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The front of my workshop. My son’s and I finished it in 2011. It took about a year to build, doing everything ourselves.

Since we built it during the downturn, I was able to get most of the materials at a discount. Including permits, it cost about $11K to build, including the cabinets and wood stove inside.

Dimensions are 20×30, plus the porch on the front. This was as large as city code would allow. The sidewalls are at 10 1/2” feet, and the peak of the ceiling is 14’

It’s built on a hillside, so it has a large crawlspace and a wood floor.

The table saw is the work-center of the shop. If the door is open, I can rip full sheets of plywood and any length of board.

Here’s a view from the other side, so you can see the sliding door.

The sidewalls of the shop are 10 1/2 feet, with the peak at 14’. The fans above the rafter ties come on automatically when I turn the lights on.

On the west side of the shop, I have an 18’ bank of cabinets, with my chop saw and radial arm router.

I made the cabinets and drawers with OSB, 1×6 fir fence boards, and 2×4’s – it was very economical. All the drawers have 24” full extension drawer slides. There’s a loft above the upper shelves.

Between each bank of drawers, I mounted the wedge shaped pieces of wood. These are step-ups so I can reach the upper shelves without getting a step ladder.

Just to the right of the cabinets is a smaller set of lowers with the sanders and bench-top drill press. Everything is hooked up to dust collection.

At the left end of the bench is a large dewalt radial arm saw with a dado blade always on it. The table is on wheels and can move out from the wall for larger pieces.

To the left of that is the band saw – again on a movable stand – and the “sound closet”. It holds my air compressor and dust collector. It’s a small double-wall room that been sealed to keep noise in.

My dust collection runs under the floor, and comes up to a Thien / cyclone dust separator made from a harbor freight dust collector.

It works so well, I have no filters at all. Over 99% of all dust stays in the garbage can. All the impeller does is pump air – no solids.

The exhaust runs under the floor to and out the back of the shop, near my garden shed. This is the accumulated dust from one year of use. It would just blow away to the woods anyway. (I need to paint the thing – I realized I forgot to when I took this picture).

At the back of the shop I have my jointer and thickness planner.

Both are on carts and stay at the pole that supports the larger loft.

The area under the loft (South) is meant to be for an assembly table and some limited storage – it’s basically a mess. My next project is to get this organized.

Moving around to the west wall, I have the wood stove. I absolutely love it and wouldn’t have a shop without one.

In Oregon, you need some kind of heat about 5 to 6 months out of the year to be comfortable. I burn wood I’ve not been able to reuse from remodeling, and getting additional firewood if I need it is no problem (10 places within 5 miles) and its cheap. The stove is small, so it doesn’t overheat the place. The ceiling fans keep the temperature even.

The rest of the south wall is for wood storage. Cut-off under the window. Long stuff and plywood by the door.

I store everything on end – I really like it. It’s easy to get to any material.

This area is plenty of storage for my current projects. I have more lumber stored in the back of the shop, which I’ll be moving to the loft or under the floor (I need to take some pictures of the crawl space).

Same picture as above – but here I’m talking about lighting.

The roof has 2×8 rafters with the 2×4 rafter ties every 4’ to stop the walls from spreading. I used these as the “light tracks”. I ran the light circuit down the side walls, and pulled wires off that run on the top of the ties. I put a simple 4” plastic box where ever I wanted a light. I used simple receptacles and 100W equivalent CLF bulbs. If I want more light, I add a box. When LED’s get really cheap, I’ll go to those.

I also have two skylights on the east side. They are great for morning sun.

I have a 60 amp service, and it’s all the power one person would ever need. I think for two people as well.

Finally, here is the side of the shop.

When the weather is good, I set up and do some of my work out here – especially sanding and chainsaw work.

I like this shop a lot. It gives me enough room to do anything I want, if I stay organized.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 01:06 PM

Troy, that’s a nice looking shop building. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 01:22 PM

That looks like a nice beginning to your shop. Now the fun of filling it with tools begins. I am looking forward to seeing some projects coming out of your shop.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 09-20-2015 12:03 PM

That’s great looking. And it looks like a great place to sit, enjoy the weather, have a beer, and just soak in the awesomeness. Love to see more pictures.

-- Gabe in Savannah

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#4 posted 09-21-2015 01:59 AM

I just added a bunch of photos of the interior.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#5 posted 09-21-2015 05:16 AM

Your shop looks so useful & comfortable, I love it! Its set up well & looks very organized, the wood stove & rock hearth are the real center-point imo ;)

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#6 posted 09-23-2015 11:49 AM

Nicely organized! Great shop!

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 11:04 PM

If Frodo had a woodworking shop… Cozy/comfy yet all about the work (if I can use that word to describe what is undoubtedly the pleasure of making things in that space). I’m currently setting up on one side of the garage but have visions of a 24’x32’ someday out back. What caught my eye was the approach. A shop with curb appeal!

I have to agree with you about vertical storage, I call it library-style. Without re-stacking I can quickly examine a given plank to see if it’s what I’m looking for. It’s exasperating to be looking at a stack of wood, knowing in my little intuitive self that at the bottom is the one with the color/figure/dimension I need.

The OSB lends a nice warmth and wood glow. Have you noticed any particular gassing off from the OSB binding agents? Is it strong enough to hang stuff from or do you treat it like sheet rock?

Thanks for sharing your delightful space.

-- Glenn Simpson, Chico CA

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 01:59 AM


Thanks for all your kind comments. I really enjoy working out there, especially on rainy days with the fire going (it’s Oregon, lots of opportunity for that).

I spent a year fiddling with the design before I built it. I wanted lots of light, but also lots of storage and a wood stove with stone (I used to be a mason).

The shop actually sits next to the street, while the house is farther back on the lot. I decided to make it look like a smaller version of the house, to keep the curb-appeal. It’s built to house-spec and insulated, so it could be converted to a small home by the next owners (if they were crazy enough not to want a shop).

Once I started storing wood vertical, I would never go back to the other way. You are right, I hate knowing the piece I want is on the bottom.

I like the OSB walls. Inexpensive and very functional for the shop. You can hang anything you want on the walls – including cabinets, just like plywood. It does give it a warm feeling. I had the shop sit empty over a winter without a door, so all the out-gassing happened then. No residual odor.

Thanks again,

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#9 posted 10-08-2015 03:25 PM

Nice space and some great ideas like the “step-ups” between each bank of cabinets. Well done. Your quote from Louis Pasteur is bang on. Thanks for sharing….

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#10 posted 10-08-2015 06:51 PM


My brother to the frozen North, thanks for your kind comments. I would love to live in a ski resort – it takes us 90 minutes to get to the lifts here in Portland, and other than woodworking, I would be on my skis every day if I could.

I really like your shop as well. The barrel ceiling is the best. We put one in my parent house years ago, and I’ve always wanted one since. Some day, I’ll put a rolling ladder in like you have – for now its a 12’ aluminum cheapo one.

Be well,

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#11 posted 09-05-2016 03:15 AM

Nice shop!

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