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Crystal Lake, IL
United States

The shop is 36’ X 45’ with 12 foot ceilings and radiant tube heat. I’ve got a beautiful view of 37 undisturbed natural acres with plenty of wildlife frequently visiting my property. I still haven’t had time to finish the inside walls (one of these days!) 2 10’ overhead doors allow easy access for moving large cabinet casework in and out of the shop, as well as moving lumber from the woodshed to the workshop with my Bobcat 863 with forks.

-- Jeff Heath

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 12:51 AM

Wow … that is one heck of a jointer! Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 01:29 AM

A singular, dedicated shop, a thirty-seven acre view with wildlife friends, a Bobcat, one helluva jointer, and an address of Crystal Lake in the middle of America…someone’s definitely living the good life!

Welcome, and the best to you and yours Jeff,

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 02:28 AM

Jeff, this is a really nich shop that you have. I have alsways wanted to have a stand alone shop. This makes it much easier to run power tools and apply finishes without bothering other family members. I love the high ceilings that you have in there. I have 92” to the joists and at times it is a challenge to move sheet goods and tall cabinetry around in there while dodging the lights. This height also lets you store lumber and sheet goods vertically which I think creates easier access to a particular board or sheet good at the back of the stack. You also have plenty of room to operate in there as well and can easily manuever between tool stations.

You have a nice set of tools to play with too. That is indeed a serious jointer that you have and, as a fan of Powermatic equipment, the table saw that you have is one top notch tool. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 05:09 AM


Not sure if I like the land, or the shop better… What a nice setup!

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 05:16 AM

I’ll be redundant…, what a jointer. You’ve got a great shop in progress and from the looks of the snow you will be needing to add some heat real soon.

Best to ya and keep us posted.

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 06:18 AM

Thats a very nice shop in a very nice area.

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 09:03 AM

Hey Jeff,
That is one sweet workshop lay-out with some real nice toys to play with…good job.

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 05:51 PM


What a great shop space! You have some great tools as well.


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#9 posted 12-31-2009 05:56 PM

Nice shop Jeff. Is the jointer a Porter?

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Jeff Heath

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#10 posted 12-31-2009 06:04 PM

The jointer is a 12” HD from Northfield. It was made in 1957. Northfield still produces this jointer today with no changes. 4 knife balanced cutterhead. The motor is a 3 hp direct motor drive 3 phase motor. I can edge joint 8/4 hardwood and remove 1/2” in one pass. It’s the most awesome machine I have ever owned, and I am presently looking for a 16” version of the same machine to restore, just like this one. Most of my lumber is milled wider than 12”, so I would really like the wider version.

-- Jeff Heath

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#11 posted 12-31-2009 10:24 PM

Everything… and snow… wow

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#12 posted 12-31-2009 10:41 PM

great shop – lots of space – great tools

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#13 posted 12-31-2009 10:43 PM

How are you running the jointer? VFD or RPC? If RPC how big and did you make or buy it? I am using a VFD on my unisaw and I love it. Once you go 3ph you will never go back

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Jeff Heath

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#14 posted 01-01-2010 12:28 AM

I operate it with a rotary phase converter from American Rotary. I bought it online for about $600 as a kit, and it required minimal wiring, which I am comfortable doing, as I wired my home and my shop. It’s a 7.5 hp unit that will start most 3 phase machinery up to about 5 hp. It ran a 5 hp 36” Tannewitz bandsaw that I used to own, too, but I sold the bandsaw.

I used to run it with a homemade converter, but the slave motor for the 3rd leg smoked when my son turned it on without switching on the converter. Oooops! It was time for a new one after that incident.

I agree with you regarding old American iron. It’s the best.

-- Jeff Heath

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 04:16 AM

very nice shop Jeff. How are you heating the space?

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