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Workshop by mainwoodworks posted 02-25-2011 01:02 AM 1519 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I have a 1440 Sq. Ft. steel building for a shop. It sets in my front yard. 1080 sq ft is the shop proper, 144 sq ft is my clean room (for painting), 144 sq ft is office space, and the rest is a half bath, dust collection, and heat and air.

I started to build the shop 1 yr before retiring 1999. Moved into the shop around 2003 (was called back to work for a while). Of course I am still not finished with the shop but am able to do a lot of work anyway.

Woodworking has been my hobby sense “63. My profession was as an electrical engineer I am now 75 years old. I have had no formal woodworking education, unless you count 1 semester in high school.

Everything inside the shop was built by me.

The router table is probably 15 to 20 yrs old except the table top which came from the Powermatic saw (the old top was starting to sag).

When I built the extension top and cabinet to the saw I replaced the extension top with a torsion box constructed top, which is dead flat.

The workbench I built out of a silver leaf maple tree that I cut down in the front yard. The bench is 31 X 72 and the top is 4 ½ “ thick. It is heavy enough to stay put. I use the tail vice most of the time. If I had it to do over again I would leave off the tool well. I am still undecided about the drawers (When something is clamped in the front vice, I am always needing something from one of them). And I can’t get to them until I remove the board from the vice. On the other hand the drawers are good to hold up the end of the board.

The radial arm saw is the 1st stationary tool I bought (1963 for $350 new from Sears). I did all of my ripping, cross cutting, mitering, and molding cutting on it. Yes you can rip on a radial saw. I now use it only for cross cutting.

The lathe is pretty new, and I am still learning to use it.

The lumber storage racks were built last year (2 of them, filled the 1st one up just as soon as I had it made. There is also lumber storage above the paint room, which I use to dry wood and to store wood I don’t use often.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.


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Splinterman

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 02:54 AM

That’s a real nice designed tidy shop in a great setting…..but…..some inside shots would be nice.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 04:24 AM

I have to second Splinterman’s comment about the pictures. We really enjoy taking a tour of other shops.

And, welcome to LJs too, by the way. It is good to have you on board.

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

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dbhost

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 06:37 PM

That’s a nice shop! Bigger than any of the apartments I ever rented before buying my house!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 06:41 PM

Hey how ya doing ? This is one fine shop with some great equipment. Welcome to Ljs

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sawblade1

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 06:59 PM

Nice shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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mainwoodworks

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 07:12 PM

Thanks, it took a long time to get to this point. Most of the credit goes to my wife. She takes care of the money (calls herself the Finance Minister), because of her saving and budgeting the shop was built. And yes, she is one fine lady.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 04:36 AM

Now this is a nice shop! I am envious of all the glass that you added to your shop. I am sure you get quite a bit of natural light in there. Another big plus in my book is having a stand alone shop. I have always thought this is the way to go. I occasionally get yelled at when I “forget” and fire up my planer before my wife is out of bed in the morning. :)

You have a nice set of tools to play with. I am a PM fan and would feel right at home in there.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 06:10 AM

A great looking shop, thanks for the tour.

-- "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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Woodturner66

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 11:17 PM

Nice looking shop. Would love to have one outside away from the house. Some day.

-- Chris Ward

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#10 posted 03-18-2011 03:35 PM

Thats a nice looking shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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mainwoodworks

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#11 posted 03-19-2011 01:53 PM

If anyone is thinking of add skylights to their shop, think again, or at least choose a location that will never be above any of your tools. The skylights gather condensation and drip enough to cause some problems for anything below. When I worked for a living I was always in an office or cubical that had no windows, I decided that when I built my shop I was going to have plenty of windows so that I could always know what was going on outside. Be careful for each window you loose wall space. Keep that in mind.

Thanks
Don

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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Timthemailman

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 06:17 PM

Just took your shop tour, Very nice setup. Thanks fo the post.

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