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Shop with table saw in center

Orcas Island Workshop

Dale Heisinger's Orcas Island, Washington, workshop isn't much bigger than the half of the two-car garage where he used to work. But his new 16x24' shop is so much better. There's no need to move the family cars. And with a 12'-high vaulted ceiling and a covered porch, next slide, extending the work area, has all the space he needs.

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Comments (10)
Tom in WI wrote:

This is hands down my favorite shop. The best that I've ever seen anywhere. First off it's a nice well laid out, attainable shop for everyone. It's basic layout can easily be duplicated in a shed, small garage or basement. The large showplace shops are fun to drool over but I for one really like the shops that the rest of us actually have a chance to attain...with projects and ideas that we can make use of.

6/26/2014 03:39:07 PM Report Abuse
kenagain wrote:

I'm with ENorton44 above. Why do you bother to post such small thumbnail size photos? Why can't you post the original size so we can actually see it? Sometimes I wonder why you can't have common sense. It's the same as someone to post a beautiful hardwood with fine joinery and you changing it to shelving pine and nail it together. What's up? Why can't you post a picture you can see. Thumbnails for detail just don't get it.

5/6/2014 03:53:56 PM Report Abuse
enorton44 wrote:

It would be nice IF the photo's were large enough to actually see any real detail AND it would be great IF one didn't have to log in a dozen times to move around the website! One last thing that would be great would be NOT having to click to see the answer FORCED commercial to comment as well!!!!

5/3/2014 03:37:50 PM Report Abuse
ddolski wrote:

Dale you have a very nice workshop! The one thing I can't figure out is where is your thickness planer. My shop is built in an old existing detached garage and I see a lot of similarities. Don't let the nay-sayers get to you because if Wood was going to do a photo shoot of my shop I would probably repaint the epoxy on my floor and be cleaning for weeks. lol I only wish I lived in an area that allowed me windows like you have but reality is if the Bandit's can see it they will take it.

11/18/2012 10:57:59 AM Report Abuse
grandpa1791265 wrote:

I think same way. Mine is same size and am always busy making sawdust so it gets cleaned up after each job I do.In fact I am just south of Dale but on mainland in Stanwood.Still it is a very nice shop Dale and we do have some of the best views in nation

6/28/2012 10:52:01 PM Report Abuse
plusaf wrote:

so, these are museum or tour-stop shops? or do they have maid service daily, or are these folks SERIOUSLY OCD? reality-check, please? bottom-line, they don't look like "real" shops, or appear to set a standard that us common folks will never achieve. "a clean shop is the sign..." indeed.. photograph some real shops, not museums. :)

6/28/2012 02:27:33 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

Please note, we schedule photo shoots for these shops at least a month or two in advance, giving the shop owner plenty of time to "clean it up" prior to our arrival. While all the shops we show in print or online are working shops, without exception these guys want them to look top-notch for photography. Marlen @ WOOD

11/5/2010 01:38:51 PM Report Abuse
binkys.woodworking wrote:

A clean shop is the sign of a sick mind! LOL my friend accused me of this!

9/23/2010 04:32:18 PM Report Abuse
woodstock110336 wrote:

I, too, am amazed that none of these 'ideal' shops have a speck of sawdust anywhere! Do the owners spend their time building a perfect shop then quit doing things?

9/23/2010 01:46:01 PM Report Abuse
Roger L. wrote:

Nice shop, but I'm always amazed when I see these shops since there's almost always no room to work sheet goods

9/23/2010 10:01:51 AM Report Abuse

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