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My shop is actually my garage, and space is limited. However I can get both vehicles – a minivan and a roadster – into the garage when necessary. To accomplish this, I custom built built the cabinets, work stations, and dust collector and vacuum closets.

All of the workstations are on casters and several do double duty. An example is the table saw. I removed the manufacturer’s work surface to the right and built in a sander using parts from a kit. Another is the miter saw stand with folding wings. In the cabinet is a planer that swaps places with the saw when needed.

I have a dust collector in the adjacent crawlspace and use a Rockler Dust Right collapsible hose to connect to the tool that I’m using at the time. The hose is stored out of the way when not needed. Similarly, to the left I built a closet for a flexible central vacuum hose. To use, I just open the door and pull the hose out. When done, I stuff it back where it doubles over on itself in a storage space in the crawlspace.

On the wall above the workbench is a custom computer. It is self-contained and uses a wireless keyboard with joystick mouse. I can browse construction articles, auto repair manuals, listen to mp3s or Pandora, etc.

In the cabinets I have a stereo receiver and iPod dock, and you can’t quite see the small speakers on top of the cabinets. I like my tunes. I also have a classic pair of Koss Pro4A headphones and a radio transmitter/receiver pair. Whatever I’m listening to on the stereo, be it iPod, Pandora, or whatever, is also broadcast to the headphones. I slip them on when sanding or running the planar, and they do a very good job of protecting the ears as well as playing tunes.

-- Dick,

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 09:04 PM

Nice. My parents have a cabin in Crosslake, on Lower Whitefish. Have been for 30 years. I think I may have seen your Whitefish Chain carving at the ice cream shop this summer. Very cool.


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#2 posted 08-30-2012 09:26 PM

Yup, that is one of mine. Let me know when you are in town, we can take a ride in my Donzi 18 Classic.

-- Dick,

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 06:45 PM

Nice cabinets and clever storage ideas.

WOOD magazine is organizing another issue of America‚Äôs Best Home Workshops. Would you consider submitting this project for inclusion? You can contact me directly [email protected] or the project editor for this issue, Carl Voss ([email protected]; 515-210-0237)

Marlen Kemmet
WOOD magazine managing edit

-- Marlen, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 03:39 AM

Great looking shop. I’m always amazed at you woodworkers in the cold part of the country. My shop is in a detached garage in southern California & I can work out there with the garage door open pretty much 365 days a year. I know you’ve got an attached garage, but you gotta enjoy the cold to live there. Of course I don’t have air conditioning out there, it can get a little hot. I know you have wide temperature ranges there, is the humidity change as much as temperatures? I wonder how that effects the wood.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 09:44 AM

Dick, that’s a nice clean shop and it looks very well organized. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 02:14 PM

I’d be lying if I said it is always that clean and organized!

The garage is quite well insulated. I added a 5000W electric heater which is capable of keeping the shop comfortable in winter. Although it has a built-in thermostat, I installed a programmable one for better control and so I can have the shop up to temperature automatically. It is not air conditioned and does get warm in summer at times. I open the door when I can, but have neighbors close by and also try to be respectful of noise. The trade-off for the weather extremes is that I live on a lake, so when it gets too hot to work in the shop, I go to the water. Humidity does drop in winter and can get quite high in summer, but I’ve never noticed any issues with that. I don’t exactly enjoy the cold, but I do enjoy the great snowmobile trails that we have, one of which is 2 blocks from my home.

-- Dick,

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 03:49 PM

Hi Dick, I live just down the road from you on Cty. Rd 11, just on the east side of MN 6. I added a small portable air conditioner this summer to make it more comfortable being in the shop. I also went through a process to make my shop more environmentally safe totally reworking the dust collection. Nice to know another LJ’r is close.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#8 posted 09-22-2012 05:54 PM


Nice to hear from you. Sounds like we have a few things in common. I’ve probably driven by your place. The air conditioner is a good idea – I may do that next summer. We should get together.


-- Dick,

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#9 posted 05-06-2014 09:44 PM

Nice touch on the PC/TV screen!! (not detracting from the other great fitouts)

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-06-2014 10:07 PM

I like the vac hose solution.

Nice shop.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 05-07-2014 12:10 AM

Thanks. I got contacted by the publishers of Wood magazine for their annual issue of America’s Best Home Workshops, and they featured the PC and the dust hose setup in shop ideas sections.

-- Dick,

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