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, SC 29651
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Many years back I decided to take up metal machining. At the time, I lived in a rental home in Rochester, MN and the only available space was a tiny storage room that I shared with the water heater. I made it work, but I swore that one day I would have a dream shop. Well, the next house (KY) came and went, again with no workshop. Then the next house came, and again, no workshop. But alas, three years ago I began building my dream home (the one that I will never leave). Well, it did not make sense to build a second building, so instead I talked my wife into building an extra large garage so that I could house a workshop above it. Much to my glee, she bought off on the idea… imagine, not only getting a workshop, but also a larger garage! What a victory for all men! Of course the bad part was that it would have to be upstairs; The solution that I came up with was to build a hole in the floor – the hydraulic lift in picture #6 is my version of a shop elevator. It becomes the floor when raised all the way up. Every machine in my shop has come in this way, but not without issue. In the beginning, I never imagined that I would own really large machines like some of the Felder units that I ended up with (another story – see comments below). Anyway, the jointer/planer was just too big to fit through the opening and we gave up on getting it up the elevator. Fortunately, a dear friend of mine who was helping me that day has a mathematical background and a “can do” attitude (especially after we had a few cold ones). He broke out a calculator that had trig functions…. a few beers later, he proudly concluded that if we could somehow tilt the unit at exactly 36.7 degrees that it would just fit! So, a few more beers and we had an insane timber hoist constructed. Then, a few beers later, along with a mass of insanity that included counter weighting the hydraulic lift which was bending/tilting from the weight, and the jointer/planer found its new upstairs home!

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 05:02 PM

What kind of floor / floor covering is that? Are there bedrooms outsdie of your shop?

Some really nice equipment. I likethe elevator.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 05:08 PM

You have a really nice shop space in which to work. To tell the truth though it looks more like living space than a shop. I am just glad that my wife is never going to catch me looking at your shop. She yells at me enough for keeping a “messy shop” and “tracking sawdust into the house”. :) You have organized your shop well and that is a really nice plane collection that you have. You have a wonderful set of tools to play with as well. I would enjoy working in a shop like this. It has plenty of room in which to work (I am assuming that you have about 400 sq ft to work in) and lots of natural light.

Putting a shop in a second floor space is just something that most of us simply do not consider. But this is a great idea to make efficient use of space that would otherwise simply go unused or as storage. I can recall only one other shop that is similar and this one had a winch to lift equipment up to the shop. The forklift is a marvelous idea.

I can tell you without a doubt there is going to be interest in getting more details. Thanks for the pictures. I especially enjoyed the tour of your shop.

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

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 05:15 PM

pitchnslpinters – the floor and the workbench are carpeted. I am a firm believer that there is no better flooring for a workshop than carpet. Most think is is hard to clean, but actually, it is much easier to clean. If you look in one of the pictures you will see a robotic vacuum cleaner that does all the work for me. And yes, just outside of the shop is a bonus room and full bath. I’m prepared for the day that my wife tells me to go to the dog house! ;)

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 05:16 PM

I am curious as to the floor covering also. Nice shop!

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 05:17 PM

Ooops! Looks like you answered, before I asked. ;-)

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 05:21 PM

Too beautiful a shop….. If this mine, I’m sure my wife wont let me put even a DC.
Ok FuzzyDove, stop travelling, just stay there and start making sawdust.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 05:52 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 06:17 PM

That is a great shop. A lot of us here would love to walk into a shop like that and do some serious woodworking. And a robotic vac, wow.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 12:26 AM

Do you realise you have the cleanest shop on this site! Not to mention some seriosly impressive bits of kit, the Felder dealer must love you.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#10 posted 03-01-2009 12:37 AM

I’m afraid that if my shop were that nice, I’d never see my family.

-- Gary D.

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#11 posted 03-01-2009 12:38 AM

Kiwi1969 – Trust me, the shop is only clean because it is between projects! And, the Felder dealer does not even know me… long story, but a local MD who planned on being a cabinet maker was killed on his motorcycle just before retirement. I bought all this equipment from his widow – it had never been used. My heart bleeds for the guy whose dream was never found because of a damn motorcycle (esp important since you love anything on 2 wheels). Also, I saw your profile – fyi – Queensland is one of my favorite places in the world and holds many special memories for me!
- FuzzyDove

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#12 posted 03-01-2009 05:54 PM

A carpeted woodshop ? I think you need a real shop floor, as in a solid maple hardwood floor, but for that place you could probably even impress us more with birdseye maple. And then add a 20 hp Cyclone dust collector with brushed stainless steel spiral ducting and lock collars to match the sink.

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 07:13 PM

A couple JDS air filtration machines painted to match the ceiling would also be fab. A old Oliver or Oneway lathe is also missing in the picture, and the work bench needs to be a timber frame design, with dog holes and a double screw vice on one end, and a single maybe on the side.

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#14 posted 01-21-2013 10:24 PM

A really nice place to have some woodworkin fun. Some gr8 lookin machinery. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 01-21-2013 10:46 PM

Nice shop. It looks like you need a few more tools to fill up the space ;-)

I don’t know about engineering or designing equipment to lift heavy tools after a “few” + “few” (= two few?) cold ones. I am glad it worked for you.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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