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Instead of building their portable sheet-goods rack with two sloping sides, as most plans call for, Wayne and David made one side perpendicular to the floor so they could store the rack flush against the wall. The straight back also makes a good place to hang the plywood-cutting frame shown on page 81. Shelves of varying widths hold longer boards.

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Three generations of Southards helped fashion this computer desk. Wayne and son David admire their handiwork with David's 9-year-old son, Brandon,

Photographs: Bert Vanderveen, Vanderveen Photography woodworker's profile ayne Southard has been inlo woodworking only for about eighi years, but he's learned quickiy. "I've graduated from the basics and into ihe advanced electives," he jokes. For example, he's paying close attention to the little tricks that help work get done more efficiently.

"The biggest thing I learned," Wayne says, "is that when you're cutting out pieces, make sure you label them so you know what they are. That might sound very elementary in retrospect, but you'd be amazed how long it takes you to realize it's a little thing that makes a big difference."

Once Wayne and his son, David, got their shop up and running on David's property, father and son pumped out the shop wall cabinets, sheet-goods rack, and clamp racks. Then, Wayne began work on an entertainment center while David started on the computer desk at right.

Grandsons Brandon, 9, and Tyler, 13, helped sand the shop wall cabinets—their first experience with power tools. '"They like learning about woodworking from Grandpa," Wayne says, proudly.

Photographs: Bert Vanderveen, Vanderveen Photography

Three generations of Southards helped fashion this computer desk. Wayne and son David admire their handiwork with David's 9-year-old son, Brandon,

Wood Shop Storage Solutions

Brian Hahn's shop in wooded Wisconsin has all the comforts of home. And why not? For a while, it was his home!

Some woodworkers spend so much lime in their shops, they joke that they live in them. Brian Hahn actually did—for five months while his home in Avoca. Wisconsin, was being built. That's why he added a finished plywood floor, % bath, eating area, sofa bed, and so much more.

Oh, he works in the shop too. That's where the retired chemist, 59, turns and carves eclectic bowls and lamps, and produces furniture from wood he harvests from his 73 acres of mostly forested property about 60 miles west of Madison. "I built the shop to be inhabitable," Brian says. "It's my office—I come out to work for eight hours, and then I go home. Also, 1 live out in the country, and if there's a fire, they can't get to you real quick," he quipped. "So if something happens to one building, the other is a fallback."

The shop comes first

Brian says he'd always planned to harvest wood and use it to craft his turnings. So when he was nearing retirement, he began scouting property in rural Wisconsin, bought some in 1992, and settled there six years later. After he moved back to his native state from Delaware, Brian

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ABOVE: Brian nailed the layout of his shop in the first attempt, although he had to compromise on the plan he originally wanted. (See floor plan, opposite.) "Experts will tell you to arrange the lumber rack, then the tablesaw, and then the jointer for good work progression. Instead of tackling that at the onset, I positioned the drill press first because it wasn't mobile, and I wanted it where it wouldn't be in the way when I was doing other things," he says.

began building the shop first, then started work on the house two months later.

From May through September of 1999, Brian lived in the shop, which he says was almost as large as his old house.

Brian intended the shop to be a home away from home from the beginning. The 26x48' building is constructed with 2x6 framing. Scissor trusses allowed for a 10' cathedral ceiling, which gives Brian plenty of clearance and afforded him headroom to hang an air cleaner. (Brian didn't install a dust-collection system.

but a portable shop vacuum suffices.) Drywall covers the 2x6 framing.

One corner of the building became an office, with a sleeper sofa, deep sink, and a microwave. He got rid of the refrigerator he used when he took up residence in the shop.

Contributing to the hominess are French doors, which Brian installed in front of his tablesaw. They do add practicality, he insists. "I can just open the doors and run boards in and out," Brian says. "Also, it contributes to ventilation." Casement windows overlook Brian's acreage, which contributes most of the wood he uses for turning. He stores the wood in an area on the other side of the office.

"That storage area is the only thing that tells you this isn't a residential house," Brian says. "That, and the double-duplex electrical outlets [separate circuits for each duplex outlet! are 4' above the floor instead of at shin level, like a regular house. That makes them easy to get at." Also, the electrical boxes deliver 20-amp service instead of 15, and there are plenty of extra cir-

Portable Lumber Rack

Wall shelving wheel I' storage




Bench with drawers


Lumber rack

Lathe tool racks



Workbench/outfeed table


Strip sander


Tool chest

Shelves/ partial wall


Potter's wheel



Mobile tool cabinet



OFFICE Sleeper sofa

European-style workbench

5j* Fire extinguisher

French doors

Clamp rack/ bulletin board

Parts storage


Display shelving

LEFT: Brian started with a standard European-style bench, but it was too small for his work, so he built a new one, adapting the design of Rhode Island School of Design master woodworker Tage Frid, who has described his benches as "a machine for clamping," Brian's hard-maple benchtop is considerably wider than Frid's design but features his classic multiple vises.


Tage Frid Workbench
ABOVE: A combination of movable and stationary shelves gives Brian the flexibility to change the layout of his shop as his needs evolve. His workbench is near two windows for plenty of natural light.

cuits. "With all the circuits at 20 amps, I can plug in anything anywhere and not worry about blowing a breaker," he says.

Brian also didn't skimp on the altitude—he's 6'2" tall, and "everything in the shop is scaled for me," he says. He has no trouble reaching the tools hanging on racks high on the walls.

But the grabber is the polished floor. Over a W plywood surface glued on top of two layers of OSB, Brian applied four coats of McCloskey GymSeal, which is a tung-oil-based floor varnish.

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