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This is my 7th workshop in about 30 years time. I’ve been in cold barns, small dark basements, expensive rental spaces, and even a carpeted office space. In 2004 we moved the workshop to its current location. I was pretty tired of moving the shop, and made a commitment to keep it here for the rest of the time.

The building’s main level is 400sf of cold tractor garage, 400sf of heated office, and the main workshop is 25×50 (1,250sf) that is shared with 2 trucks. The two attics are 2,000sf of unheated space. The workshop has high 2’x4’ windows all around for lots of natural light.

Mechanical consists of a 200amp electrical service, computer network, plumbing with a very small kitchen/toilet/sink area. We heat about 1,650sf with a combination of forced air (propane), and electric baseboard heat. Walls are cedar siding, 2×6 wood studs, insulated to R-19, and 5/8” drywall interior. Ceilings are 16” I beams, R-30 insulation and 5/8” drywall painted white. Lighting is done by track lights with CFL warm bulbs.

Woodworking equipment consists of Unisaw, jointer, planer, router table, and dust collection for most tools. The shop is always changing.

Photos: Workshop during a snowstorm (removed) 1.Crosscut sled for unisaw. 2. Air dried White oak, 3. Planer, sharpening, and sink area. 4. Main Bench and hand tool cabinet. 5. Miter saw station and old tool collection. 6. Router on Bench lift with Beall threading base.

Future Shop Projects: 1. Learning how to veneer, and possible veneer vacuum. 3. Finding more trees to mill then kiln or air dry. 4. Separate finishing room and spray exhaust fan.

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Updates:
Kreg Stop in use on table saw. Feb 2010.

Hanging Tool Cabinet. Feb 2010.

Tool Cabinet exterior door. Feb 2010

Bench Lift. Feb 2012

Main bench. Feb 2013

-- JJ


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1619 days ago

That looks better than my house! Look forward to inside photos. Welcome to Ljs.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1619 days ago

Is that really your workshop or did you scan a Christmas post card?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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unisaw2

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#3 posted 1619 days ago

I’m New to Lumberjocks, and still getting familiar with the website. Yes the building is part office, part barn and part workshop. I’ve been a home remodeler for over 30 years. One of this winters projects is to clean out all the piles of house parts that have collected over the years.

-- JJ

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Dez

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#4 posted 1619 days ago

Nice looking shop!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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dbhost

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#5 posted 1619 days ago

Nice old lumber buggy in your shop! That’s back when they knew how to build ‘em!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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unisaw2

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#6 posted 1619 days ago

That “lumber buggy” is 43 years young. Back then, you could lay a full sheet of plywood flat in the bed, and get the tailgate closed. Image that!

-- JJ

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1619 days ago

Nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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woodworm

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#8 posted 1619 days ago

Very nice shop, looks smooth set up, great machines – all conducive elements are there for doing wood work.
Thanks for the shop tour.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Padre

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#9 posted 1619 days ago

Very nice! Very neat!

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 1618 days ago

You have a nice shop in which to work. I would really enjoy working in a shop with this much headroom. I have 92” to the joists and at times it can be a challenge to swing sheet goods and move tall cabinets around in there without hitting the lights. You have some nice tools to play with as well. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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unisaw2

179 posts in 1619 days


#11 posted 1618 days ago

Scott and all, Thanks for your kind comments. 10’ ceilings and lots of daylight were on my priority list when I added the south addition. (see garage doors with windows) Every time I swing a 4×8 sheet of plywood I am greatful for the extra height. The high ceiling also lets me get the construction van inside with ladders on top, for loading and unloading.

The shop is a place to get some peace as well as a workshop.

-- JJ

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cstrang

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#12 posted 1618 days ago

Nice shop, really like that chevy in the second pic… if you ever want to get rid of it I would be more than happy to take it off your hands lol. Thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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unisaw2

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#13 posted 1618 days ago

I like it: The 1967 Chevy “lumber buggy”

-- JJ

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cstrang

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#14 posted 1618 days ago

It’s always good to see an old truck still being used as a truck, not just used as something to look at, the Chevy lumber buggy… sounds good to me.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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unisaw2

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#15 posted 1618 days ago

I’d like to say I drive it every day, but in Chicago, in the winter, doing Construction, it wouldn’t last a year. Unfortunately, the Ford Van gets the daily abuse, the old truck only goes to the lumber yard every once in a while. Now if I could only find a lumber yard….

-- JJ

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