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My wife built me a detached shop building 3 year ago. It’s 2 stories tall and a bit bigger than a 2-car garage. It’s rather luxorious in that it has a finished second floor that includes a wet bar and fridge and it has a bathroom. The shop has an overhead door and lots of windows. It’s a nice place to work. Photo 1

I’m certainly not a neanderthal, more of a blended woodworker, combining machine work with final dimensioning and finishing with handtools. The heart of my shop is the bench and it’s where I spend most of my time. In the background you can see some of my chisels and the windows overlooking the backyard. Photo 2

I’ve tried to accumulate a collection of good handtools including Lie Nielsen planes and chisels, Veritas saws and planes, Starret rules, many cabinet scrapers, as well as many Japanese tools from my time in Tokyo. I also have lots of older user tools such as Stanley 750 chisels. Photo 3 is my handtool storage corner.

Since we finished the shop I’ve upgraded most of the machinery. I now have a 20+ year old Powermatic 66, an 8” Grizzley Jointer, and an older 15” Powermatic Planer. Photos 4 and 5

For turning I use a Powermatic 3620B and my daughter has a Jet Mini, that she won at the American Woodturners Association Conference last year. I also have a Powermatic 17” bandsaw with a 6” riser. Photo 6.

Of course, owning hand tools requires sharpening. In the sharpening station I I have a Baldor 6” two-wheel grinder and a set of Shapton Professional Series Stones to 12,000 grit. I also have a set of DMT diamond stones for sharpening cabinet scrapers, as well as sundry slipstones. I use the Oneway Wolverine system and have most of their toys for grinding turning tools such as the Verigrind. I also use the Ellsworth jig for my bowl gouges. There isn’t enough room in the gallery for all the photos so the rest are embedded below.

I have a rather new Delta drill press and a beautiful 1940 Delta Drill press that runs but needs restoration. I also picked up a Jet mortiser for a song.

Like many of you I have far too much lumber. I probably have a life time supply, but I can’t stop accumulating. Muich of the lumber I’ve had for many years. Last summer I met a gentleman who was in his late 70’s and decided to give up the hobby. He was selling his tools and lumber. I bought every stick of wood he owned. Unfortunately, my lumber racks were already full. Now I’ve started acculmulating reclaimed wood. This is the lumber storage area and chopsaw. I also have turning blanks all over the place, and far too much scrap. Now that I’m turning I have a growing collection of logs on palets out back.

The next big shop project is to install ducting for dust collection and plumbing for air.

Thanks for checking out my shop.


-- Glen

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 02:33 AM

Classic design very organised and outstanding equipment.


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#2 posted 03-15-2011 03:05 AM

Very nice shop. Thanks for sharing. I would love to have something similar.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 03:12 AM


Is that an Adjust-a-Bench? If it is, how do you like it? Do you find yourself changing the height very often?

I’ve found their website a couple of years ago, but have not seen one in person. I always thought I would use their legs when I got space for a bench.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:12 AM

Very nice shop, looks like you have the tools to get the job done.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 03:33 AM

Glen, this is a nice looking shop. I have always thought that a stand alone shop is the way to go. And the windows that you have in your are a big plus in my book as well. You also have a nice collection of both hand and power tools. Despite being primarily a power tool wood worker, I would feel right at home in your shop.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 03:35 AM

Hey Glen,
Great designed workshop and filled with real cool toys to play with…..sweet presentation.

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:48 AM

Hiya Glen,

I think you are a Powermatic guy like I am a Delta guy…..Nice toys to play with…. We can never have enough toys…..If you had a wood sale, you could buy another one… Beautiful shop….you have a nice wife…not a lot of them would do that for hubby.!!!! Keep building them shop furniture….that’s my favorite thing to build of all….have fun and enjoy the toys…... Rick.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 12:35 PM

Hi Glen,
I have to have a few things straight here:
Your wife build you the workshop? What is her job, and what were you doing while she build it?
Your daughter has a lathe!
Do you know that you are a more than lucky man?
So thats it.
Your wife must love you a lot, meaning you are a wonderful man, this does not come as a surprice the little I know you now.
What a workshop, that is a place to die for. You have wonderful tools, plenty of space, close to your home, it’s full of beautiful light, with a garage door entrence, you have a workbench with a hughe window where you have the most wonderful view. My ohhh, you sure is a lucky man.
All the best from my heart,
may you get many wonderful days there, and may many wonderful things come out the door,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 12:48 PM

Great shop. Really nice tools, I’m jealous. This is a real mancave.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 04:21 AM

Hi Glen….....Really enjoyed your shop. Nice layout, and plenty of space to work. Nice to see another CT woodworker to network with….........


-- Dave

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#11 posted 06-01-2011 06:10 PM

Glenn, your shop is absolutely fantastic and the shop building is very attractive. I can’t imagine anybody being disatisfied with anything about your shop. It would be a pleasure to visit and work in. Congratulations and thanks for sharing it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-31-2011 11:29 PM

Hello Glen, Very nicely organized. If there is one thing I can appreciate is a well organised shop. I am just about to break ground for mine. Never been a woodworker to have a dedicated shop, but I am going for it. I noticed the Powermatic TS and BS, as well as the Grizzly jointer. Of those three, if you could go back would you still buy the same or maybe step up to the next model, or any options that you should have gotten with them? Great job it looks like a safe haven for much projects, well done. I have added you to my favourites for just ideas that I saw.

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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jim C

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#13 posted 09-13-2011 02:11 PM

AND a wet bar?????
You are the MAN!!!!!
I’m showing this to my wife!
Wear that shop well my friend, and have a cold one for me at the bar.

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#14 posted 09-13-2011 03:02 PM

Ive had the pleasure of seeing this shop in person and it is every bit of what you see. A real gem. BTW Glen, i still have that bundle of lumber for you … send me an email and maybe we can get together this weekend.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 01-06-2014 08:22 PM

Glen,Great looking shop!Very well organized super clean and a lot of top quality equipment.


-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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