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Arlin Eastman

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08-14-2012 03:00 AM

I always wanted a woodworking shop that was attached or not attached to the house.

A 45” x 65’ shop would be just awesome to have. I would like it build out of 2×6s with an upstairs only 2/3 of the bottom area. With raident heating and Air Conditioning or fire burning under the floor tubing to heat the inside.

It would be great to have dust collection under the floor and paint room seperate from the main part. I also want it big enough to have a woodworking Club in it.

Bathroom, Office area, woodstorage upstairs with alot of natural lighting and dormers with windows for the upstairs light.

Lots of wall space used for handtools open for use.

Lots of storage for works in progress for everyone also.

Well that is a start and I might get more ideas from you guys too.


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#1 posted 08-14-2012 03:12 AM

I’d keep it a lot simpler then that. My current space is 21’ square, I could happily live with 25’ square, taller ceilings and a second floor, the top floor would be for the actual tools and woodworking the bottom floor would be a working garage with a small lift. The top floor would have large doors and a moving hoist to bring tools, lumber and finished projects down.
What would make a real difference for me would be 2×6 walls with insulation, radiant heat, and lots of light tubes for the work shop. I’d prefer not to waste a lot of money on electric so I’d like a solar system on the roof to supplement the electrical. Like you I’d also want a bathroom which would occupy the downstairs.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 03:17 AM

Arlin that’s an awful skinny shop at 45”...LOL. 45’ X 65’ would be great!

Radiant heat, air conditioning, 220 & 110 volt outlets in the floor and walls, dedicated room with cyclone DC & air compressor. Panel saw. Enough lighting to prevent shadows. Separate room for lumber storage. 2 work benches. 12” table saw. I could go on and on but that’s good for now.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 03:41 AM

Take a look at my woodshop…go to my home page, and click “workshop”.....then go to my blogs and look at woodshop Pics# 2…....this is my dream shop…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 03:51 AM

I have my dream shop now but I would like to have a shed for lumber storage. I would also be very happy if I could find the space for a spray booth. My new focus is on finishing. I think all of us have a week link mine is I don’t like finishing unless it is a spray on finish. In the past I used to paint cars for a living and I am good with a spray gun. However other finishes and I don’t get along. I want to change that this year so it will be my new focus a place just for finishing my work.

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#5 posted 08-14-2012 04:11 AM

This thread should be called workshop of your dreams… lol. Anyway I would really like a simple shop with a nice epoxy floor to make clean up easy. Plus TONES of lighting. My last few shops were like caves.. Plus I would like it dedicated to just woodworking and not any of my other hobbies or house hold storage.

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#6 posted 08-14-2012 04:14 AM

Deycart That is why I built that big shed in the back yard to house hold goods in the shop area.

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#7 posted 08-14-2012 04:15 AM

I’m not greedy. I simply want to be able to finish out my basement shop I designed over the last three years.
I could put it all in a 24’ x 36’ space if it was a rectangular building, but I like it in the basement.

You enter the shop through double doors from the ground level drive in garage.
To your right would be the sheet goods storage cart with the shop built panel saw mounted on one side.
On the wall behind that cart and saw, is a 30 ft long slat wall I designed. Slots in the wall accomodate shelf brackets that can be positioned any where along the slots horizontally and in 6” increments verticaly. The brackets support most of my lumber storage.

To the left is a door that takes you to the stair landing vestuble and the bathroom and office are accessed from that landing as well.

Looking back to the shop, just past the sheet goods cart, panel saw, and rough lumber storage is the jointer and past it is the planer. The planer is a portable on a cart that stores under the near end of the miter saw work station. Toward the center of the shop, next to the planer is my main workbench. The bench is very heavy and loosely follows the Roubo style. The bench is 25” wide and 84” long. This grouping of equipment allows me to bring in material, joint it, plane it, then cut it to length and then take it to the bench or store it on wall mounted shelves.

Past the bench, and in the middle of the main 24’ square shop area is the table saw arranged at a 45 degree angle.
Feed through the saw runs diadonally therefore from corner to corner of the space. I could, if I wanted to, rip a full sheet of plywood with this arrangement. I can also stage work to be ripped or cross cut from the workbench. Also mounted next to the table saw is a custom cabinet that serves as the base for my mortising machine and my drill press and band saw. The table saw, mortiser, drill press and band saw are all arranged so they form a diamond in the center of the main work area. There is an assembly table on the out feed side of the table saw.

Looking back to the right again you are now between the mortiser and the miter saw and looking toward the south west corner of the shop where there is a closet. Inside the closet is the dust collector. From this corner turn left and on the south wall is my clamp storage, a sanding bench then the lathe workstation. In the south east corner is a grinder station and the breaker panel.

Coming around the south east corner and heading north now you will have my hand and portable power tool storage to your right and bins for fasteners and glue. Next is the router table, which I haven’t built yet. Now you have walked around the whole shop and are back to the entrance.

For three years I have designed this thing in my head, sketched it out, drawn it up in Autocad, designed all the cabinets, built some of the cabinets, bought most of the tools, built the workbench, bought the breakers and wiring and outlets and even built some of the tools. I want to finish this shop so bad I can taste it. You can not imagine how painful it is to be in a position where I might loose this house I built myself, with my fathers help, in 1976. But that is where I am, thanks to the policies of a subject we are not allowed to talk about on here any more.

Anyway, if you are still reading and havent fallen asleep, thanks for letting me take you on a tour of my little piece of heaven, even if it’s only a fleeting dream.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 08-14-2012 06:18 AM

I’m busy with my dream shop

I share it with a fair few Jolly Rogues

It took a fair few years and lots of help

First thing is to be realistic and see what size you

need. Remember that to big also means a lot of

wheeling between machines.

I figured 500’ 2 was the minimum and 750’ as being darn

near perfect.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 08-14-2012 11:27 AM

i really love my shop, and wish i had just 2 things, one is a large enclosed room to store all of my wood, the long boards i would like to have in a standing rack, i like it that way, you can see all of the board and its easy to get a hold of it , and better then having to pick it up, eaiser for me to get it standing and then walk off with it, really long boards of coarse would be on a rolling cart, or better yet, i would have a single steel beam run through the center, and have a motorized winch that would bring it from the wood store to the large double doors that go into the shop, and have it lighted really well, the next thing, a lagre spray room, the whole back wall filtered and exhaust fans…....then a seperate heated room for all of the finish material, and have it fireproof from the rest of the shop…and as far as the shop, a large area that i could have a bandsaw mill right there, i would have it on an outside wall area, design it so you could get to the logs with your fork lift, put the logs on and do the cutting right there, of coarse i would have all seasoned logs, now is that a handful of a dream, it shall happen one day, im going to have the most amazing shop ever,ill have the main shop in the center, but then around the outside walls i will have seperate rooms for teaching students, and they can have there own room ro work in, there outside wall will be large plate glass windows, looking out at the alaska rangei would have a large round log eating hall, with a huge fire pit in the center, with really large oak log tables we could all sit together ..and a baraque pit over to the side, where we could easliy cook half a cow, and a pig , i would have an in ground pit so we could cook the pig for several days..i think eveyone can figure out what we would do with all of this food….....and i would have a small icecream shop over in one area, so we could get custom ice cream deserts, and for the need for greens, we would have a huge salad bar…..with ice cold fruit bowels….......and every salad fixin there was…...this way, we could work really hard in the shop, teaching going on, projects being finished, and eating well when the time came…....then across the way from the shop and eating area,another building where e would have all the things made on display, and have several workers in there who know everything there is to know, so that when the folks came to buy, they could explain every detail…....and of coarse we will have a large truck to take crated furniture to port to ship to other parts of the world….....i could add to this, but ive created enough work now for several years…thanks Arlin.oh and there will be a seperate room for sharpening all of the tools and blades, with several folks in there who are expert at it, that way we can work and keep things gong and there job is in the sharpening room, i think it will work best to have everyone trained in this area, that way people take turns , no one wants to just sharpen all the time, we will have a rotating schedule…ok…now im done..:)))

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-14-2012 11:39 AM

I don’ think I would have wood storage up-stairs. When you/we get older, well, you know what I’m sayin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 08-14-2012 11:58 AM

There was a woodworking magazine a few years back featuring a guy that bought an old water turbine for his shop. Right on a stream. Ridiculous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 08-14-2012 12:17 PM

well al, with the large river i have on my land up in alaska, i think using that turbine would create all the electricity i will need, i want to run the shop without dependency on electric, and i will also use solar power, when the northern lights fire up, ill have a really tall wire set up that will harness that power, maybe have it go to the 12 inch table saw..ive got a tim the tool time taylor table saw, oh its a binford 989-4000…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 08-14-2012 12:22 PM

and let me help you here jamie, the word in the title is dream, so you dont have to be realistic…lol…...let it go, build what you really want…...make it with gusto …......the dream is to be healed and strong, back to our better days…where we walked around with oak logs on our shoulders… nic name was arnold the ox .

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 08-14-2012 12:52 PM

I would just be happy with a bigger than 10×14 ft space that I’m in now, preferably detached from the house so that I could be out there at any hour running saws and equipment with out worrying about waking up the wife when she’s sleeping.

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#15 posted 08-14-2012 02:53 PM

My shop is smaller than yours and I’m happy with it. It’s just about 30 square. What’s important is that you have the tools you need.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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