|Workshop by klipper||posted 04-27-2011 07:07 PM||1643 reads||1 time favorited||10 comments|
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