2017 Shop Tour


[Marc] – Where have I been? Why haven’t I been posting videos? Why is there so much hair on my face? Answers to all those questions and more on today’s 2017 Wood Whisperer Shop Tour. ♫ Hit it (jazz music) Now in case you didn’t already know, my family and I moved
from Arizona to Colorado just a couple months ago. So I’ve been very busy, just doing family stuff and getting the shop up to
the point that it’s at now. So my previous shop you might
recall was the dream shop. It was 1,800 square feet and I basically could start from scratch and build the most amazing
shop I could possibly imagine or afford, which is really
the limiting factor. But it was time to do something
different with our lives and here I am now in a four car garage. And I lucked out with this space. It’s about 950 square feet. Fortunately, it’s already insulated. The doors are insulated and there’s a nice crawl space above with plenty of insulation up there too. So it’s not perfect. All those garage doors are kinda leaky and you know it’s not exactly
like an interior space but it certainly is good enough
as a starting point, right. So when we moved in, all the tools were just thrown in the middle of the shop space. I couldn’t do anything with them yet. I didn’t have power. I didn’t have good lights. I didn’t really have anything in here. There were big built-ins, really nice built-ins if you were using this
space as a regular garage and unfortunately, they
were just in my way. I needed the floor space. So I dismantled those, saved some of the materials so that I could reuse those materials for different things throughout the shop, which you’ll see later on. But once those were cleared out, I then had an organizational challenge. How to get everything put away, get all the tools where they need to go, so that we can get the electricity put in and the lighting put in. So it was quite an adventure. It’s been about two and a half months and I’m done with what I call phase one and now is the point that I
could start building furniture but I wanted to give you a shop tour. To show you some of the
things that I came up with, storage solutions and
how I got things going up here in Colorado. So welcome to clamp corner. This is where my assembly table is and it always makes
sense to have your clamps and your glue materials
near the assembly table but it wasn’t until I put
my clamps all in one space, like just kinda compressed in the corner that I realized that it’s kinda
ridiculous how many I have but there have been times where I’ve needed the vast
majority of these clamps so I’m glad I have ’em. You know what they say, you
can never have too many, right? The parallel clamp rack is something that I designed for the old shop. I just brought it with me and I do have a quick write
up on that on our website. You can check that out. As well as this pipe clamp system here. I’ve actually got black pipe and two vertical partitions there that hold the pipe in place and the thing’s sort of expandable. You can add more pipe. You can make them longer and in fact I did buy a
new pipe when I got here to accommodate a few extra clamps. Up here, you’ll notice
that I got a nice shelf. It’s just one 1×12 pine from Home Depot and some shelf supports and I think if you have a tall ceiling, this is really something you’ve gotta do. Take advantage of that vertical space. Over here, I’ve got all of
my drilling stuff together, which, even in the old shop, I wasn’t really able to do. I always had my drills
apart from the drill press, which wasn’t really convenient. Now it’s all in one spot. So drill press here, battery charging there and I’ve got my drills
just on the ledge here. I’ll do something in the future to make that a little bit more elegant. Up top in the cabinet are all my bits, various bit sets, cases, things like that, all stored away nicely here and again, thinking in
terms of functionality, it’s nice to have all this
stuff near the work bench and near the assembly table because that’s likely
where I’m gonna need them. So this beauty right
here is my new PM2000. Now you might be wondering
where’s the flaming PM2000, well that actually went to charity, thanks to my good buddy, Joseph Mench. He bought this off from us because truth be told, we needed some cash to
help us with the move and then he donated the saw to our Woodworkers Fighting
Cancer charity event. We were able to then auction it off and a great guy named
Sochen actually bought it and is enjoying the saw. And he’s a fan of the show, so it just worked out really, really nice. So I got this new PM2000 here, kinda set up in the middle of the shop. I still come from the mindset that says that the table saw is the
heart of the workshop. So I need mine somewhere
located in the middle here. This is gonna work out great. Now I have an assembly
video, if you’re interested. If you wanna see how this goes together. You might pick up some tips if you’ve never installed
one of these before. This is actually a cabinet that I used to reserve
for my finishing stuff, in the finishing area of the old shop. Now it’s a gripper garage as well as a bunch of other things, push sticks, blades, things like that. I will eventually build
some kind of a cabinet that goes under here for this stuff but this will certainly do for now. Now moving down from the drill press, I’ve got my compressor here just because I honestly don’t
know where else to put it and then my 14 inch band saw and a nice giant version of our old logo, where it looks like I’m smoking something. Maybe that’s why we moved to Colorado. Now moving right along, I’ve
got my new PM1500 band saw. Now I actually downsized. I had a 20 inch version, the 2013. It’s an older model but the
footprint was just massive and I really needed to downsize and frankly, I never used the
capacity of that thing anyway. I don’t really saw logs
except for when I sleep, so the PM1500 is a really
interesting sweet spot in the market. It’s almost got the form
factor of a smaller saw but it’s definitely got the horsepower and the capacity of a much bigger saw for a very small footprint. Now moving down the line,
I’ve got my sanding stations. The oscillating spindle sander and my combination disc and belt sander. Now the final tool on this wall is my not used nearly enough lave. And I kinda like this location, instead of in the corner
where I had it before. This gives me some wall space and I envision some kind of a tool rack to hold all the lave tools and different implements here. So looking forward to
doing some more turning. I’ve been watching a lot of Carl Jacobson, so maybe I’ll pick up a thing or two and actually do more turning. But here’s the interesting thing. I put the lave here strategically because I don’t usually
collect dust from the lave and you see what’s over here? That’s my new cyclone. When you come out of a cyclone, right, the intake, you generally
want a good long straight line before you do any kind of a turn, left, right, up, down, whatever. So in order to accommodate that, I put the lave here and that
buys me five or six feet before I actually have to start
doing the dust collection. Right, so speaking of the
cyclone, let’s take a look. Now this big beautiful
yellow beast over here is my Oneida Dust Gorilla Pro. It’s a five horsepower unit. I’ve got a 55 gallon drum. I have no idea how I’m gonna
lift it when it’s full. Probably attach a handle or
something to the drum there. But I’ve got it on a stand and I did this because I wasn’t 100 percent sure where this thing was gonna go. And I’m still not. We may reconfigure things so who knows but at this point, it
allows me to maneuver it if I need to. So, if I can in the future, I’ll be able to get rid
of some of the slope in the dust collection
piping by raising this up and putting on a wall mount and they do have wall
mounts available for that. So, that’s a future thing but it’s got a beautiful big filter, lots of surface area. Eight inch intake and again, five horsepower,
American-made Baldor motor and this thing, I’m really
hoping is gonna be awesome and from what I understand, it can suck the balls off a brass monkey. Oh by the way, if you wanna see how one
of these goes together, I did do a video on the assembly and it includes what I like
to call a stupid human trick, where I used a rope, a pulley and my truck to put the motor all the way up there. Like any self respecting
wood worker would do. Now while we’re over here, we may as well talk about this bad boy. I did have to have a sub-panel
installed for the shop. There definitely wasn’t
enough power in here. In fact, the only circuit that was in here covered the lights, it
covered three or for outlets, it covered the garage door openers, everything was controlled
in that one circuit. So that’s bad news. So this is 125 Amps. They had to run a line all
the way from the main panel, up and over, through the house and down into the garage space. But I have plenty of room. You can see bases on what I have here, I still have plenty of
room in the box itself. There’s really only four
circuits for the shop. One of them is a dedicated
circuit for the dust collector and then the rest of them
are three circuits that run, one on the ceiling and
then one on each wall. And I have plenty more. I have room if I need to add
more stuff in the future. Now of course, up the stairs, that’s the entrance to the house and in fact, that’s the laundry room. And we really lucked out here
because there’s a slop sink and a bathroom right there. And that was one of the things I was kinda upset about losing by going from the old shop to this one but they’re so close, it
may as well be in the shop. So definitely thankful for that. And over here, we’ve got my lumber rack and it’s actually the same lumber rack that I had in Arizona, it’s
just a little bit smaller. Now this is the closet made
brand, heavy duty garage version Now the thing is, it looks kinda spindly, doesn’t look like it would be strong but they’re rated at about
100 pounds per linear foot. That is plenty. I’m never going to have enough material to weigh this thing down to a point that it might
stress it to breakage. So it worked for me in the past and it will work for me from here on out. The shelf material that I put on here because these supports
will actually kinda wobble a little bit if you don’t immobilize them. So I’ve got half inch material here. It’s laminated and I’ve just driven a
screw up through each one and that stabilizes the whole thing. Now this is actually
material that I salvaged from those cabinets I took down. And it was just perfectly good material, I just couldn’t use the cabinets. So I was able to saw it down, and make some nice shelves for myself and that laminated
material makes it very easy to pull stock off and put it back on. Now up here, if you’re gonna
do something like this, you gotta look at where your track is, for your garage door. If you put a shelve too low, then you’re trying to put
things over that track. So I would recommend putting your shelf just a little bit above
a quarter inch or so above that track and
this way it’s very easy to put stock there and get it off. Of course, it’s kind of a pain
in the butt no matter what because the track is there but in a situation like this
you just do the best you can. Now over here, we’ve got
an interesting opportunity. There is an L cove and it goes back for
about five feet or so. And I got my carts in there right now but I’m thinking ultimately, I do need more wood scrap storage, so what about a mobile
scrap cart of some sort that’s on castors that can
just tuck away in there. I think that’d be a great solution and here’s the thing, I think
this illustrates the point, when you have an unusual space, don’t look at the challenges
and the spatial restrictions, don’t look at them as negatives, look at them as opportunities to come up with a cool solution that solves a problem and
makes best use of the space and I think this is a
real good example of that. And finally over here, I’ll probably need to do some
sort of a sheet goods rack, similar to what I did two shops ago. It’s crazy how many times we’ve moved. But this is a good spot for it because we’re right near
the functional door. This is where materials will come in so sheet goods go right here. It’s kind of the perfect spot for it. Now again, thinking in terms
of materials coming in, I cut a lot of my sheet
goods on the floor. So if I have something, or
space right near the door, that’s really convenient for me. So that’s what this open area is. I’ll throw down my
phone, get my track saw, cut it down into smaller pieces and then right here, I’ve
got my multifunction table, where I do further
refinement of sheet goods, typically, that’s all
I use this thing for, is sheet goods. So having all this right here and right near the entrance
is pretty darn convenient. Now on the other side of that garage door, which is a single, we’ve
got a double garage door and I’m not really 100 percent sure, it’s just the architecture of the home, it actually goes in about three feet, so we created something of an
alcove where I can put tools. So I’ve got my hollow chisel mortiser here and my router table. Now both of these are on mobile bases, in case I need to move them around. Often time with my router
table, I have longer pieces that I’ll need to be able
to pull that thing out to make it functional. But this works quite well. But again, thinking of
opportunities, here’s one. Of course having a lot of festool tracks is a nice problem to have. But storing them can
be a little bit tricky. Do you go horizontal? Do you go vertical? And if you have some
of the really long ones that cut a full sheet
of plywood in one shot, they’re really long. So this was a perfect opportunity on a inside edge here on this wall and I basically just put a piece of scrap with a dall in it and I’m able to hang the tracks from there of the various lengths here. So they’re kinda tucked away nice and safe but easy to access when I need them. And moving further down the line, I’ve got my chop saw and my tool storage. And of course we do have a video, if you wanna build one
of these for yourself. That works great for all of
your small, portable power tools and this guy is the Makeda. Now you might recall, not too
long before I left Arizona, I did a little mini review
on the Bosch Glide saw, which I really liked. Well around the same
time, I bought the Makeda with the intention of reviewing the saw. Well moving here was a perfect opportunity to put this guy in use. And that’s really the way
that I review these things. I just need to use it for a few months and then get back to you, tell you what I think. So that’s why the Makeda is here and the Bosch is resting
comfortably, right now. But, I had this table. This is from Sam’s club and it was one with one of
those wooden butcher block tops. But the butcher block top was ridiculous. It was like a horrible smile shape and was kinda beyond the point of even thinking about
doing anything to fix it. So again, I repurposed
some of the material from the cabinets that I disassembled. A double layer to make a new top for this and this is a pretty sturdy station here for the miter saw. Eventually I’ll build a
nice miter saw station. I’ll build a whole thing
over here actually. I’ve got some cool ideas in mind. But this will do for now. Now just a note about the
garage doors themselves. This double bay and the
single one over here are completely disabled. The tracks have been removed and the openers have been removed. So not really doing anything
that I can’t undo later but I did want to seal
these up a little bit, close them off. I’m never gonna open them. I have one operational door, that’s for house access. In fact, our driveway over here, this is the easiest way
to get to the driveway is through the shop, so we
use that door frequently. That one is fully operational but these two completely done. Now eventually, I’d like to build out some sort of a full wall in front of there and this way I actually
have a wooden surface that I could put cabinets on, I could hang things on. Makes this space much more functional and I’m gonna do the
same thing over there. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it or when I’m gonna have time but that is part of the future plan. Now over here nested into the table saw, just like I had at the
old shop, is the jointer. And I think the jointer nests
pretty well with the table saw You do have to be careful of a few things, depending on your work habits. And that is how much of the
table length you’re sacrificing. I never really use the full capacity of a saw table that large. So having the jointer here is not really gonna cause
any problems for me, as well as the fence
being a little bit higher than a table saw. That’s not gonna cause a problem either. But I like the fact that
these two are together. They could share a pipe
for the dust collection and it creates another
alcove to put something else like in this case, the multi-router, which I can kinda tuck right in here. Now before we go too far down that wall, I wanna spin around here from
the jointer and table saw to show you the planar
and the drum sander area. These are another set of tools that I like to kinda pair together. Because the operations are
almost exactly the same and a lot of times, I’ll
be going from material from the planar right
into the drum sander. So clustering these together
just makes a whole lot of sense Now moving further along
from the tool cabinet and the miter saw is my work bench. Of course this is my split top rubo. Absolutely love this thing and this is kind of my hand
tool corner, if you will. Check it out. I’ve got a little bit of that T1-11 siding that I like to use. It’s great cause you
could just drive a screw anywhere you want to. All my levels and straight
edges and rulers and saws, everything’s just kinda
hung up here on the wall and inside the tool cabinet, as one might expect, are some tools. Of course, all my saw are in here. I’ve even added a few things. I used to have my saws
displayed on the wall, now they’re on the inside door here. And I’ve got a little bungee cord to help keep them on, which works pretty well. And finally over here, I have the only original
cabinetry that I left in place and the reason I left it was
cause I absolutely needed it. I didn’t really have anywhere
to store just all the stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years and small tools that I
don’t use all that often. So I’ve got some drawers,
a couple cabinets and some really tall, deep cabinets. And that really presented a challenge because it was just open space and I had to make some sort
of organization out of it. So let me show you some of
the solutions I came up with. With big open spaces like this, I had to make the best use of it possible, so to keep things somewhat organized, I bought some of these
little containers, right. Now these are just from Home Depot. They work really well and these are all my glues, for instance. And there’s all my CA glue. I’ve even got some of these,
that I got off of Amazon. A little bit bigger but things for like all of my
eye protection in one place and then all of the
stuff for my respirators, those are in another one. That really helps me keep everything just kinda
compartmentalized, organized and what could just be
a giant pile of junk is now semi-organized. This little guy was an absolute lifesaver. Because look at all this space here. Now of course I could
cut some more shelves and put more dividers in there but if you’ve got a big
open space like that, get yourself a couple of
these wire rack shelves and you essentially double your capacity inside these compartments. So that’s how I got all of my
finishes and stains in there, by using things like this. Now of course, I can’t really do what I do without a good solid internet connection and unfortunately, we
are at the extreme edge of my Wi-Fi router’s range from the house. It just doesn’t really
have a god signal here. So we had to run a wire. So I did run some cat
6 all the way over here and I have a good hard line connection and I have another access point. So this gives me good, strong Wi-Fi as well as the connection
I need to do our live show, every Friday that we do. If you don’t know about that, it’s Friday live, we’ve moved it over to
the OffCut’s channel. Definitely check it
out, it’s a lot of fun. But this is all my equipment. The computer’s here. Everything I need to
record Wood Talk is here, that’s our audio show and ideally, I wouldn’t want my finishes
near the electronics but we’ll have to move things around a little bit later on. But this is kind of just
the proof of concept, letting me know that I can fit
everything in these shelves and it worked. Inside here, nothing too crazy. I’m a big fan of
(screeches) these guys, right. So for screws and different
types of hardware, these are great cause you
could just pull one out, put it on the work bench and put it back when you’re done. Now I’m gonna let you
look inside my drawers. Right in here I’ve got
all my drawing tools, some calipers, measuring devices. Drawer number two has all my files, which are very poorly placed right now and are in serious need of organization. And at the very bottom, I’ve got all my chisels. Now I’m not 100 percent sure, whether I wanna go with
this kind of solution and have maybe some internals racks that I can pull a tray out. Or if I wanna put these on the wall. I haven’t decided yet but this is at least their temporary home. No we are in Denver, so
what about heat solutions. Well, cool thing is, I’ve
already done a full video on heating options for the shop. What I would up with
is electric forced air. There’s a whole story
behind why I ended up there but go watch that video and
you’ll get all the details. The other thing is lighting. I mean, as you can see from this video, we’ve got really good light in here. We have LED’s from American Green Lights. They did a great job
helping us outfit the shop and I have another dedicated
video on that specifically, just giving you some
guidelines for how to shop for lighting for your workshop. Other things, let’s see. The floor. Now the pads that I have on the floor here are the same rubber pads
I had in the old shop but the cool thing is,
with a smaller space, I was actually able to cover
pretty much everything. Just keep in mind, as
durable as these pads are, it is made from old recycled tires, you really don’t wanna
roll heavy machines on them cause they will buckle and
tear if you’re not careful. I had somebody bring in a
pallet jack in the old shop and he just kinda forced it over and it wound up ripping one of them, as durable as they are. So, they’re not invulnerable. And let’s see, what else? Acoustic treatments. We do have a video on that as well and I use acoustic treatments in here because I talk to the camera a lot and I need good audio for that. But it is nice to have not as
much reverberation and echo. So if you wanna install
some acoustic treatments on the ceiling, go checkout that video and I’ll give you some
tips for that as well. So what do you think? It’s the new Wood Whisperer shop. A little bit smaller than the last one but I gotta be honest, 1,800
square feet is probably more than any one person actually needs. That was my phase of excess, let’s call it and this is definitely
a little bit more modest but I cannot complain
about 950 square feet. When I look around, I don’t feel deprived
of space here at all. And I really like having to
solve these spatial challenges and that’s where the really
creative solutions come out. Sometimes having a big clean open slate to just invent from nothing is actually a really
difficult thing to do. But if you have a couple
of obstacles in place, you could come up with creative solutions and I think for someone like me, who I don’t really think of myself as ultimately very creative but I find it easiest to be creative when there are obstacles in my way, right and that’s what I’ve
applied to this space here. So it’s inspiring to you and gives you some ideas and we will improve things as we go and I’ll keep you updated. So, if you’re interested in
this shop tour type stuff, I’ve documented just about
every aspect of this process on our OffCuts channel. So if you follow us on YouTube, subscribe to the OffCuts channel and there is a playlist there
specifically for shop updates. And you’ll definitely
wanna check that out. And don’t miss Friday live as well. We do it every Friday
on the OffCuts channel and that’s a lot of fun. You get to see Nicole, hang out, talk, see what else? I guess that’s about it. So looking forward to jumping in, making some new projects. I’ve got a live edge slab table
that I’m gonna be working on and I have a little kitchen
table that I need to make for the new house. So good stuff coming. Thanks for watching everybody
and we’ll talk to you later.

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