A PEEK INSIDE THE ROUTER LADY'S WORKSHOP
Bring a lunch and take the tour.
SHOP OWNER: Carol Reed
LOCATION: Ramona, CA
Just inside the door is the assembly table. It comes out when I hold classes in the shop. Behind it is a buying boondoggle, the radial drill press. It has a nice, deep throat but when extended out any amount, there is too much flexing. My advice: save your money guys and gals.
Across from the assembly table is the clamp collection. I built a special clamp door so I could get to the wall space behind the door. In 20-20 hindsight, I should have used five hinges. The weight is so much that I have had to install an outboard wheel. Now it does not swing freely. Gotta fix that!
Clamps are hung on the backside of the clamp door and on the wall, and under the overhead shelves. I don't know where I would put more, but I do lust after some Besseys…
Continuing on the left is power tool storage where just a few routers live. The small cabinets on the shelf to the left were made for demonstration. The wild-grained cabinet is carob wood and will be in the book.
I have one of the original Hitachi Sliding Compound Miter saws. The DeWalt surface planer slides out when needed.
When my brother visited last March, he made me a press, a handy item. The three carts to the right are converted IV carts obtained from a surplus outfit a number of years ago. I kept the IV hanger on the vacuum cart and the HVLP cart to hold hoses up. They're real handy. The cart in the middle has a "Mr. Heater" on top of a 20-pound propane tank. It heats my California shop very nicely.
Across from Tool Central is my bench. Here is the backside with its flip up extension. Drawers under the bench store hand tools, router bits, and layout tools.
The business end of the bench sports two quick release vises with rows of dog holes behind them. There is a leg vise on the extreme left. It is seldom used, but it is a great spot to keep a shop rag handy!
Above the bench area is a shop made filter system. It has three furnace filters and works extremely well. My shop started with lots of shop made tools and devises. This is one I don't plan to replace with a commercial model.
Behind the bench are the bandsaw and the jointer. Above the jointer are a few router bases and jigs. It seems like the jointer is hemmed in, but in truth, there is plenty of clearance on either end. It is high enough so I don't need to very slightly stoop to use it, and I am very much vertically challenged!
On the other side of the bandsaw is the newest baby in the shop. A Grizzly 1023 was stored in the garage for two years because I didn't have 220 circuits in the shop. A year and a half recovering from a car wreck also kept the saw stored in its boxes. The bench top saw, shown in 'Setting Up Shop', finally died. While it did an admirable job for what it was, it is nice, indeed, to have a powerful cabinet saw.
Wow, what a great accessory a sliding table is! Under the saw, you can see the open cabinet that I have to keep vacuuming. A real dust collection system is in the works! All the parts are on hand - some assembly required.
In a corner behind the saw, I keep a grinder, the metal cutting bandsaw and a few extension cords. When I have a router class in the shop, we use lots of them.
In the space behind the jointer, is the Performax sander. Although it is close quarters, stock slips under the tablesaw outfeed table and onto the Performax. After all, whose shop is really big enough?
Across from the Performax is a shop made sander center. At the opposite end is a large disk sander, as well. An oscillating spindle sander is next on my major tool list.
To the left of the bench is the 4' x 8' CNC table. I use it to make the many router jigs I manufacture when I am not teaching.
Yes, computers can live in the shop. The keyboard is the most susceptible, but they are cheap. I keep everything covered when not in use. Behind the CPU on the shelf is the ShopBot CPU that runs the CNC. There is even a printer under the CPU, next to the phone, but seldom used.
The last corner of the shop sports hardware storage. I have an old closet door spanning the 'X' rails of the CNC table and you can see some of the dust collection components on it.
That's it. You have made a 360° tour of my shop. This door is built into a 10' sliding door that can be opened, along with one on the other end of the shop (next to the converted IV carts) for shop cleaning with the leaf blower or for really hot days. As you toured you may have noticed high shelves and a storage loft and jigs hanging from the ceiling. The 640 square foot shop has 10' ceilings and I have a hardhat for tall visitors!
Hope you enjoyed the tour.. . . Carol Reed
P.S. - Here is a shot of Barb Siddiqui's favorite jig.
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE INDEX!
SEND US YOUR "SHOP SHOTS"
This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081