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My workshop measures 17’ x 22’ with an additional 2’ x 9’ alcove (just under 400 square feet). That is enough if you strategically place your tools so you have adequate work areas around the tools. I have most of the standard wood working shop tools except a drum sander. I have designed my workshop so that I have logical and convenient storage space for everything. There really is a place for everything and (usually) everything is in its place.

With respect to most of my large stationary tools, I tend to buy tools that are at the limit of what you can run on 110 volts. I just don’t want to hassle with 220. I was originally a Jet fan but my 2 most recent purchases of substance are Grizzlys and I am becoming a Grizzly fan.

The surface of my workbench is bamboo flooring. I mention that because that is somewhat unusual. It is an amazingly tough and durable surface.

Not shown is the dust collection system. I use Rockler’s dust right system with ports on 8 different machines. I also have an air filtration unit overhead.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 07:16 PM

Welcome to LJs Rich, nics shop laid out well and with very nice tools. hope to see posted projects soon.
happy holidays.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 07:31 PM

Welcome to Ljs very nice shop with good tools and well organized too.

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 07:45 PM

Thanks for the shop tour. Nice layout and tools.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 08:00 PM

Rich, this is a nice looking shop that you have to work in. It looks like you have it well organized and it is laid out well. It also looks like you have organized your offcuts pretty well. That is a problem that vexes most of us. We can’t bear to get rid of them because invariably we will find a need for them and then we are faced with how to store and organize them.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 08:07 PM

Nice looking shop. Very will organized and thought out. Thanks for the shop tour.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 08:07 PM

nice shop – always enjoy these tours – welcome to ljs

-- -erik & christy-

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 08:34 PM

I was just looking at my own pictures again and I was struck by how clean my workbench is. These pictures were taken a few months ago right after I had built that workbench. It certainly is not as clean now. However, I am very happy with how the bamboo top is holding up.

This workbench started as a cabinet in a flower shop that we used to own. I added 2 layers of MDF on the top and then a layer of bamboo flooring. I put 8/4 oak around the perimeter. This is a very heavy workbench and since it was once in a flower shop I probably have the only work bench in the country with a built in ribbon dispenser.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 05:28 AM

Very nice shop, great machines and tools.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 12-26-2009 05:35 AM

Very nice shop. I like the table under the table saw… been trying to figure out where to put my tenoning jig. Guess now I need to build me a table. Every thing is very well laid out.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#10 posted 12-26-2009 07:05 AM

Hey Rich,
Now that is one sweet shop with some great toys to play with…well done.

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#11 posted 12-26-2009 03:47 PM

Nice looking workshop, very well organized, but too neat for my tastes. I didn’t see your lathe, judging from the lack of chips and strips on the floor you keep at a freinds house. HaHaHaHa.
Thanks for sharing, it is always nice to see what others have, and how they lay it out.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 05:55 PM

Rich, you have a nice looking workshop.

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 04:04 AM

Great shop, Rich! You really packed a lot into the 400 sf. Looks really workable, too.

-- Dave O.

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 04:20 AM

Looks great.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#15 posted 03-30-2010 04:25 AM

very nice looken shop!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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