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This is my shop in Folsom, California. I have room for up to 20 people for a lecture and I have room for six to twelve for hands on class. I have room for three to work on major projects. I have three large work benches and three small workbenches. The paint room and utility room are in separate rooms. The dust collector is in a separate building. The main building is 40’ by 26’ and the dust collector/lumber building is 10’ by12’. I also have a 6’ by 14’ building for some of the Claro walnut slabs. I have stolen 160 square feet of the garage from my wife to set up the Rojek combo machine because I now have a Knapp combo split into two sections. It has three 6.2hp motors that run on three phase. Kick back with this saw will test the shop’s wall strength after the wood gos thru you.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 11-15-2008 12:51 PM

Gary, you have a wonderful shop space there. It looks to be well organized and I like the idea of making the assembly benches mobile. It adds functionality to the tool. Nice idea on the clamp storage as well. That is essentially unused space and storing them under the work table keeps them readily available.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 01:01 PM

You have clean and prudently organized shop. Nice panel saw (it is Rojek Panel Saw,I supposed) work bench, assembly table, fire extinguisher also important, and everything is so inviting – makes a woodworker like you spend day in day out in the shop. Great shop. I enjoy viewing around.
You know, when viewing a woodworking shop I would first look for the table saw, band saw then work bench. Nice shop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-22-2008 08:39 AM

Hi Gary,

I can say first hand what a great shop you have after visiting today. It is much larger in person and is a great use of space. Thanks for taking time out of your day to talk shop and give me a tour and see some of the wonderful pieces that you have created.

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#4 posted 11-22-2008 10:25 AM

Great looking shop!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 11-22-2008 12:46 PM

that euro saw is nice but your using it backwards

nice shop

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 11-22-2008 03:59 PM

I did not notice earlier that the big boy is a combi.. now only I see.

What do you mean “backwards” Roman?
The fence should be in front of the workpiece?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-22-2008 04:10 PM

Different strokes for different folks but the euro sliding table saws, as per your question

The fence should be in front of the workpiece? Yes

at least thats how the guys on the other side of the big pond do it. I learned from them.

I know its seems odd, perhaps dangerous but it isnt. Kinda like getting over the natural propensity to lean backwards heading down a rocky mountain black diamond ski hill when in actual fact it works much better if you “Dive” head first down the slope!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 12:44 PM

Hi Gary,

I enjoyed the tour of your work and the shop. I bought one of those spokeshave kits from Veritas about three years ago and have not made it yet!


-- Hal, VA,

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 06:35 PM

Is that a homemade “Tormek” sharpening machine i see..? If so: Neat!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 06:41 PM

Gary, you have a great setup. It looks very interesting.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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