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A Tour of Ray Lasita's Shop

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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 38" 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 9½' 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.

carving 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.

saw and workbench

The SW corner shows the workbench I built from an article in Fine Woodworking. I built the tool cabinet as well, but can't remember where I saw those plans. The combo wall unit is 18,000 BTU cooling and 11,000 BTU heating.


I really need to refinish that top on my bench! It is 2¾" maple and I used machined 2 x 4s for the frame. The cabinet underneath is just made to fit.


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 1½ 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.


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 58" ash strips.

Rick Lasita

Posted 28 March 2008

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