I write this blog with a heavy heart.
Two years ago I met a fellow woodworker, who had moved from Colorado to Santa Cruz to live out his dream of setting up his dream shop and building fine furniture in California. We hit it off and became great friends. We have actually been working together and talking about woodworking ever since he moved here. We had talked about the possibility of combining our shops, and a few months ago out of nowhere he said “ok, lets just do it.”
I was delighted, and that afternoon we both took our trucks up to my old shop and loaded up. I was moved in by the end of the week. Well, it has been absolutely awesome. We have very similar personalities and work habits. We had no problem sharing our tools and machinery with each other because we had a mutual trust for each other’s respect and care for tools. I have been working for a few months now in my absolute DREAM SHOP, and have had a great time building together and bouncing design ideas off of each other.
Well unfortunately a major client that he was relying on pulled the plug on a big project and the finances unravelled pretty quickly. At the same time an old client in Colorado offered him a large remodel job and a place to set up shop for free for a while. Rent is pretty expensive in Santa Cruz, and he had to make the decision to move back.
Its a sad story for me, but an even more tragic story for my friend, who’s dream became another casualty of this stupid economy.
I was contributing to the shop but I won’t be able to pay the rent myself. So I will have to move my tools back into my tiny, cold, dark, damp, dusty, rat infested old horse stable, with enough power for one 60w light bulb (no 220v). At least I still have a place to go back to, the old shop was on my grandparents property and I’m still welcome to it.
Since I was just starting to settle in to the new shop, I was planning on taking photos and proudly posting them on my “workshop” page. Instead I will post them here. I cleaned the shop tonight just to take these last photos, before we start to dismantle it. So here they are.Shop Description:
- 1600 square feet
- High ceilings
- 3-phase power
- Plumbed compressed air
- Full-size dust collection
- Dedicated finishing room
- 12” Table saw
- 8” jointer
- 15” planer
- 21” bandsaw
- 9’ X 5’ assembly table
- Power lift assembly table
- excellent lighting
The shop had enough room for this HUGE rolling 5’ X 9’ assembly table:
This is an industrial hydraulic power lift with a solid wood workbench top mounted to it. It is an AWESOME tool for building furniture. Here it is with my Credenza sitting on it.
The out-feed table was a LARGE downdraft table for sanding:
This was my little corner where I kept my hand tool bench and most of my hand tools:
This is actually my 12” Delta radial arm saw. It moved to his shop long before I did because I didn’t have the room or the power (220v) to run it at my old shop.
The BEAST… Grizzly 21” bandsaw:
A unique feature is this drop down canvas for taking photos of finished projects:
Its kind of hard to tell right now but this side room is where we do our finishing. It stays relatively dust free so we can work in the shop at the same time we are finishing:
This corner is cluttered right now, but we were planning on organizing it into the sharpening station:
Anyway, It was fun while it lasted. And I really got a lot done too. I finished several projects lately that I will post when I get a chance. The Credenza is almost done. My friend offered to help me prepare it for the finishing booth before he left so I wouldn’t have to haul it back to the old shop uncompleted.
Even though I will have a place to set up my tools again, I will probably slow down on the woodworking quite a bit for the rest of the year. My wife and I are saving up to buy a house, so hopefully in the not-too-distant future I will have a garage of my own to work in.
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