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Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah

I am 38, love the outdoors, just got a shop set up I have been dreaming of for years. 24x24 that doubles as toy storage. I sell Real Estate for a living after having built homes for many years where I obtained what woodworking (mostly cabinet making) experience that I do have but I would consider myself an amateur woodworker as I have not had a real shop of my own before I grew up with a dad and grandfather who were woodworkers (dad built homes as well but had a wood shop for work and a hobby) and have inherited most of my good hand tools (planes and saws) and cabinet and furniture making days were more than a decade ago. I have done a lot of finish work and a few furniture pieces (all the way back to high school) I have done a few cabinet jobs but hung more craftmaid cabinets than Drew-made... I purchased a unisaw, delta 18 inch bandsaw, 8 inch parallelogram powermatic jointer, a new Powermatic drill press, and a delta 13 inch planer as well as a porter cable 220 volt compressor this year and some other tools this year... Been saving (and plotting for a long time) the last few years have been filled with building what I could with my portable tools (contractor table saw, compound mitre saw etc.) swearing because I did not have the equipment I wanted and planning what I would get and how I would make it all work when the time came... I do sell Real Estate but drive a truck still... and always have paint, stain or slivers on or in my hands... You just never grow out of it I guess. It will be an exciting year for me in the shop. (between all the fishing and Ranger riding.) I am married and have 2 small girls.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#1 posted 2715 days ago

Hey Drew, I am impressed with the setup you have going for you. I have relatives up your way. I’ll let you know the next time we are up there and you can show me your awesome shop.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#2 posted 2715 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks

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

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#3 posted 2715 days ago

You will not only get help, you will get inspiration.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 2715 days ago

oh yes, I can the excitement – anticipating all the upcoming projects and learning opportunities :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2714 days ago

Hey this is great, someone else from Utah!!!!!!! Welcome aboard

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 2714 days ago

Thanks guys (And Gal), I am excited about the shop… It actually is not TOTALLY set up yet… They hung the sheetrock yesterday. We have a 2 car garage and I built another 2 car garage as a shop but I have a small fishing boat, the Polaris Ranger and my kids little chinease ATVs that have to go in there as well but I think I figured out how to store the tools all the way around the sides in a way that will work and they are all on mobile bases. I built drops into the ceiling for power and lets see I also purchased a wall mounted shop vac with a 1 inch hose that I can use for the small tools and have a shop vac for the big ones but a Delta dust collection system may be in my future… I also have a delta scrollsaw and the planer is DeWalt not delta… Just posted in the middle of the night. I grew up in a home with a wood shop so this is something I have wanted for along time. However my wife said no more debt for this so I had to save up the money for the building and I thought I had extra saved but Real Estate prices have zoomed in the past 2 years here and thus labor for the tradesmen went way up… So I did a lot of it myself. I have attic trusses so I have an apartment upstairs which means plumbing and I did that myself (put a shop sink in as well so I can clean my dutch ovens outside and wash the glue off my hands.) I have some projects in mind to break in the new tools but may need to try something a little less ambitious to cut my teeth with. I need to build a wall of bookshelves downstairs in the house and I need to build an entertainment center. Both may be too exciting to begin with. So I am looking for something else I need for inspiration and to get me going. I think I have all the big tools Ill need… now I need to figure out what I have to have that I dont with the basic hand tools. Chisels, Planes etc… and think a small project will help to identify the deficientcies in that department. Dr. Sawdust… you are welcome here… I like the look of your cherry bookcase! If you showed up tomorrow it would be dissapointing though… and if you show up within the next couple of months you will find a shop full of tools with no sawdust. (Like a showroom) I gotta get some use on these fine machines. BTW anyone have any great non paint ideas for sealing the shop floor?



-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#7 posted 2714 days ago

Welcome Aboard Drew. We are looking forward to seeing pictures of that shop when its set up.

As for floors, I have seen there are some rolls of a thick tough plastic you can roll out and cover your floor. I have seen the rolls at Costco, as well as some advertisements online. I also saw a video of someone that put some locking squares down as well. I do not remember the product or even where I saw the video, but I bet a search on the internet will produce some hits. I just remember the squares were kind of expensive compared to an epoxy covering. Of course you could always build a raised wooden floor with your dust collector hooked up to pull out the dust that falls through. It would be like a large downdraft table! :)

Good luck and let us know what you do.

P.S. – you better get that shop finished so you can participate in the Thorsen House Table challenge.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 2714 days ago

Drew: A small iproject is the Thorsen Side Table Clhallenge.

You can get your teath into that. And there is a deadline so no goofing off.

Let the Fun begin


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

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#9 posted 2714 days ago

I actually saw that one and have beet thinking of making it for my 8 year olds 14 inch american girl dolls.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#10 posted 2714 days ago

Welcome,man you have more and nicer tools then some people that make saw dust for a living.I was the same way when I started I jumped in with both feet(arms,hands legs,head…)good luck.One thing people do wrong is get in a rush,as I did.take your time set it up the way you want and read anything out there about making furniture.Man I bet I have 100 books and at least 500 mags.Ihave every fine woodworking,woodwork and wood ever just never stop learning at this thats whats so fun.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#11 posted 2714 days ago

I actually sort of know that… I have been waiting for so long (literally browsing through timberline tools which is right down the road from my office) for 5 years but I had no place to put the equipment. I don’t even have all of it on-site but it is paid for. I have been selling houses 80 to 100 hours per week for 13 years with very little in the way of time off and I got pretty good at it but need some hobbies to work the stress out and so it is this, fishing & camping with the 4 wheelers. My kids are getting old enough they need more time with daddy so I need to work less but would go stir crazy sitting around at home with nothing to do. Thus the need to find something to do here so daddy is home and available but mentally occupied.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#12 posted 2714 days ago

I also buy and sell houses it as it good and bads,but the money is good

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2693 days ago

I’m sorry I haven’t welcomed you to Lumberjocks yet, but I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with all the action going on here. So Welcome.

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

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#14 posted 2692 days ago

Good to have you.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 2660 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Let’s see some woodworking.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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