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I’ve had a couple of LJ ers ask about my shop I finally broke down and took some shots. My shop is 24’ x 32 with about 4×8 taken out by a laundry room bump-out. I built it with 14’ tall walls so I could store patterns up high and stand boards on end. when I poured the slab for the floor I left 12” X 12” most the length of the shop to run dust collect and wiring in the floor. I had a separate 200 amp electric panel installed and have a 110 double outlet boxes ever 4 ft and 220 outlets every 6ft around the whole perimeter. I have four 110 dust collectors only one Harbor freight DC is inside and three are outside. My machinery includes ICS Sawstop with outfeed, SuperMax 25-50 Drum Sander, a 12” helical head grizzly jointer,a 20” helical head grizzly planner, a 50” record lathe, a Laguna tilting head mortiser, a multi router, a shop built router table with 3 hp PC router and MLCS Power lift, a rigid sliding compound chop saw, a grizzly edge sander, a Grizzly oscillating spindle sander, a Laguna 16hd band saw with drift master fence, a 13 spindle line borer,a Jet molder, a good number and verity of routers and sanders and 200 clamps. That’s all I can think of. all that stuff makes it kind of tight, I have been a woodworker for 30 years plus and have keep upgrading my tools over the years for better ones as much as I could. I enjoy having lots of toys but it almost seems like too much (did I just say that?) I think that’s about the size of it. I couldn’t get good angles to show everything.

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 12:32 PM

Wow Jim, I’m speechless. It’s a little like Disney World for WW’ers.
You are aware that router bits are interchangeable aren’t you? :)
A dream shop for sure, but even so, in the midst of all that plenty it’s nice to see an “homage” to the basics in the form of the “garbage bag dust shroud”. We’ve all been there for sure.
My first word will be my last too. Very impressive. Wow…..

-- JMP

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 01:20 PM

Very nice shop!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 02:20 PM

Jim, this is a really nice shop space that you have to work in. You have a wonderful collection of hand tools and your shop is well organized. I like the headroom that you have in there. You don’t have to fight with a full sheet of plywood to get it moved around in there. I also like the way you have used the vertical storage space available to you in your shop. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 08:33 PM

Great workshop.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 05:25 AM

That is quite the shop you have. I would of never guessed the shop was that big. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 07:36 AM

Very cool shop. I like it.

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#7 posted 04-25-2009 03:08 AM

admitting that you have a router problem is the first step! That must be the largest private collection of routers in the world. ;-)Love the 14 ft ceilings. Great space.

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#8 posted 04-25-2009 04:08 AM

Hey Brian It looks like you have a great shop,I thought about attending routers anonymous.


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#9 posted 04-28-2009 08:44 PM

I really need to stop looking at everyones shops and tools, I keep drooling on my computer and my wife thinks it will short out. Plus I have a bad habit of not cleaning my drool off the keys and screen and she hates working on wet keys (kind of like not putting the toilet seat down)

Great looking shop !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#10 posted 05-02-2009 12:57 AM

Great shop, Jim. Love the overhead space you have. If I try hanging jigs overhead in my shop, they usually get raked off the ceiling the first time I move a large piece of lumber around. I was able to cut my router fix early, so I didn’t have to do all of the 12 steps, but sometimes I think I’m not cured. :] Thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 05-02-2009 01:16 AM

Hey Tim
Thanks , I tried planning me shop out really well but there are always things you would change if you had a do over. every time I complain about not having enough room my wife says are you crazy a lot of people would kill for a shop like yours. This brings me back to being grateful for what I have. I really love your side board you made definitely a notch above what I call quality plus . Great Job


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#12 posted 05-02-2009 03:45 AM

Thanks, Jim. I’ve got the same situation. My shop is 24’ x 24’, but for the past 3 years 1/4 of it has been partitioned off for other uses. I’m just starting to reclaim that space, and for awhile, I’ll be in hog heaven with all of the extra room. As soon as I get an assembly table or some stationary tools in their, it’ll start shrinking again. Enjoyed looking at your posted projects. You’ve got quite a variety of styles that you do very nicely. I guess my favorite is the Roycroft secretary, since I’m an A & C fan.

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#13 posted 05-02-2009 03:58 AM

Jim – I thought I would nose around in your shop and all I can say is Wow. I have tool & shop envy! By the way your projects are also really nice.

-- Marc

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#14 posted 05-02-2009 04:10 AM

outstanding! where do you leave the spare key again?!?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 05-02-2009 04:16 AM

Key? Am I suppose to lock my shop I knew I was forgetting something. Thanks


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