My Shop #1: An Updated Shop Tour 1/20/12

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Blog entry by William posted 01-21-2012 06:16 AM 7718 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 01-21-2012 06:22 AM

drooling over you lumber storage… (sorry for get the dry wood wet… but I mean wood workers dream) great shop and space btw

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

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 06:22 AM

Thanks for posting. Looks like a great space. That is a fine looking wood pile. What type(s) is it?

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 06:39 AM

I have cottonwood, pecan, and oak in the rear of the photo. That big pile of darker wood you see in the foreground is what I call mahogany.
I was corrected recently and told though that it is sapelle (sp?).


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#4 posted 01-21-2012 08:50 AM

Man what a tour. Can I come over and play? Great detail as usual William, I enjoyed the stroll through your shop as well as the narration.
Thanks for the tour.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 01:46 PM

Wow, you have a nice “playroom!” It’s great there is even a place for your boys to come out and visit when they want. I really enjoyed seeing this. I can’t get over the wood storage! Awesome! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 03:12 PM

Space I envy the space

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 04:28 AM

Thank you all.

It seems that the two things most people like about my shop is the wood and the space.

The wood comes with its drawback. Like I said, you have to be careful and cull it as you go. Some of it will split on you after you’ve carefully laid it out due to it mostly being glued up strips. What can I say though? All I have in it is gas money. So I am happy as a clam with it. Out of curiosity, I go to the lumber place now and then and price what certain project would cost me to build if I had to buy the wood. Then I go home and kiss one of the piles, because I wouldn’t be doing many projects at those prices.

The space is awesome. I get to have two of everything on small tools. Why two of everything? Because one of the most used items stays in a constant state of lostness. Some things are even worse. If you ever needs a carpenter’s pencil, come search my shop. There has to be at least fifty lost in there somewhere. But hey, what wood worker doesn’t need two of everything?

Sheila, my boys do everything with me. If I had a smaller shop I’d have to work outside so the boys could have room inside.

SuperD, you know you’re always welcome.


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#8 posted 01-23-2012 04:33 AM

William – this is a super cool shop and a great tour – thanks! I had to go back a check out you original shop post first….looks like a great space to spend your time….that wood pile just takes my breath away….lucky I was sitting down….good for you! Thanks for sharing….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 09:23 PM

I want to move near your free wood source. Is it a cabinet mill or what? I used to work at a cabinet mill and they threw away next to nothing they were so efficient. Even burnt the sawdust in some sort of state of the art heating plant.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 01:09 AM

I’m going to tell you all the secret behind my wood. Before I do though, I want you all to understand that this is some peautiful wood. There is nothing wrong with it. It has never been used. It came in on a truck, was planed to final thickness, glued up into panels, and sent down the assembly line. Anything rejected on the assembly line, gets culled. This culled wood eventually lands on the lot where anyone can have it as long as they haul it away.

If you were to haul some, there is one solid rule. You cannot cull through it on the lot. We had problems with this once. They give it away to get it out of their way. If you take it, you have to take the good with the bad. Usually about half of it is completely useless for anything but firewood.

And the factory,
I can’t believe I’m telling this
Is the underground furniture company.


Crickets Chirping


It’s a casket manufcactorer.

I jokingly drug it out because I don’t tell most locals who look at my work where my wood comes from. I’ll just tell them it’s repurposed.
No, this is not decieving them. You wouldn’t believe some of the reactions I’ve gotten from people. You would think I went and dug up the casket to disassemble it.

The wood I use came from a casket factory. I has however, never been used to actualy build any casket. This is wood that is culled from the production before the assembly stage ever begins. These are pieces that are out of square, gouges from a planer knife, a split in the wood, bad knot in the middle, and a variety of other reasons.

If they catch wood before it’s glued p at this plant, they do have some kind of fancy incinerator that produces power or something (my understanding of it isn’t quite clear) where the wood gets chipped up into course sawdust chips and put into this incinerator.
The wood that is on the lot has already been glued up.
It is my understanding that it is cheaper for them to give this wood away, due to OSHA regulations, than to do anything else with it. I don’t know how accruate that is. It’s just the explanation one employee there gave me.


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#11 posted 02-17-2012 06:32 PM

Yeah.. that is one great the color. I used to think I had a stock of wood, but after guys like you here on LJs… my stock is piddily.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#12 posted 02-18-2012 03:11 AM

Thank you EP.
The color was not my choice, but I’ve came to like it enough that when a paint job was offered for free, I turned it down.
Actually, I got the story behind the colors of my shop walls.
The guy that lied here before me, he didn’t use the shop. So he let his kids turn it into a game room with video games and a pool table. He let them pick out the paint scheme.

I am a wood hoarder. I think we all are. I think sometimes I have carried it to an extreme. You see here most of my wood.
One day though, I think I need to do a post just on all the little nooks, crannies, and hiding spots I do have wood stashed.
Look at the second photo of all the mahogany stashed under the twleve foot long table. There’s several tables in my shop with wood under it like that. Also, I have to get my sons to help me put it up or take it down, but it’s amazing what can be stores in an open rafter shop, in the rafters.


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