Garage Shop Makeover

Photo by Brian Francis

Most hobbyist woodworkers fall into one of two camps – basement or garage shops. Having worked in an attic and two basement shops before I had a dedicated building, I would have given my eyeteeth for a garage shop. Of course that doesn’t mean a garage shop is the end all. Even if you have the luxury of a two-car garage, it seems that the more space you have, the faster it fills up. It usually comes to a head when your spouse can’t get their car out of the elements.

If you’re in this predicament, you might want to check out the latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine (Issue 43, Oct./Nov. 2011). My good friend Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk (Senior Editor at the magazine) spent the better part of his “free-time” for the past nine months turning his disheveled workspace into a clean, organized, functional shop, and he still has room for a car. I’m proud to say that I had a small hand in the transformation. Joe recruited me for the job of designing his mobile miter saw station/lumber rack. I was apprehensive at first but I think the project turned out to be a winner and Joe did a great job on the build. If you’d like to get a taste of what he accomplished, check out Frank Byers’ post on Woodcraft’s blog. Even if you don’t like what I came up with, you’ll find plenty of other cool projects to incorporate into your shop.


Turning Over a New Leaf

Welcome! For those of you who were ardent followers of John Lucas’s Woodshop Demos blog, I’m sure there is a sense of melancholy in finding a completely new and different site in its place. Believe me, I feel the same way. Having never met the man makes this new endeavor especially challenging for me. Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours pouring over John’s site but it didn’t take long for me to feel as though I knew him and I’m truly sorry I never had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. He had a down-to-earth approach in everything he did, offered up plenty of personality, and was a just a good, decent, regular guy. After talking to several mutual friends, I’m humbled to take over the reins. Rather than trying to carry John’s water, which I could never do, it’s probably best to make a fresh start.

For those of you that already know me, I hope the transition will be an easy one. For those that don’t, please be patient. Although John’s approach to woodworking was a bit different than mine is, you’ll find my passion for the craft is the same. I have a feeling that with every posting I make, I’ll be wondering; what would John think? My plan for this blog is to provide a mix of honest hand tool and power tool reviews, project builds, workshop visits, and reports on other woodworking-related activities. I hope you’ll join me in this new endeavor. I look forward to your feedback.