Susan Rosand

Setting up Your New Shop

By Bob Rosand

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Is it time to upgrade your woodturning shop? If so, here are some basics to consider.

I was delighted when I read Harvey Fein's article on his shop (Spring2004 issue). During the six years I've served on the AAW publications committee, I always thought that the AAW members needed a regular "Woodturner's Shop" department.

Now that Harvey has introduced you to his shop, I would like to share some details about my shop/studio. For you beginning turners, I also offer suggestions on setting up your first woodturning shop.

For longer than I care to remember, I turned in my 25' x 50' dark, dank basement shop. All in all, the basement wasn't a bad working environment, considering my original shop- a 7' x 8' metal shed that was filled to the gills when I moved in my first lathe.

On the positive side, the basement furnace provided a convenient heat source in the winter. And my basement stayed cool all summer.

My move to the shop and studio shown here became a reality after my father died a few years ago. The small house I built for him next to our home eventually became my new digs on Dug Road.

I divided the working area into two sections: my work area (28' x 13') and a student work area (26' x 14'). In one corner of my work area, I have a jointer, tablesaw, bandsaw, belt sander, and drill press. The tablesaw and jointer are mounted on rollers so that I can keep them out of the way when not in use.

My work area includes a Oneway 2436 for larger work and a 1018 for smaller work. I find that I spend most of my time at the 1018.

Outfitting a new shop

So you've been bitten by the turning bug? Great! In addition to sorting out the "what to buy?" details for lathes, chucks, grinders, and turning tools, there are important shop setup details awaiting new turners.

Before building your own shop or converting an existing building into your dream woodturning studio, here are some things you may want to consider.

Bob Rosand is a member of the AAW publications committee and a frequent American Woodturner contributor. He lives in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Shop Layout

This article originally appeared in The Journal
The American Association of Woodturners
Volume 19 Number 4, Winter 2004.