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Todd A. Clippinger

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My functional shop space is 924sf with a 10ft ceiling. I recommend about 1000sf to anybody looking to build, it is a size that you can live with for a long time (if you are disciplined.) This has turned out to be a manageable size to heat and power. It basically was designed to work around handling 16’ stock, be it rough stock or sticks of trim. I have a wooden floor, which is comfortable to stand on all day, and driving cars into it is not even an option.

I have a 6’ wide double entry door, I figured if I can’t get a project out of my shop through those, it won’t go into most houses. Over the double entry doors I have salvaged non-operating windows that let a lot of light in from the east and south. I have four other windows that are 4’h x 5’w to let in lots of daylight.

I have a 200 amp, 1ph service panel separate from the house. I had to have the service line upgraded from the street. Two or three people can run equipment at once with no problem. More than that would be an issue, but then so would the space.

This size of shop is very adequate to work in if you keep control of the space and have good layout to facilitate workflow. I clean everyday that I work in the shop. An orderly shop is safer to work in and more efficient.

I heat the space with a 75,000 BTU overhead HotDawg heater. I don’t burn wood in the shop as a big safety issue, but we do in the house. I also should mention that I have 3 fire extinguishers in the shop. I watched the neighbor’s welding shop get hosed down on the interior when it caught fire, he only had one small fire extinguisher.

I am on my 3rd shop layout and this one has lasted quite a while so it is a good one. It is a very efficient layout that facilitates good workflow. The keys to success are flexibility through mobility and discipline.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com


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Karson

34870 posts in 3035 days


#1 posted 2731 days ago

Todd Very nice shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bill

2579 posts in 2795 days


#2 posted 2731 days ago

A great shop and nice tools. I like the cabinet saw, planer, and sander.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Max

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#3 posted 2731 days ago

Todd, I like the layout of your shop and your outfeed table for your saw. Nice..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Todd A. Clippinger

8774 posts in 2734 days


#4 posted 2731 days ago

Thanks for the kudos guys. The infeed table and the assembly table are on wheels. Mobility is key in a small shop. The outfeed table table is stationary, I got a little fancy with tapered legs and arches for the stretchers. The tops are 2 layers of 3/4” plyood and are covered with laminate. The laminate is far more durable than melamine and the bright surface helps “lighten up” the shop. The assembly table is on wheels but takes some effort to move it. I don’t do a lot of hand tool work, so this has been very appropriate for my style of labor. There are casters under the middle of the assembly table for extra support because of it’s size. If you are budgeting for tables like I built, the 2 big ones are about $550 (includes vise) and the smaller infeed cost about $350.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Dusty

785 posts in 2790 days


#5 posted 2731 days ago

Todd,

Please mess up your shop a little bit at least. You make guys like me look bad with all the clutter I have. At least spread some saw dust on the floor.

:)

Nice shop.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Bill Cowan

110 posts in 2740 days


#6 posted 2731 days ago

I wish, I wish, I wish….......ran to the garage…....nope, still no change. great shop.

But you gotta get some tounge and groove on those walls. Tell this missus that it’ll inspire you.

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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Jeff

1011 posts in 2728 days


#7 posted 2725 days ago

Great shop! I’m envious. Some day though… I agree about the daily clean up. Walking into a cluttered shop is sorta like coming home to a kitchen full of dirty dishes.

I like your tables very much. They have sparked a few thoughts for my own space (albeit much smaller).

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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oscorner

4564 posts in 2945 days


#8 posted 2723 days ago

You have a very nice shop! Great equipment and all wonderfully set up. You must be a very happy woodworker.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Larry

200 posts in 2846 days


#9 posted 2716 days ago

What a great shop and the items your producing are just fantastic.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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Drew1House

425 posts in 2722 days


#10 posted 2697 days ago

Very nice… envious of the space. I have every one of my machines going on a mobile base so I can roll them into the middle of my 24×24 space to use them. I guess if I did this for a living I would have something to complain about. Love the way you have organized the space though. I am anxious to see the rest of the pictures.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Drew1House

425 posts in 2722 days


#11 posted 2697 days ago

Todd… would it be worth it to you to drive down here for some 4×7 fixed pane windows? just the glass sandwich but they are brand new and I have 2 of them.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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BarryW

1015 posts in 2541 days


#12 posted 2529 days ago

I was looking around for some other shops that were “close-by”....ha….we’re out in the middle of nowhere it seems….but I like the space in your shop…I’m finally getting electric for my 220 equipment this week…the electrician shows up Friday!!! yay. We seem to have similar taste in bandsaws! I don’t get out much, so it’s not likely for me to be dropping by Billings anytime soon since I’m JUST DOWN THE ROAD in Rapid City…you have a really nice shop.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Dadoo

1764 posts in 2625 days


#13 posted 2529 days ago

So who is the guy standing so proud in the middle of your shop? LOL!

Really nice shop Todd. Mine has to remain mobile and compact because it serves double duty as a garage, but I really would enjoy being able to “spread out” as you have done here.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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WayneC

12265 posts in 2731 days


#14 posted 2529 days ago

What would I know, I’m only a dog. But it looks like a good place to take a nap…

Actually, we have not seen you for a while. How are things going?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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CharlieM1958

15691 posts in 2852 days


#15 posted 2528 days ago

Green with envy! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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