America's Top Shops Contest
May 1, 2008
Entry Details

# 788
David Christopher
Pensacola, FL
This is a door view of my shop, in the center is the workhorse, it is a 1958 delta unisaw and I have installed a 5 HP motor and a 5X9 top,it is on a homemade base that is lifted with removable trailer jacks . on both sides of the shop I have work benches, one from end to end and the other is 20 ft. under the work benches are drawers and doors to keep dust off other tools
The router table, belt sander, OSS sander and scroll saw is on drawer glides so they can be tucked away under the bench top
This is the other end of the shop, it has a double door for large material. the ceiling is 10 ft and it is reflective for better light
The tool boxes are Stanley Vidmars and at the end of the bench is my sharpening center, it consist of a jet slow speed wet sharpener and two grinders. the dust colector is outside and runs through the wall behind the first cabinet door.
In this corner is where I do most of my turning and on the bench is some of the stock that I have cut and is ready for sawing and turning.

Judges Comments
CB : Nice shop, with plenty of storage. That large empty space is just screaming out for a stand-alone workbench with some serious vises. Other than that, I could work in this shop.
JH : A decent shop with good storage. Loads of countertop space.
JH-W : Great outfeed table, plus a simple, but hard-working wall of cabinets. I really like the pull-out router table. To make it an over-the-top "Top'er," (for me, anyway), I would have liked to see a real workbench, and maybe an assembly table. As with the other entries, I'm sure that this shop works spendidly for the work that's being done, but I think those absent fixtures are a disadvantage. With just a few more added elements, any woodworker could build just about anything.
PA : A tidy shop, comfortably large, and well lit, partially due to the reflective ceiling and additional under-counter lights. The space is well organized, but I have to wonder why he keeps his jointer and planer tucked under a bench when he has floor room to spare. I would leave them out at the ready. The pull-outs for various benchtop tools are a cool approach as long as they really provide solid support. They do keep the miles of benchtop clear for work in process, and place the tools at a more convenient working height. There is certainly lots and lots of good storage along the walls. This is a shop that’s fertile ground for just about any project, large or small.

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