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Midland, MI
United States

I am very fortunate to have a heated 30×40 pole barn for my workshop. I started out with a basement shop but my wife made me a deal, where she got the basement space and I got a new pole barn!

Since I do both woodworking and metal working, everything is in this shop. Some of the stuff came from my father’s-in-law estate. There are a couple of metal lathes in these pictures, but I used them to make woodworking tools and projects. For instance, I made a 36” drum sander from scratch and used the metal lathe to turn the wooden drum. I installed a ClearView dust collection system last year and it has been a great addition.

The unpainted OSB section in the center of the south wall is actually a spray booth. The panels open up to reveal an array of furnace filters, while a panel gets places on top of and beneath the opened doors. I have a large blower in the attic, which exhausts outside. That does a nice job of keeping the fumes and the overspray out. I also have an exhaust sytem in the north end of the shop to remove welding fumes.

The dust collector and air compressor are in an attached room which helps keep the noise down. I also store the bulk of my wood in that room.

The thickness planer is actually a “home made” planer. I kid you not. My father-in-law designed and made that while he was an engineering student at General Motors Institue. Of course the GM shop folks did the actual casting, but he designed everything and assembled it. And it still works well today, 60 years later.

I learned a lot from my Father-in-Law. He was a prolific woodworker and made a lot of tools in order to make projects. I was recently told by my one of my “friends” that I have more of a reputation for making tools than I do for actually making stuff. But then, they don’t hesitate to come over and use my tools! I will post some of my projects so you can see that I actually do make stuff.

-- Best Regards, Dennis

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 07:19 PM

Ideal, great size, nice collection of high quality tools. It looks like you’ve got a honkin dust collection system. I couldn’t find it in your picts. 2hp? more?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 07:53 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes, it is a 5 hp blower, from ClearView and it is located in the back room. I was limited to 6 pics, so I left it out. I wanted to be able to run multiple tools at the same time and with the length of the runs I didn’t want to put it all together and then wish I had more flow. It does a very nice job. The only thing I am thinking about adding is a suction device right over the saw blade, but I haven’t come up with a good design yet. I really like using the RipStrate saw guide. It reduces throw back and it pulls the piece toward the fence while ripping, which is really nice on long boards and sheetss. Unfortunately, it gets in the way of any commercial suction device for over the saw blade. I had two of those RipStrates. I gave one to my brother and let the second one go when I sold my Craftsman table saw. I ended up making my own RipStrate since I don’t think you can buy them anymore.

-- Best Regards, Dennis

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 08:07 PM

Thats a nice looking shop.

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 06:49 AM

I always like a large well lighted shop…..........

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 12:03 PM

Hey Dennis,
Now that is one real cool set-up shop with heaps of great toys to play with…nice job.

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 01:19 PM

Dennis, you certainly have a pretty nice looking shop. You have it well organized and it looks like you have plenty of space in there. And you have managed to put together a nice tool collection. I am sure that you enjoy working in there. I know that I would!

Thanks for posting the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

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

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#7 posted 05-09-2011 09:02 PM

You have a very impressive shop with lots of nice equipment and tools and it seems to be very well organized. I can see that it would be a pleasure to work in your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-09-2011 09:06 PM

I have major jointer envy. That’s a nice one. My next DC will be a 5HP as well. Are you running 3phase?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 02:40 AM

Dennis, nice shop. Very large.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#10 posted 10-01-2011 08:40 PM

Great looking shop. Lots of room, gotta love that. Nice collection of equipment too.
It’s nice finding some fellow Michiganders/

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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