OK, here's my shop. I've only had the space for about two weeks so it's barely functional, but I'm making progress. It's a temporary set up, but temporary in this case likely means upwards of a year so I'm trying to make it "home" as much as possible. The room is actually our den and the plan is to hone my skills on various small upgrade projects around the house and then finally to build wall-to-wall built-ins along the back wall of this room. Once they're complete I will return the room to its proper use. I figure I can work out the kinks in here and then apply that education to setting up a permanent shop in the garage where I'll have a 22' x 12' space to work with.
The workbench is the first truly utile thing I've ever built, and as bare bones and simple as it is, I'm pretty proud of it. It's a good solid starting point.
Quick story: I've been around tools since I was a little kid helping my dad maintain the garden apartment complex he owned, but those jobs were mostly repairs and construction (not woodworking) and helping usually amounted to being a gopher and tool hander. When he passed away back in '06 there were many personal items to be distributed amongst his 11 children, but all I asked for were his saws. I wanted them because as a kid I thought his ability to make straight accurate cuts was like magic. I couldnít do it then, and I canít do it now. I remember him scolding me when I was 6 or 7 years old for playing with the saws because, "They're tools, not toys!" But then I also remember him taking the time and patiently teaching me how to use them, letting me cut up all sorts of scrap wood 'til my arm was sore. That was 40 years ago and the saws were already old then. It wasn't until my recent fascination with woodworking that I dug those saws out of storage so I could hang them up to have a piece of Dad with me in the shop. As I examined the teeth it dawned on me that they are a set: one rip saw and one crosscut saw. Iím sure he explained that to me at the time, so that means it took forty years for me to understand it. I hope Iíll be a little quicker from now on. Those are the two hand saws on top right of the peg board lying on their backs.
Anyway, I didn't plan on sharing shop pics so I didn't get everything in the frame. I do have a beat up contractor table saw, a compound miter saw, a Bosch 1617 with a cheapie starter table, and various other small power tools. I was waffling between either upgrading my table saw or buying a benchtop planer and jointer (separate units, not the Jet combo), but I think the table saw is the way to go for now. And then I'm going to build a full size router table. And thenÖÖ and thenÖ. and thenÖ.