Sunday, February 12, 2017

Under construction...

The new wood shop at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts is well underway with the tongue and groove ceiling boards laid in place. Next comes the insulated space between the ceiling and roof, just prior to the installation of the metal roof.

I'm not sure how many readers will realize how important this is in my own life.  I was one of the founders of the organization, and we have made huge progress in only a few years. I also submitted the original design floorplan to the architect and was a consultant as he developed the building design.

Yesterday in my home wood shop I applied veneers to Baltic birch panels to make the tops of veneered boxes. I also spent some time updating my BoxMaking101 website, and adding a link to my BoxMaking101 blog that allows readers to receive new blog posts by email.

The new ESSA wood shop is amazing already. The photo is taken from inside the north wall of the machine room, and shows the bench room on the left, the reception/gallery area at center, and the lathe room at right. The machine room floor is designed with furring strips to support plywood. The  electricity will be run in the floor and some cushioning from the resilient floor will make things easier for the knees, hips, and backs of our students.

Make, fix, create, and increase the likelihood that others choose to learn likewise.


  1. nick waters8:37 PM

    Hi Doug
    My name is Nick Waters. I am a woodwork teacher in Australia and have been following your blog for a long time (I love it!). I'm keen to see the floor plan of your new shop. We are in the process of consulting with our architects as we build a new high school wood shop (2 classrooms, 1 machine room and some storage).
    I'm interested to see how yours will look given it is going to be used by younger children.
    Cheers mate
    PS you can check out some of the projects I do with high school classes on Instagram @thesallyfisher

  2. Nick, here are the details. The lathe room is 22 x 48 but is shy that by two 8 x 8 ft. closets and hall between. One is for lathe equipment and the other has access from the machine room. The machine room is 37 ft. x 40 ft. The bench room is 22 x 40. Contact me via email if you want the actual floor plan.

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