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I run a 30×50 shop at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Arts & Crafts Center in Silver Spring. I was blown away when I first saw the shop because I grew up useing my father’s 20×20 shop, so this was a nice change. Now I wish I had more room, but isn’t that the way it is in every shop. Sadly it’s not my shop to do what I wish in. We serve the military personel and their families in the area. So most of my day is spent assisting patrons. Though I do get to play some too. We have 2 10” Delta Unisaw table saws, 14” Delta radial arm saw, 8” Delta DJ-20 jointer, 24” Delta RC-63D Planer, 14” Delta bandsaw, 20” Delta bandsaw, and a Delta shaper (that, I’m a little ashamed to admit, I’m a little scared to use) plus all the assorted hand power tools includeing Festool sanders and routers. The nice thing about being at a government facility, having access to a government Impact Credit Card, the bad thing, dealing with all the political red tape to get something done.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 11-14-2008 12:30 AM

The shop in which you get to work sounds interesting. How about posting some pictures?

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 08:51 AM

This is awwsome. I’m just finishing my shop and I’m glad to have 12×21. Still it’s a place to call my own.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 05:48 PM

Very nice and pretty comfortable sized workshop Chris! I enjoyed viewing yor shop.
I believe you enjoy working wood in your shop too.

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 07:49 PM

Wow!!! What a shop space!!! This is a shop space that most of us would love to access to. It has plenty of headroom, filled with nice equipment, has a wonderful shop spaciousness and has plenty of lumber to play with. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 10:01 PM

Wow nice shop.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#6 posted 10-17-2009 03:23 AM

I remember those days fondly. I was lucky to be able to use Army craft shops (wood shops) at various posts around the world. Because of constantly moving, I couldn’t afford to have large tools because of the weight and lack of a shop of my own. All I had was my hand tools.

But I learned so very much from the gentlemen who ran the various shops. Most were retired NCOs, but some were my own age. Some really enjoyed what they did and relished the opportunity to have willing students. They passed along so much. But alas, there were also those who were only there to collect a paycheck and couldn’t care less.

I believe that you are among the former, Chris, and not the latter. Thank you for taking care of our soldiers and there families. God Bless!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 10-17-2009 03:53 AM

thanks so much for your efforts…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 03:55 AM

Cool shop Chris Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 05:35 AM

Thats a nice woodworking shop.

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 06:15 AM

I work in a military woodworking shop out in Gowen Field, Boise Idaho. It’s not quite as big as this is but their tools are about the same. I love it but to be honest I’d rather be in my smaller personal shop because I have newer machines that can do more precise work.

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