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2429 Northwest Ashurst Drive
lee's Summit , MO 64081
United States

My workshop is in the basement , and when we built the house was designed by a tug of war between the shop and the family room, The space is adequate, but as we all know, is never big enough. It has it’s own 150 amp service, is completely sheetrocked and sound proofed. It has 24 4’ caged fluorescent lighting fixtures, so I have lots of light. The flooring is a floating engineered maple floor with a cushion between the vapor barrier and the floor to make it a little easier on the feet. The principal machinery: 16” Mini Max band saw, 10” delta unisaw with a Jessem sliding table, incra jig fence and excalibar guard/dust collector. As is most shops, this is the “center” when it comes to working. There is also a 6” long bed delta jointer, a General 25” dual drum sander, Dewalt 13” planer and a 10” Dewalt miter saw with a modified biesemeyer fence system. This saw and fence are built on top of 4 Craftsman tool cabinets faced with Maple and bail pulls. In the finishing area, I have a Frank Klauz design workbench, a modified Jessem router table, 12” powermatic disc sander, delta floor model drill press, general international bench model oscillating drum sander, Jet 6×89 oscillating edge sander, and a reconditioned Rockwell Delta turning lathe. All the tools are hooked up to a 3 hp Oneida cyclone dust collector. I am a fan of festool and currently have two of their sanders, and their rail saw—an awesome piece of equipment. I have several shop projects underway currently: a venturi style veneer press and a tool cabinet are both half finished as we speak, hopefully will get them finished within the month. Like all of us addicted to woodworking, I have a host of handtools, and as needs arise, add to the collection.
Well, that’s my shop, hope you enjoyed a short tour.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 03:45 PM

What a nice shop! Some great tools. I like what appears to be a rolling system for that Incra fence system.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 04:03 PM

Ken, you’re right, as you know, the incra system extends quite a ways to the right. my shop is small, so to try to accommodate it, I actually cut holes in the sheet rock to get the ends of the beams right to the concrete wall. I also cut about 12” off the beams, then added the casters so I could move it out to get a wider cut. Not ideal, but most of my cutting is smaller pieces as most of my work is boxes. A couple times I had to get out the sawhorses and the festool rail saw to size down : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 07:19 PM

Great shop. I like your organization. Did you make or buy the drawers under the miter saw?? Thanks…............

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 07:27 PM

Red Ryder, The drawers under the miter saw are craftsmen metal tool box’s from damaged freight. I bought the one’s with minimal damage and then just glued a maple veneer on the drawer front and added simple black bail pulls to get “the look”

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 08:31 PM

Looks good Dave, try not to get it to dirty in there !

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 08:36 PM

Wow Dave what a great shop,fantastic layout and very nice cabinetry ,plus super equipment.


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#7 posted 05-31-2012 08:46 PM

What a nice shop, and great tools also. You should be proud!

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 11:56 PM

Nice looking workshop but its to clean!

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 12:04 AM

Nice looking shop but I agree with Beginningwoodworker…it sure is clean!

It so clean I’m not sure you can use “workshop”, I think you could just call it “shop”

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#10 posted 06-01-2012 08:41 PM

Thats a great looking workshop! In the last picture you’re running a board thru the planer and your hearing protection is on a shelf, you should be wearing them :)

-- - Martin

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#11 posted 06-01-2012 10:43 PM

Martin, “busted” : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 12:33 AM

Nice shop. Very well equipped. I go through Lees Summit every time I go out to see my daughters. They live out in Kansas. Very nice area there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-21-2016 09:07 PM


Great looking shop. I drive through Lee’s Summit to visit family that lives in Independence and Lawson (I grew up in Kearney, MO). Is the Incra Jig worth the money in regards to the stock bessemeyer fence that comes with the Unisaw?

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#14 posted 02-21-2016 09:24 PM

matthew, For what I do, which is box building, I feel it was well worth the money. For general woodworking I would think that the Bessemeyer is fine. Although I have gotten used to the Incra and probably wouldn’t go back now. the precision and repeatability is a really nice thing.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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