Shop that suits his abilities and budget

The six machines sitting in Larry Schwager's garage for six years told him he should do something about fulfilling his desire to get into woodworking.

"Everything was either in boxes or just sitting thereā€”a scrollsaw, tabiesaw, bandsaw, the whole works were in the garage," recalls Larry, 63. "1 wanted to do woodworking one day, but I just didn't have the room for it."

In 2006, however, Larry retired as a police officer in the town of Jerome, Idaho, just south of the famed Sun Valley ski area. He found himself with a lot of lime on his hands, and his wife wanted her garage back. "She told me in no uncertain terms to get that stuff out of there," Larry recalls with a laugh. "I figured it was time to build a shop."

Larry finished the shop that fall and happily spent the winter holed up inside. An earlier career as a draftsman working for a lumberyard served him well in planning the 24x24' shop, housed in a prefab structure. There's plenty of room for Larry to build the benches, cabinets, and other small pieces he constructs.

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