Carving a Niche for Myself in the Shop

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Blog entry by Mary Anne posted 11-05-2010 02:35 AM 1447 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a quick update in my shop creation progress.

What do you do when your shop is in the crawlspace of your house and you run out of room…
Grab a jackhammer and carve out a bigger space!

I didn’t take an actual “Before” photo, but this is how it looked about half way through.

And this is how it looks now, with an added 60 sq. ft. of floor space! Lots more than that in maneuvering room; now I can get to my lumber storage area (right of picture) without risking life and limb.

It was a ton of work—and several tons of granite!—for a relatively small gain in space, but having that little area opened up is going to make a huge difference for me. I am envisioning adding some sorely needed storage space over that plastic… shelves, or cabinets, or something creative.

You can see I had a great helper/supervisor all the way!

Just had to share it with y’all. It feels like an accomplishment. :)

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 02:39 AM

Oh my gosh that looks like a lot of work. I’ll bet you Do feel a sense of accomplishment. More floor space is Always a bonus. Congratulations!


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#2 posted 11-05-2010 02:40 AM

You’ll need that inspirational chair and green refrigerator when you finish … maybe Degoose will send you the website so you can order them up!!
Looks like it will be superb when you finally get there… something about the journey and not the destination comes to mind!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 11-05-2010 03:04 AM

I REALLY wish you had a picture of yourself using the jackhammer !!
What is the ceiling height where you have carved the new space ?
All that digging calls for a dip in the hot tub : )
Nice work Mary Anne,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 11-05-2010 03:35 AM

Wouldn’t it be easier to build above ground!! :-)) How much are you planning to take out? or sq ft added?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 11-05-2010 04:07 AM

Thanks, Barbs! You are right, space is kind of like clamps… you can’t have too much!

Good thinking, Ellen! I have the fridge in there already… and an “inspirational” seat in the hot tub for cogitating on my next project.

NO… you don’t want to see that… I promise you, you don’t!! LOL
The ceiling height is good… about 8’ or 9’.
I’m lovin’ the tub! It is soooo much nicer in its own room than in the garage.

One would think above ground would be easier. I’ve been working on a small room addition for the above mentioned hot tub for three years! If I am lucky, I’ll finish it next spring or summer. Shop progress is going much faster. It’s getting close. :)

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#6 posted 11-05-2010 04:33 AM

Wow !

You’re burrowing !

That’s amazing.

Be safe. Enjoy the new space :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-05-2010 04:48 AM

Very Cool… and warm… depending on the season…

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

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#8 posted 11-05-2010 05:08 AM

You are one determined lady Mary Anne! Enjoy the new space.

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#9 posted 11-05-2010 06:26 AM

Wow you have been a busy girl.
without a doubt you will love that extra space. You can NEVER have enough!

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 11:14 AM

Whoa! this girl knows no fear that’s a serious project. When all the dust & labour is a distant memory you are going to be so pleased you did it & so proud of yourself
Good on yer! (Yorkshire speak)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 11:19 AM

She’s a plumber. Piece of cake for her! I wouldn’t do it, electricians won’t work that hard. :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mary Anne

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 02:04 PM

It all started with a little lathe that didn’t need very much space at all…
Then I found LJs!!
The need for more tools and more space followed.

Neil, I believe you have given my shop a name… The Burrow.
Bob, you crack me up. When have you ever seen a plumber work? We just like to get dirty. ;)

Thanks, everyone… I think I’ll spend today in the hot tub.

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 02:16 PM

good you did this yourself

before someone beat you you it

now the space
is all yours !

-- 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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#14 posted 11-05-2010 02:27 PM

Mary Anne, I have great admiration for you and your determination to build your shop. You are a hard worker and a fine person. Thanks for keeping us updated.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 02:33 PM

Now that is commitment! Great job MaryAnne. Now take a well deserved rest.

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

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