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Blog entry by Critterman posted 05-31-2008 12:55 PM 1050 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone,

Well, the move process is moving along. Found a new place with a full basement….ALL FOR ME :>) We’ve been looking forward to this move for two years…that’s right it took two years to sell our house, but we found a beauty. Ranch style with full two car garage in the basement and full attic (for the wife’s junk). The 1500 square feet of basement are mine, mine, mine. Well, OK the stupid washer and dryer are there too, but space for those upstairs and someday that’s where they are going. I’ve dropped in a couple of pictures of the basement as it is now. Fireplace with heatilator with fan for all those odds and ends in the winter. two side rooms which I plan to make assembly and finishing rooms. Already plumbed for dust collection (last owner was a woodworker), although it may require some adjustment, and of course, a dust collector.

Fireplace in the basement….Sweet…new home for all those cutoffs :>)

Excuse the prior owner’s junk, working sink, and yeah washer & dryer but room for them upstairs so eventually that’s where they will go. You can see the dust collection system in the back left.

Air Handler’s which I will probably wall off later to reduce dust getting into the system.

Doesn’t look like much now, but it will be home and I can’t wait…feel like a little kid just before Christmas [GRIN].

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 05-31-2008 12:58 PM

That’s going to be some shop! Looking foreword to pictures as you progress.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 05-31-2008 01:20 PM

Congratulations on the sale and the purchase.

Looking forward to the remodel.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-31-2008 01:35 PM


I am excited for you as well. I am sure that this will keep you busy for the foreseeable time. But you will be having fun. Enjoy.

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2008 03:53 PM

congratulations on the purchase. that is going to turn into one nice shop

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 03:56 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 06-01-2008 03:47 AM

Jim, Glad to hear you found a place and one witha workshop to boot. How fortuante the last tenant was also a woodworker..
Look forward to seeing the progress pictures.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 06-01-2008 06:38 AM

Now you can get to work setting it up!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 06-02-2008 08:52 PM

WOW Nice place and it looks like a great space for the shop, keep us posted on the progress of the transformation and have fun with it.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 06-03-2008 08:52 AM

Lucky you Critterman.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-20-2008 01:59 AM

Critterman, I just joined LJ. I live just off Magruder Blvd near the Hampton line. I just started woodworking a few months ago. I know you just moved from this area, but when you were here did you find any good sources for wood on the penninusla other than the big box stores. I have a friend with a sawmill, but he lives near Richmond which is a little too far to drive with gas prices as they are. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Gary

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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