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This Shop Has It All

Wayne Wiebe’s shop features a full bathroom, wood storage area, office space, three points of entry, 10' ceilings, plenty of natural light, a gas-fired furnace for cold winters, plus a built-in music system and fire detection.

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Step into Wayne Wiebe’s shop, and you might think you’ve walked into a woodworker’s heaven. After decades of planning, Wayne was able to include everything he wanted in his dream shop: a 60-amp electric sub-panel, in-floor dust-collection system, plywood flooring, an office area, and a bathroom with shower. 

With 1,600 square feet, Wayne allowed himself multiple workbenches and worksurfaces. Behind the tablesaw, a bench made of maple and bubinga doubles as an outfeed surface. A traditional-style workbench of walnut and maple was used primarily during the construction of the many cabinets, with a total of 63 drawers, that line the walls of the shop. Custom cabinets or racks near each power tool hold accessories for that tool. Hand tools reside in their own cabinet, protected from damage. And when it’s time to apply finish to smaller projects, he folds down a worksurface hinged to one wall. 

Wayne’s compressed-air system features a small compressor hidden inside a cabinet, feeding three air lines that include regulators and oilers, below. Wayne can power up the compressor with a flip of a switch. A second switch triggers a fan to exhaust hot air from the cabinet when the compressor sees heavy use. 

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Wayne built this walnut tool cabinet with customized holders for his hand tools. Beside it, a manifold distributes air to three separate lines. The manifold panel is hinged at the top, allowing Wayne to remove the compressor for site use.

Stick lumber rests on a mobile rack. Next to it, cubbies against a wall organize sheet goods and cutoffs. A pipe-clamp rack, mobile clamp rack, and storage in his assembly and clamping tables keep clamps always close at hand.

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The central work triangle consists of a tablesaw with sliding cutoff table, backed by a large outfeed table, and a multipurpose workstation, all at the same height.

Each of the large power tools sits on a ½"-thick rubber mat and is anchored to the floor to reduce vibration. Receptacles mounted in the floor supply power to these tools.  

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This stand-alone workstation resides at the hub of Wayne’s workspace. Drawers hold common layout and measuring tools. The plastic-laminate top “eliminates coffee rings,” Wayne quips.

 

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