I'm Terry Sumner, age 57 and a lifelong woodworker. My love of wood came about from my grandfather way back in the 60's when I used to marvel at him building things in his small basement shop up in St. Albans, Vermont. And my uncle used to build small powerboats and ice boats in his garage shop in St albans also. He would run these boats on Lake Champlain. In my adult life I put together a fairly decent shop with a bunch of used equipment in the early 70's during my first marriage. Divorce forced me to sell everything so I went without a shop for years. Got married again and have been so now for the past 27 years to a wonderfull woman, my Carolyn, who is my biggest supporter in my new woodshop. She even pitched in building it! I had this little shop in the basement of our small raised ranch until a year and a half ago when we finally decided to build my dream shop. I built a 24 X 48 2 story shop where the ground level is a car shop. It has a 13' ceiling height to accomodate the 10,000 lb lift I installed. I have a nice Lincoln mig welder, a metal cutoff saw, drill press, and all the normal tools for working on cars. A big air compressor gives me all the air I can use.
The second floor is my woodworking shop and it has a 9' ceiling so I can grab a 4 x 8 piece of plywood without hitting the darn ceiling!
To get all my equipment up there and to bring built items down, I fabricated a hoist system on a 4" steel I-beam that extends out the double 3' X 8' doors (which I made
). The Harbor Freight 1100 pound hoist rides on a manual trolley and works very well. It easily lifted all my tools up there!
Now that I have some room maybe I can get to building some bigger things that I couldn't before as there was no room in my basement shop!
I'm a retired Connecticut State Police Sergeant, having left the job almost 13 years ago now. After retirement, I took up substitute teaching at a local vocation tech high school mostly in carpentry and auto mechanics. Then I took a job as the Assistant Manager of our local Woodworkers Warehouse store until the demise of the entire chain in Dec of 03. Man I miss that job! Then for the last 5 years I was the General Manager of a local independant auto repair garage until this downturn in the economy got me and I was laid off.
So now I have lots of time to spend in my shop and I think I'm going to try to make it bring in some income.
You can see photos of "Manland" as my wife has named it here...
Well, that's the Reader's Digest version!