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Workshop by BigEd posted 12-28-2008 06:39 AM 1536 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Winchester, OH
United States

My building is 40’ x 80’ with a wall in the middle making a 40’ x 40’ shop and an equal sized storage area. I laid it out to be as useful as possible for the things I like to do. One side is dedicated to woodworking, the other to metalworking. I try to keep the center clear for working with sheet goods and project assembly, or for working on a vehicle.
I had a local builder put up the main structure of the building, then I finished off the inside by studding the walls between the poles, insulating, and putting up the drywall. I ran the electrical circuits in conduit as I wanted the flexibility to easily add 110 / 220v circuits where they were needed.
I built the woodworking bench in 2001 – took two solid weeks to get it done, but it serves me very well.
I’m still working to make cabinets, shelves, lumber racks, etc. for storage, and have plans to put a small office area in one corner. Most of the existing “furnishings” come from local auctions.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 02:13 PM

Ed, What a nice shop space that you have to work in!!! And it is wonderful to see some sawdust and offcuts by the table saw. It makes it look like the shop is being used. :) It looks well organized and I really like it design and headroom. I would enjoy working in there.

I see you have some essential “non-woodworking” tools in there for your shop assistants. With this much space in which to operate I am sure that they can “work” in there with you.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting with you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 04:33 PM

I dream shop as far as space goes for some of us. How do you heat it? Is the tricycle used to get from station to station? Seriously, really nice shop. Needs more sawdust on the floor. lol

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 08:09 PM

Now that is a shop to be proud of, it looks like you have everything in it place, but if you took that tricycle out how much more room would you have…LOL just having a little fun!

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 04:05 AM

The tricycle is used by my helpers to make “deliveries” (which usually consist of every bottle of water from the fridge, scattering them about the shop)... Currently heated with a kerosene torpedo heater, with visions of a more permanent kind of heat sometime in the future. When I built it, I put a lot into insulation so the heater runs about 5 mins every hour after it’s warmed up. Pretty cheap to heat overall.
I’ve gotten quite a few ideas from LJ’s for shop storage. What a great website!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 02:26 AM

Holy crap that thing is huge!

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 04:44 AM

Nice looking shop.

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