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Workshop is in a standlone 30’ X 24’ gambrel style building, which I built when we had our house built in 1998. It features a walkup attic that is primarily for dry storage. It has a center carrier beam that is supported on 10’ centers.

Like most workshops it never seems big enough, nor it never seems complete. A few items that I included that I really like are:

  • French Cleat Hanging System. I won’t take credit for this (see Benchmark). Everything, including cabinets is hung from french cleats. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve reconfigured as I’ve finished things, or bought new items.
  • Freeze Proof Storage – I wanted a place to store paints, stains, caulk, glue, etc., and keep them from freezing. In the prior incarnation of this I’d built some shelves under the stairs, but they were hard to get to. This time I insulated the framed walls under the stairs, and wired it for a lightbulb (that’s all it takes here); but I built a roll-out cart. This lets me have a cart that uses all of the space, and all I have to do it pull it out to access the items.
  • Dust Collection – I put the dust collector upstairs and immediately noticed the humm rosonating thru the ceiling (which was particularly annoying to me). I solved the problem by taking some leftover rigid packing foam and built a frame that was slightly larger than the base of the DC, and put the packing foam under and around the DC base. I put a loose piece of plywood under the DC, so it wouldn’t tear up the foam. It did wonders for deadening the noise.


  • Grizzly 3HP 10” table saw – wanted saw out of way of garage door (so I decided to put it across the back). Some cuts require slight adjustment to clear support post, but works really nice.
  • Bosch 12” dual compound miter saw – set this up so that I could bring long stock thru exterior door.
  • Shopsmith Mark V – 30 years old and my first ‘real’ saw. I feel much safer with the 2 above saws, but I still use the disk sander, drill press, band saw, and lathe.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 10:34 PM

Ick, I like your shop very much. The shop building itself is a real winner. What you have done is to make you a nice comfortable workspace and the white walls makes it look larger but also lifts up the spirit by making it seem brighter. You’ve done a very good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 10:57 PM

Good looking shop … a lot of us are salivating over your digs! Thanks for posting.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 11:04 PM

Craig, great shop.
Thanks for sharing, I need to get my shop into shape.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 02:30 AM

Craig, this is a nice looking shop that you have put together. It is spacious, well lit, and the windows are a big bonus in my book. And I have always that having a stand alone shop is the way to go. You can apply finishes or fire up your power tools without having to worry about bothering other members of the family. You also have put together a pretty nice collection of tools. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. It was fun to take a tour of your shop.

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

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 02:36 AM

Great looking shop Craig. Painting it white really helps keeps things bright and cheery. Nice storage upstairs, I’m jealous.

Edit: The light grey looks awful cheery too….LOL

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 02:41 AM

Walls are a very light grey, just enough color to know that there is color.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 03:33 AM

Nice looking shop, Craig.

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 04:19 AM


Very nice shop. Putting the DC in the attic is great idea. Glad you were able to solve the resonance issue. Have you considered installing your air compressor in the attic as well?

Thanks for sharing.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 11-24-2010 03:00 PM

When I was designing this shop remodel, I was going to put the air compressor in the attic, but right now I have a small compressor and I’ll drag it out to jobs. It is definitely noisy, so if I ever get a larger one, it will definitely go in the attic.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#10 posted 11-26-2010 07:20 AM

Hey Craig,
Nicely designed and presented work shop with lots of cool goodies to play with…well done.

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 07:41 AM

That is a nice looking shop! Both on the inside and the outside. Do you have The DC going to the miter saw? If so how does that work? How about pics of it? When I finally get my shop up and running I want to have a cabinet like you did, to keep finishes from getting too cold. Thanks for sharing, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 07:45 AM

neat shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 05:29 PM

Sillac, my miter saw is tied into the DC, but it has been a bit of a journey (and I’m not sure I’m at the end yet). I have the Bosch 12” miter saw and for DC, I could’ve made my support table a couple of inches deeper. I also had difficulty finding fittings that would convert the 2” hose on my DC to the throat on the meter saw.

Right now, I’ve built a custom collection box and the original plan was to put some material (burlap) over the top edge with velcro. But after seeing the action and how the sawdust shot out, I’ve abandoned that idea. I had a set of tools from an old shop vac and the small hose end fit perfectly on the chute of the saw, so I just cut a small section of hose and jambed it down into the 2”.

From a DC standpoint, I’m satisfied with the amount it collects. I’ll probably cut the original box down some more so that I can more easily adjust the saw thru it’s full range of motion.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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