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In 1997, I designed and had constructed a 400+ sf English-style Conservatory above our garage to serve as a gym. It served me well as a gym for nearly 17 years. In late 2013, I decided to become a woodworker and needed a workshop. The conservatory would be transformed to double as both the gym and the workshop.

First, I had repairs to do to the interior and, as I discovered three months later, to the exterior. I knew the interior had rotted plywood beneath the thick rubber mats, but I did not know the source of the leaks was water dripping down a wall that required major repairs to that wall as well as to the plywood floor.

When those repairs were completed, I discovered to my dismay that carpenter ants had taken advantage of workmen’s failure to properly caulk below some gutters in 1997 and possibly failure of the aluminum gutters as well! Wooden fascia boards were destroyed by the ants, as were several large structural timbers. The very integrity of the entire structure was now threatened!! So before continuing the initial purchase of woodworking tools and interior cabinetry, the entire conservatory had to be saved at all costs!

I documented this extensive work in Part I of a three-part video series.

In Part II, I documented my return to the more calm choices of selecting tools, including the tension between power tools and hand tools, as I found my way toward becoming a joiner and woodworker with some initial projects.

In Part III, I documented the major projects I undertook to build a large western red cedar fence and a channel drain.

-- Gary, Washington, DC

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 04:51 PM

Confuse-ah say…. man with glass shop should avoid kickback at all cost.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 07:20 PM

What a lovely space to be able to make sawdust in.

And, I do not do windows!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 08:40 PM

Thx, Brad and very funny!

-- Gary, Washington, DC

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 03:30 PM

You must be the most careful and meticulous woodworker of all time! I really wish I could have that many windows but I’m already contemplating putting storm windows on the inside of the 3 I already have O_o That hammock is beautiful, though! Did you build it?

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 06:20 PM

As for the beautiful hammock … we clearly I agree which is why it is on my property but unfortunately I lack the skills to make it. I purchased it years ago and it is still available with a better marketing image

-- Gary, Washington, DC

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#6 posted 08-25-2014 12:13 AM

Awesome workspace! I’m sure not sure if you’re in DC or NC from the LJ pages here…If DC and you ever need a hand in the shop, I don’t live too far away and I’d love to see your masterpiece of a workshop.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 03:46 PM

The window thing? I Live in Minneapolis… windows are luxury not for the urban area…

-- I'm the best there is at what I do, what I do sure is purrdy.

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 03:53 PM

You have a great shop. It’s beautiful. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 08:55 PM

Beautiful shop and beautiful work.

-- Cheers

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