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My shop is located on a 42 acre former apple orchard in upstate NY, just a short walk from my house. The space was originally used to grow gourmet mushrooms. In the time between the mushrooms and the present sawdust, the space was used as a storage area, and, at over 3800sq/ft it fit a lot of junk. There are still remnants of the junk, but hopefully this year will be the year that I get it all under control and moved out!
The space dictated the planning and positioning of the shop because, at 30’ wide and 129’long, there was pretty much only one way to do it. The flow this creates is actually very nice and works well for me. Raw materials come though the southern door and are stored in the first room. The machine area is next, and the layout moves the material pretty smoothly to the bench area, which houses the work and assembly benches, clamps, hand tools, hardware, etc. The project moves from assembly to the finishing area were I spray (mainly water based), and hand apply whatever finish is called for. Although this area is not yet closed off from the rest of the shop the machine area is far enough away, and the dust collection is sufficient enough, that I don’t have any problems with dust in my finishes. That being said, I do have plans to isolate the spray area from the rest of the shop. From the finishing area it’s out there northern door for delivery.
The stationary machines are as follows:
Grizzly: Table Saw Jointer Planer Dust Collector Lathe
Delta Drill Press
Rikon Bank Saw
Hitachi Miter Saw
Hitachi Router in Table
That about sums it up except for one thing. My shop is pretty large for a one man operation, however, I share the same problem as my friend who works out of a 400sq/ft shop down the road: without organization every day will be wasted with inefficiency. If he is not organized he will be tripping over himself all day and if I am not organized I will be walking for miles.
All the best and have fun,

P.S. Sorry for the video quality as I am in need of a new camera!

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#1 posted 02-20-2009 11:06 PM

Jamon, this is a shop space that most of us would love to access to. You certainly don’t have to struggle to swing a 4×8 sheet of plywood around in there!!! Your shop appears to be well organized (as you said with this much space it is a necessity). And you have some nice tools to play with as well. I would enjoy working in a shop like this.

By the way the video was a nice addition. It adds a lot of dimension to the visual tour of your shop.

Thanks for the pictures and the video. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2009 11:48 PM

Nice shop. those Grizzly tools have come a long way. I bought most of my Griz. tools in 1996. they’re still in really good shape but lack some accuracy. They are accurate by its a choir to keep them like that.
So, tell me how did you go about posting that video on this page. I’d like to do that also.
Thanks, Bob aka built in a barn

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 01:32 AM

I love the space and consruction of the shop .Now questions what does it have outside that frame? how do you heat it in winter? and please send me one that size for my birthday.You old young lucky devil and two nice little daughters too well done I always wanted a daughter I have three sons all grown up now kindest regards and the very best wishes Alistair

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 01:37 AM

When it came time for me to buy the tools (about 4yrs ago), two main things made my choice of tools very clear.
1) I only pay cash and if I can’t do cash I don’t do it (I hate debt)
2) Almost across the board Grizzly tools have reached par with their competitors, in some cases besting them, and they are ALL made in Taiwan, many in the same factories. (This is not to say that I won’t choose another company when the time comes and I have the money)
As far as posting the video its pretty simple.
1) shoot the footage 1a) edit the video if you like. for this I just used the basic Microsoft software that came loaded on my computer.
2)upload video to a video hosting site i.e. youtube, etc. I chose because they are awesome (I’ll elaborate later if anyone cares to know)
3)start your post (whether project, workshop, blog etc.) and above the text box next to the icons for bold, italics, etc you’ll see “pictures & videos friendly”. Once you click that you can use the guide that appears labeled “Embedding Pictures” or just go to your video on the host site find the Embed Code which will look something like s very easy to do it again. Thanks for your comments and I hope this helped.

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#5 posted 02-21-2009 01:52 AM

Having girls is great (not that I wouldn’t love having a son to go along with them) and they love “helping” me in the shop. I’ll take the camera next time we are in the shop and post some pics of them working.
The shop has a layer of plastic on the frame followed by two layers of fiberglass insulation for a thickness of about 9” (somewhere around R40 I think), then an outer plastic layer to hold everything nicely together. For heat I have a propane fired Modine heater at the south (raw materials) side (when I’m done renovating it will be in the machine room), and a wood burning stove on the north (“spray booth”) end. I’ve heated this winter almost exclusively with the wood stove.
Thanks for the comments,

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