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Here's My Workshop!

Karl Bischoff
Seattle, WA

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Here are some photos of my newly completed shop. It took 3 years to get the city to permit due to liquification zone issues (earthquakes), but I am now operational. The shop is primarily built to build a 30' wooden schooner.

The big white floor is painted plywood temporarily placed over car decking over concrete. The plywood is used to loft (draw out) the boat full size in order to make patterns. The jointer, planer and primary band saw are set mid shop so I can run 25' timbers thru. The dimensions of the shop are roughly 32' x 55', with a 16' ceiling height.

The building includes electric heat, full insulation, a 12x14 door, and a 24" thick foundation w/14,000 lbs of rebar (again... liquification zone). I also put in a bathroom with shower.

One band saw is for milling and one is for detail work. One bench is for basic work and one bench is a planking bench (with associated chisels, knee vise, etc).

You can see pictures of the shop's construction on my web site:

You can email Karl at or check out his website at to read the full amazing story of the construction of his shop and his latest boat build!

Want to see more shops? Check out our Shops Gallery , featuring many of the shops that we have featured in previous editions of Wood News.

Would you like for your shop to appear in this column? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

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