1st Time Shop Tour April Wilkerson

1st Time Shop Tour April Wilkerson

okay guys so I built this shop in 2018
so it’s been almost two full years since I broke ground on it and I’ve yet to do
a shop tour and big exciting news for me in my business realm is I just bought a
commercial building here locally and so big changes are gonna be happening in my
personal shop so I’m gonna be moving some of the equipment into the new one
and so before that happens I really wanted to show off what the current
scene looks like and then give you guys updates later on so for the first time
ever welcome into my shop let’s do a shop tour so this is the east side of my shop
where I built the porch typically I come in through my man door and then if it’s
nice weather I immediately open up my giant bay doors and then this is really
where I keep most of my like sentimental things knickknacks I keep mementos from
different events and then things along the way I also have been getting in the
habit to where I keep little drop offs or keepsakes from different projects
that I just think are cool up on the wall and then all of this is kind of
where I have my French cleat system and my power tools as I’m walking around my
shop and remember that I have videos on everything that I’ve done and for the
vast majority of them plans as well so you see something you like and want to
know how I did it then I’ll leave you links to all of the
videos down in the description and then also plans if you’d like to make it your
own I absolutely love the French cleat system
I love having everything very easy to grab and accessible and visible that’s
just been kind of my mantra since I since I’ve established a shop of
course I have a pegboard where I keep some of the lower key items some of the
smaller items that are always grabbed up on the ceiling I really love utilizing
ceiling space so I put up some of these rocks in order to just throw up totes
and in the totes I’ve labeled the bottoms of them so that I can very
easily look up and say okay that’s all of my flooring stuff that’s all my
drywall stuff over in this corner this is a little bit messy keep in mind that
of course it’s a work in progress it took me and I think three years to
establish my old 600 square foot shop the exact way that I wanted it this is
three thousand four thousand square feet if you include the porch so I have tons
of plans that I simply haven’t been able to get to yet but here’s where I keep
all of my extra saw blades the breaks for my saw stops my insert plates the
dedos my table saw jigs again I put things in the areas where they’re the
most accessible for the items that I’m going to be using it for over here in
the corner I have the filter for my dust collector I do have a really awesome
clear view cyclone on the outside and this is a heated and cooled space and so
what I did is I put the main outside they cut down on some of the
noise and also allow me to then outside whenever I’m not running this central
air but whenever I am i piped in the filter to the inside so that if the
doors are down and the AC is running I’m not just sucking all of my school out
and then disposing of it this will get rid of the dust on the outside and some
of the noise but then filter back in the the cooled or heated air and then you
can see the top one is the main pipe that goes along the main trunk of my
dust collection system that then drops down to a few of my different tools this
is the only painting that I have in my shop it’s called the song of the Lark
and I actually saw it in a museum I’m not one to go to an art museum but I did
and it just struck me and so I went and picked up a print it actually covers up
my electrical panel so that’s what her purpose is this is my old miter saw stand and I’ve
just been keeping it around because I knew I was I’ve been trying to find a
commercial building that I can purchase and I’ve just been hanging on to
anything extra that I have because once I bought it then I can have equipment
and furnishings to quickly throw in there so this is the north end of my
shop and what I had planned for it was the big tool equipment to be on along
this wall so that I could just have big trunk drop downs from the main DC trunk
and so yeah I have my jointer my drill press I bought a purchase is dis sander
but I’ve yet to it’s three-phase so I either need to put a one phase motor on
it or a single-phase motor or I need to get a converter for the entire shop but
then I have my sharpening stone and my bandsaw and my lathe over there coming
this way I have the old pegboard I originally made this pegboard yeah I
think this was one of the first projects I did in my old shop whenever I realized
that woodworking and making things was something I was gonna be into and even
though this is no longer my logo I didn’t have the heart to throw it away
so this is kind of here for sentimental sake I have my mobile clamp rack and you
I don’t want to turn it around but on the backside I also have it full of
clamps and what I like about this is I can move this entire unit wherever I’m
working on the workbench instead of like loading up my arms with clamps I can
just quickly throw them back on and then here I have my 50 inch drum sander I’ve
been in the process of painting all of my equipment plumb but you can see that
I didn’t actually finish it so that’s something on the list whenever I have a
free weekend and then I have it plumbed into its standalone dust right which is
the dust collection unit made from Rockler when I first moved into the shop
I only had that one table salt over here and this is the three horse that I
bought right after I graduated college it was my graduation present present to
myself and then I just this year upgraded to the industrial one that has
the the sliding arm over there and so instead of just getting rid of this one
or selling it it’s so convenient since I have the space to have two table cells
so what I’m typically doing is running a single blade in this one and then
keeping a dado stack in this one on this table saw I have the folding outfeed
table out of wood that I made for it in my last job so now I don’t really use it
as an outfeed table as you can really just use it as a another workbench then
another modification on the table saw that I did just last month I think maybe
two months ago is I added the Infinity router table to the wing and even though
I have a standalone router table this is a great option to conserve space and
again if you’re in a case like mine where the shop is rather large then
having two on opposite ends just saved some walking time mm-hm and then I can
also keep one bit in this one and another bit in the other without having
to change mobile work benches even with a large shop I’ve always been a huge
advocate for keeping everything mobile and everything in this space is mobile
even with the large space I love the flexibility it gives you and so these
are mertaw work benches not only are they great because then I can wield them
out into the center of my workshop to work over there but then I can wheel
them out if I’m needing that space for something else I can load it down with
material in my truck and then haul it to the exact station and here that I’m
gonna be working or load up a heavy piece of heavy project and then move it
over into the other room in order to finish it anyway so big small I’m still
an advocate of making everything mobile here is my giant workbench I really
wanted something with a 4×8 top so this is one of the first things that I built
whenever I was furnishing this space and as you can see along the workbench there
is just a ton of add-on accessories to make this thing as functional as it can
possibly be I have clamp storage I have bench cookie
storage tape bits speed square holsters on every corner
later on I added a downdraft table so I can actually do a bunch of sanding here
with a shopback directly underneath I have a big open cavity that I can put
anything but I mostly use it for tools and then along the bottom I have eight
drawers four on each side in order to throw things in like hardware biscuits I
think I have an entire drawer for sandpaper extra sandpaper and electrical
equipment so just to be able to divide it up even though it’s a large workbench
I still made it mobile to give me the flexibility to move it around the shop
and so these casters you can pick up at Rockler and they come in different
weight ratings and you can flip down on the lever in order to prop it up on all
four wheels and then you can pick it back up whenever you get into the
position to make it stationary in the interim so regardless of what you’re
building try to make it mobile if you can moving back here to my west wall
this is my rolling lumber rack Kush I love this thing it’s been so long since
I’ve made this back in my old shop so I love that it’s still being utilized
however its lifespan is gonna be very temporary now because the plan for this
whole back wall is to have a top cat catwalk along the top and then all my
material storage be up there but in the interim this thing is still going strong
and working very well over here is my toolbox I keep all of my wrenches and
sockets and a variety of other things and then it’s also a catch-all for
kitchen II items things like snacks and coffee and and water paper towel holder
all of my woodpecker tools and then over here it’s kind of like my finishing rack
although this is also very very small and I have a have a really cool project
in mind in order to retrofit this area whenever I originally designed the shop
I wanted this to be my woodworking shop and then this side over here to be my
metalworking shop and I plan to put a door here in between in order to keep
the sparks out of the sawdust but as you can see I’ve never actually gotten
around to it because you’ll see later I’d never actually turned that into a
metalworking shop so coming this way I have yet another small workbench or a
toolbox that I can put things in and then then this is probably one of my
favorite projects that I’ve done so far you can see that I just went directly
into the studs and I keep it keep these little bins in here and it’s just all of
my hardware I try to cut off the labeling of the box of the hardware that
I purchased and then they’re see-through so that you can just pull out what you
need I did a mountain mural just a because it was something fun and
artistic II I did some French cleats in order to hold all of my router bits
right next to the router table and all of this looks really crammed right now
and it is because a lot of this stuff is gonna be going over to the new space
you got the shop dogs of course they’re kind of worthless my miter saw I found
the best position for the miter saw to be at least near the table saw so I just
put it in this little nook in between the folding outfeed table and this back
portion of the saw here and I have the the foldable wings again even though I
have a larger shop I just love having the flexibility to not take up as much
room as something with fixed wings so I fold them up whenever I need to and then
I fold them down whenever I’m not using them and then of course it’s mobile
completely to where if I have a lot of material that I’m processing on the
other side of my shop then I can wheel this to there instead of hauling the
heavy material to this location and then the same thing I can also very easily
move this out to the porch if it’s a nice day real quick I want to thank this video
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tool safe and then that burgesses around to the other man door that links the two
shops of course I have my knife-throwing target board right there but I need to
get all of this cleared out before I can start throwing it this is again another
finished unfinished doorway but I just never really saw the point on finishing
out and so and I probably won’t add a door unless I need to unless I see a me
too I have the garage doors I love these garage doors they have
windows in it that are insulated but whenever it’s too hot outside and I’m
running the air I absolutely love still being able to see outside whenever the
doors can’t be opened now this space it was my intention to have this as my
metal shop however it very quickly turned into more of my CNC slash
production shop because right after moving in I got my Laguna 4×8 CNC
machine and that was something that of course got very obsessed over and wanted
to start developing a kind of a different branch of my business rather
than just making videos I also wanted to be
making products to sell so this space turned into not only housing that but
also of finishing out all of the projects that I was turning out on it
there’s just so much material that can very quickly be processed on such a
large CNC and so having an abundance of plywood and India and just different
assortment of material is very handy not only for this then of course also for my
woodshop then for moving was such said material is my forklift this is a
battery-operated forklift and I had no idea driving a forklift was so fun but
it’s very quickly turned into one of my favorites
but yep this is gonna be going over to the new building like I said and then I
was very fortunate to get my hands on a shop bought four by eight as well this
one is non operational right now but the intention is to get this over into the
new building and then put it in the work it needs to get it back up and running
and then have two four by eights running now don’t judge me on how cluttered this
this corner of my shop is because this side has really just been a catch-all so
that the woodworking side can be my main clean space for doing projects in the
course the videos so over here all of this equipment will stay these are my
welders my plasma cutters the generators a few extra superjaws in order to clamp
and then all of this is equipment that I’ve been slowly accumulating again to
put over into the new building so pretty much this section will be cleared out
once I get things moved over I really wanted to show you all my shop crane
this is a shop crane that was built in 1905 and I purchased it from a collector
friend of mine who who was lucky enough to get his hands on it most of the time
I’m in here by myself or I used to be another big thing about 20 20 as I hired
four employees to do different things so that’s kind of exciting as well but
whenever I was by myself I would typically just be resourceful and use
leverage in order to pick up heavy things or get heavy things move but the
shop crane has drastically cut down the amount of pepper
I can’t really get it out right now because it’s too cluttered but this
thing is so much fun if you go back and watch the band sawmill videos you can
see me putting this thing to use a few times over in this corner I have my shot
bridge I have a very small sticker collection some snacks on top and then
this is where I keep just a few adult beverages and a few snacks and a few
Jets of water then along this wall which is the wall that is the partition wall
in between the two shops I built a giant shop sauce station in
order to cut down material and I built this for the whenever I was getting
ready to build that bandsaw mill and this is just so handy because most metal
joints come in 20-foot joints and then you’re responsible for chopping it down
so having something with stationary very flat and long weave wings is very handy
and then I utilize some of the wall space you can see here that I have some
production items these are items that you don’t see me make a video of but
that I sell locally and things that are coming off in the CNC so that’s just
kind of an example of what I’m doing in the background with the CNC yeah a few
other items that I sell that I’m making on the CNC er like whiskey flights for
whiskey glasses fracturing the decimal charts and a few different material
choices and the even a fresh egg holder so things like this I’m doing in my in
my free time whenever I’m not making videos and that’s a pretty good cover
view of the inside of this shop again this space is gonna look drastically
different in just a little bit let’s go ahead and go outside to the porch building the porch wasn’t added expense
but I am so thankful that I did it especially here in Texas whenever I can
work outside so much throughout the year I can just move things out since it is
concreted and set up a miter saw some saw horses and do a lot of work out here
and enjoy the weather I have a ton of material storage for wood regular things
I just need to get unpackaged I moved my rocking chair out here so I can just
take a break and enjoy the lovely hills I love this as well this is a giant
scrap cart that’s mobile that I could just throw a lot of things in haul it
over to the whatever the compost or the mulching or the fire
however what depending on what materials inside there and then you know I put
some fans out here some lights I still have some other plans to do but you know
every section is gonna have plans okay where do you want to go we have left to
the bandsaw straight to the water collection tank and right to the garden
let’s go to the bandsaw this area to the Leslie this is the north end of my shop
this used to be like all sunken down and so I’ve been doing a ton of dirt work as
you can see I still have more to do but this is where we built the bandsaw mill
on location and I was gonna just pick it up and grade around it and then probably
pour a slab but now that I have this new building I’m actually gonna be moving
the band sawmill over to that space so I’ve been holding off on this dirt
because once I move the mill then I’ll use that in order to grade this area you
can’t really see the mill but I do have videos on it if you’re interested in
checking out the process and then once it’s over at the new space I’m gonna be
doing an updated video on on it running oh yeah and then I have my truck I just
spotted big over a long haul in truck it has the the 7-3 in it the super duty
forward so that should should do it quite a bit of pooling let’s see other
improvements on this is coming to the east side of the shop I did some chips
seal as a driveway in order to just keep down the amount of dust that I was
always kicking up driving into the shop and then you can see out here this is
also just a ton of dirt work that I’ve been doing it’s I think close to 250
yards at this point that over time I’ve been bringing in a bed or two at a time
and then just spending my my free time spreading it around so the ultimate plan
will be to throw down grass and then use my new water collection system which you
see behind me there that’s a thirty thousand gallon water collection tank in
order to keep this area irrigated and the grass growing I got some vlogs I got
a tractor then I have a giant garden so this is on the I always have to say
north east south this is on the south end of my shop again been doing dirt
work actually this past week and on in front of it but this garden took three
weeks to build it is massive and it’s not completely done yet
wanted to do something with the roof and a few other things but I think it’ll be
really nice to just take a break from the shop and be able to come out here
and do a little bit of pickin or weed in or whatever it is and then and then get
back to work all right and that is it for the shop tour for now keep in mind
that I saw fit tons of projects and plans for just about every area that
I’ve shown you but also remember that I do have videos on everything that you’ve
seen inside as I’ve done it myself and I also have plans if you’re interested in
building it yourself I can’t wait to show you the new commercial space I’m
sure you’re gonna have lots of questions on that and just to kind of give you a
main summary this is still gonna be my personal shop and that commercial space
is gonna be used for a few other plans that I have in mind so be looking for a
standalone video explaining that and also showing it off I hope that you
enjoyed the video and I’ll see you on my next project come on you can do it Oh No

100 thoughts on “1st Time Shop Tour April Wilkerson”

  1. Really nice shop, really nice. One can never have too many clamps. Get a VFD for your disc sander (I gathered it is three phase) Then you can vary the speed if you like.

  2. April, just curious,what are you going to do with the new building you bought? You have a fantastic shop that most of us only dream of!

  3. So glad that I subscribed awhile ago, at the pace of things changing for you, I'd best visit often. Looked for a shop tour vid in your past but could not find one. Nice to see the tour, and exciting to hear the news that things are still growing strong. Your effort is amazing and an inspiration to us all. Looking forward to the new plans. Commercial shop usually = 3phase power, nice. Good on you!

  4. Waited to watch this until our 11 year old daughter, Lilyana, could watch it with me. She always enjoys your videos! So do I!
    We've been watching you from the beginning. You've gotten so much better! So polished!
    Highering employees?! Buying another building?!!
    Where can I find the decimal equivalent chat? I'd like to hang one in my office cube.

    Oh, on your 3 phase power. Check out VFDs. Under $200 can get that disk sander running if you have 220.
    Oh, another tool. Get a nice belt sander. I think about it when you turn the hand held one over.

  5. I've always liked your videos and your passion for your woodworking. I am wanting to start a small woodworking business. I would love to see you make a video offering your help and knowledge starting.

  6. Nice Shop! i love your videos so much, they are like ASMR, always interesting, well done, motivating, making me happy and calm. I really hope you will keep having fun doing videos, a lot of youtubers quit because of different reasons, mostly because its too much work and pressure. I wish you all the best for your future projects, and i hope we can see a little bit of it. Thank you April for your hard work and for sharing it with us. Bless you!

  7. What part of Texas are you in? Given the hills, it would appear to be part of Hill Country; maybe Boerne, New Braunfels, or Canyon Lake (I loved seeing the part of the lake on that sign you made where I drop my boat for my weekly fishing trip). I'm in New Braunfels myself; pretty cool when you find YT'ers in your area. Such as Matt from Demo Ranch.

  8. First time viewer from Australia a carpenter and joiner for 54yrs.Great set up you have,VERY FLAMMABLE and easy to break into and wheel away the entire contents and NO FIRE FIGHTING SPRINKLERS!

  9. Mein herzlichen Glückwunsch 🍾🎈🎊🎉 zu so einer Traumhaft schöne Werkstatt 👏🏼👏🏼 wünsche dir eine schöne Zeit in deiner Werkstatt und noch viel Spaß 😉 bei all deinen Projekten 👋🏼👋🏼 mit den besten Grüßen aus Braunis Bastelhütte

  10. I am blown away by how many of the tools I saw you build. When I first started watching this channel, the production quality was so good I assumed I had missed a lot. But no, I have seen most of the projects when they were done. This is a great maker channel, I love it. Congrats on finding a new space, I can't wait to see what's next.

  11. Did you say "you are moving into a commercial space." ? It's a blessing that you need the space but holy cow! How much space do you need? Haha

  12. Thanks for the tour. Lining your shop with ply is quite an improvement over the dime-a-square-foot steel liner panel I used. Those big, blank doorways between the wood and metal sides would sure look good with heavy gauge vinyl strip doors in them… at least that's what I aspire to in the cold country here. A couple questions on your rolling MT style work bench: First, is it finished in one of those hard wax eco finishes? If so, which? Also, that bench top appears to be about 1-1/2" thick. Assuming the holes are 20mm, will the Festool-style track system clamps thread through those holes? I always learn some or several things from another guy's shop. Thanks again. Those dogs seem to think a lot of you. Generally dogs are a better judge of character than people are.

  13. Шикарная мастерская, просторная и комфортная, больше чем наш столярный цех на авиазаводе "Авиант" (Киев)!) Я бы ещё установил прес для склеивания щитовых изделий, для фанерования и т.д.))) Всё просто супер 👍 👍 👍 Удачи!!!!! 🙂

  14. I am very confused. Isn't your 3000 sqft shop already a commercial sized shop? You now need a second shop? I am looking forward to you telling more about your plans for these two spaces.

  15. Wow, girl builds shop in small space, sells it and moves then builds huge shop and outfits it, then buys a commercial shop (bigger than the huge one?). All in a couple years? Damn.

  16. Классный канал.Количество инструмента в зашкале!!!! Это сколько стоит эта хобийная мастерская?!

  17. Looking forward to see your new shop, you are my inspiration to create in my senior years & to teach my grand kids also to make things. God bless you April 🙂

  18. HI April my name is Allan. i worked as a mechanic for 33 years and after that I sold Mechanic tools (Matco) And then looking for a bobby tries painting breeding Angle fish ect and nothing was really fun after a short time looking of something fun to do and i found your video and others so for the last two years I am learning woodworking and its fun now at 70 years old I am making small tables. wine racks bird house stand up desk ect and selling at a local store that rents booth. So thank you for Inspiring me to learn this fun hoby. Sorry this is so long. Allan

  19. Damn!
    That shop is impressive.
    I am so happy for the growth you are experiencing. Enjoy the process. Keep up the good work.

    If you ever need background music let me know. You can use any of my music royalty free.

    Keep reaching for the stars April. Happy for you and your husband. Go get it 👏🤙🏼

  20. Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration for us fellow female woodworkers and showing how anyone can woodwork. I really love all your work and hope to one day meet you and be as good of a woodworker as you are. Again thanx for being amazing and sharing your work with us.

  21. April, I am so amazed at your accomplishments! I remember the humble days at your little garage shop and look at you now. God bless in all your endeavors!

  22. Thanks for the video April, very informative and entertaining. One comment regarding your dust collection. I have a similar setup (cyclone outside and A/C shop but smaller) but I vent the cyclone out, I do not find it too detrimental to the A/C efficiency. Initially I kept the filter inside but I was noticing with a particle meter that I was still kicking some of the very small/fine dust inside the shop. I think the small added cost of running the A/C a bit more for DC is a small price to pay for the better air quality. cheers

  23. Lots of space with some dream machines. I had a hobby shop 30' x 30' with nice machines, then we had grandkids & my wife wanted to move close to them, so, of course we did. Now I have some small machines I tuck in the corners of our 2-car garage. I do miss MY SHOP!

  24. Thank you for your video! You've come a long way in the last few years. Your hobby became your career. You have now employees and commercial shop. My congrats to you! I love watching your videos and watch how you grow your talents

  25. What subsidizes this? Seems like there is over 100k of “tools” not including the cost of the building. It would take more than what one person could do to recoup costs to make this feasible.

  26. The natural next step is to have 6 of everything when you have a project have 6 different random people with different skill sets make the project with you. So u can cover common mistakes or explain in detail certain things love all the growth over the years u deserve it all

  27. Sooo envious right now. Im still working in my version of Harry Potters bedroom i.e my cupboard under the stairs. Its maybe 8 foot by 9 foot and smaller that my bathroom. Lol Remember boys and girls, Size Counts!

  28. April you are one of a kind all I can say your mom and dad they must the luckiest parents in the world Dear April keep on going and God bless you always and forever

  29. Походу кофе с чаем у многих так,просто на рабочем месте.я не так давно сделал отдельный стол для кофе.

  30. Thank you for all your work, madam. I hope to work with you. To gain experience in the field of carpentry, I wish you success and lasting success.

  31. Great video! Looks like you are using and enjoying all your space. I plan to organize and use my small space this spring. I purchased a shed for the backyard to hold items that has been stored in the garage. I will then setup a shop space in my garage to start small projects. Mobile workbenches will be first. 😀👍

  32. April you are amazing! I am new to your channel and can’t wait to build my chop saw a mobile cart with collapsing sides. #GOALS

  33. If I were 20years younger I would run that gal down.. a woman with all those wonderful tools! What a shop! She has done a great job setting it up. What a gal. Easy on the eyes to.

  34. Like William says, get a VFD for sander and any other three phase machines you will love the control, way better than converter for whole shop!!

  35. Thank you again for all of the information that you have given us as to where and why of you placement of tools…. I have just recently finally, after 20 years of waiting got my small 30×40 shop built…. I will be using many of your ideas to help me place my tools and use of wall space…

  36. One thing I have enjoyed about your channel is that you make each project approachable and achievable. For instance I used your Rocking Chair plans and videos to host a high school woodworking class (we built 12 chairs in 10 days- each student got a chair and we donated three to the school). I never knew until recently that you had employees- much respect for how you appear to remain true to you. I love that you've had success and growth, I just hope your channel remains in the realm of the DIY-er.

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