|Workshop by jusfine||posted 06-17-2010 04:21 PM||3047 reads||0 times favorited||25 comments|
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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
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!
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