The Five Foot Shop

It's been about a year-and-a-half since my shop size got cut in half. It presently occupies a one-car garage and I must say that I'm quite happy with the space. All my machines made the move, including my sliding table saw, 18" bandsaw, jointer, planer, drill press and dust collector, but I did give up my … Continue reading The Five Foot Shop

Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

It can be a challenge to work efficiently in a small shop, but I have arranged the equipment in the space of a 1-car garage to allow me to build with components up to five feet in length without having to rearrange. In fact, the only machine that is on wheels is my 13" thickness … Continue reading Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

Welcome to the New Shop

Since moving three months ago, I have settled nicely into the new shop that is a one-car garage. Here are some panoramic pictures to give you a feel for the space. Click to view full-size. All the machines are more or less permanently positioned, and the overhead door is not used (it was last opened … Continue reading Welcome to the New Shop

New House, New Shop

At the end of February, I moved to a new place about 15 minutes from where I was previously. Of course, the shop moved as well and it is now living in a one-car garage (formerly about 450 sq ft - approximately the space of a two-car garage). The day before the move, I installed the same anti-fatigue … Continue reading New House, New Shop

Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

Come see me Saturday, November 16 between 11am and 6pm in the Straight Line Designs Inc. workshop on the second floor of Parker Street Studios, #260-1000 Parker Street, Vancouver. What is the Eastside Culture Crawl? The Eastside Culture Crawl is one of the biggest highlights of the year for lovers of art and craft. It's an annual event and … Continue reading Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

My Fastener Storage System

Last week, Tom Iovino featured my site on his blog, Tom's Workbench.  This was part of his write-up about my work. "Chris has a very skilled eye for design and incorporating bold, natural shapes in his woodworking projects." - Tom Iovino He also included this picture of me in my workshop. Ben Strano (@sonicfedora) spotted my … Continue reading My Fastener Storage System

January 2013 Machine Shop Tour

I recently sold my thickness sander because I rarely used it and it was taking up valuable space (it was bought for one specific project a few years ago).  I haven't taken pictures of my machine shop since 2009 when it looked much different so I figured that now would be a good time. These first … Continue reading January 2013 Machine Shop Tour

Benchroom Tour and Comments

This is the fourth article in a series about reorganizing my benchroom (my shop is divided into two sides; my machinery resides in the other half).  You can read the first article HERE, the second article HERE and the third article HERE. My benchroom is now fully operational once again.  Of course, the work is never completely done, but … Continue reading Benchroom Tour and Comments

A Floor Covering is Easier on the Feet

This is the second article in a series about reorganizing my benchroom (my shop is divided into two sides; my machinery resides in the other half).  You can read the first article HERE. It was fifteen months ago that I last reorganized my benchroom.  Before reading this article, you may want to review what it … Continue reading A Floor Covering is Easier on the Feet

Bench Room Reorganization

I spend at least 75% of my time in the workshop in my bench room, the rest of my time either in the adjacent machine shop or outside in the yard either turning or power carving. Of the time spend in my bench room, probably 90% of that time is spent in one area about … Continue reading Bench Room Reorganization