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Rick Dennington

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Lakeview, AR
United States

My shop is 40’x 50’, has central heat and air, 200 amp service, and on its on meter seperate from my house.
I have 72 wall, ceiling, and floor outlets. The wall plugs are every 4” apart, and the floor plugs are 10 ft. apart.
I have 220 for the table saws, and a couple of extras if I need them.
The shop has 14—8’ double T8 bulbs that give off plenty of light and one window.
The actual shop space is 26” x 50”. The other 16” x 50” is where I park my bass boat and tow vechile.
I had 10,820 sq. feet of concrete poured for the shop floor, and the rest for the driveway. I can go out either door with my rig—-go out one way—-come in another. That’s the way I designed it.
My shop is my “sactum sanctorum”. Being retired from the Army gives me plenty of shop time.
I build custom-made furniture, and other wood”stuff”. Just wharever they want. Enjoy the tour!!!

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 03:19 AM

Hey Rick
That’s one great shop. So very well organized and layed out,it’s outstanding.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 03:28 AM

The second picture is a long shot of the shop.
My latest project is the assembly table. It is 4”x 8’, and is 30” tall.
The 3rd pixs is of the bandsaw, work table with spindle sander, grinder, and Delta mortising machine.
Next is my clamp rack—I really like the Bessey clamps.
AHH—my main work bench. The top is 3” thick MDF glued and screwed, with 1 1/2” x 3” Douglas fir trim.
It is 40”x 101”, and has 5 coats of polyurthane. Helps to keep the scratches down!!!!
The drawer system I got from Woodsmith magazine about 2 years ago. It fits perfect under the table, and plenty of drawers for space. And my new table saw. It’s a Delta 5 hp. with a Biesemeyer fence and 52 ” rip capacity. I built a 4”x 84 ” outfeed table for it, and have a 1986 Craftsman t.s.(my very first saw) backed up to it. I cut mainly dads and rabbits on it. It’s a full 3 hp, belt drive with a Delta Precision Saw guide i Put on it about 12 years ago. It’s dead-on accurate. Hope you enjoy the tour. More pixs to come as i can only post 6 at a time. Thanks. Rick

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 04:04 AM

Rick, this is a really nice shop that you have to work in. It has plenty of room to maneuver around in there between tool stations. In addition your shop is brightly lit and appears to be well organized. You have added some nice cabinetry and benches in there that not only are functional but also look good. I used to have a mind set that shop furniture needed only to be functional and utilitarian pieces would work just fine. But I have come to appreciate seeing shops, like yours, that have cabinetry and benches that are “furniture quality” as well.

You have a nice set of tools to play with and it is a good idea to have one saw set up for dado/rabbet work. I have always wished I had room in my shop for a set-up like that. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour.

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

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 01:45 PM

Hey Rick,
You really stepped up to the plate with this gem of a shop….....really well done on all aspects.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 05:57 PM

Thanks guys, I really appreciate all the nice comments. I built the shop about 7 years ago, and have an enjoyable time in there. Keeps me outta trouble, too. As we all know, a shop is never-ending. Always something to add or build for it. I’d much rather build “shop furniture” than pieces for other people.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 06:57 PM

That’s a dream shop, Rick. My wife would never see me again.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 07:59 PM

Exceptionally nice and well organized Rick shop….how does anyone keep a shop as spotless as yours? I’m getting to old for this lol


-- Bruce

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 08:09 PM

Thanks again for the nice comments.

bruc—I’m somewhat of a neat freak when it comes to my shop. Oh don’t worry—it gets plenty dirty when I’m on a project. But as soon as it’s done, I clean, vacumn, and sweep the place up for the next one. I don’t like tromping around in sawdust. It spreads like a wildfire!!!!

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 08:15 PM

I’m sorry. but thats not a shop. must be a show room. No saw dust anywhere, no dust. no scraps of wood laying around.
P.S. good looking shop, now get to work.

-- Richard

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 09-15-2009 09:21 PM

notottoman: Not a stupid question—go up to my reply above on my shop and you’ll find the answer there.

It’s under a1Jim’s comment.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 05:16 AM

great shop how many house elves do you have??

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#12 posted 11-12-2009 11:50 PM

Nice shop, Rick.

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 12:05 AM

Nice looking space. What do you have for a dust collector and where is it housed?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#14 posted 11-13-2009 08:07 AM

Thanks BWW—I have a lot of fun working in there.

MedicKen: My dust collector is a Delta 2 hp. 1200 cfms. I have an 8’ x10’ seperate room inside the shop that houses my d.c., heating and air system, and another stand-up air compressor, plus a little storage. If you look at the pixs of the outside of the shop, the room is between the 2 big doors where the J.D. tractor and little trailer are and the a.c. unit. Thanks for looking, guys.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#15 posted 12-03-2009 05:07 PM

Great huge workshop. The tool till, the racks, the storage are all neatly organized and in place.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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