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Blog entry by Imacman posted 09-03-2010 02:14 AM 1429 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All… really liking this site, I am currently building a Hobby workshop outback, it is 12 X 21 with 8 foot ceilings and a concrete floor. The soffit & shingles will be put in this weekend weather permitting, then insulation, clad board, resillent channel and drywall next week.. then the finishing touches. The shop has 2 24” X 48” skyights so it should be very nice & bright in the day. Before the spring I will be installing solar panels and I have a 3500 Watt power inverter that I plan to use to offset my power requirements. Any advice is welcome. I’m still designing my power system, heating system ( I have access to Propane line within 3 feet of wall ) and my Air filtration duct system.

.... Hmmm just discovered I can’t seem to upload pics… I have a few of the shop so far I was hoping to post. : (
No Luck : (



-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#1 posted 09-03-2010 03:43 AM

looking forward to seeing pics of the completed shop. Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 03:51 AM

Thanks David….. I was trying to post Pics… but couldn’t figure out how : ( Can It be done from the site or do I have to use an outside photo storage service?


-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 03:57 AM


Except for the Projects and Shops photos, all photos have to be located somewhere else that’s accessible to internet users (ie, don’t use a location on your own computer, it’ll work for you and nobody else…) and then use the Insert Image button to insert a link to the photo location.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 04:40 AM

Sstill no luck… I’ve created a photbucket acct, and put some pics up there, but can’t seem to get them on here? What am I missing?



-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 04:44 AM

Shop Construction

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 04:50 AM

Ok… Not sure… but I think I’ve kinda figured it out… I hope so anyway….. Noe theres’a half hour of Life I’m not gettin’ back!


-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 04:57 AM

Paul, as Herb commented you can load your shop pictures directly from your computer into your workshop page. Blog and forum posts need to have them uploaded to a third party.

To load your pictures just click on My Lumberjocks tab at the top of the page and go to My Workshop. In the upper right corner there is an edit tab that will let you update your shop with both narrative and pictures.

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

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 12:58 PM

You said you were looking for suggestions. There’s access to propane nearby, but have you considered wood heat? I tried several different heating sources for my shop in the past. I found that I produced enough waste though that wood heat seemed like a likely benefit. I bought a good wood heater off of Craiglist. Now my only heating expense in the winter is once a year I replace all the pipe leading outside. I’ve heard several people tell me I could reuse the pipe, but I’d rather not take chances on having a fire. It costs me about $40 a year to replace it. That’s a lot cheaper than I used to pay in propane. The only drawback I’ve had is you need to stick around the shop and make sure your fire dies down completely before leaving just to be on the safe side. To me, that is a drawback I’m willing to live with. It’s an excuse why I have to spend a little extra time in the shop every evening while waiting for the fire to die down. If you want more time without the wife saying anything, throw another piece or two in there when noone is looking.


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#9 posted 09-03-2010 05:17 PM

I am looking for to seeing the pictures. I heat my shop with a pellet stove. They work great. I have been toying with the idea of solar, and wind power to offset utility costs. Not so much using the power they would generate but pumping the power back into the grid, there by slowing down or even reversing my utility meter.

-- Ray

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 05:27 PM

if you make enough scrap use it its free. another option is a waste oil burner. On a side note you can get one of those wall mount ventless propane heaters pretty cheap nowadays. might not be a bad back up to have just in case.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#11 posted 09-03-2010 05:29 PM

Hi Ray… I did manage to get the pics up in the “workshop” section last night. In terms of Power… the 3500 watt inverter I have should actually be capable of running the whole shop no problem, and if I buy a Power Grid Tie in ( about ($150) I can then pum all the excess back into the grid and reduce my overall electric bill, so I’m definately going that route, I just like the whole Idea of buildi g a self sufficient shop.

-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 05:32 PM

Theres also a tincan solar heater that can be made in an afternoon, it’s solar powered, and goes on the roof in testing the air going into the unit was about 60 degrees, and the air oming out has been measured as high as 145 degrees….The guy that “Invented” it is here in Newfoundland… have a loom at this… it’s perfect for anyone in the US… This is worth watching for sure

-- It's about the Journey....not the destination.

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 05:47 PM

Wow!!!, Imacman, you are off to a great start. It looks like the construction is very good and it’s a nice setting and with that big buddy of yours I don’t think that anyone is going to bother your tools and equipment. BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks; it’s a great place for woodworkers of all kinds.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 08:48 PM

Hi Imacman. Really like your idea of a selfsufficient shop! It is one of my dreams, working on it. Solar Power, pretty expensive where I live.
Welcome to LJ’s from my side!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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