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The LOML tells her retirement workshop clients: “If you can, put him in a seperate workshop”. And she did. I am the family’s furniture maker and renovator – non commercial. The photo’s show that it is pretty tight in there but it is a one-person shop.

This is a heated bldg of about 750 sq. ft. On the side opposite the front double doors there was a garage door. I added a small extension to that wall for lumber storeage and relocated the garage door for access. I use the green house for air drying rough cut lumber to about 9% mc. I’m currently drying quarter sawn sitka spruce for doors.

The area behind the plywoodto the left of the entrance doors is intended to be a finishing area but it holds too much stuff most of the time. I covered the window because I hung cabinets on the other side.

I love old machinery and am presently restoring a 16” Walker-Turner band saw. After that I will restore my Red Fox 12 inch thickness planer. That means the newer machines go. The unisaw is about 25 years old and you can see on it the original Delta tenoning jig.

You can see a massive Wadkin pin router that weighs over 1,000 lbs. It is great even though I had to mount a 3 hp Makita on it because I don’t have 3 phase power. I didn’t really intend to have it – I was the opening and lone bidder at an auction at $110.

I fully restored the Rockwell shaper including new bearings all around. The 1950”s 1 hp motor is a beast to re-install but after a lot of grunting I got there.

Behind it is a work bench I made twenty years ago from the Tage Frid design in FWW #4 although I had to reverse the design because I’m a lefty.

You can see a rack of Stanley goodies. I’m in the process of disbursing most of it keeping only some of the specialty planes that I use.

I’d like to go thru that window with another extension to make room for a 52” stroke sander that I have in another building. I would also like to get the cyclone dust collector out of the building. Iit’s hard to win these debates when there’s no money coming in from the output. But I say to LOML what is my mental health and not being under foot worth?

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 01:31 AM

Great looking shop. Looks like I could get a lot done in there.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 01:57 AM

That looks great Phil, You should blog some of your machine restorations.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 12:37 PM


You have a nice shop. It looks to be well organized and you have some nice tools to play with.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 02:59 AM

Nice shop.

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 11:38 PM

Phil, thats a nice workshop!

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