Around The Shop.. #2: 1200sqft Barn Shop Setup ..part 1

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-09-2016 01:54 AM 870 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well.. It has been a while since my last blog post and wanted to catch everyone up on what’s going on around the shop.

In February I purchased a house just outside of town on 1.17 acres of land. The house needed (still does) a lot of work but it came with a 1200sqft pole barn with a loft! The loft is about half the size of the down stairs so it has roughly 1800sqft of usable space in it.

This is a serious upgrade from the 2 car garage I had in my last rental and heaps better than my tiny 1 car garage shop I started out with in Base Housing lol.

Here it is from the outside..

Now.. The has some intetesting history to it lol. The previous owners (so the story goes) had a rental tenant living there who decided to convert the space under the loft into a grow operation. So that area had been walled off, sealed and insulated.

So finally after many months of house renovations, family drama and general life dustractions I have begun work tearing down the grow room walls and reclaiming that space and opening up the downstairs shop space.

Over the last 3 days I have removed and saved intact all the wall materials. I am going to recycle most of it in the house renovation to save on the budget and whatever isn’t used there will go to use as wall benches.

The general layout I’m planning is for the space under the loft will be my general handtool and wall bench area and the garage door half will be for any future machines etc.

Here is where I’ve left off for today. Pardon the mess. With the house a construction zone I’m having to keep the majority of my household goods in the barn for now. On tap for tomorrow is to migrate as much as I can up into the loft space.

The handtoolin shop under the loft.. I plan to install one or two windows along the side wall to let natural light and air in. I have 2 in the house I am replacing so they will be perfect for here.

The window wall. I’m also putting an exhaust fan in that hole in the wall. It’s there.. Might as well use it lol.

The front wall already has a full length pegboard and bench along it. This is gonna be awesome!

And a quick tour of the rest of the space.

The loft and murder room in the loft..

And a birds eye view of the rest of the barn. Plus the view out of the handtool space.

And that’s all for now. I hope to have some bloggable progress again soon.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 09-09-2016 04:00 AM

This is big time. You’re big time, AF.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 04:34 AM

Hardly big time but the shop is lol. I feel like a little kid sitting in the drivers seat if his grandpas truck. No clue what I’m doing here or what to do with it but it sure is cool to play with lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 05:41 AM

You’re new place sounds nice, and the new shop is gonna be stellar…’s gonna take a lot of time to get things set up, but hopefully you’ll be up and running before too long….Comgrats on the new place…And enjoy that soon to be new shop….!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Don W

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 11:12 AM

Nice upgrade!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 12:14 PM

Looks like you’re starting from the same place….big space filled with stuff to deal with before making it a shop.

Best of luck. Have a great time!

What I started with:

Work in Progress progress several years later:

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 01:32 PM

Congrats AF, sweet space. Love me some murder rooms, good thinkin’.

Thanks for showing us around.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 02:21 PM

Looks nice, Eric. An excellent man space in need of care.

Best of Luck, buddy!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 02:23 PM

Don’t screw it up.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 09-09-2016 03:12 PM

That’s a great space Eric! I have often wished I had a loft to store all the crap that’s taking up valuable shop space. You’ve got a great “blank canvas” to start from. I’ll be watching to see how it progresses!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 09-09-2016 06:13 PM

Nice big space Eric. Excited for you :)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 09-19-2016 01:00 PM

Always exciting when getting into, or re-doing new space for play time. Be safe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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