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Wichita, Ks.
United States

I re-married in June of 2005 after being divorced about fifteen years or so. Before that my home shop was just a small area in the basement of my old house. I’ve never really needed a home shop because of all the equipment I have access to whenever I needed at work. But after I married again we decided to sell both of our homes and purchase one together. Yea,,, you guessed we llooked for a home with a shop or enough land to build one. We ended up finding a house with a fairly new shop building built right out the back door.
The building is 24×38 with 8’ ceilings. There’s a concrete drive right up to it. It has a 16’ overhead door and a walk in door located on the front. One window on the side and another overhead door 8’ on the back end. Taller ceilings would of been nice but I’ll manage just fine.
Its taken until now 2 1/2 years later to get in some kind of working order. The building was raw inside, wich was a good thing. There was minimal wiring all ready in place. So the first thing I did was install a bigger breaker box, and lots of outlets all the way around and on the ceiling 110 and 220 both. Karol (My new wife by the way) insulated all the walls and the ceiling ( she is and has been a lot of help). I decided to cover all the walls with 7/16 OSB, mostly so I could hang things anywhere I choose to. I added pull down stairs to the attic and floored the center section and added lights for extra storage. Sheesh, glad that part is all done. Now let’s fill it up!

Current equipment Powermatic 66, 5 hp with excaliber slide, Rikon 18” bandsaw, 12” Grizzly jointer with spiral cutter head, Vega Pro duplicator, Oneway 2418 lathe, One Jet mini lathes ( has a beall masterpiece turner attached), Delta pin router, Powermatic drill press, Delta ind. 48” belt 12” disc sander, Two Shop Fox 3 hp shapers (Delta power feed on one), Performax 22-44 plus drumb sander, Bosch 5412 double bevel sliding miter saw, Newton B-100 two head horizontal drill, Hegner & Excaliber scroll saws, Legacy Ornamental Mill 1200 with all ass., Three dust collectors, 7 hp two stage 80 gallon air compressor, 48” x 96” vacume press and pump, Jet spindle sander, Shop Fox mortiser, 15” powermatic planer, Hoffman dovetail machine X20, Matchmaker routing machine.

Newest additions to the shop in 2008: Kreg DB110 pocket holer, Jet AFS-1500 air filtration, Shop Fox W1693 mini planer/molder, Delta 13-Spindle Line Boring Machine, Shop Fox w1730 Oscillating Edge Sander, 2436 Oneway Lathe, 20” disc sander.

The current pictures is of the addition that was added in 2008. (12/1/2013)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 07:15 AM

Sounds like a great shop. We would love to see some pictures.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 07:21 AM

Pictures do make it real!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 12:25 PM

Sounds like quite a set-up you’ve got there. I can’t wait to see the pics.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 05:13 AM

Soooo … do you like the new wife or the new shop better?
Welcome, love your posts so far.

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 09:03 PM

Great list of tools. and a nice shop. I have the Exactor sliding table like yours. I just love 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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#6 posted 02-24-2008 09:09 PM

Great shop! Great tool selection too!

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 09:48 PM

Incredible, Les! Congratulations on your dream shop.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 02-25-2008 01:17 AM

Wow is all I can say. Les this is a great workshop. And I did notice some sawdust on the floor as well. So you are actually using the shop.

You are blessed to be able to work in your dream job. I would daresay the vast majority of us would not want to “bring our work home with us” at night. We work at our day jobs to support our after hours hobby, which obviously, since it is not a four letter word, is much more enjoyable than the work that we “have” to do.

Great workshop.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#9 posted 02-25-2008 03:59 AM

Great shop! Can’t just do with one lathe, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-25-2008 10:07 AM

O.K. – I’m jealous. Sounds like the marriage is off to a wonderful start. New house, new shop and outstanding collection of tools AND a wife that helps you in the shop!! You have got a wonderful life my friend.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 02-25-2008 04:44 PM

That’s a great shop, Les. It’s got a few things I’m waiting for.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 03-07-2008 08:54 PM

Nice workshop les – a good size and well kitted out. I notice that you have the Excalibur Sliding Table. How do you rate it – was it worth the $700

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 06-11-2008 12:39 PM

Thats a nice shop.

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#14 posted 10-01-2008 06:13 AM

Man you’ve got almost as much stuff as I do in 1/8th the space! Great organizing!. . . NIce

-- Bob Schilke

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#15 posted 03-31-2009 05:40 AM

Soooooo….....where do you park the cars? In the driveway like the rest of us? Nice Shop:)

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