Bill Larson's Showroom/Shop

A SHOP AND SHOWROOM FROM SCRATCH: PART 4
Up and running at last, and well worth the effort.

SHOP OWNER: Bill Larson
LOCATION: Bemidji, MN

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final chapter of Bill's shop saga. Follow these links to view the previous installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.]

     The first two photos (left and below) show the finished exterior of the building. It has been done for a while, and the interior is getting close to completion. I have been in the "shop" part since December '99 and continue to work on the showroom as time and money allow. Getting those two precious commodities to come together has proven most difficult.
Bill Larson's Showroom/Shop

Bill Larson's Showroom/Shop      The siding on the building is a combination of Hardi-Plank Cementious Lap Siding, the trim details are painted cedar, and above the beltline the siding is exterior-grade, 3/8" roughsawn mahogany plywood. The soffit is 3/8" plywood running out to 1 x 6 roughsawn cedar fascia.

    The sheetrock guys have long since come and gone, and the walls and lid are taped and painted. The barrel vault in the "cabover section" turned out great. The doors are hung and I am currently working on window and door trim. At left is a detail photo of the "inlay casing," made of cherry and maple, that I have done in my office. I don't plan on using that detail throughout the showroom, but thought I'd have some fun in my office. At this writing, I still have 120 sq. ft. of granite tiles to lay in the entry, then .... finally .... time for carpet in the rest of the showroom.
Southwest View of Shop

    The shot at right shows two of three mobile work tables. Note the adjustable height legs on the nearer work table. You can also see miscellaneous lumber storage and a kitchen in progress under the drop cloth.
South View of Shop
    At left you can see my two tablesaws. The nearer one is a SCMI Mini-Max slider with scoring blade. The farther one is Delta Unisaw with Biesemeyer fence with my deluxe outfeed table that was featured in a previous shop shot. There's more miscellaneous storage behind the plywood rack, and the spray room is on the other side of the plastic sheeting in the center.
North View of Shop

 

At right is another view showing the tablesaws, the drum sander, the Makita SCMS and a pair of shapers. The shaper on the right is about 30 years old and beginning to get a little tired.

 

 

Southeast View of Shop

 

    Finally, at left is a shot showing my Jet jointer and various cords and air hoses. Oh, and I see the Williams & Hussy molder hiding in there, too!
South View of Shop
If you look closely in the picture at right, hiding behind the classic avocado refrigerator and the junky looking router table....just in front of the gas boiler...you can see my 1949 Allis Chalmers Model "G" that is patiently waiting for some parts so she will cruise again. If anyone has a gas tank for an Allis Chalmers Model "G"...please let me know. I NEED one! I realize that one rarely sees an Allis "G" in a woodworking shop, but it's my hobby (when there's time for hobbies) and I hope to have her running again someday.

    Keep in mind that this isn't a hobby workshop. I make my living designing, building and installing cabinets. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out our Shop Shot of one of Bill's gorgeous kitchens HERE.] The shop is usually full of "in progress" projects, but after 20-some-odd years in the business, I've learned to NOT take on any projects that "have to be done by Christmas," as they usually mean working into the evening on Christmas Eve. I don't care to do that anymore, as I no longer need the practice. That's why the shop is fairly empty right now [12-20-01]...and fairly clean which is a pleasant change of pace for me.
    In July, 2001, I was contacted via email and subsequent phone calls by A.J. Hamler, Editor of Woodshop News. He told me he had seen the photos of my building posted in Shop Shots and thought they would be great in conjunction with an article they were doing on "Building Your Own Shop." And, lo and behold, a photo of the building and some construction process shots appeared in the September '01 issue of Woodshop News. This may have been my 15 minutes of fame that Andy Warhol spoke of. At least I don't have to worry about that anymore. :-)

. . . Bill Larson


 
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