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A Tour of Marc Evans' Shop

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I have frequently lurked, and on a couple of occasions, contributed. I thought I would share some pics of my way-too-small garage shop, and some projects. I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but it is probably 22' or 24' deep by 18'–19' wide. I'll try to measure it later. Somewhere in there is a drop-down staircase to the attic area for storage.

Not really discernible from the pictures but one thing I really like is on the back wall, to the left of the cabinets and shelves, I have a vertical compartment for storing plywood vertically. It is about 10" wide and stores most sheet goods that I need. If I had taller ceilings, I would have done vertical lumber storage, as that would be much easier to sift through lumber than the horizontal storage on the wall.

overall view of shop

Here is the shop, which contains the basics.


view from house

This is entering from the house. Straight ahead is the tablesaw. Almost all the walls are pegboard, which provides me with flexible storage, you can see clamps, blades, etc., on the right wall. Further down from the TS, you can see the outfeed, and SCMS. Far off in the corner is a lathe and router table.


opposite wall—DP, BS, drum sander

Here is the opposite wall. You can see the DC ductwork, which is 6" drain pipe. Also, the drill press, bandsaw, and drum sander. I should point out that all tools are mobile.


lumber, planer, jointer

Looking in now. The back wall which has some storage, shelving, and the DC cyclone (remote controlled via X-10). The right wall also has the wood storage, planer, jointer…


table saw, router table, lathe

Here is the backside of the tablesaw, with the outfeed, router table, and the lathe in the background.


my workbench

Although I have most power tools, over the past five years I have really started to appreciate hand tools, so I finally had to make a real workbench. It took a while to make, but well worth every minute of it.


workbench drawers

A view of the workbench drawers

When I first touched a handplane, I hated it. A few years ago, I finally learned how to sharpen and that I needed a solid base to work on. That was a transforming event for me.


chest with coopered top

Here is a project I made many years ago for my fiance. It was a chest of sapelle (I think). It is lined with cedar and has maple inlaid hearts. The top is coopered. It's a little dusty now…


entertainment center

I just finished this a couple of weeks ago. It is solid curly maple for the main unit, hard maple for the drawer sides, and bubinga slab with natural edge for the top. The handles and hinges are also bubinga. The only ply is the back panels. The front is gently curved to match the bubinga slab profile. The drawers are sized to hold DVDs/CDs.

I finished the maple with transtint dye (50/50 dark vintage maple and medium brown), sanded that back to leave the curls, then finished with BLO/tung, and finally wax. The bubinga is straight BLO/tung, and the top has a final coat of poly for durability.

wooden hinge detail

One of the hinges and a little of the curly maple grain. These were fun to make. I did purchase a hingecrafter for this.


The entertainment center shown above and a bed that I built recently were mostly finished with handplanes and scrapers. Now, I despise power sanders.

I am merely a weekend warrior, and have many accidental toothpicks to prove it. The entertainment center is by far my best piece I've done thus far. It is the one that I am most proud of—I've covered most of my mistakes well in this one…

Thanks for looking,

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