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16X40’, 9 1/2’ ceiling, floor is 3/4 plywood on 2×12 douglas fir floor joists with 12” spacing.
Two 8’ wide south facing windows as well as a smaller window on north side.
Double barn style door on east end, steel framed steel door on west end.
Security is a big issue to me. Been ripped off too many times. The man door is not only steel framed but I put additional blocking in the walls to thwart attempts of thieves to crow-bar it open and installed a heavy duty Austrian deadbolt. The windows all have steel bars and the large door has no handles on the outside ind is well barricaded from the inside.
All of my power hand tools (13 routers, 8 drills etc. etc.) are locked up in a set of steel high school lockers that are bolted to the wall.

Being a bit of a night owl and that the shop is in a residential area, soundproofing was important to me.
After the usual insulation I added resilient channel, dona cona fiber board and then OSB to the inside walls.
I can run my planer and dust collector in the middle of the night an not bother the neighbours.

My biggest problem is sanding dust. Doing what I do, it’s quite horrendous.

Machines are mostly Delta. The hear of the shop is the Unisaw of course with 52” fence.
Router table built into right hand side of receiving table.
To the left of the saw and attached, is a 20” wide cabinet.
The very best innovation that I made in my shop, which I got from some magazine article I think,
was to install my heavy workbench horizontally in front of the saw with a 2’ gap between and a removable plywood filler for that space. So that with it removed I can move all around the benc and with it dropped into place it crates a worktable that’s roughly 7’ square.
Also Delta: 6” jointer, 2 hp-15” planer, 3/4 hp-14” band saw, large scroll saw, and sliding compound miter saw
Grizzly 20” double drum sander,
Taiwan edge sander, 2 hp dust collector, drill press and 6×48+disc sander.

As for hand tools and power hand tools, my old man told me when I was very young that it’s okay to borrow a tool once but if you need it a second time, you buy your own.
He also told me, “if you don’t have the right tools, don’t even start the job”.
Although I ignored a lot of the other advice he gave me, I took those two things to heart.
I have a lot of power hand tools.

-- Wes Giesbrecht http://www.wesgiesbrecht.com/index.htm


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Splinterman

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#1 posted 1406 days ago

Hey Wes,
Post some more pics of your man cave when time permits…sounds cool.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1406 days ago

Your shop does sound interesting and the picture you posted shows that you have a nice shop in which to work. I agree with Splinterman’s comment about posting some additional pictures when you get the chance.

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

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#3 posted 1406 days ago

Okay, I’ll take a few more shots.
I’m a bit embarrassed tho cause it’s incredibly messy.

-- Wes Giesbrecht http://www.wesgiesbrecht.com/index.htm

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1406 days ago

Wes, don’t worry about the mess. All of our shops get that way at one time or another. When I am in the middle of a project it seems that every hand tool I own migrates to my assembly bench and leaves me without any room to assemble the project. :)

Of course, this really gets on my wife’s nerves (she is borderline OCD with respect to keeping things neat and tidy). She has “volunteered” to help me clean up my shop, in the past. And, while I appreciate the help, her idea of cleaning up is to put my hand tools in the first drawer that has some space and stack the mobile power tools neatly along one wall. It then becomes a treasure hunt trying to find my hand tools and, naturally, I have to use the power tool that is stacked behind three others.

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

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#5 posted 1406 days ago

That’s not the problem Scott.
Now that I no longer make furniture, cabinets or small items, my hand tools generally stay in their designated places.
All of my power hand tools are locked up in the lockers unless they’re in use. (That way the thieves don’t see them lying around when they look thru the windows, the just see the lockers with big heavy padlocks on their doors.
No, the problem is accumulated stock, both lumber and finished product, that gets out of hand,
junk that’s unrelated to woodwork that accumulates because I have no other place to store it and the
dust, which is absolutely horrendous.
I occasionally open the doors and window and blow all the dust off the machines and shelves and let it waft outdoors but as soon as I do a couple of jobs I’m back to square one.
It’s not dust from the machines, I have a collection system.
It’s from sanding, and I do a hell of a lot of sanding.

-- Wes Giesbrecht http://www.wesgiesbrecht.com/index.htm

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sillac

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#6 posted 1336 days ago

Good looking shop to make some sawdust in, thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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