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A Tour of Carol Reed's Shop

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Shops come and go, depending how you work. In 2004 I moved from an acre plus with 1300 ft² of shop space to less than an acre and no shop space! I had a production shop complete with a CNC. Now my plan was to retire and re-invent my shop into a hobbyist shop. This included a move from Southern California to the mountains of Arizona. And selling a lot of equipment.

I purchased a twenty foot enclosed trailer to help me move. After the move, I wired it for lights and outlets. It now houses my stationary power tools. It is up on blocks. One #10 extension cord powers the table saw (240V) and another powers a 40 amp box with two 120V circuits. I simply drop the ramp door in the back, plug in the two cords and I am good to go.

Inside the trailer

The table saw with its sliding table sits at the very rear of the trailer. There is just enough room on the right to slip past the table saw, but I usually remove the slider unless I need it. The chop saw wings extend over the table saw and to the front corner near the drill press. I can remove the left wing easily, but I’ve only needed to do it once or twice. I break down sheet goods with a circular saw and guide system—one of my own design that I used to market long before Festool!

Under the outfeed tables

There is storage under the outfeed for jigs and the air hose.

Air Compressor

The air compressor lives under the right side of the table saw.

Chop saw dust catcher

The chop saw sits on a Harbor Freight tool box with the wheels locked. I built a saw dust catcher for the chop saw. There is a trash bag clamped to a toilet bowl flange drain.

Clamps & blades

Cabinets above house saw blades and accessories. Under them, more clamp storage.

Chop saw & planer

The DeWalt planer is parked under the right wing of the chop saw.

Drill press

The very front of the trailer has the drill press in one corner, a tool box for drill bits and associated drilling paraphernalia, and my spindle sander.

The drill press is bolted to the floor in the front corner next to a tool box with drilling accessories.

front trailer wall

I have since moved the drilling chart and install some bar clamp storage.

The spindle sander

The spindle sander is on the other side of the tool box.

Band saw

There is a side door on the trailer, and next to this is the band saw and scroll saw.


The rest of that wall is taken up with clamps.

Inside the shed

Smaller tools and wood needed another home, so I built a 10 x 12 shed with an attic. There are drop down stairs in the middle of the ceiling. I mounted a double block and tackle to the ridge board. I hang a five gallon bucket on the hook and lift or lower items with that. This is an older picture that does not show my work bench, sharpening tool box with the mini lathe on top, and the metal cutting band saw on top of its cabinet. There is a lot crammed into here!

Lots of drawers

Twenty one drawers going in here.

Shed basement

The shed is built on block stem walls. The back is open for lumber storage under the building.


Between the shed and the trailer, I built a two car carport. I put one wall in across from the house. It cuts down on the wind, but more enclosure will come in the future. There are four quartz lights up there. And even room for the car! And for light wood storage in the rafters.

Winch in carport roof

The best feature here is the electric winch to lift heavy stuff, like sheets of plywood.

Handling plywood

I simply roll a sheet out on my panel trolley, lift it up and rotate to lower on the cutting rack. Works like a charm. The carport makes a wonderful construction and assembly area. Most of the tools are on wheels, but my projects are smaller these days, so moving them has been minimal. This whole arrangement is workable, but needs improvements.

Mini lathe & tools in Nebraska

Also, turning has become a passion. Here is my very temporary set-up. The trailer may well become my turning studio in the future!

Retirement was postponed when ministry called me and I have been away from this shop for the last three years. During that time I built another shed, 10 x 16, to store my household effects. When I return home, I will move this shed and move the tools from the trailer into it. It will be on pylons about 4 feet off the ground to be in the same plane with the little shed. I will install a dust collector and the air compressor under it at that time.

I have learned that shops are not static. They are dynamic. And I have learned that as nice as a large shop is, small can be good as well.

Posted 31 March 2008

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