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Loveland, CO
United States

General: Stand-alone building with 1,150 sq. ft. (including office/dust collector/compressor room) with 9’ ceilings and two overhead garage doors. While designed to be used primarily as a woodshop, the space is also used for automotive work, parties/dances, ping pong and community gatherings (code for people getting together to enjoy adult beverages while “solving world problems”). Sub-panel is 60 amp.

Heating, A/C, Lighting: The entire space is heated with a small Castle pellet stove which runs 24/7 during cold months. There is no a/c but there are four 4×4 sliding windows that provide cross ventilation during summer months (though rarely needed) which also provide natural lighting. Walls and storage attic are insulated with batts. Lighting is daisy- chained LEDs.

Basic Design/Layout: As with many shops, the tablesaw/outfeed table is situated center of the shop with space to rip up to 10’ materials. Open floor space and unobstructed maneuverability of materials and equipment were the primary considerations during layout. There are no DC pipes or cords intruding on floor or work surface areas, and material storage is achieved with eight ceiling hung storage racks and mobile “Monster” A-frame style materials rack. All equipment is mobile. Coiled electrical drop cords from ceiling are used when necessary to eliminate trip hazards.

Dust Collection and Compressed Air: The office room houses the dust collector and air compressor in order to maximize space and minimize noise in the shop area. The DC system utilizes a dismantled roll-around 1.5 HP Jet dust collector motor and impeller, which in combination with the Oneida Cyclone gets me “out of the filter business” with nearly zero dust emittance to the outside. The rest of the DC system is 5” galv. steel CT (clamp together) piping with four drops and customized miter saw ducting. The system is automated with micro switches at each gate (I love this feature and it was cheap/easy to do). All drops are equipped with flex pipe and connecting handles to easily/quickly attach to all large tools. There is a ceiling-mounted Jet Air Filtration unit installed. Being a one- man shop, the system is.…..can I just say “adequate” for my needs. The air compressor is housed in the office and feeds through the shop wall to a 50’ hose reel which extends anywhere in the shop and to the outdoors to blow out the sprinkler system and air up tires etc..

Tools Highlights: All large tools are mobile. Laguna TS, Laguna BS, Jessem and Hitachi router table, Ridgid jointer, Dewalt planer, Wen drill press with custom table/cabinet storage, Ridgid oscillating sander and grinder in a flip top cabinet, Bosch Dual-Bevel Sliding Glide Miter Saw, Incra 5000 sled, horizontal metal bandsaw. Smaller tools include Festool Domino, Makita track saw, Makita and Dewalt Drills, Woodpecker squares, Jet and Bessey clamps, Porter Cable pocket hole jig, Porter Cable routers (Amana bits), various circular saws. All tools are outfitted with DC adapter fittings to attach to the DC system or Dust Right hose system from Rockler.

Cabinetry and work surfaces: As you can see, I am not one to have all my tools exposed and “easy to get to”. In my mind, tools stored out in the open are susceptible to damage, wood dust, present a safety hazard to some of my guests, and get in the way a lot. And no, I do not have an OCD condition……I clean after each use out of respect to my guests, my lungs, safety and to help me keep organized. The dark color cabinetry (std kitchen cabinetry with 42” uppers) on two walls of the perimeter (as well as the dark colored wood tops) were acquired for free as a fringe benefit of the business that I was in for nearly 20 years. The light-colored cabinets (18 drawers total) and tops at the miter saw station, I made from ¾” cabinet grade plywood (12 sheets total) and Blum soft-close hardware. The work surface at same has two rows of in-laid T-track for stop blocks/clamps, etc.. Rockler work bench with vises stores sanders/paper and is set to same height as outfeed table (as is the planer).

Accessories: My favorite “accessory” (which I deem an essential “tool”) is a near-theatre quality sound system (5 Polkaudio speakers/Pioneer Elite amp) equipped with Bluetooth. The wide screen TV (wired into sound system) and frig are also essentials “tools”.

My shop is like most…..always evolving. It has been a long time in the makings and I consider myself blessed to have a nice space to work in and enjoy now that I’m retired.

-- Laz


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 11-18-2021 08:15 PM

I hate you! LOL

Very nice. Nicer than I’ve ever had, but I’m trying!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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bobfromsanluis

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#2 posted 11-18-2021 08:56 PM

Well, damn. That is a shop, having people come into your shop on a regular basis would indeed give one motivation to keep it clean, not just for being clean, but to protect them and you from anyone getting hurt by tripping or whatever. Having your tools in drawers and in cabinets makes a lot of sense as well, diminishing opportunity for potential sticky fingers from removing some of your possessions, as well as the potential for someone uneducated in how sharp tools can be to hurt themself. Having the ducting all over head like that is another manner to help keep the floor clean as well. I’m bit surprised you haven’t considered coating the concrete floors with epoxy or some other treatment, based on what you’ve spent on constructing and outfitting the shop, cost for improving your floors shouldn’t be too much of a factor. Really well done, it must be very satisfying to work there, having as much room as you need to create. Nice job.

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pottz

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#3 posted 11-19-2021 12:24 AM

wow that is a woodshop.love it.id say youve earned the coveted lumber jocks (YOU SUCK) !!!! award.welcome to wood utopia.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 11-19-2021 12:27 AM


wow that is a woodshop.love it.id say youve earned the coveted lumber jocks (YOU SUCK) !!!! award.welcome to wood utopia.

- pottz

INDEED YOU SUCK :<)))

a very nice shop cant wait to see your projects

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Notw

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#5 posted 11-19-2021 03:47 PM

Wow that is an impressive work space, good for you.

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LAZMAN

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#6 posted 11-20-2021 02:00 PM

Thank you Madmark2. Good job on your jewelry box by the way.

-- Laz

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LAZMAN

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#7 posted 11-20-2021 02:11 PM

Thank you bobfromsanluis. The floor coating was in my initial plans but didn’t happen due to an unexpected early opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up to get all the cabinets in. Not sure I want to go forward with it now. I too have a loft bed project coming up…..and the more I look at what you built, the more I like it (nice piece of work there!).

-- Laz

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LAZMAN

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#8 posted 11-20-2021 02:21 PM

Thanks pottz! You suck too (you have quite the shop yourself…....wish I had some of those tools!). Any recommendations on plantation shutter plans?

-- Laz

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LAZMAN

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#9 posted 11-20-2021 02:34 PM

Thank you GR8HUNTER!
You have a lot of impressive projects! LOVE the trains! And it looks like you stay pretty busy. Though I’m retired now, finding it hard to do things I want to do (always doing projects for other people).

-- Laz

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LAZMAN

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#10 posted 11-20-2021 02:41 PM

Thank you Notw!

-- Laz

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pottz

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#11 posted 11-20-2021 06:48 PM



Thanks pottz! You suck too (you have quite the shop yourself…....wish I had some of those tools!). Any recommendations on plantation shutter plans?

- LAZMAN


yeah i used the jigs and plans from rockler,a real easy way to do em.plus they have a calculator on their site that will give you all the dimension and info you need.i loved it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Eric

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#12 posted 11-21-2021 11:24 AM

That is one heck of a shop, to clean though.

Welcome to LJ, and hope to see some projects.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Peteybadboy

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#13 posted 11-21-2021 09:18 PM

Wow that is a shop!

-- Petey

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Andybb

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#14 posted 11-21-2021 09:52 PM

In Webster’s dictionary under the definition of “floor space” there is a picture of Lazy’s shop.

WOW! Very nice!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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moke

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#15 posted 11-22-2021 05:23 PM

Really nice shop! The built ins are awesome, great tools, a great place to hang! Welcome to LJ’s….

-- Mike

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