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Wichita, Ks.
United States

I re-married in June of 2005 after being divorced about fifteen years or so. Before that my home shop was just a small area in the basement of my old house. I’ve never really needed a home shop because of all the equipment I have access to whenever I needed at work. But after I married again we decided to sell both of our homes and purchase one together. Yea,,, you guessed we llooked for a home with a shop or enough land to build one. We ended up finding a house with a fairly new shop building built right out the back door.
The building is 24×38 with 8’ ceilings. There’s a concrete drive right up to it. It has a 16’ overhead door and a walk in door located on the front. One window on the side and another overhead door 8’ on the back end. Taller ceilings would of been nice but I’ll manage just fine.
Its taken until now 2 1/2 years later to get in some kind of working order. The building was raw inside, wich was a good thing. There was minimal wiring all ready in place. So the first thing I did was install a bigger breaker box, and lots of outlets all the way around and on the ceiling 110 and 220 both. Karol (My new wife by the way) insulated all the walls and the ceiling ( she is and has been a lot of help). I decided to cover all the walls with 7/16 OSB, mostly so I could hang things anywhere I choose to. I added pull down stairs to the attic and floored the center section and added lights for extra storage. Sheesh, glad that part is all done. Now let’s fill it up!

Current equipment Powermatic 66, 5 hp with excaliber slide, Rikon 18” bandsaw, 12” Grizzly jointer with spiral cutter head, Vega Pro duplicator, Oneway 2418 lathe, One Jet mini lathes ( has a beall masterpiece turner attached), Delta pin router, Powermatic drill press, Delta ind. 48” belt 12” disc sander, Two Shop Fox 3 hp shapers (Delta power feed on one), Performax 22-44 plus drumb sander, Bosch 5412 double bevel sliding miter saw, Newton B-100 two head horizontal drill, Hegner & Excaliber scroll saws, Legacy Ornamental Mill 1200 with all ass., Three dust collectors, 7 hp two stage 80 gallon air compressor, 48” x 96” vacume press and pump, Jet spindle sander, Shop Fox mortiser, 15” powermatic planer, Hoffman dovetail machine X20, Matchmaker routing machine.

Newest additions to the shop in 2008: Kreg DB110 pocket holer, Jet AFS-1500 air filtration, Shop Fox W1693 mini planer/molder, Delta 13-Spindle Line Boring Machine, Shop Fox w1730 Oscillating Edge Sander, 2436 Oneway Lathe, 20” disc sander.

The current pictures is of the addition that was added in 2008. (12/1/2013)


-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)


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FrankA

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#1 posted 2265 days ago

Sounds like a great shop. We would love to see some pictures.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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GaryK

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#2 posted 2265 days ago

Pictures do make it real!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 2265 days ago

Sounds like quite a set-up you’ve got there. I can’t wait to see the pics.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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DocK16

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#4 posted 2263 days ago

Soooo … do you like the new wife or the new shop better?
Welcome, love your posts so far.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Karson

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#5 posted 2245 days ago

Great list of tools. and a nice shop. I have the Exactor sliding table like yours. I just love it.

-- 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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DaveH

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#6 posted 2245 days ago

Great shop! Great tool selection too!

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Blake

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#7 posted 2244 days ago

Incredible, Les! Congratulations on your dream shop.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 2244 days ago

Wow is all I can say. Les this is a great workshop. And I did notice some sawdust on the floor as well. So you are actually using the shop.

You are blessed to be able to work in your dream job. I would daresay the vast majority of us would not want to “bring our work home with us” at night. We work at our day jobs to support our after hours hobby, which obviously, since it is not a four letter word, is much more enjoyable than the work that we “have” to do.

Great workshop.

Thanks for the post.

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

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GaryK

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#9 posted 2244 days ago

Great shop! Can’t just do with one lathe, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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cajunpen

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#10 posted 2244 days ago

O.K. – I’m jealous. Sounds like the marriage is off to a wonderful start. New house, new shop and outstanding collection of tools AND a wife that helps you in the shop!! You have got a wonderful life my friend.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 2244 days ago

That’s a great shop, Les. It’s got a few things I’m waiting for.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Tony

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#12 posted 2233 days ago

Nice workshop les – a good size and well kitted out. I notice that you have the Excalibur Sliding Table. How do you rate it – was it worth the $700

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 2137 days ago

Thats a nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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RDS1

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#14 posted 2025 days ago

Man you’ve got almost as much stuff as I do in 1/8th the space! Great organizing!. . . NIce

-- Bob Schilke

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timbob

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#15 posted 1844 days ago

Soooooo….....where do you park the cars? In the driveway like the rest of us? Nice Shop:)

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