Has big light in center of photo

Each year, we build more than 60 projects for upcoming issues of WOOD magazine. Building each project in our own shop allows us to verify the drawings and work within shouting distance of the editors and designers. But, with so many projects and two project builders, the working space in our main shop was getting a bit tight. To solve the problem, we renovated an 18x20' area in the basement of our building to be used as both a workshop and photo studio. Here's a glimpse of what we did.

Kevin Boyle, our senior design editor and project builder, took it upon himself to head this project up. Kevin started by covering the floor with 1x4 Southern Pine. He left the boards unstained, but covered them with three coats of polyurethane. The poly helps seal the floor from stains and spills. It also makes dust pickup easier. For the walls, he used 1x6 v-groove Southern Pine. He stained the walls and covered them with two coats of poly. For lighting, we have several overhead fluorescent light fixtures.

Door in far right corner

As with any shop, efficient use of the wall space for tools and storage is essential. As shown, we use several clamp racks to hold and display our numerous bar and sliding head-type clamps.

Bunch of clamps on wall

We used solid maple and plywood for the 12"-deep, wall-hung cabinets. The cabinets tout face-frame construction and European hinges. For the mitersaw cabinet, we built two identical side cabinets measuring 26" deep, 48" long, and 40" high. The center cabinet is 31" deep, 25" wide and has an adjustable platform to position the mitersaw table perfectly level with the top surfaces on the two adjoining cabinets. Each side cabinet has two doors that hide four pull-out trays along with provisions with storage for short cut-off pieces. The pull-out trays are used to store power tools and other supplies. We like keeping our portable power tools in cabinets to keep their exposure to sawdust at a minimum.

For dust collection, we use a stand-alone, upright dust collector. It's mobility comes in handy for moving it from machine to machine.

The workbench had to be sturdy and mobile. And, since space is a bit tight, we needed to slide our tablesaw under it. To accomplish that we designed a combination workbench and outfeed table measuring 61" wide by 32" deep by 39" high. This project has been very popular for woodworker's whose shop space is at a premium.

Work bench with stuff on it and large wall with tool in front of it

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