[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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.