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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what my shop looks like. So, I thought I’d post a few pictures to give some folks an idea of where I work every day. Like most shops I’ve seen, it’s a work in progress. Pictures a year from now will most likely reveal a much different workshop.

I have just about every machine I could want (and a few I just had to have). The total floor space is around 1600 square feet. It’s not bad but my last shop was around 2400 square feet. This shop is better laid out than my last. I really like the idea of having separate machine and bench rooms.

There’s plans to expand but probably not until next year. The expansion will give me about 40% more room in my machine room. Off the bench room the plan is to add a bathroom, storage and finish room. I had a 12’ square finish room in my bench room but removed it when the school really picked up in volume earlier this year.

Hope you like it. I’m always looking for good ideas for layout and storage. If you have any suggestion, they would be greatly appreciated. I’ desperately looking for a decent heating system for the shop. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor


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Charles Mullins

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#1 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck,

Darn, man! The size of some of your machines are awesome.

I enjoyed the pictures.

Charlie M.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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Karson

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#2 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck: Do you have real 3 phase or a rotoconverter. I’m assuming that the big metal is 3phase. A nice looking shop. You don’t like your wood burning stove.

Nice to see you back, How was the trip to the Popular Woodworking show?

-- 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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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1843 days ago

Hey Chuck
Very nice shop with some killer equipment it has to be good for the kind of work you turn out good to see your cool shop thank for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1843 days ago

Geez Chuck, is that an aircraft carrier? I bet you could land a C-130 in that jointer… You are a very (deserving and talented) lucky fella.

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acanthuscarver

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#5 posted 1843 days ago

Karson,

I’m here fairly regularly…mostly lurking. PopWood’s shop is very cool. I wasn’t there for their recent LN event, maybe next time. I stopped in to check out their place a few months back. Check out my blog to see a little about what I thought.

Glen Huey is here in my shop this week and we’re having TONS of fun with the class. Check out the PopWood blog later in the week when Glen gives you his take on my machines.

Thanks to everyone for the comments on the shop. It’s coming along slowly. And yes, Jojo, you can land a C-130 on that jointer.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#6 posted 1843 days ago

I was sure, my pilot eyes never lie about this stuff. :o)

Keep up the good work and stop making us envious, I really like Glen.

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Don K.

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#7 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck, GREAT looking shop…very nice lay out and great tools !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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Karson

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#8 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck: I won an autographed copy of one of Glen’s books, but he never autographed it. So suggest that he travel to Delaware on his way back to Ohio.

Hope you guys have fun this week.

-- 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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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 1843 days ago

Damn.. any width you want to work with your tools can take it. Nice to have those honkin’ machines and the space for them.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck,

This is great!! And I thought David Marks had a huge jointer!! I think if I had the machines you have, I’d never leave the shop, not to mention your lumber supply and expertise!! I’m so glad you made another posting, I think I speak for all of us when I tell you it’s great to see more of your work environment!! Keep on posting!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 1843 days ago

Some of your equipment is really very heavy.I personally think heavy equipment like your planer jointer is the best way to go you can’t beat weight for these tools/machines .So I am envious of your lovely big machines LOL ,anyway I am restricted myself as my workshop is at the top of a steep drive, then round to the back of my house, then up a flight of stairs, and a steep path to follow .So unless I bought something else as a workshop or anew hopuse which I don’t want to do,this would never do me.Sigh what a pity still I wish you every happiness kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck you have a real neat shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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acanthuscarver

261 posts in 2310 days


#13 posted 1843 days ago

Karson,

If you can make it up here by Friday afternoon, I’m sure Glen would be happy to sign the book. I might even be able to convince him to take a picture or two. Regarding the three phase equipment, I have a very large rotary converter. In my last shop I had real three phase.

Matt,

I’ll do my best to keep posting.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Karson

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#14 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck: I might just try to do that, My wife is going to my daughters sometime Friday, so I might head your way.

Send me your address in a PM so that I can set up my GPS to get 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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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 1843 days ago

Chuck, this is simply a wonderful shop in which to work and teach. It is wonderful to have this much space between the tools. And I like the wood flooring as well. That is so much easier to work on as opposed to concrete. Jojo beat me to the comment on the jointer. My 6 inch jointer is the one tool that I have the most respect for when I am using it. Running wood over a jointer like you have in your shop would definately be an eye-opening experience.

Thanks for posting pictures of your shop. It was enjoyable to be able to take a visual tour of it.

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

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