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Here's My Workshop!
By Douglas Gillie
Halifax, NS, Canada

I got interested in woodworking some 55 years ago when my father bought me a Rockwell Beaver cast-iron top tablesaw which I still use on a daily basis. My mother and father both encouraged me. I specialized my woodworking interest and became interested in woodturning about 10 years ago. I started with a Jet midi lathe, sold it and replaced it with a Delta lathe. I started out making pens and then moved on to make bowls, pepper mills, lamps and wood turned clocks.

My shop measures 18 x 10 feet. I had a two car garage that I took half of to build my shop. I built the shop myself, doing the framing and insulation of the walls and ceiling. I framed out the door, which was my first attempt at installing a door and it ended up not being as hard as I had thought it would be. I installed laminate for the workshop floor.

I heat my shop with a Big Buddy propane heater, which will heat my shop to 65 degrees in about 10 to 15 minutes, I only heat it when I am in the shop. My shop has a dust filtration system that I installed running off a shop vacuum and I have a Jet ceiling unit to filter the air.

I have all of the equipment I need to do woodworking and woodturning, I mostly just do woodturning now. I have two lathes, a Delta midi and a Craftex full-size lathe. I use a Nova and a Talon chuck to hold the wood on the lathes.

Callie my guard dog/security system

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