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I've been into woodworking since the early 80s, and this is my third shop. We live in the boonies on a five acre lot, and the shop is in my side yard. The building is 40×60, plus a 20' wide carport for our motorhome. The shop was featured in both the 2007 and 2010 America's Best Home Workshops. There are a lot more shop photos and photos of the shop cabinets I have built on my web site.

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An amazing shop. Must be an incredible place to make sawdust :)
 

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Very, very, very nice shop, I wish I had all of that space! Thanks for the tour and welcome to Lj's.
 

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I'm gonna' need a link to your website.

You MAY have to look at the page of people like KHOP. There's kind of an unwritten rule around here: shops as beautiful as yours might require that you give us a video walk-through, telling us what each machine is, about your layout, etc.

Wow. Absolutely beautiful shop!! I presume you have A/C and/or dehumidification (I lived 3yrs in Fort Myers).
 

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Wow, what a workshop!!!
 

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I will second Neil's Wow!! Tom this is a gorgeous shop that you have to work in. I would be happy just simply coming in there to sweep up the dust, but I don't think I even saw any in your pictures. :)

Your shop is well organized and, with 2400 sq ft of space, you have ample room to meander around in there between the tool stations. You also have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop and I definately would enjoy working in there.
 

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Very impressive looking shop. Will organized, neat and clean. I love seeing shops like this. My shop is small but mighty. Thanks for the tour.

God Bless
tom
 

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Hello from Gainesville. I'd be ashamed to invite you over to my measley 194 sq. ft.

Seriously, you have a real dream shop.
 

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Tom every time I see your shop I have 2 basic reactions…

#1. WOW that is beautiful. And bigger than my house…
#2. I wonder what sorts of issues having that much space causes. Like I would imagine it would be expensive to heat and cool that space, but what other issues might a fellow run into if he duplicated what you did?
 

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Glad to have you here, Tom. I feel like I know you already from all of your books/publication in magazines!
 

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from dbhost,
I wonder what sorts of issues having that much space causes. Like I would imagine it would be expensive to heat and cool that space, but what other issues might a fellow run into if he duplicated what you did?

Answer: It depends on where you live. I live in NW FL where the winters are cool but not cold (most of the time - this winter has been too cold!) So heat is usually not much of a problem. The coldest it has ever been in the shop is about 50 degrees, due to the insulation and the fact that the concrete floor is a large heat sink. Most mornings the heat is run for an hour or two and then turned off when it is about 65 inside. The sun will keep it that temperature for most of the day.

During the summer the the shop is usually around 70-75 in the morning, and the shop stays comfortable until 10 am or so. The air will keep it nice all day, but when it is really hot I keep the shop time down to keep the electric bill reasonable.

Other issues? Hmmm. Build a better insulated building and there shouldn't be any. I went with the steel building as it only cost $17,000 in 1998. By the time the concrete, assembly crew, electric, and small bathroom were added it was up to $34,000. That's very cheap to me. With today's prices I would think it wouldn't be a whole lot more. Quite a bargain compared to anything built in the city…
 

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Tom
That shop should be on every books cover about woodshops great shop. Welcome to LJs.
 

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Tom;

Your shop is very impressive. Welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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Tom,

Great shop. I saw your shop in Wood Magazines, Best Home Workshops and I spent the last couple hours reading and surfing through your website. I am impressed and I am ordering your book. I have a small unorganized shop and I have been looking into renting a larger shop somewhere to work in as I didn't think I could make mine work. I have a 20×20 2 car garage and a stand alone storage shed next to the shop. I build adirondack furniture and sell at home shows and craft shows. Sometimes I have clients projects stacked around and cluttering up the shop before I can complete and deliver them. I think with your ideas, I can make my shop work and save the overhead on a larger rented industrial space. I can't wait to get your book and get started.
 

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Super large shop. Thanks for the pics!
 

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Great looking shop, a little to clean though LOL
 

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Awesome shop. Gotta love a clean shop!
 

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Great shop, lots of room, great storage, cool tools….....nice!
 
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