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I moved from a 20×20 garage in the city to a 30×40 pole barn. This is a “work in progress,” as SO many things take precedent over what I would rather be doing.

These pics were taken for insurance purposes, so the shop is a mess. What you can’t see are my storage area above the office / bathroom and the lawn-mower stall. I also have a 10×10 finishing room with a vent (that is also in process of being completed).

To give you a sense of proportion, the green painted cabinets were the width of my working area in my previous garage. My wood is stored behind the panel saw and above the office. I have 11’- 6” ceilings.

Some of my tool are:

10” Delta Uni-saw w/52” Uni-saw fence
10” Delta Radial-arm saw
10” Delta compound-miter saw
17” Jet Drill press
Jet Mini-lathe w/bed extension
14” Jet band saw
6” Jet Jointer
Woodmaster 4-in-1
Milwaukee panel saw
Woodpecker router table w/3-hp Porter-Cable router
Blum Minipress-P
JDS 3-speed air filter
Ingersoll-Rand 60 gal. Air Compressor
Hot Dawg 75,000 BTU heater
Clear Vue CV1800 Cyclone dust collector

I have my shop wired 110 / 220v single phase. I converted almost all of the machines to run 220v. I also piped my air using copper. I have 12 – 105 watt CFL full spectrum bulbs to light the shop. I find it great to work in; I don’t think there is a single inch of space not lighted. Finally installed a heater and dust collector – looking forward to warm times in the winter and being able to cut wood without dust falling all over the place!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 12:48 PM

Billy, this looks like a wonderful shop space in which to work. It looks like you have plenty of room in there and you have organized your shop well. Using OSB on the walls was a good idea. It makes hanging cabinetry much easier instead of trying to locate the studs. It also looks like you have plenty of headroom in there and can swing a full sheet of plywood around without any problem.

You have a nice collection of tools to play with as well. You have an especially a nice router collection that you have organized well. I like the table saw outfeed table that you have built. It combines functionality, mobility and storage all in one package. Nice idea. And what is not to like about having your own panel saw!! That is a tool that a lot of us would love to have but simply do not have the room for one. I would enjoy working in this shop.

Thanks for giving us a tour of your shop. I enjoyed the visit.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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BillyJ

622 posts in 1949 days


#2 posted 08-19-2009 01:57 PM

Thanks Scott for you kind comments. Yes, I was very fortunate to find a large place for my toys. I have a little over 11’ head room, making it almost impossible to hit my light. I will post some additional pics as I go. The outfeed table also doubles as a storage place for crosscut sleds.

In my first shop I dealt with drywall. Finding a stud in the place I wanted (you know how that goes, studs are never where you need them to be!) was difficult. While visiting a friend, I saw he was using plywood for his walls. OSB is cheaper, and almost as good. I hope to paint the cabinets before fall, perhaps even the walls. It is always a choice – build something that is needed at the time, or work on the shop (so I can build something needed).

I am trying to make the shop something I can “creak” into. Lifting 100lb MDF sheets became a challenge for a Jet contractors saw I had, so I picked up a used panel saw off of Craigslist. Sure makes handling sheet-goods much easier on the back.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 05:40 AM

Nice shop Billy with lots of nice tools

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 09:52 AM

Hey Billy,
Nice cosy shop you have there with some great toy’s to play with…...well done.

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BillyJ

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 07:13 PM

Thanks guys. It is a work in process, always changing. One day…

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 08-29-2009 04:52 AM

BillyJ, thats a nice shop you got there!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 08-31-2009 04:10 AM

Nice looking shop and collection of tools. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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lilredweldingrod

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 06:47 AM

Dang Billy,
You guys with the HUGE shops always bring out the greeneyed, monster in me. lol It looks like you are on your way to giving A1Jim a run for the money in routers. lol

I’ve completely tore out my shop 4 times and several partial times. You will get there, trust me. I feel you need to be setup to enjoy your time in the shop, just like me. Great set of tools! Play hard and vigorously my friend. Rand

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RDD

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#9 posted 07-28-2010 12:05 AM

Very nice shop, I haven’t built mine yet, I’m also looking into building a 30X40 poll barn, but might another route.

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 11:41 PM

Hi Billy, is that a side spindle moulder in photo 6?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BillyJ

622 posts in 1949 days


#11 posted 08-06-2010 02:19 AM

Alba – no, I wish. It’s an 18” planer/molder (Woodmaster). I do have the ability to mount two routers, and could make it a 4-sided molder, but I have yet to find a need for that.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Delta356

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#12 posted 08-18-2010 05:32 PM

Very nice shop, and what a great amount of space, (Wish I had That much) and great tools.
Looks like a great space to spend a day.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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grosa

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#13 posted 09-04-2010 06:09 AM

Nice shop, That’s one cool therapy room.

-- Have a great day.

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sillac

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#14 posted 11-12-2010 06:10 AM

Very nice shop Billy, looks great for a “work in progress,” gives the rest of us something to strive for or dream about. keep us posted on the progress your making. Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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sillac

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#15 posted 11-17-2010 03:34 AM

Bill I have a question for you; The OSB on the walls, it looks like you put the rough side out, it that right? If so, or not, what was the determining factor in deciding which side to put out? How much dust does that miter saw put out? Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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