Jerry’s Shop Tour

My shop is small, so I use all available space as efficiently as possible, especially wall space.  I have plenty of storage for the small hardware that usually sits on the table in the way.  I use the empty space under tables and benches and also under my table saw out feed table.  The shop is 20′ x 24′ and I have all the room I need, but it took me a year to get it there.  I also have a garage door for getting stuff in and out.  As you will notice in the pictures, there isn’t ANY wall space (at floor level) that is not used.  I still have plenty of room to move around.  I have an open area which is about 10′ x 15′ and when I want to use a piece of equipment, I roll it out there, use it and then roll it back, that way it doesn’t sit out in the middle of the floor for me to walk around, trip over or use for a table to store things on like Marc does.  Gotcha Marc!!

And did ya notice the boards on the table? Those are for my new torsion box I’m making!! Thanks to Marc!! I made the out feed table myself.  It is two sets of rollers and it really works great. It took several changes in layout and a year working at it, but I think I got it now. Also, if you notice, I even have my roll around tool boxes in the shop! The layout table will be real nice when it’s done. I like things nice and neat and clean. I sweep the shop every time I use it, which makes for a better attitude. My shop is also heated and air conditioned and I have hot and cold water and soon it will have cable tv and telephone. Guess where I go when the wife’s mad? Thanks for looking at my shop and I hope you enjoyed it!

Comments

  1. Jerry – great shop! How do you like that Grizzly jointer and planer? I am considering buying them – both polar bear line, and both spiral cutterhead.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Hi Matt!! Thanks for the nice comment. Jerry

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Matt, I’m sorry I didn’t answer your questions about how I liked the jointer and planer. Well, so far I am very impressed with the quality of them both considering how much I paid for them. I first bought a combination unit from Jet and I wouldn’t recommend them. Not because Jet made it, it’s a great idea, but everything changes each time you go from jointer to planer and back, sometimes as much as .020″. Not good enuf for me. I like things right on the money. I have spent hours just fine tuning my table saw!! I found out a very important thing, when it comes to alignment and that is this: the better the alignment tools you buy, the better and faster it is. A big saying of mine is “Good things aren’t cheap and cheap things aren’t good”—————-I LIVE BY THAT!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mike M (http://mmader.com) October 12, 2010

    Nice shops. Looks very well layed out and functional. I like the idea of having a desk and chair, gives you a spot to sit comfortably to plan out you project

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Hi Mike. Yes, I wanted to have a place to sit down and think and also to read and draw up plans. I’m an old guy (60, which isn’t that old——————————————————if your an oak tree!!) and it just feels nice to sit down and rest the bones every now and then. Jerry

  3. Will Leingang October 12, 2010

    Jerry-killer setup! Have you done cabinets with that hardware? I can definitely take some ideas away from this for my own garage shop. Good luck on the torsion box and thanks for sharing.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Will, hello there. No, I haven’t done any cabinets yet, but that’s my plan for the future. I’ve been buying equipment to do just that. Thanks for checking my shop out. Jerry

  4. Nick Marmalejo October 12, 2010

    Sweet setup! It looks like a really clean and comfortable place in which to work.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Thanks for the comments Nick. Cleanliness is next to Godliness in my books. Jerry

  5. John Verreault (aka Johnny_Vee) October 12, 2010

    Hi Jerry
    Great shop setup. I mean WOW. You really have yourself organized (I’m jealous..LOL). One question, what do you keep in the old green “card catalogue” file drawers (at least that is what they look like to me)? That is a lot of small item storage space.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck on the torsion box. Post some pics when its done.

    Cheers

    John

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Hey Johnny_Vee!! What up? I got that storage cabinet at a place I used to work for free and I gotta tell ya, it’s the cat’s meow when it comes to storing small parts. I have it laid out in rows from 1 to 26 and columns from a to g (I think), and when I put something in it, I write what row and column it’s in (in a book I have) so I can find it quickly. Works great! I’ve always been a neat freak, but I like it that way. Some (my wife especially) might say I’m OCD. Thanks for viewing my pics and I’ll post pics of the torsion box when I finish it. Been real busy lately. Jerry

  6. Jeff Hewitt October 12, 2010

    Great garage shop! Is it always that clean?

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Definitely not while I’m working on something, but after———-YES!! Jerry

  7. Brian October 12, 2010

    Jerry,
    Looks like a great shop. It seems like you have it completely dedicated to wood too which is ideal. I really like how organized and neat you keep everything. You inspire me to try and clean up after every “shop time.” Good luck with the torsion box, it really is simple if you stick to the plan.
    Brian

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Brian, Yes it is dedicated to woodworking except for my roll around tool boxes which hold other tools also. Any time I can inspire someone then it makes it all worth while. Speaking of inspiring someone, that’s just what Marc does for me. He is an awesome woodworker and if I may swear, a helluva guy. Thanks for the comments. Jerry

  8. Eric R October 12, 2010

    Great looking shop Jerry.
    I bet you spend a lot of quality time there!
    Thanks for showing us around.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Eric, I do spend a lot of time in the shop when I am home. I recently started a new career which keeps me away from home for a week or so at a time, so the time is less but I definitely am there when time is available. Jerry

  9. emmrys October 12, 2010

    Very nice looking shop. That drill press table caught my eye. Is that a drawer underneath? I am planning on building a DP table one of these days.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      emmrys, Hi there!! Yes, that is a drawer underneath. I have the plans for that table if you are interested. Just give me an address or a fax and it is yours. Jerry

  10. Ben October 12, 2010

    That is shockingly organized and clean!

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Why thanks Ben, yur too kind!! Jerry

  11. Hey Jerry,
    Nice, well organized shop. My shop is in the basement. I’ve actually got more space than you but it’s more crowded. I just have too much stuff, mostly wood scrounged from a cabinet shop I used to work at. One of these days I’ll get more organized so it will be easier to work. I spend most of my time at the lathe lately so that’s the most organized space I have.
    Thanx for sharing. I’m impressed with your cleanliness. I do try to sweep/vacuum every time I make a mess. I keep up with pretty well but I still get a layer of dust that builds up on everything…even with my air cleaner running. I have to go through periodically and blow/vacuum up the dust and cobwebs so it can start building up again.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Larry, Too much stuff can definitely be a problem. It’s just easier for me to work in a clean environment. Gives me a better attitude, rather than stumbling over stuff and having to clean off the table so I can work on it. Jerry

  12. Tyler N October 13, 2010

    Sweet shop…very organized. I need to take a lesson from you, I thing things would go through the shop much faster if mine looked like yours. Happy woodworking.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Thanks for the kind comments Tyler. Jerry

  13. Nice setup and holy clean! The jointer and planer both look new. I like how you have the bench grinder on that hook – will have to do that with mine.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Jim, the jointer and planer ARE new and I haven’t even used them yet, just to see how they cut. I set up the planer and still have to set the coplaner on the jointer. It is close, but not close enough for me!! Jerry

  14. Russ October 14, 2010

    Nice shop setup. I wish I could be 1/10 as organized in my shop. Great work Jerry.

    • Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

      Russ, Just keep trying, it took me a year to get it the way it is. Jerry

  15. Bryan Huot October 14, 2010

    A great little shop Jerry! Its a nice size, very organized and lookes like you have everything in place to create a nice flow while still keeping space to move around. Good work!

  16. Jerry Junkins October 14, 2010

    Brian, You got it!! Thanks for the comments. Jerry

  17. Rob Cottle October 15, 2010

    Nice Tools – Nice Shop, inspiring, something to work for. I guess retirement isn’t that far off – LOL. Not sure where some people find the time to be so organized.

  18. Charlie October 15, 2010

    Very nice shop and a good use of available space. You could eat off that table saw top!

  19. Gary October 15, 2010

    Nice shop Jerry, very clean and organized. I too am thinking about a Grizzly jointer. I like your phrase, ?Good things aren?t cheap and cheap things aren?t good?. I too am a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

  20. Gary Prott October 15, 2010

    Jerry, Very nice shop layout. Looks well thought out I’m starting to put my shop together and will use some of what I saw here. Old guys rule (62) here. Gary Only cry once, buy quality

  21. alex October 17, 2010

    Just wondering. How much would it cost to start from scratch to build a shop?

    •  

      That’s almost impossible to answer Alex. Every woodworker’s needs are different and even then, the price ranges in tools are insane. Not to mention, someone’s idea of a workshop could be nothing more than a couple of sawhorses and some used handsaws, planes, and chisels.

  22. Daryn October 17, 2010

    I have about half the space but more than half the tools. It will be tight and cozy and I will have to keep it clean or it will just be a danger zone. This however goes against my normal nature. Time and nature will tell the tale. Hope all goes well with you and your space.

  23. Dan the wood man October 20, 2010

    Jerry,

    You get it, great shop and awesome layout for a garage shop. Hope you have many successful projects, love the out feed table on the saw, gave me a great idea.

  24. Gary October 20, 2010

    I was wondering what you or Marc use to hang bar/pipe clamps? Do you guys make your own or buy? I am slowing getting a few of each and need a cheap way of hanging them.

    Thanks,

    Gary

  25. Brandon October 22, 2010

    Jerry,
    Very nice shop and one to be proud of. I always look at other people’s shops for layout and other such ideas. Yours gave me a few, however the cleanliness compulsion is not an option. (Know your limitations.) Best of luck in future projects.

  26. Mike G October 24, 2010

    Very nice layout.

    I’d like a copy of your drill press table plans as well, if possible. It would be greatly appreciated!! :)

    ke7tjk@q.com

  27. Kevin Ross October 27, 2010

    Man, I have to get my shop up to snuff!!! Thanks for posting the pics as they gave me a couple of ideas (i.e. clamp rack, DP table, etc.).

  28. Devin October 28, 2010

    I am looking forward to a shop like yours. You have made great use of the shop space you have.

  29. Great shop Jerry. Good use of space.

  30. Armando October 29, 2010

    Jerry,

    I notice that you had a shop fan that looks like it oscilates. If it does could you tell me were you got it. I am on the look out for one.

    Thanks,

    Armando
    el-jefito@comcast.net

  31. Jim October 29, 2010

    Very efficient. Nice. The second last photo shows open floor space. I think it’s time for another tool. ;-)

  32. JC McGrath October 29, 2010

    Jerry, been said before – but nice job. Thanks to you and Marc for sharing – no matter what you are able to pick something up/idea/etc., from another perspective. My first priority – make mine CLEANER – your shop makes me feel guilty and no matter what do not let my wife see it !!!! HAHAHAHA – again, great job. JCM

  33. Stephen Edmonds October 30, 2010

    Great looking garage shop. I’m in the garage too and aspire to become as organized and functional as yours – I have a long way to go :-)

  34. Pat November 3, 2010

    Good looking shop. I had a chance at getting one of those card file cabinets and thought what would I use it for? Stupid me.

  35. Ed P. November 11, 2010

    Very envious of the heater and airconditioner!

  36. Chris Russell March 30, 2011

    Fantastic shop… Really can tell lots of thought and planning are in place. gives me lots of inspiration…
    Chris

  37. Dave Stanton June 26, 2011

    Hi Jerry. I notice you have a lot of tools clamped to work surfaces. Do you do this to achieve the maximum maneuverability of tools and use of bench-tops?
    Really nice looking shop.

  38. Dan Power April 7, 2012

    Hi Jerry,
    I agree totally with your response with Matt. Cheaper usually bites in the end. I am brand new to this craft and I have done much research. My shop is up with about 80% of the electrical done. My first purchase was the T-7 sharpener. I just received the CV1800 cyclone from Clear Vue as well as the mini. Many people play the same rythm when it comes to this craft and the majority have said, if you can by quality tools at the outset, then do it. I am like you I go for accuracy. Nice shop and I am ordering the same jointer as you.
    Dan P.

  39. “Guess where I go when my wife’s mad?” Do you make her mad on purpose just so you can get out there? :) Cracked me up when I read that in your description! Great space – I will be incorporating some of your awesome space saving ideas into my own shop! Nice post!

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