TomWS's Workshop

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Workshop by TomWS posted 11-15-2013 08:35 PM 3500 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I built my workshop as I was getting ready to retire. It is a totally separate building on our property in NC and has three main rooms on the first floor: a good sized Workshop, an Office with half bath, and a Finishing Room.

Wood is stored in the second story where I can easily haul wood up and down through the loft door and hoist designed to handle 500 lb load with a 5X safety factor. Sheet goods are stored in the second story where I have my panel cutting station to reduce large sheet to individual workpieces. The setup is designed so that I can manage a full load of sheet goods and/or rough stock without any other assistance.

Oh, and I should mention that all three first floor rooms have their own individual heat pump :-)

-- TomWS, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 08:48 PM

Looks like a great shop.

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 02:58 AM

great looking shop,i’d love to see some pics of the inside.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 04:20 AM

it looks good from the outside.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 02:40 PM

Great looking Shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks…

-- arnies

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 03:54 PM

Now, that is definitely one heck of a nice shop building. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 02:41 AM

I love your idea of placing the panel ripping station in the loft. May I use it? :-)

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 06:10 PM

@KentInOttawa “I love your idea of placing the panel ripping station in the loft. May I use it? :-)”

Of course! I’m sure I ‘borrowed’ the idea as well. Here is how I get the wood to the loft and the cutting table I use.

First, getting the plywood up to the loft, I back my truck under the hoist (I’ll post the hoist separately), and pile a bunch of wood into a sling.

Then, once it’s at the loft level, I drop it on to some dollies…

I roll the dollies to the far end of the loft where I store my sheet goods on edge in between the Attic trusses. Note that this particular spot is directly over a supporting wall on the first floor :-)

Here is the setup with the cutting table and the sheet goods… (more about the cutting process shortly)

The cutting table idea is one that I definitely ‘borrowed’! Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find the link to where I got the idea. It’s very clever. First, its a sacrificial top that is an open frame so it’s easy to clamp the sheets of any size and your cutoff guide. Be careful that your cuts are shallow and that you LOCK your depth setting on the circular saw! DAMHIKT!

The really COOOL part is that, to load the table, you tilt it so it rests on a couple of 2×4 cutoffs. You literally slide the sheet over to the table, lift it slightly to get its edge on the 2×4s as well, and then you just lift the whole shebang to an upright position. Easy peasy. Even an old fart like me can manage 3/4 MDF sheets easily!

-- TomWS, North Carolina

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 06:41 PM

I mentioned that I would post photos of my Hoist setup. Here ya go…
Here’s how it looks from the outside…

Here’s how the beam, which is a bolted & glued laminate of 3 2×6 PT planks, is suspended from the existing trusses…

Here’s how I move the hoist in and out on the beam. I use a surplus reversible gear motor to pull a steel cable along the length of the beam. The extra pulleys are to wrap the cable around more of the drive pulley to reduce slippage.

One issue was dealing with the power cable to the hoist as it moved in and out on the beam. Here is my take up mechanism.

Note my counterweight hanging in the background – yes, it is just a bucket of gravel ;-)

-- TomWS, North Carolina

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