Red's Shop #1: How My Slice of Heaven Came To Be.

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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 12-10-2013 11:22 PM 1846 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Red's Shop series Part 2: Deckin' it Out, Makin' it Mine. »

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-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 11:32 PM

Great stuff BRK. Thanks man, fun too see come together.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 11:41 PM

Very nice Red. I still cant get over how large your shop looks compared to mine. I’m going to take some measurements when I get home to compare. I do have a wall of cabinets on one side that takes up a lot of room. Thinking about making some changes.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 11:49 PM

I like what you’ve done with the place.

That is a sweet set up Red. The shed for all the crap is an absolute must when you’ve got kids – bicycles, roller skates, other stuff you bought them that they don’t play with, get it out the garage and never let it back in.

It looks really spacious and well organized. Are there any other pieces of machinery to add in the future?

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 11:54 PM

Thanks for sharing, Red. You’ve got a pretty awesome space that you’ve clearly put a lot of effort into. Really cool.

-- - Billy

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 12:07 AM

I really like your shop and the story that goes with it. It reminds me of the shops I have built. I get so busy making projects I can never really get my shop to look neat as yours. Seems as I make tables and jigs that work just great but they do not look very good. I like your idea to keep it in the garage which is a great asset for heating and cooling and running into the house for any number of things. My shop has just a little more floor area than yours but we do put the wifes car in every night. Most of my stuff is on wheels, but now only have to move 1 work table to also get my small truck in when it snows. Like your projects also.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 12:12 AM

Is there room for my cot??

It’s been fun and informative reading all you posts this year Red – Thanks!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 12:22 AM

Great story and a great adventure I’m sure ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 01:48 AM

great shop you have there’s come along way and as they say an ever evolving shop.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 01:50 AM

Thank you that was great inspiration for me. I am finishing a Federal table for my wife; she is so happy with how it is turning out I have been given the green light to convert our two car garage to a full time shop. Hope to have mine looking as good as yours some day.

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks guys. It’ll really start coming together in my next blog entry.

Paul- Somewhere I saw a guy who turned his tablesaw so his back would be toward the garage door. I like this setup. You need to open the garage door to rip long pieces, but that wouldn’t be a big deal for you in Vegas. That’s one option to kick around.

Renners- the only other piece of equipment on my radar is a nice planer; 15” or so. One of the nice big planer/jointer combo machines would a nice space saver. But they’re spendy, and then I would need to sell my current jointer. Sigh.
We’ll see.

Andy- back at ya.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 02:31 AM

You’ve grown your shop in different ways; so nice to see pictures to document that.

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 02:54 AM

Very cool, nice to see the progression. Almost makes me have hope that someday I wi have a respectable shop!

I think the most amazing part is that you’ve found time to do this with kid(s). I have yet to master that!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 04:06 AM

Poor little guy had to paint the birdhouse with a 1/2”glue brush while standing on a

your shop does always look spacious to me as well..I’m in a 20’ x 20’, and feels cluttered..
good stuff

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 05:51 AM

Great shop space, and nice jointer too.

The shed will work fine until it turns into… a dehumidification kiln!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 03:01 PM

Thanks for sharing the journey. Its always more enjoyable when your not going it alone.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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