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The shop is 24’ X 48’ with attached 24’ X 20’ carport which I helped build about 6 years ago. It was designed to match our 1950’s home which we cut in half and moved to our property over 20 years ago. the shop has a concrete floor with cut block stemwall. The inside is drywalled and the upstairs has skylights and 16’ X 40’ of space. I am still in the process of building storage cabinets and permanent vacuum system.

-- Bruce Ebling

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#1 posted 11-25-2006 04:31 AM

WOW !!!

Great shop.
The only thing you didn't show was the bedroom.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 12-24-2006 10:58 PM

Bruce, this is a workshop to make any woodworker drool. I think I see the influence of Norm Abrams in some of your shop accessories and layout.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 12-25-2006 03:51 AM

Don: Although I am a Norm Abrams fan, I saw a workshop in the book “The Workshop Book” by Scott Landis. In the book there is a dream shop built by Paul Silke, it is his shop I hope to someday emulate. When I built the shop I was a total newbie and had no idea of what the ideal layout of tools might be. I made educated guess’s where the 220 circuts would be and how things would lay out. I still have a long ways to go, but I am getting a sense of how things work and where to go in the future. If I ever get another chance to build a new workshop I will certainly have a better idea of what to do. But then do we ever get more than one chance to design and build a new shop!
Thanks for your comments, I have just finished a oak table for my granddaughter and a couple of spice racks for relatives and also a set of childs blocks all for Christmas.

-- Bruce Ebling

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#4 posted 02-20-2007 10:53 AM

Bruce, Eugene is only about a 8 hour trip, I think I’ll jus start working out of your shop ;) beautiful sir, just beautiful, the stuff us young guys dream of doing one day

-- Cheers

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#5 posted 02-20-2007 04:29 PM

Shawn: Come on down, we would make a good team, you like the sanding and finishing and I like the cutting and assembly! I was in Abbotsford several years ago, beautiful country. I am just finishing a blanket chest for my wife. It is my first attempt at dovetail joints.
Thanks for writing.

-- Bruce Ebling

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#6 posted 02-21-2007 03:30 AM

Bruce, I’m looking forward to the blanket chest. I have one in my shop – not finished – probably to be abandoned as I didn’t like they way it was turning out. But that’s another story.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 02-21-2007 03:51 AM

Quite a shop. Even though you could do a “better one” I’d be thrilled to settle for this… Not a bad “started shop”!

I suppose if we went with a “starter home” first, we’d have made some better descisions about our house, rather than just seeing all the improvement over the small apt. – and then I woudn’t be playing in my basement shop with barely over 6’ of clearance!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 07:23 PM

I am in the process of setting my own up and really like what you have done… I wish I had as much room as you have…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#9 posted 03-22-2007 07:29 PM

The layout is real efficient. Very nice. Also, it is good to see someone from my old stomping grounds. I grew up just outside of Springfield.

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

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#10 posted 03-23-2007 10:31 PM

What a great shop. It would be hard to not spend all of a persons time there. As stated the lay out is really good and I love the form of your tools being on cabinets. Wish I was that talented to do that.

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

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#11 posted 03-23-2007 10:35 PM

Very nice shop. Have you ever woundered why the router table was not the same height as you chopsaw table?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 03-24-2007 05:01 AM

Actually I built the router table first. I used it as a chance to get re-aquainted with woodworking, since it had been quite a while since I had done any. I have considered cutting down the cabinet so everything sets at the same elevation. I would also like to incorporate the radial arm saw into the mix at the same elevation as the rest of the tools. I am also in the process of building a lexan saw guard that hangs from the ceiling to protect those fingers of mine. The router table uses a Woodpecker raiser; I am not that happy with it since it tends to bind up with sawdust in the threads and causes the last inch of lift to be pretty difficult. Any suggestions of what might work better?

-- Bruce Ebling

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#13 posted 04-05-2007 11:01 AM

Great shop and great equipment. Lovely cabinetry, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 01-19-2008 07:31 PM

I don’t comment on a lot of stuff, but your workshop is dynomite. I am a big fan of a table saw outfeed table.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#15 posted 01-19-2008 11:54 PM

Thanks Bob! I am near to rebuilding it. It has just be a melamine top with 2X4 legs. I would like to upgrade it to 4X4 legs with rollers and storage for the vacuum and other tools underneath. I just picked up a loose tennon machine from a cabinet maker friend of mine. It should be pretty cool when I get it set up.

-- Bruce Ebling

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