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4906 posts in 1895 days

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop
Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's Workshop

Prairieville, La
United States

A few photos of my barn shop. Built the shop in 2008 and this has been one of my most enjoyable projects because now I have a great place to work. This is the first time I have ever lived anywhere with a yard big enough to have my dream shop . Previously I had a one car garage, a open carport and a very crowded 120 square foot storage shed that stored some tools along with the lawn equipment. I wanted to go all out in building this shop because my wife and I know we want to stay in this location permanently, and besides, you only live once.
I found a great deal on windows at Habitat for Humanity and paid about $300 for all 14 windows. They are all new and double insulated.
Shop is 24×40 with 10 ft ceilings and is insulated with spray foam insulation. It stays comfortable all the time and I rarely need heat or A/C.
I installed 47 outlets downstairs for 120v plus an additional 4 circuits that are 220v. Most are 40 inches off the floor so they would be just above the worktables. The outlets for the larger tools are at floor level to keep from tripping on wires. I am looking for some good wire covers to keep them from getting kicked around. Outlets are like clamps…you can never have enough (except outlets are a lot cheaper). I have another 24 outlets upstairs.
My miter saw station has a plexiglass enclosed half circle back that is hooked up to the dust collector and eliminates over 95% of the dust. Below it are 2 shelves for lumber storage that are 14 ft x 30 inches.
Everything is hooked up to the central dust collection. It is nice not to be ankle deep in sawdust! I installed my dust collector and my air compressor under the enclosed stairwell. This really helps cut down the sound, especially since I had the insulation sprayed on the wall that separates it from the shop.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 1894 days ago

Super duper shop great size and layout. great job all the way around. Good for years and years of projects.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1885 days ago

I want me one of them barns. I see you are well set for future projects and look forward to your posts.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1885 days ago

Greg, this is a wonderful shop space that you have to work in. You have organized it well and you excellent taste in tools :) (I happen to have the same model bandsaw and jointer). I like the mats that you have put down by your tools. This sure beats standing on concrete. Great idea with the roller stand by the router table too. I have always struggled with routing long pieces and this looks like it would handle it well. I would enjoy working in a shop like this.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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John Gray

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#4 posted 1885 days ago


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Don K.

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#5 posted 1826 days ago

A truly great “Dream Shop” Greg…thanks for sharing it !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 1692 days ago

great shop !

now you can really play .

how about a dinning set from scrap OSB ?(LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 1692 days ago

Great shop why the shutters on the windows inside?

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4906 posts in 1895 days

#8 posted 1692 days ago

Thanks for the compliments.
I don’t see a OSB dining set in the works but I did have OSB kitchen countertops for 2 weeks. I just completed a major kitchen renovation and I cut OSB boards to use as temporary countertops while waiting for my new tops to be made and installed.
The inside shutters are for privacy at night. I have 28 four foot flourescent tube lights inside and I frequently work in the shop until 2-3 am. The lights shining through from 10 windows and 2 sets of french doors would illuminate the entire neighborhood

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#9 posted 1680 days ago

Greg, thats a nice workshop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1680 days ago

WOW….WOW…WOW Very nice job setting up shop!!!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#11 posted 1636 days ago

Very impressive looking shop. I like my shop but it is small. One has to work with what they have.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1636 days ago

Great huge shop like this is every woodworker’s dream.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 1636 days ago

Awesome!! Jealous…..

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#14 posted 1611 days ago

That is the shop of my dreams right there.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#15 posted 1610 days ago


You have a beautiful shop!! And it looks beautiful also.

I can understand the allure of working in a shop that is “just a shop,” an “old building turned into a woodshop,” etc., etc. But to see a functioning woodshop that was designed and built so beautifully does my heart good.

You did a great job!

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