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Our Shop #1: Basic Layout

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When designing the shop I tried to anticipate the type of work we would be doing. Looking back, I wasn’t even close.

However, in spite of that, the work flow is very much the same for many woodworking projects. Our shop is laid out considering that work flow.

Our entrance door is where we unload both sheet goods and solid lumber. We stack the lumber on stickers, prior to use, and the plywood is placed on a drywall cart.

We place lumber on the chop saw station, which is just past the tool room. It has shelves above it, and a fair amount of storage below it. We cross cut the lumber to rough length prior to machining it.

Directly across from the chop saw station is the table saw. It is positioned so the plywood is ready to be loaded onto our ezee-feed device, and ripped to width. The ripped parts are then moved to the assembly tables.

They sit about four feet apart and the side facing each other have a couple banks of drawers, loaded with often used hand tools. The back sides of these have shelves to house glue,screw guns, and screws. It has an assortment of biscuits as well. Everything needed to complete assembling cabinets or furniture.
Above them, we have brad nailers and pin nailers. We also have task lighting above them.

The assembly benches are about four feet away from the work bench. This makes using the bench, along with the vises and vacuum system convenient. an additional four feet puts us at the back wall of the shop, which has another set of drawers, also loaded with tools used at the bench.

The assembly benches serve double duty as finishing stations.

This set up works out very well, and is condusive to completing projects in a timely fashion.

Too bad it’s not larger though.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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mot

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#1 posted 2573 days ago

Great shop, Lee. Is it possible to have a shop that is large enough? I just keep stuffing more things into mine. It’s a great layout!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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DrSawdust

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#2 posted 2573 days ago

Wow, two assembly tables ? I just have to keep reminding myself . . . . Father’s Day is coming. :-)

Awesome shop Lee. In my humble opinion you are living the American Dream!

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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Don

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#3 posted 2573 days ago

Quote Lee A. Jesberger: Too bad it’s not larger though.” I think this is the common mantra of all woodworkers.

Quote DrSawdust:In my humble opinion you are living the American Dream!

In my humble opinion, you deserve to. Your work is truly inspiring. To see you in any lesser shop, or lacking the clients that can afford to enable your artistry, would be very sad indeed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 2573 days ago

Nice shop. Wish I worked there. Looks very organized, safe and clean.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 2573 days ago

Hi Tom,

That’s what’s happening here. I see some older where theres so much room and wonder what happened?

Mayble I should tell my wiife it wiil only cost about $ 5,000.00 to add on to it.

Thanks,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2573 days ago

Hi Dr Sawdust;

Thank you, and I agree.

Coming from you that’s a prognosis right. LOL

And to think I came this close to becoming a plumber!

Not that there’s anthing wrong with that.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2573 days ago

Hi Don,

I’m with you!!!

Can you imagine that, no client’s. My wife would have me working double shifts to complete her furniture projects.

And then, she would complain about the price!

I am only kidding. I am blessed with a great wife. She has come to realize I’ll do when the “spirit moves me”.

Thnks ,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2573 days ago

Hi Dan,

My buddy Bruce and I make a complete person. We are almost exact opposites. Our strengths compliment each other quite well.

Except, he keeps messing up my shop! I’m neat and organized. He’s not and not!

When we first met on one of my renovation projects, we couldn’t stand each other. Then someone mentioned fishing. We’ve been friends for 25 years now.

But he has many, many talents, and somewhere deeeeep down inside is a very good man. He is also a genius, which comes in handy too.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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David

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#9 posted 2573 days ago

Lee -

Ditto the above comments. Your work is really amazing. I greatly admire your passion for woodworking, and more importantly, your passion to share and teach. All I can say is thanks and please keep this coming!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 2573 days ago

Hey David,

I’ll keep typing till my fingers hurt!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bill

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#11 posted 2573 days ago

Great shop Lee. Like Dan, I would love to work there. And to think, all of that beautiful work you do comes from there…

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2572 days ago

Yes, from there and my heart.

Thanks,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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TomFran

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#13 posted 2554 days ago

Lee,
Your shop looks so organized, well lit, and efficiently arranged. It doesn’t surprise me that someone who has a penchant for those qualities would also produce beautiful projects.

I always learn something from the pictures and comments you post – thanks for being willing to share what you know!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 2554 days ago

Thank you Tom,

Sometimes it gets a little messy, but we try to keep it neat and clean.

You may not believe this, but some people think I’m anal. Go figure. LOL

I’m glad your able to pick up some tid bits from the articles.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#15 posted 2554 days ago

Lee a great shop layout. ANd beautiful jobs keep getting created there. What do you have 2 – 3 people working there?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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