Dream Workshop

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Blog entry by Andrew posted 01-19-2010 09:07 PM 1617 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, so I mentioned the idea to another LJ, and I geuss we all have ideas as to what would be a dream workshop. So let us go forth and dream a little.
My will have 2 sides to it, a machine ( dusty and noisy side) and a hand tool side ( assembly, and finishing). the two sides shall be separated by either a overhead door, or french doors. I suspect a 12 foot ceiling should be ample, a couple of windows on each side. And in floor heat seems very prudent. Lots of eletrical outlets of varying voltages. And over on the hand tool side a big screen TV on the wall with a little couch for breaks. A little soda fridge would be nice. There should be a little room for dust collection, and air compressor. Wood storage should be on the machine side. I think a big outblowing fan through the wall over by the lathe ( Richard Raffan style). cant really think of much more than to outfit it with lots of tools, but that list would be easy, and expensive.
What would you guys like for the dream shop?

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 09:43 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 09:46 PM

A finishing room

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 09:48 PM

More room and more wall space

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 09:51 PM

Just soda in the fridge?

-- Tom, Northwest Wisconsin

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 10:25 PM

Dust Collector and Compressor should be located OUTSIDE but in their own roofed sound isolated home! lathe on wheels and a concrete patio where tools/lathe/workbench can be rolled outside on nice days.

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John Steffen

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 11:13 PM

My dream shop at this point is something 20’x20’ with a concrete floor and heat. If I just had that…

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 11:15 PM

I’m pretty happy with the shop I have. But I would like more natural light and more room to store lumber. Currently, I store much of my lumber outside of the workshop. I would also like to get the dust collector outside of the workshop. The idea of having an option to roll tools outside on a nice day is intriguing but where I live that would only be a few days each year.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 11:21 PM

hi my favorite workshop is a self cleaning one just throw a switch and close the doors and it cleans it self puts all the tools away in there Popper place and a fresh stack off rare wood from all over the world all that nice stuff you see but cannot get your hands on nice dream or that .... branch …...ok

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 11:24 PM

My “Workshop in the Woods” is more than anything I could have dreamed about just a decade ago. Even so I’m far short of Andrew’s and kunk’s dream shops.

However, I do have a 100 yard rifle range just outside the shop’s door. I didn’t see anyone else list this.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 11:29 PM

I built my dream shop 2 years ago and love it. It is 24×40 and 2 stories with 10 ft ceilings. The only thing I would have done different is to make it a bit larger. No matter how big you build it you will probably will want it bigger down the road.

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#11 posted 01-19-2010 11:40 PM

My dream shop is anything down to and including a cardboard box, as long as it’s surrounded by about 1000 acres.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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David Murray

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#12 posted 01-20-2010 12:20 AM

Even after I built my dream shop (30’x35’) I find myself thinking about things I could have done different. I think if had a bigger buget I would have put electric outlets and dust collection pipes for large stationary tools in the concrete floor, or maybe even a heated floor. Possibly central heat and air. if i had used some common sence I would have built a seprate room for dust collector, I am thinking about doing that. I guess what I’m saying if we all had our dream shop what would we dream about?

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#13 posted 01-20-2010 01:55 AM

I love the idea of rolling outside, rifle range is so cool, One thing I need to add…. its attatched to the house but in order to enter the house, I need to walk though a vacumn chamber that removes all of the sawdust and lathe shavings, this will appease my poor wife who forever is amazed at the crap I bring in the house, even when I take off my shoes, and change my clothes and brush my hair and teeth in the garage. She is almost at her wits end I tell ya.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#14 posted 01-20-2010 02:00 AM

Make sure that you spread pea gravel outside of the back door for after you have raided the fridg.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#15 posted 01-20-2010 03:02 AM

I have my dream shop now. I would love a bigger shop but one has to work with what they have. Keep it neat and keep it organized and it works. I am small but mighty.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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