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I built my shop in the unused half of the loft of our old wood frame barn which was constructed in the 1940’s.
Have now used up almost all of the unheated half for storage of hardwoods, plywood, hardware, etc.

We insulated and drywalled the outside walls, dropped in a 12’ high ceiling to keep the heat in as the loft height is about 22’, and installed new plywood sub-floor to even out the old barn loft floor, then added a 30’ radiant tube heater to keep it toasty warm during the chilly Canadian winters.

I wasn’t planning on carrying everything (material and tools) up those narrow barn loft stairs, so I designed and installed an “elevator” in the unheated side of the loft to make it easier on my back.
It’s basically a steel framed platform raised and lowered by a 2 ton electric hoist – last photo.

There is still a bit of a challenge getting tools and cabinets tight to the sloped outside walls to make the best use of the space, I am still working on that…

As the shop is in the barn loft, all dust collection ducting is under the floor of my shop, coming through at each tool location, and the 2 HP Pro Oneida cyclone sits on the main floor. No ducts overhead, and the sawdust is easily disposed of from the main floor.

I have the luxury of being able to make my living with these tools, and since I don’t drink or smoke I saved a lot of money (well, ok, I saved nothing. I spent it all on tools).

Partial list of shop tools purchased over 30+ years of woodworking:

Unisaw with Excalibur sliding table
8” General Jointer
15” General Thickness planer
15” General Bandsaw
260VS General Lathe
General oscilating spindle sander
General disc / belt sander
General edge sander (can you tell yet that I like General?)
Performax 22-44 drum sander
Laguna 16HD bandsaw
Laguna Tilting Head mortise machine
General drill press
Delta drill press
Canwood drill press
Excalibur scrollsaw (my wife’s favorite)
Although I still have the smaller tools below in the shop, I have mostly switched over to Festool because of the dust collection. Dominos, saw, routers, sanders, jigsaw, etc.
Milwaukee 12” Slding Compound Miter saw
Kapex 10” sliding compound miter saw
Porter Cable routers in router tables, Milwaukee router, Makita D handle router
Jessem Router tables, layout tables,
Collection of Lee Valley / Veritas tools, bits, planes, chisels, etc.
Hitachi and CH compressors, PC nailers, staplers,
Drills, corded and cordless, Hilti, grinders, Bosch and Makita jig saws
Leigh dovetail jigs, FMT, Porter cable Omnijig
Bessey K clamps, Gross Stabil bar clamps
Panel clamp
German made Ulmia workbench and my Roubo bench (Woodwhisperer build 2013)
General Air Cleaners
Lie Nielson & Veritas hand planes
Also a collection of old English planes and hand tools (Norris, Spiers,), molding planes, etc.

Here are a few photos as I rearrange and clean up and one photo of the elevator in the other side of the loft…

Will hopefully post new photos soon. Thanks for looking!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 06:29 PM

Look forward to your photos

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 09:24 PM

Sounds interesting. Looking forward to the photos as well…

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#3 posted 06-18-2010 10:36 AM

Hey Randy,
Pics sure would be nice here.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 06:10 AM

Come on cough up the pics! next week would be fine.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 05:47 AM

Mr. doordude, I will certainly put some up soon.
It has been a mess all winter, now that I have a little time, I am getting in there to put things away and clean up. Should be able to take some pics this weekend.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 07-03-2010 05:31 AM

The shop looks great. Nice and spacious.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 02:56 PM

Now this is a shop that I would certainly enjoy working in. You have plenty of room in there and appear to get lots of natural light in there as well. Having a stand alone shop is the way to go. I have often gotten yelled at when I fire up my planer before my wife is up on the weekends.

You have a nice set of tools to play with, too.

Thanks for the pictures. I really enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 01:38 PM

Great looking shop, lots of space.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 02:47 AM

What I would give to have that much space.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 06:11 PM

Thanks for the positive comments!

For many years I struggled in a small garage while the pigeons, cats, my kids and the hay bales enjoyed the barn loft.

Once I figured out how and decided I could put the elevator in, it was a simple choice to evict them all and fix it up for woodworking… :)

Lumber and fastener storage is on the elevator side of the barn.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 09:07 PM

Thats a nice workshop.

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#12 posted 07-25-2010 10:00 AM

nice shop, I like your elevator. Thanks for posting great pictures.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#13 posted 09-04-2010 06:11 AM

Very nice shop. I would rather go there than Disney world.

-- Have a great day.

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#14 posted 09-04-2010 03:57 PM

Thanks grosa! Not sure the experience would be that thrilling, but I do appreciate the compliment.

Book your ticket here anytime!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 11-28-2010 05:55 AM

Wow great shop. Great looking space for making sawdust, didn’t see much of it, good job, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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