|Workshop by mainwoodworks||posted 02-25-2011 01:02 AM||1669 reads||1 time favorited||12 comments|
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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.