|Workshop by Wes Giesbrecht||posted 09-15-2010 12:28 AM||1993 reads||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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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