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Shop Expansion #1: The floor is down

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 1968 days ago 1520 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I decided to bite the bullet and help out the local economy a little. Currently my shop is 24’ x 38’ with 8’ ceilings. But my work space seams to keep getting smaller and smaller with every piece of equipment that I aquire. So my actual building or assembly area has become quite small. With the ways things have been going lately I’ve struggled with the decision of build or not to build, I just hope I’ve made the right decision.

I’m adding a 20’ x 40’ addition to my current building. This will almost double what I have right now. The biggest portion of the new space will be an assembly area. Some of the equipment will make its way over to the new area. The current shop area will be used as a milling area and lumber storage. I’m thinking about puting in a small office area in the new side possibly. The addition will also have 10’ ceilings for a little more working height. I decided not to give up any space for a bathroom, I figure its not that far to the house or out the back door.

The floor was poured today and forms set for some sidewalks and a small pad outside the overhead door, those will see concrete tomorrow. It looks plenty big enough right now, just hope it stays that way.

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Now I just need my stimulus check,,,,,,,,,,,,(yea I know bad joke).

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1968 days ago

This is going to be a nice addition to your shop space. Keep us posted as things go along.

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#2 posted 1967 days ago

I think you might be arousing some envy ;-) It will be fun to watch the progress.

Your weather must be pretty nice. It’s a little too cold (with too much snow on the ground) to pour concrete here.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Richforever

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#3 posted 1967 days ago

Congratulations! Looking forward to your progress. You make your own reality. Thanks for posting.

(This makes my 4’7” area between the washer and dryer and front of the car seem even smaller.)

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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trifern

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#4 posted 1967 days ago

Congratulations Les.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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kolwdwrkr

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#5 posted 1967 days ago

Congrats on the expansion Les.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 1967 days ago

Looking good Les. Wish I had that much room to expand. Looking forward to your progress.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 1966 days ago

Hi Les

Looking forward to seeing your new shop. I am sure you will not regret going thru with the new addition. I have really enjoyed putting my new together.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 1963 days ago

You will love those ten foot ceilings. The extra money it cost me to heat I make up in unbroken fluorescent light bulbs.

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NedB

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#9 posted 1954 days ago


I went with 10’ to the top sill, plus the gambrel roof, it makes my tiny shop somewhat spacious, visually at least.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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