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After running a woodworking business for about 15 years in Chattanooga,
my wife and I decided to move to Israel.
In 2000 we sold the house, shop, and all my tools. (3 phase bigger stuff included)
We planned on staying but after 4 years we had to return
when our son was badly burned in a welding accident.
We bought a new “old house” and I went to work.
In my spare time, while I was resting, I built this small shop
with the help of a good friend. I took about 4 months to erect the first section which is 14×14x 10 high.
In one corner is a slab of concrete 20” deep where the post for my trolly is embeded.
The trolly system cost about $400 to put in.
The steel was about $275 and the trolly wagon and hoist came from Harbour Freight.
Worth every penny. If you have limited space
you can move the machines around to accomodate your needs at will.
My lathe is set up right under the beam.
I made do with the one room for about 2 years and then
built off the back another 6 foot to house my small Ryboi planer, jointer and Delta contracters saw.
Just recently I built off the side and doubled my space. 500 sq ft now.
Now the main room has my Rockwell 20” bandsaw, Powermatic 3520-A and old Delta saw.
I bought the lathe and had it in storage at the millwork place where I was working before I built
the building. Back then they were only $2600. It’s a great machine. Best lathe I’ve ever had.
Just last week my Dad bought me a Woodmaster 718 w/pro pack. Ran my first board through it today.
At first it would’nt cut. Woodmaster told me to check the feedroll pressure. One spring was a little tight.
Seems to work OK now. It’s a little different than what I’m used to
but I’m looking forward to making some moulding that I can then handcarve.
I’ll keep you posted on that project. I’m now thinking about updating my table saw setup.
Thinking about the Incra fence and miter sled systems. The accuracy capabilities
of those things intrigues me, but I really need a better saw. So many choices!
I need to go to sleep now. Lila Tov.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 05:20 AM

nice lookikng shop.


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#2 posted 03-11-2011 05:45 AM

Best Wishes

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 08:09 AM

Hey Dan,
Nice neat constructed shop and extension….cool heavy lift beam and trolley…well done.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 12:43 PM

That is a beutiful shop and a wonderful job of putting in a hoist system. Congratulations. I will make this a favorite because I like your building. It wood also make a nice little hobby blacksmith/machine shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 01:38 PM

Dan, this is a nice looking shop that you built. I have said many times that having a stand alone shop is the way to go. And the hoist is great idea. I wish I had room for one of those.

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

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 07:05 PM

Dan, I would like to apologize about the post this morning without expressing my hopes that your son was ok and hoped that he got good attention and healed properly. I was getting ready for work this morning and posted in a hurry but on the way to work I remembered about your son being burned and coming here for treatment. So I just wanted to come back to the thread and say that I hope everything turned out ok with your son. Your carving is beautiful, BTW.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Dan Katz

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 04:49 AM

Hi BTW & friends,
My son is fine now. Thanks for asking. Dan

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 10:36 PM

Nice looking shop.

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