Dream Shop on the Lake

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Den­nis Bosch cred­its WOOD® mag­a­zine for much of the de­sign of his work­shop and many of the projects he makes. The shop in­cor­po­rates fea­tures from other read­ers’ shops, in­clud­ing equip­ment lay­out and a float­ing wood floor that hides the dust-col­lec­tion duct­work.

Den­nis also put a lot of his own thought and ef­fort into or­ga­niz­ing the shop space for ef­fi­ciency and stor­age. He built the cab­i­nets, in­clud­ing a wall cab­i­net with slid­ing peg­board pan­els, and added mul­ti­ple draw­ers un­der work­benches. Clean­ing chores are han­dled by a wall-mounted Bis­sell cen­tral vac sys­tem with a 40' hose for pick­ing up what’s missed by the in-floor dust ports of his dust-col­lec­tion sys­tem. An out­door shed houses the dust col­lec­tor and air com­pres­sor, which are op­er­ated by wire­less re­motes.

Both of his work­benches sit at the same height as the ta­ble­saw. This helps with mov-

ing and sup­port­ing sheets of ply­wood. His bench­top planer rests on a third table, with in­feed and out­feed sup­port to min­i­mize snipe. Each table rolls eas­ily on cast­ers.

Hand tools, such as planes and saws, that Den­nis in­her­ited store in wall-mounted tills he crafted.

The shop con­tains mod­ern con­ve­niences, too, such as satel­lite TV and a heat pump for heat­ing and cool­ing. For se­cu­rity, Den­nis in­stalled mo­tion-ac­ti­vated, high-def­i­ni­tion cam­eras at each door. The build­ing has a sep­a­rate elec­tric ser­vice with a 200-amp cir­cuit panel.

When dis­cussing his shop, Den­nis says he only has two re­grets: He wishes he had built 9'-high walls in­stead of the stan­dard 8' walls. And he would have liked to have a bath­room. Den­nis says, “That would elim­i­nate both the dirt I track into the house and my wife’s fre­quent re­minders of the fact.”

The open, bright at­mos­phere cre­ates a great en­vi­ron­ment build­ing toys and mak­ing pens. for

The build­ing in­cludes a 12×30' garage area that houses lum­ber and fin­ishes, leav­ing a 20×30' space for the wood­shop. A 10×6' shed ad­di­tion houses the dust col­lec­tor and air com­pres­sor.

Slid­ing doors with peg­board pan­els dou­ble the stor­age of a wall-mounted hand-tool cab­i­net.

Den­nis Bosch en­joys spend­ing time in his lake­side shop in Arkansas. He likes to make pens and other small projects, es­pe­cially toys for char­i­ties and his many grand­chil­dren.

Den­nis built two work­benches with solid-maple bases and two lay­ers of MDF for the tops. The box shown on the bench above con­nects to a dust port in the floor, cre­at­ing a sand­ing sta­tion. It stores on end un­der the wing of the bench when not in use. Cab­i­nets and shelves un­der­neath pro­vide plenty of stor­age. A roll of kraft pa­per mounted at one end (not shown) al­lows him to cover the bench, pro­tect­ing it from glue and fin­ishes.

A pair of shop-made ris­ers on Den­nis’ work­bench make project assem­bly, glue-ups, clamp­ing, and rout­ing eas­ier. The por­ta­ble chisel rack en­sures that his chis­els are al­ways at hand.

A cab­i­net sur­round­ing the ta­ble­saw base stores blades and ac­ces­sories. The cab­i­net rolls eas­ily on wheels low­ered by foot-op­er­ated cams.

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