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I live on three acres on the edge of thousands of acres of farm land so my dust system blows outside. In the summer I open the double garage door for good outside light and work on a table out of doors. This helps with dust as I turn on a 24 inch fan to blow outside thus moving most of the dust out of the shop.
I make a lot of dust the way I work. If you have noticed my rockers they have a good deal of sculpturing which entails grinding, rasping and sanding. I shape then level and finally sand.

The shop is large enough for me and some six to ten other woodworkers. Each woodworker has space to work on their project as well as use of the shop machines. I give classes year-round with preference in the summertime. The shop is well insolated and used electric and coal heat. There are two bathrooms, one with a shower, and plenty of cold and hot water. There five sky lights in the roof for more outside light. I have a refrigerator in the shop for cold drinks and other snack foods.

Ephraim sets in an agriculture valley between two mountain ranges. This affords wonderful views from any angle. We are at some five thousand five hundred feet so the summer are never hot, no air conditioning needed, although the winters can get a little cold with snow.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 08:07 AM

That is some great looking wood you are using….........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 05:35 PM

I am going to have to get down there this summer to check this out…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 03:25 AM

Mike, you should see and feel these woods in person, they are amazing.

Max, come on down, I will be glad to meet you and show you around.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 03:36 AM


-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 03:50 AM

Nice chairs.

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 07:09 PM

You woodworkers would like this Mesquite I use. I understand there are some 43 varieties. The Mesquite I use runs from brown to almost black and can have amassing figuring as well as tiger striping. Mesquite is very hard and stronger than Oak allowing it’s use where you are looking for extra durability. A little secret here, because Mesquite is so hard I use it on all my rocking chair runner bottoms, on all verities of wood, laminated or not. Along with this, and a few other things, I like to give my rockers that extra touch of attention a quality item of furniture deserves.

Hay, Nighthawk I’ll wage you were out of town when it took a whole year to build the Empire State building.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 07:25 PM

A good shop with all the tools necessary to make beautiful chairs.


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#8 posted 01-31-2012 12:09 AM

James, I do have all the tools I need, even many more than necessary to build the Maloof style rocking chair.

A ‘rocking’ woodworker can get along, just fine, with a good band-saw, router, drill, grinder and orbital sander. All the rest is just icing on the cake.

Max; I am open all winter, come on up (down). We are at about fifty-five hundred feet in Ephraim

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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