A dream woodshop

BARN’s new studio for woodworking and boatbuilding is a dream come true for area woodworkers. It was designed to offer members, students and guests of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their woodworking skills through formal and informal interaction with some of the most talented master craftsmen in the Pacific Northwest.

The main shop

The main shop consists of an L-shape space of  3,500 square feet. It has more than 90 feet of wall bench space and six large assembly tables with project locker space underneath. A portion of the main shop has a ceiling height of 16 feet to accommodate building and restoring small boats. A nearby roll-up door makes it possible to move boats  in and out, and a second roll-up door will be used to bring in materials and large tools.

The shop houses all  major woodworking tools including:

  • Table saws:
    • SawStop Industrial, 52″
    • SawStop Professional, 36″
  • Band saws, 14″, 18”,  36″
  • Miter saw 12″
  • Scroll saw
  • Drill press
  • Mike Morgan adjusts the 36-inch bandsaw, which cuts everything from large timbers to 1/8-inch-thin veneers.

    Mortising machines: horizontal, vertical, slot

  • Stroke sander
  • Oscillating spindle sander
  • Disc Sander
  • Edge belt sander, 10″
  • Wide Belt thickness sander, 37″
  • Downdraft sanding table (four position)
  • Jointers, 8″ and 16″
  • Thickness planers,  15″ and 25″
  • Shaper
  • Line boring (21 holes)
  • Router station (one mobile, one built-in)
  • Lathes: (six; Powermatic, Jet, Nova, Delta)
  • CNC router (future)
  • Dust collection:
    • Machine specific central vortex system
    • Ceiling box filters
    • Downdraft sanding table
    • Individual shop vac or extractor
    • Personal mask protection

The bench room

Indianola furniture maker Tim Celeski designed the benches in the hand tool room. He used a CNC router to cut a custom design on each of the leg vises.

A separate bench room of 1,050 square feet will have eight woodworkers’ benches, a good supply of hand tools, and drafting design space, plus a desk for the shop manager.

Reserved primarily for hand tool use, the bench room will provide a quieter venue for layout, instruction and presentations.

The leg vises are real works of art.