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post #1 of 30 Old 01-10-2020, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Now, this is some workshop!

Years ago I saw this video and was impressed with the incredible amount of tools, parts and pieces this fellow has managed to store in his basement workshop. I came across his name on a note just recently and thought the community here would like to visit his shop be way of a video tour:
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How does he remember what he has?
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How does he remember what he has?

He probably doesn't.


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That is probably why he has all that stuff, he forgets he has what he is looking for and goes and buys another one, I know I have done that but not to that extent. My stars that is a tool shop instead of a workshop.
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I also saw that years ago and it's fascinating, for sure. But we have the same problem, albeit mine is on a much smaller scale - tool heavy and floor space light. He has some really neat ways of storing small items like dowels, fasteners, etc. and the man really likes roller conveyors for material handling.

It's a neat place and I'm sure took years and years to get to where he is now. I wonder how large that room/shop/basement is - looks huge.

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I like it.. It is beautiful workshop but it looks a little Claustrophobic.. It looks like a market..
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Walk through? How?

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Walk through? How?

LOL. I am almost to the point of having to turn sideways myself in certain places in my shop. I have been known to kick a small can of bolts a few feet across the shop by accident. I will get organized when warm weather comes to Michigan ......
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What I do have an appreciation for is how he use 2 levels for his work machines like the jointer and planer. I like the use of the space over the table saw. The idea to hang more stuff from above in unlikely places is a good one.
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Watch at :30 secs in .....

See the table saw? There's no way he can rip anything very long on the tablesaw with only about 5 ft total infeed.......
How does he build any projects? All the space is taken up with tools and machines!


No sign of any completed projects on this video.

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I don't think I could handle working in there. It is probably more organized than anything I'll ever have, but if I start bumping into things, it's not long before stuff starts flying across the room.

How does he work on anything over about 3' long? Looks like planing or cutting down a 8' board would be tough.
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Woodgears interviewed this guy .....

Here's a description in his own words about how he got started and some good photos of the shop:
https://woodgears.ca/workshop/jacques/index.html

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He's got more dollars in router bits than I do in my entire shop!
My shop is a crowded mess, but I rather have it than his. It's way to crammed up for me. With that much stuff I'd forget where anything is constantly.

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That's some workshop full of tools!

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Having read woodgears interview .........

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Here's a description in his own words about how he got started and some good photos of the shop:
https://woodgears.ca/workshop/jacques/index.html

In his own words, Jacques explains a little about each machine, it's function and quality and how he accesses it in the crowed shop environment. It actually makes a lot of sense. The shop is 70 ft long so it's difficult to walk between work stations. There are several overhead winches to lift heavy stock feeders that hang from the ceiling joists. There are several ways to deal with 4 X 8 panels including a vertical and a horizontal panel saw, as well as the table saw for smaller ones.

Read for yourself for a better appreciation of the thinking that has gone into the shop. It's not just a "collection" it's a working shop according to Jacques.

I always considered myself a "tool junky" and still do, but I'm a novice compared to this guy. He also made a radial arm router out of a RAS like I did. My triple 12" table saw made from 3 Craftsman direct drive saws is unique, however. Original cost for two of the saws was under $1,000.00 back around 1980. The 3rd one was a Craig's List find a few years back. I have a 4th for parts and a spare motor. There are 3 more table saws I can use if needed.One was an Easter Sunday close out deal on a Craftsman 10" Hybrid for which I paid $486.00, a like new floor model. I didn't matter I already had the triple 12, I couldn't pass on that one. I'm a Tool Junky for sure.


Anyway, I enjoyed the shop tour and hearing Jacques in his own words, hope you all did as well!

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I would love to have his shop just to sell off 70% of his stuff. It looks more like a tool and hardware store than a shop.
I am a neat freak and need lots of room to work in. I like to spread out.
Between the size of his workshop and the tools he has in there, it could be a wonderland but there is no way I could enjoy working in there as is. Way too cluttered. When living on my boat, my attitude was always that there is a great need for 'people space'. His shop has none. Maybe from living there all those years his brain has memorized every cubic inch, but I consider it a major safety hazard.
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I am also a tool junky but I don't have the money or the room to fulfill my dreams. This guy has taken being a tool junky too the highest degree. I loved every minute of that video.
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I would love to have his shop just to sell off 70% of his stuff. It looks more like a tool and hardware store than a shop.
I am a neat freak and need lots of room to work in. I like to spread out.
Between the size of his workshop and the tools he has in there, it could be a wonderland but there is no way I could enjoy working in there as is. Way too cluttered. When living on my boat, my attitude was always that there is a great need for 'people space'. His shop has none. Maybe from living there all those years his brain has memorized every cubic inch, but I consider it a major safety hazard.

Well, isn't every square inch of available space on a boat used for something?
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No it is not, other than free space.
If anything, I have removed stuff that previous owners had put in.
There must be living space for actually living. If something comes on the boat, something must go off the boat of equal size.
I have never modified a boat by adding other than what the manufacturer designed it for. Never so much as a small shelf.
Also, i have used hidden spaces such as under a bottom drawer, against the fiberglass hull to store smal stuff like a hacksaw.
I actually kept an inventory book so that I could find stuff in really hidden spaces.
Attached is an example of one of my boats.
I cant find the other pics of the salon (living room), but the room is actually longer and the temporary chair was replaced with a smaller one.
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Living solely on a boat requires discipline....

Unlike having a home workshop which you can leave cluttered without having a shipwreck. The boat must be functioning at all times whether at port or on the water. I would also think a watercraft on a river would have different needs and equipment than one on an open body like a large lake, I'm thinking Lake Michigan. I've only been a guest on a sail boat and a 55 ft steel hull house boat belonging to my Aunt and Uncle who was in the US Coast Guard and quite the mariner. My German Shepard needed special permission to come aboard.....
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