Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #11: After Two Months.....

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Blog entry by Matt posted 05-24-2009 02:33 AM 1838 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Complete! Well, it’s as close to complete as it can get without dragging this series along for another year or two. After all, are our workshops ever really ‘complete’. This project started the weekend of my birthday around March 25th and today, I’m putting a fork in this series. Overall, R-13 insulation was installed in the walls, drywall, a 100amp subpanel, surface mounted electrical outlets and conduit, 4 ‘2-bulb’ 4ft light fixtures, ceiling receptacles, and a bunch of other little stuff. The outlets are 52 inches from the ground in case I want to lean sheet goods against a wall. Everything is either against the wall or on wheels so my wife can park her Ford Escape inside, at times. I would like to make a permanent counter along the back wall eventually and get some cabinets hung over the outlets.

In the meantime, I’m looking for some ideas on a few personalization touches like posters, signs, pictures, or anything else. Please drop me a line if you have ideas or pictures.

I’m posting a few pictures here but the rest of them can be seen over at my new website, ‘The Workshop Garage’. It’s in my signature. Please let me know what you think…OR…if you have suggestions, they are more than welcome.

I’m also looking for pictures of your ‘Workshop Garage’ to be highlighted on

Thanks for following this. Man, I love this site!

This wall is right inside the door (which is seldom used in the summer time). The drill press is soon to be replaced. I dropped it off the bench this winter and broke the shaft on the original motor. I retrofitted a motor from a smaller drill press and it’s just not quite up to the task. Yuck!

Here is an overhead shot. That’s my FWW New Fangled Workbench in the foreground. If you need a great bench for a ‘tad’ under $200.00, this is the one to make.

Here is the last one. I need to get some of these uploaded to the ‘My Workshop’ page and then a post over on my site with the full collection.

Thanks again,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 02:44 AM

talk about a huge difference huh? looking at what you’ve accomplished – I start to believe again that there’s hope after all for the rest of us.

thanks for reminding us just that.

time to upgrade that factory insert plate on the TS ;o)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 02:49 AM

Well done! There really is no “done” as you have noted but it’s great to reach a point where your shop serves all the purposes you have for it. I haven’t reached that point with mine yet but even the small victories are satisfying.

Enjoy the shop! I’d have to be dragged out of a great place like that!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 03:11 AM

Never done.. but yours looks done enough to get something done! Shiny! nice space.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 03:15 AM

Looks good

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 03:19 AM

I with the group .It never seems to be done . you always change things when the mood strikes or new equipment comes in. Very nice shop . How about some large posters of , a Bombay chest on chest, Norm or Roy, David. or a blow up of a plane?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 04:43 AM

I like how you are using your workbench as an outfeed table.

Do you have any problem with dust and your computer?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 09:38 AM

Clean and organized. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 05-24-2009 01:45 PM

very nice..can I have it?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 05:56 PM

Very nice indeed, you’re going to have in this shop.

I was also wondering about dust in the PC ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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