Rick's New Shop
With plenty of natural light, this shop is ready for work.

SHOP OWNER: Rick Lasita
Jackson, TN

    My new workshop is finally completed. Work started in June of 2007 and the electric came on (after inspection) in mid August. I contracted out the concrete, electrical, framing, and roof. I helped with the siding and did most of the inside work. The exterior walls have 3/8-inch plywood beneath the vinyl siding.
    The structure is 16’ x 20’ on a concrete slab with footers. The windows and doors all have double pane glass. The windows are 3’ x 6’ to allow for maximum light. I chose double doors instead of a roll up door, as I saw no need for a garage type door in the shop. The ceiling is about 9 ½’ from which I hung four 4’ T8 fluorescent shop lights and a ceiling fan. The shop is situated about 25’ from the back door of the house (by code). After I filled in the nail holes in the sheetrock walls and painted, I started moving everything from the garage to the shop.
NE Corner
    The NE corner is the “carving corner”. I mostly do relief carving, using my power carver. I have done some birds, and some other types of carvings. Now that I have this setup, I think I can get more into carving and not have to worry about putting everything away after each use. A friend of mine in Ohio is a world-renowned waterfowl carver and he is encouraging me to do more of it.
SW Corner
    The SW corner shows the workbench I built from an article in FWW. I built the tool cabinet as well, but can't remember where I saw those plans. The combo wall unit is 18000btu cooling and 11000btu heating.
Rick's Workbench
    I really need to refinish that top on my bench! It is 2 ¾-inch maple and I used machined 2 x 4’s for the frame. The cabinet underneath is just made to fit.
SE Corner
    The SE corner is home for my bandsaw. You will also notice the oak tall clock project that I have in progress. I have a Jet 1 ½ HP dust collector in the corner that I hook up to whatever tool I am using. I had considered running ductwork for it, but over the past few years I have been doing more and more with hand tools and the need for a central collection system just isn’t that great now.
Cherry Settee
    I like building furniture, chairs, tables, etc, and have done some outdoor furniture too. This settee is solid cherry with a hand woven seat. Once the initial cutting was done on the band saw, I used a lot of hand tools to complete this piece. The seat is made from 5/8" ash strips.
. . . Rick Lasita


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