalt battery holders on the side of the outfeed table to keep a few batteries at arm's reach.

Let there be light

Before you can have light, you need to have electricity in the shop. My previous shop ran on one 30A dryer circuit. For this shop, I doubled that and brought in 60A and ran two 20A 220v circuits, one for the large tools and the other for dust collection. I also ran two 20A 110v circuits for small tools, One circuit for each side of the shop.

3 Charlie fireroom that housed an M-Class boiler I steamed on the USS Coral Sea CV-43 in the mid-seventies. The summer heat in my shop is comparable to the heat in the "pit."

These LED lights are all connected in parallel and are powered by a single 110v outlet. They flood the space with light, but generally, I do not have to use them very often as I normally work in the shop with the door open.


As in my previous shop, an autographed picture of Norm hangs prominently in the new shop!