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This is the workshop I built after I retired, and I must say I’m really enjoying it. I did all the work on the shop myself, except the concrete work. It is 24’ x 32’, two stories, with a lean-to off each side. The bottom story is my shop, and the top story is currently used for storage. Notice my solar heater on the front. It works GREAT, and you can read more about it here.

The left bay is where my 1940 and 1941 Chevy pickups live.

I keep my 1955 IH Cub tractor and my Norwood sawmill in the right bay. I cut most of the framing lumber for my shop and for a large addition on my house with this sawmill.

This is the rear of the building where the access to the second story is. The stairs are a bit interesting. The stringers are 18’ and I couldn’t figure a good way to make them out of wood. Then I got the idea to make them out of some highway guardrail that I got for nothing. My son is only 22, but he’s a pretty good welder and an excellent automotive mechanic. We used guardrail for both the stringers and treads, with expanded metal welded to the tread tops. Jordan did a great job of welding them up and they work like a charm and look nice too. I still have to build a handrail around the deck part and paint the stairs, but that will wait until summer.

So now we enter the shop, and I’ll show you around in a counterclockwise direction starting at the door. First is a stand where my router and spindle sander sit, with drill press in the background.

Next is my workbench. This is kind of special because it was built by my grandfather in the 1970’s.

Next is a storage area. The large cabinet on the left is where I keep my finishing supplies.

Here are my two bandsaws. The larger one is used for resawing. The chest between the two saws was also built by my grandfather.

Here we have a stand with my grinders, disk sander and vise. There is a sandblasting cabinet in the corner, and my planer is on casters so I can roll it out as needed.

This is my radial arm saw with attached bench. From all the junk sitting on it, you can tell I didn’t clean up before taking these pictures.

My father in law and I built this lathe many years ago. It was actually one of the first power tools I owned. It works OK for a homemade job. The nice thing about it is, I can turn 48” stock on it.

This is my daughter’s work station for her mini lathe where she turns pens, hair sticks, fishing rod handles and other items. She does a beautiful job. You can see her work here.

Well this is obviously a garage door. I added 1 1/2” of foam insulation to it. It stays closed at night and on cloudy days, but is open on sunny winter days to allow the solar heater to work.

That’s the perimeter of my shop, but now a couple shots in the center. Here are my table saw and jointer.

On the back side of the table saw is this stand that I use as an outfeed table, general work space, and a stand to hold my clamps.

Well that’s it. I hope you enjoyed visiting my shop. If you’re ever in the vicinity stop by and we’ll spit & whittle for awhile.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 07:59 PM

Nice Shop Bob. Nice pickup’s too!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 08:02 PM

Looks like a pretty nice set up. Liken how organized it all is.
P.s. I may bug you about your saw mill someday. Seems I can stumble on something not pine from time to time.
Take care Bob.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 08:12 PM

John, stop by any time, and I’d be happy to saw some lumber for you. I keep my eye out for hardwoods, but as I’m sure you know they are very scarce around here.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 08:16 PM

My dream is to have a pickup like yours someday. The shop is quite nice, especially your grandads bench. Thanks for the post.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 10:30 PM

Bob, what a fantastic workspace! Lots of room for projects and quite well organized. Impressive and awesome home built lathe too Bob, the “solar heater” is a pretty awesome idea and great implementation! No wonder you churn out such fantastic saw refurbs.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 10:41 PM

Since there have been a couple comments on my pickups I thought I’d post a better picture. Consider this a gloat. This is the ‘41 that my sons and I finished restoring last year. The ‘40 in the next pic drives but is completely unrestored at this point.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 11:18 PM

And that pond’s probably full of bass to.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 11:22 PM

Nope Don, that’s the Clark Fork River, a world class trout stream, and it’s full of rainbows and cutthroats.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 11:29 PM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 01:40 AM

Thanks for the tour of your shop Bob you have done a great job of planning and building your man cave LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 01:42 AM

You seem like a great guy with a wonderful heritage. Thanks for sharing your shop with us. It’s pretty darn cool.

I’ve never been to Missoula MT, but your making me want to go there.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 03:04 AM

what a nice nod to the past

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 12-21-2015 10:21 AM

Great set up and what a lovely place to live and enjoy woodworking.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 12-29-2015 08:17 PM

Bob, you have a beautiful shop building and a fine shop. I love the pickups and your saws are also beautiful pieces of work. It’s all very interesting and I bet that you have a great tool collection.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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