3-5 p.m., Monday, August 10, 2020
3886 Fairhaven Dr.
Dave Campbell has offered to open his workshop for an open house. He will show us his standalone shop, tools, and several projects he has made.
Monday, August 10, 2020
3886 Fairhaven Drive (long driveway; park on street and walk in)
Shop Tour Fact Sheet
Our Group’s Second Shop Tour – August 10, 2020.
Featured items: High-end lathe — Great layout — Artfully done show & tell projects
Date & Time of Tour: August 10, 2020 Time 3-5 p.m.
Shop Owner: Dave Campbell (717-215-3033)
Address: 3886 Fairhaven Drive
Parking Considerations: Long driveway – no parking in driveway – ample parking on street & in adjacent lots – walk up the driveway – consider carpooling
Moderator / Presenter: Dave Campbell
Ground Rules / Other Comments: Space in garage for members to gather, then pass through the adjoining shop. Many members have strong concerns about Covid; please bring a mask and wear it. Cold water will be available. Member will open his home to show and tell projects.
- Size: 20 by 20 feet
- Power 110 and 220 (dedicated wiring)
- Main tools : table saw, deep throat 20-inch band saw, shop smith, 48-inch belt sander, compressor, biscuit cutter, router table, 13-inch planner, Professional Powermatic Lathe, and ample work surfaces plus many hand tools.
- Air system – 2 heavy duty dust collector systems
- Other Features
- Built in wood rack
- Wall Cabinets
- Double door entry to shop
- Recent Projects Completed:
- Distinctive fine art furniture
- Will conduct a in home show and tell of completed projects – artfully done
- Projects using multiple wood species on display
From the host . . .
When I grow up I might know what I want to do with the shop, but in the meantime I’m still experimenting with everything. I try to spend time in the 19′ x 21’ space every. It’s air-conditioned because we live here year-round.
Regarding design, one principle is to use floor space carefully — this allows you move, and it may allow you to buy more tools(!). Get things on the walls using racks and cabinets (mine are primitive but functional). With making furniture in mind, a proper workbench plus table saw plus a layout/assembly table occupies a surprising amount of floor space. Handling 4′ x 8′ sheet goods means the tablesaw goes near the middle of the room. Since space is limited most other big tools are on wheels. Things must be rearranged so that tool locations fit the projects, so￼ a stationary dust collection system is not optimal. The two 4” port canister vacs have wheels and a couple roller stands get frequent workouts.
Most of my stationary tools are nearing age 40, and I still like them. When we moved to St. James I started over with cordless tools, settling on Makita and a single system of batteries and chargers.
Wish list . . . I’ve been able to deal with rough-cut lumber, but a lunchbox planer is not ideal. I hear those spiral carbide heads are nice. A straight-edged length of 1/4” plywood plus double-sided tape and a tablesaw is OK to make an edge, but a jointer would certainly speed things up. A combo jointer-planer and either a stationary mortising machine or a Festool Domino would satisfy my lust. However, what I mostly need to do is keep working, because it’s all just fine. I’m fortunate to have plenty of toys and time to play with them.
Since I work alone I’ve learned that safety is an important issue. A chopped off thumb tip, a ripped up palm and belly bruises from saw kickbacks, a ring finger chewed by a jointer, and quite a few other close calls were most often due to dumb actions on my part. I’ve learned to consciously slow down, consider optional methods of work, and use safety gear. More gets done if rehab doesn’t dominate the schedule.
— David Campbell