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Here's My Workshop!

by Dana Vogel
Gulfport, Mississippi

I first ventured into woodworking in junior high and continued in high school under a wonderful and patient wood shop teacher. After finishing high school, I left woodworking behind for nearly 30 years until my early medical retirement from Du Pont in 1997 reignited my interest.

Thanks to the internet and PBS TV (i.e. Norm!) I got myself up to speed on the latest techniques and technologies and began an 8 year process of acquiring the basic tools I would need.

My main interest in woodworking is probably in furniture but I hope to be an avid wood turner one day.

Here are some pictures of our new woodworking shop that was built 6 months after Hurricane Katrina. I decided this would be a wonderful idea to help us overcome the mental damage that awful storm caused us and to help start a new chapter in our lives and I can tell you all it has worked just fine.

Note: Click on any picture to see a larger version.

These pictures show where my woodworking began, in the old shop. It's hard to believe that I used to keep all of my woodworking equipment in here.

Here's the view from the entrance of my new woodworking shop.

Here's a view of the pneumatic lift roll around table as well as the clamp and wood storage area.

My plywood storage bin and my roll around assembly table with screw bins are shown above.

Miter Saw station and power tool storage.

My tool sharpening/grinding area and my utility equipment room.

My 32" sliding table shaper.

The first photo shown above is my restored 24" bandsaw. I found this bandsaw on a cotton farm in Greenville, MS. I purchased my drill press on ebay - it is a restored 20" variable speed and it weighs 770 lbs so it is very stable! Last is my Powermatic PM2000 tablesaw and storage.

My computer and general entertainment area.

You can email Dana at vogeldp@gmail.com .

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.

Do you think your shop belongs 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 gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.

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