446 Shop Tour

November 18, 2010

I can’t remember the last time I did any kind of shop tour in my current basement workshop, so after much prodding by a few of you (especially you John!!!) I decided it was time to invite all of you down for a look around.

Really there’s not a lot to look at that you haven’t already seen, but I figured while you’re all here I might as well explain a little bit about where and what I have in the shop. Coincidentally timed with this tour (completely unplanned I swear!) is the introduction of a new piece of equipment in my shop.

Thanks to the folks at Highland Woodworking and their sponsorship of the show we have a brand new Steel City 8″ Jointer.

So without further delay, let’s get this tour moving along!!!

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  1. David Harms says:

    Thanks Matt, it has been a while since we’ve seen your shop, looks good.

    I been toying with the idea of doing my first video you’ve motivated me to do my own shop tour i think.

    • Matt says:

      It feels a little weird inviting people into the shop “virtually”, but a lot of fellow woodworkers feel they learn more about what works better in their shop by seeing others. I think you’d have fun walking the folks around.

      • John Verreault (aka Johnny_Vee) says:

        Sure. When you “encourage” them it’s good. When I ask it’s podcast fodder! LOL
        Great suggestion and encouragement Matt. And David, listen to this man he knows what he is talking about…

  2. Minnesota Grant says:

    Hey Matt,
    Thanks for the tour. ALWAYS an inspiration. I love your shop! A real working mans shop.
    Nothing fancy[not that there is anything wrong with fancy]; but you have produced beautiful pieces and great shows there over the years. You make it work. You get it done without the beautiful tool cabinet. Imagine that!
    I love the new joint-er[drool,drool]. How are those granite tops working for you?
    How about that miter saw/bow? I was looking to purchase one about a year or so ago on eBay but then sometime recently “The Schwarz” mentioned something about them so I just gave up on the eBay thing[you know what happens when he talks.”Everybody listens” (-:]
    One more question. What is the footprint of your shop?
    Thanks again.
    Have a great day!
    Have a good one Matt

  3. Jack says:

    Thanks for the tour. … What is the rough size of the shop? It looks to be about 12×30 and abut 6′ ceiling under the duct work.

  4. John Verreault (aka Johnny_Vee) says:

    LMAO!! Twice maybe even thrice. Now aside from you taking my gentle proddings in vain (ok, so some were some were outright jabs) this was fantastic. Knock one more item off the old bucket list. LOL

    Seriously, Matt, you are a true champion of the Podcast-verse! It was a great tour and waiting until instalment #446 only allowed you to have more and better shop equipment, tools, AND a great video/audio set-up. It was a fabulous tour and thank you for doing it. Now to start working on Shannon to do an update…hmmmm.


    (…aren’t you glad I didn’t call the WTO line like I was thinking)

  5. Adam says:

    Matt, thanks for the tour. I have a basement shop as well and this video has inspired me to get to work and start making things. Having a small basement shop, I’m always looking for ways to reorganize to make more efficient use of the space. Well, I’ve been doing more reorganizing than woodworking lately and after watching your video, I’m going to go home and make something! Thanks

  6. Jim says:

    Thanks for the tour Matt! I like how you made use of the space you have. I have some space challenges myself, and it’s always good to see and get ideas from others.

    I did do one shop tour a little while back via pics, and rearranged some stuff since… I think my next one I might do a video. Thanks!

  7. James says:

    Nice tour Matt. Lots of steel city stuff. I did not know you were a member of Shannon’s hand tool, so am I. It would be nice if there was a way for all the members of the hand tool school to interact with each other. Anyway, thanks for the tour.

  8. Todd says:


    Thanks for the tour. My shop is in the basement as well. How big is your shop? Let us know how you like the Steel City tools. Did you get some of them from Highland Woodworking I know they have had some good deals on some of their tools and that they are a sponsor of your site. I love having the opportunity to go visit them as i live in the metro Atlanta area.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Todd

      Thanks for checking out the show, I really appreciate it! This current shop is about 25 feet in length and 15 feet in width. The ceiling is about 7 feet high, except under the run of ductwork. It can feel a little cramped during BIG projects, but all in all it’s a great size for me.

      Once I spend a little more time with the Steel City tools, I’ll for sure become a little more vocal about my opinions on them. So far so good, I’ve really enjoyed using them compared to my previous versions.

      I did get them through Highland Woodworking. Chris and everyone down there have been so great and very supportive of the show. I really appreciate them taking a chance on me the way they have. Now I just need to get down there to visit LOL!

  9. Ken F says:

    Nice Shop and great work flow.

    Open up the rest of the basement for the shop
    A smaller room for the washer & dryer (Weekend Project).

    Matthew, would you please make a d*# out feed table for that
    Table saw (and your work bench don’t count) just a small one.

    Some thingy

  10. Reuben says:

    Perfect timing with the video. I was just thinking this week that I should email you requesting a shop tour video and here it is. I always enjoy seeing different shops and how they are set up so thank you.

  11. Ken F says:

    Your right Matt I would’t have anything to write about……….

    I think I can find something else this shouldn’t take to long, just kidding.

    But serious I like your woodshop and the way it flows very efficient,
    My shop needs a lot of work, machines randomly placed and to much walking.

  12. wilbur says:

    Thanks for the tour of your shop, Matt! I especially liked the “Oh, I thought I heard somebody there” intro. Somebody’s been watching reruns of 1970’s Christmas variety show specials. :@)

    What system are you using for your lumber rack, and how did you attach it to your walls?

    • Matt says:

      The shelving system you saw in the background was picked up at Menards. But it’s exactly the same thing as this system at Woodcraft http://www.woodcraft.com/AffiliateWiz/aw.aspx?B=2679&A=20&Task=Click&TargetURL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.woodcraft.com%2fProduct%2f2020063%2f18942%2fHeavy-Duty-Shelving-Kit.aspx (also available at Lee Valley and on Amazon.com too).

      There are three ways to attach it the wall. 1. anchors and screws. 2. french cleat that attaches to a wall via anchors and screws (I have this on one wall and I attached the cleat to the sill plate, and then the shelving itself via an optional accessory that fits on the cleat) 3. a hanging accessory that acts similar to a french cleat but is attached to individual shelving pieces.

      At Woodcraft, Lee Valley and Amazon I don’t see the exact version of the 3rd option that I’m using. It’s almost like a claw that digs into the sill plate, but the one they do have with screws would be perfectly fine too. Each one of the shelving units come in different lengths and there’s an accessory you can purchase that will join a couple of shorter lengths to make a longer one. The supports are very sturdy and the unit claims it can hold several hundred pounds.

      I love them! They work great and are very flexible if I need to add or remove pieces.

  13. matt says:

    To be quite honest with you, I wish you would try and limit your use of the phrase.

    • Matt says:

      To be honest with you, I’ve given up “irregardless” and a few other quirky little ticks, at least give me this one LOL!!!

  14. Oystein lutro blomsoy says:

    Love your shop!

    My name is oystein lb, i live in Norway and is 16 years old.
    I am not the moste aktive in woodworking.

    But i work  as a stage light gay.
    But your lightning is crapy in your videos!
    Her are som sugiastion to make it betther! 
    1. If you can, paint the wall light gray. 
    The whitbalance will not go crayz! 
    2. Paint the roof whit. And get lightning that are pointing up in roof. This wil be better becuse the. Light wil not be pointing right on you. You will then not have highlight on your work and cloats. 

    3. Yous cloats thats ligh gray or woodwhisper T-shirt whit chestnut color.

  15. Normand says:

    Hi Matt,

    This is Norm from Montreal, Canada. Just wanted to salute your humbleness and generosité in showing your shop.

    I found your site a few years ago and had joined then – now I’m coming back to it more regularly. You’re an especially gifted animater and makes the viewing really entertaining. Looking forward going back to your past podcasts. I’ll keep in mind how I can support you show through your sponsors; got to give when we receive!

    By the way as a bit of feedback to you, it is mostly through your occasional postings on
    Facebook that I haven’t forgotten about your site.

    Au revoir

    • Matt says:

      Hi Norm,

      Thank you for leaving a comment, it’s great to hear from listeners who’ve been around for a while, like old friends LOL!

      I’ve been trying to make sure all the videos make it up on Facebook when they get posted, but apparently a few fall between the cracks. Time to do a little more investigating on what’s letting them slip through.

      Thanks for visiting and thank you, in advanced, for supporting the show through purchases with our sponsors. It’s much appreciated!!!

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