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Here is a slid show for your enjoyment.

My shop is located at my home. Has anyone heard the phrase ? ( I’m tool broke!) This 1000 square foot +or- building was originally built by my father. It is in 4 segments and my shop consists of 3 of the segments. The 4th segment is used for mainly household storage, (LOL) I also use it to store lumber and materials at different times.

I am retired now, but made a living out of this building for a good portion of my life, as did my father before me. He repaired and refinished antiques. He was very, very good at it. I learned a lot from him. After he passed away, a few years passed and I had so much invested in the shop that I purchased the property from my mother and sister. I then built them a new home.

You enter the shop Thur either an entrance door or a standard 8’ garage door. My wife gave me a new door and opener for Christmas 4 years ago. (think she got sick of looking at the old door, (LOL) The front section is about 15’ X 32’ where all the major tools are on mobile bases to allow me to work on our vehicles. The front of the shop has a new restroom (as you can see, the door is a work in progress) and a laundry sink right outside the door opening. I have a polyethylene 10’X12’ roll down paint booth (shop made) in the middle of the front section also.

The building has a 200 amp electrical panel with all wiring in conduit and high output lighting. plus, individual work station lighting. In the winter, it is heated with a forced hot air oil furnace that I installed about 5 years ago, (new). I can’t afford the oil so I pick and choose when I use it. In the summer, the back portion of the shop has a Thur the wall window unit air conditioner, and a 32” exhaust fan with explosion proof motor. The front section has a ceiling fan and a home made squirrel cage blower in the ceiling above the garage door. (moves a lot of air)

Off of the front section, there is a 10’X12’ room used for extra storage. I have just remodeled this with new wiring, insulation, drywall and electric baseboard heat. This is the reason that it has taken me so long to get the shop photos out.

The back portion is about 22’ X 24’ with an 8’ wide entrance opening. (originally a roll up door) As you can see, I try to utilize storage in the ceiling whenever I can.
The blue and white metal casework cabinets containing 50 door and drawer openings, where removed from a cosmetics lab at the local Elizabeth Arden plant that I was remodeling. They cost me about $100 just for the U-Haul truck to haul them in and paying the help. I was going to get more the next day until the workers in the plant found out and claimed the rest.(LOL)

I will try to list tools, and equipment in the sections as you go in from the main door.

: Starting on the left wall is a 6HP,60 Gal air compressor that is hard piped Thur out the building with drops at all work stations, next is the laundry sink, the toilet, next is the craftsman sanding station, all the different hand tools, air tools etc. for automotive work. A 14’ Ridgid BS and a Delta contractors saw. (both on mobile bases)

: Starting on the right side is a MiG welder, a battery charger, my combination router and lathe station, a parts cleaner, a dremel work station, a delta 6” jointer on a mobile base. then the storage room that houses the mobile sheet goods rack, and the delta 12” plane and delta 12”chop saw combo that rolls straight out into the main room for set-up. Next in the front portion comes the furnace, and finally the Jet dust collection system that is piped Thur out the shop.

: Entering the back portion, on the right wall is the craftsman radial arm saw station with 8’ of in-feed and 8’ of out-feed table.

The back wall has, going from right to left. The exhaust fan, next is an 8’ cabinet with small parts storage and a grinding and sharpening station. A Drill Doctor is located here as well. Above that is tool storage. Next comes the Craftsman floor mount drill press. Last is a 4’ cabinet with the 2 drawers used for drill bit storage.

The left wall is for general parts storage. Plumbing, Electrical, paints, finishes, etc. And, in the middle of this room is the main work bench. I converted an old school desk for this purpose.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to my shop! Come again soon!

God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#1 posted 10-10-2007 06:20 AM

I hope your not too tool broke. You will have to post a few photos when you get a chance.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 03:51 PM

Hey Gene, does Gregory help you in the shop? I’ll bet it’s something he really gets in to. Would like to see your shop photos too. I’ve noticed so far in your projects that you’re quite inventive.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#3 posted 10-21-2007 02:20 AM

Hay Dadoo,
Thanks a bunch for asking. Gregory is not able help in the shop, I wish he could. He is 25 years old now and functions on about a 3 to 4 year old level. He is very sociable and anyone who takes the time to get to know him, just love him to pieces.
I am working on a scroll saw project for him for Christmas and trying to get the shop organised again at the same time. He loves Walker Texas Ranger. (that’s my scroll saw project) I think he has watched each episode at least a 100 times. I have a couple of new ideas that I am going to try with it. ( it will be different )

I do have some things that I will be sharing in a week or so, that I feel will be interesting to you. One is a combination router table and a wood lathe set up.

God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#4 posted 01-03-2008 05:43 AM

Gene, Thanks for showing your shop. I like the slide show, helps to give a great tour. YOu mentioned the router table lathe combo, is that it there in the 2nd picture?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 01-03-2008 06:00 AM

Hay! Clieb, Yep, The router table folds down away, under the lathe to allow full acess.

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 06:10 AM

Gene. As I was reading your posting I got to the part to where the air was piped throughout your shop to the sink and the toilet. I was wondering if that how you clear up clogs in the plumbing.

A great shop. Nice job on the design and utilization.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-03-2008 06:37 AM

Hay Karson, Yep!, Nope!, Maybe! (LOL)
Thanks for the comments.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 03-05-2008 04:33 PM

Gene, what a nice looking shop. Running water…..what a concept. That would save a few steps when wiping down after glue up and clamping, not to mention getting rid of all that coffee.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#9 posted 04-10-2008 03:40 AM

Hi Gene,

I am just now getting around to looking at your shop. You have a very nice shop space. I really like the mats on the floor. They are much easier to work on as opposed to concrete. You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. And I love your router table set-up. That is a table.

Thanks for the shop tour. I really appreciate it.

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

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 04:04 PM


What a great work shop. I saw your thead in a forum about dust collection piping and the photos of your DC piping in your shop and was wondering how you connected the DC pipe to the plastic pipe? I bought some thin walled 4 in sewer pipe (no schedule markings) from lowes and some Schedule 20 Pipe to 4” Fitting Adapter from wood craft, but they won’t fit in the pipe. Your thread in the forum was pretty good and it looks like you got it licked in your shop, so I though you might have some ideas.


-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#11 posted 03-01-2010 04:05 PM

holy router table batman!

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#12 posted 10-15-2010 05:53 PM

Nice Shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#13 posted 01-24-2012 01:44 PM

nice shop. how big o dust collector do you have?? just curious. I like the way you’ve got your pipes running.

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

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