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Workshop by Scott Johnson posted 03-24-2014 11:06 PM 3186 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I had to put up my woodworking equipment some thirty years ago to concentrate on business—-vowing to someday have a dedicated shop and the time to spend in it. A couple of years ago I started building my shop in a room over the garage. I took my time to relearn and try to do it right. My shop is 16×32 and since the space behind the sidewalls is open to the attic I could sink wall cabinets between the trusses and run my dust collector piping along the outside of the walls locating gates where needed. I was also able to run wiring and collection ports under the floor. The floor is hard maple, walls are reclaimed cedar siding from my house that I planned the exposure side flat and then planned the other side and that is what is now the exposure side.The cabinets are ash,and the ceiling and trim is all popular. Upstairs I have a unisaw, shaper, router table, jointer, cutoff saw, scroll saw, wide belt sander, drill press, and Lathe. Downstairs is the dust collector, planner, and 20” band saw. The work bench’s along the wall came from an old high school chemistry lab and the tops are 1 1/4” slate which is great for glue ups and assembly. The only break I took from building the shop was to build the Veritas style workbench in hard maple.

-- Burning wood for heat is great-- such a fitting end for all of my mistakes.

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 11:11 PM

Great looking shop and some super equipment too.

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 01:46 AM

AWESOME! Too clean though; make some dust out there. Those raised panel cabinet doors are top notch. Did you construct them?

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 03:54 PM

Believe me, that’s not the way it normally looks. The cabinets and doors took the most work. The cabinets cases are 16 deep, 20 wide, 22 high on the inside built of 3/4 full core birch. I used lock mitres on the sides and boy did everything have to be square going in or when you tried to put them together, mistakes multiplied. 85 panels in all. Installing the cabinets between the trusses and keeping them strait and level was a slow process as some of the trusses were off by more than 1/2” and that is all I allowed for The doors were more of the same, 85 pieces (plus spares). I added to a someone else’s post about how I found best to do the glue up. Do a search on glueing up doors flat. The ash doors are finished in Shaker Maple from General Finish and then four coats of Min-wax polycrylic.

-- Burning wood for heat is great-- such a fitting end for all of my mistakes.

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#4 posted 10-28-2016 12:46 AM

Nice shop! Mine is in the basement a fully unfinished basement.

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#5 posted 10-28-2016 03:54 PM

great shop ….. good helper ….. the best ….......LOL


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