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Man Cave Work Shop #1: The Adventure Begins

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Blog entry by IceCactus posted 01-26-2011 09:06 AM 1279 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this is my first blog post ever, anywhere!

This past spring I bought my first house. I had a minimum requirement of a 3 car garage since i have a few toys and need an area to work on stuff. Well, i got lucky and found a builder to builds a house that has an attached 20×40 RV garage :) Once i saw that, i had to have it. This series of posts is about my adventures building my work shop in the Man Cave. Just a FYI, i didn’t name it that, the builder actually did :) Luckily for me, the house had everything the wife wanted as well.

Now that i am settled in i wanted to start on my work shop. I dont have a lot of experience nor a lot of tools, so i wanted something that was faiirly easy to build. It also had to look good and fit within my budget. I decided on some plans from plansnow. It was a Build Your Own Custom Workshop Plan featured in Shop Notes Issue #97. I choose this plan because i really liked the way it looked, it uses cheap materials and it can be easily customized.

The cheap material part is real important, as i dont want to sped a ton, and from past experience, i tend to ruin a lot of wood before i get it just the way i want it.

I actually started this project back in November, but LJ just allowed me to sign up now, so im playing a bit of catch up. After Thanks Giving i went and selected my 2×4s from Lowes. Took me 2 trips and about 2 hours to going through the pile to find boards that were straight and had few knots. I brought them home and let them sit for about a month.

I also ordered all my hardware online and more then enough screws, hehe.

In the mean time, i decided it would be a good idea to get a Jointer so i can straighten up at least one side of the 2×4 so its easier to rip on the table saw. I decided to get the Ridgid 6” Jointer. You can see a pic of it below.

I also decided i wanted a larger and newer drill press. So i purchases a Jet 17” drill press and set that up. If you watch the video at plansnow, you can see i need to drill a lot of holes. Each corner piece has 3 holes in it, and the plans call for 76 pieces. So far i love this drill press. Lots of power, easy to change speeds and accurate.

The next post ill talk about how i started construction.



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Bunarooba

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 11:05 AM

That is a wonderful garage. I think it is as big as my house!!!
I look forward to watching your work cave coming to life in your blogs.
It looks like a fun and very rewarding project.

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Sailor

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 02:13 PM

Building stuff for workshop is the fun part! I am in that same stage and I am now building my cabinets, storage racks, benches and the like in my new small shop. My suggestion is to try to make look as best you can, dress it up a little bit, you will appreciate having nice looking shop furniture. And have fun!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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GaryD

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 03:52 PM

Good luck with the build. Looks like you have a great start. Keep us posted

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Julian

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 08:44 PM

Great space for a workshop; I’m jealous. Building shop cabinets & stuff can be really fun but also time consuming. Buti it is a great way to develop your woodworking skills. If a shop cabinet doesn’t come out prefect, it’s not a bid deal because it’s a shop cabinet. Look forward to seeing future posting.

-- Julian

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flwoodhacker

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 03:13 AM

Looks like you have a good start going. I am going to follow your lead. I just moved into a new home and have an empty space of 10’ x 15’ in my garage. I do have the Shop Notes you referred to above and I plan to take a few ideas from that and put them in my shop. I’ll be leaning on the fellow members for suggestions. Good luck. I should be posting soon as well.

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