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Just built a new workshop for wood working (The Wooden Feather). It is small – 24×24 and I had to pass on some wanted tools as to put heat into the shop – I am a beginner and am wanting to learn about wood working and the tools. Big projects will have to wait because of money issues. I will do some pyrography and scrolling on existing lumber until I accrue some money for larger projects. Alas always some down falls of building something new.. I have finished the inside of the building and will post up dated pictures. I have worked gun stocks in the past and have made some good money at that – this shop will help me expand any hidden talents (deeply hidden) as my last shop was a 6 foot long table in the garage. Woodworking is special time to me – I can go make saw dust and wood chips and the time just flies. I love looking at all the projects on Lumberjocks – as I can see projects that I want to try myself – there is so much talent here – I just wish I had a fraction of it – you folks are just unreal with your projects – is it not great that GOD installed talent for you folks to share…...Thanks for looking.

Shop Specs
Builder:Cleary and me

When: Started October of 2006 finished – well I am still working on it
24×24 workshop area with 9 ft ceilings
2×6 exterior wall construction – 2×4 inner wall construction – 3.5 insulation plus 1 7/8” building wrap
Gas Heated, Cooled vi box fan
60 Amp sub-panel,
20 – 4 foot flor. tubes
110 circuits
3 3×3 foot windows insulated window
8×8 insulated overhead door
36” walk door
5/8 T1-11 exterior siding for inner walls
1 7/8” ceiling insulation
3 1/2” R15 Wall insulation

Stationary Tools
Table saw: Ridgid
Band saw: Ridgid
Jointer: Ridgid
Drill Press: Ryobi
Miter Saw: Ridgid
Dust Collection: Grizzly HP floor model and 2.5” plastic tubing attached to Shop vacuum
Dust Filtration: Jet 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote
Scroll Saw: Ridgid and Delta
Sander: Ridgid
Compressors: Craftsman and Porter Cable
Router Table: Shop built with dust collection – (2) one Rockler plate and Woodpecker lift kit

Portable Tools – All makes and models – like a Hinze’s 57 dog
Hand Tools – same

Panel sled, Crosscut sled, mortise and tenon, glue box,

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#1 posted 11-14-2006 07:28 PM

A great looking shop,you make me “GREEN” with envy.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 12-24-2006 11:03 PM

Larry, nice shop. If you think your shop is small, look at mine.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-08-2007 11:07 AM

I see that Rigid tools are the maker of your equipment. Are you pleased with all of them? I have a Rigid lathe and am very pleased with it. Great shop.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 02-08-2007 05:29 PM

oscorner – yes I am very pleased with the Rigid tools. I think they are built very well. Probably the only one that I would change would be the scroll saw – and only because it take pin blades – I think they hold better than the pin-less blades but you have to drill such a dang big hole when doing scroll work. Thank on the comment – I am really enjoying my shop this winter. I am a out doors person and really hate being stuck inside of the house. At least the shop gives me something to do -

Don – lol – you have a lot of tools in a small space but I bet you enjoy it – I do think I need more saw dust on my floor – but I am a neat freak – everytime I saw something – out comes the vacuum and I clean it up – spend more time vacuum than sawing….. sigh

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 05:01 PM

I like what you have done with your 24×24… that is what I am working with as well but I have to get the toys in there for storage as well…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 05:04 PM

Hey Larry, how do you like that Rigid belt/spindle sander? I’ve had my eye on one for a while now.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 05:08 PM

A wonderful shop Larry. I wish I had something like that. Well equipped and well laid out.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 08:15 PM

JP - I really like all of my Rigid tools – the belt/spindle sander has done a great job for me. I am very happy with it – the spindle sander goes from 1/2 up to 2.5 – I think it was 2.5 – anyhow – it sure had done everything I have asked of it – and at a great price too.
Thanks for all the great comments guys.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#9 posted 03-23-2007 09:14 PM

Larry Nice shop the last picture seems to have a wasp nest or a burl over the window. What is it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-23-2007 09:21 PM

Do you, or did you have, any vibration problems with your Ridgid bandsaw? I’ve heard that adding a v-belt and a piece of plywood between the saw and the base helps with this problem. Any thoughts?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#11 posted 03-23-2007 09:26 PM


I really like your shop. I especially like the design area you have put in. EXCELLENT idea, wish I would have thought of that!

-- Jeff, Indiana

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#12 posted 03-23-2007 10:19 PM

Karson – your right – a burl knot. The other half is in the form of a clock. I could not believe that a guy was about to put those two pieces on a pile of wood he was burning. I grabbed it and ran. My only problem is that I do not have a saw big enough to cut it..
JP…I have no problem with vibration at all. The only problem is with a small blade – I get a little movement to the right or left – but I am not sure if that is not a problem with all band saws? Maybe I just need to put the screws to the adjustment and tighten the blade up – but at the cost of the blades – I did not want to break it.
Jeff – That was one thing I planned from the start – was the design area. Being an OLD draftsman – it was just in my nature to have a drafting table. Man – that was over 21 years ago….my first career job. How time flies when your having fun….

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#13 posted 03-23-2007 10:22 PM

I’m a draftsman myself Larry. Of course these days we do all of our drafting on the computer, but I did have several hand drafting classes when I was in high school and tech. school. I still write in all caps as a result.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#14 posted 03-24-2007 04:35 AM

JP…....computers for drafting -WHAT??? – I have a friend (does custom homes) that only uses some type of CAD system and has never drawns anything by hand. Shows my age – and we even used slide rules for calculations…my gosh – wonder we even got anything close.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#15 posted 06-18-2007 07:42 AM

Any upgrades to the shop?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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