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Workshop Information

United States

Old Barn Woodshop is in SW Ohio, located in an 1830's bank barn.

The shop is located under the hay loft. Ceiling is a mix of bark on logs, split rail joists with lap laid live edge boards forming the floor of the loft above. The loft allows for storage of lumber above the shop till it's needed.
At one time this area housed four horse stalls, unfortunately manure and urine ruined the original 2" x 14" white oak floor. Original floor beams were in good shape, bark on oak logs flattened on one side. I refloored with 2×8 tongue and groove flooring.
Walls, I lined the inside of the 1×12 siding with pressure treated plywood. Then framed between all of the hand hewn oak beams with 2×2 framing so the beams remain exposed, then 2" foam board covered with reclaimed ship lap barn siding salvaged from a barn in Indiana.
Windows on side wall are reclaimed stain glass windows.
When I started framing the front wall of shop I discovered wood rot between the original front wall of barn and a well house added at a later date. I removed the well house and resided front wall with rough cut 1×12 siding and reclaimed craftsman style windows. Poured new concrete, then used the metal from the well house roof to build a covered porch.
I added a before/after photos of front of barn.
Ran underground 100amp service to barn, adding a Mitsubishi Mini-split heat pump for A/C & heat.
Roughly a 2 year project to restore the barn and build out the shop.

Some of the tool inventory
Delta drill press 17-900
Delta drill press shopmaster DP200
Delta 14" bandsaw. 28-276
With Kreg Precision fence
Delta 10" hybrid table saw 36-714
Biesemeyer fence

Dewalt 12" sliding compound mitersaw
Dewalt 14" chop saw

JessEm Powrtk Router MAST-R-LIFT II
Rockler Cast Iron router table

Jet Mortiser JBM-5
Jet Dust Collector DC-650
Jet Dust Collector DC-500P
Jet Variable Speed Lathe JWL-1221VS

Laguna BX18 bandsaw

Powermatic model 100 12" planer 1987
Powermatic model 60 8" jointer 1988

Hitachi 4" belt & 8" disk sander SB10Y
WEN oscillating spindle

Woodmizer LT15 sawmill



Premium Member
4,122 Posts
OldBarn- That looks like a great place to spend some time! Also looks like you have all the toys you need….the only thing lacking is sawdust! Thanks for showing!

Premium Member
28,690 Posts
dude 2997 days here and 1 post,were you been hiding man.well glad you came out and shared your space which looks pretty keep it going and join us,we'd love to see what you create in that shop.

7,037 Posts
Now that is a shop to be working in. Love the floor. Looking forward to see the projects. Thanks for sharing

62 Posts
That is what a workshop should look like!!! Truly a great space.

88 Posts
Nice shop. Plenty of room. Perhaps one day I'll be as well equipped as you and maybe even some skill to go with them!