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[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 1x12 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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