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I had this 16’ x 20’ barn style building built in ‘06 after I retired from GM. Had it wired, then installed insulation and drywall myself. I had a 6’ loft installed when the shop was built for overhead wood storage. Even installed an air conditioner/heater. I cheated myself on the wiring though. Didn’t realize at the time that I should have added a few more plug ins and 2 or 3 more 220 circuits. I’ve added a few tools since 06, notably the Grizzly GO555X bandsaw, Jet 6” jointer, Kreg router table with Triton 2 1/4 hp router and the Ridgid sander. The BOSS was nice to me the past two Christmases, birthdays and anniversaries. The Grizz is great for resawing, the jointer is way better than my old 4” Rockwell Delta and the Triton is one sweet router, everything in one box. Also as a gift from the BOSS is the DeWalt DW735 surface planer. Really love that thing. The drill press is a floor model Craftsman. My new SawStop Contractors table saw is a vast improvment over my old Craftsman 10” Flex-drive. I’m really enjoying the SawStop so far. Recieved a Delta 50-760 dust collector this past Christmas. I’ve got a Jet air cleaner hanging from the ceiling. Everything but the workbench is mounted on wheels for easy movement. The desk was made for me by my dad when I was in second grade. It’s the only thing I have that he built. While I’ve got a pretty nice shop and some really great tools I’m afraid my skills aren’t quite up to the tools. But, I’m working on it.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 07-25-2008 03:47 AM


You have a very clean, efficient and well organized shop space. I like the loft storage for your wood. That keeps it organized and out of the way. I can appreciate making your tools mobile. I had to do that will all of mine. You have a nice shop but it is way too clean!!! There should be some sawdust in there someplace. :)

Thanks for the pictures and letting me visit with you. I enjoyed the shop tour. Your shop is a place in which I would enjoy working.

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

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#2 posted 07-25-2008 05:32 AM

It’s only clean because I just spent two days cleaning it up and haven’t moved on to the next project yet. It’s been over 100 degrees here this week so I got a bit lazy. Besides, I’ve been on this website for hours and hours the past 3 days. Time well spent, not wasted. But, I may fire up the a/c and get a start on the next project next week. Thanks for the kind comments.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 09:38 AM

Super looking shop…but man, it’s so clean I’m worried you’re not doing anything like me…but then I’m working towards some things now…been spending more time with my tools and getting the used ones cleaned up…I buy things at garage sales, etc…saves money that way…all my wood is pretty much dry…gotta lot a wood two to four years ago and now it’s mostly dry…5 different types …any way, you have a really sweet shop.

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

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#4 posted 05-23-2009 07:42 PM

Barry, you ought to see it now. I’m working on a new entertainment center for our flat screen tv and the shop is a mess. You’d be proud! LOL

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#5 posted 05-23-2009 07:47 PM

Hey Darell
Very nice shop clean and organized plus great tools. look forward to your entertainment center.

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 08:33 AM

I should get my act together and get my workshop in order nice and clean. It would help if I had a dust collector too though, LOL. I see that great minds think alike. I too got the same saw, but went with the 56’’ table. Some days I wish I had shorter, but when I start making all new cabinets for the house I’m sure to use it. Well you have a great shop. Keep up the good work and sounds like you a good boss. LOL

-- Still have all ten fingers, its been a good day.

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 02:20 PM

Darell, thats a well organized shop.

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 02:37 PM

Congrats on your real nice shop, Darell. You’ve got a great collection of toys there…but it’s too darn clean!! Get back in there and get that dust flying!! Ha Ha. Thanks for the tour and description.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 02:53 PM

Darell, you have a super fine shop and I don’t know what else a man would need. It’s a great job that you’ve done on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 06:46 PM

Guys, that shop hasn’t been that clean since those pics were taken. LOL! Not in the shop pics are my Delta 50-760 DC and my new Nova DVR XP lathe. There is a lot less room in there now.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 09:19 PM

Really nice shop! Lots of space to move, great work surface etc.

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 07:34 PM

Great looking shop darell

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#13 posted 04-21-2012 01:45 AM

I like your workshop and need the number for your cleaning service.
Great job….so jealous.

-- Quicksilver

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#14 posted 04-21-2012 01:52 AM

Nice shop. What’s with all the open space in the middle?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 12-28-2012 08:13 PM

Hey Darrell nice shop and great turnings. I live in Moore not too far from you. Great to meet a fellow lumberjock right here in the OK state.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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