New shop under construction #5: The final inspection is done. Now it's all up to me.

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 03-25-2008 04:06 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Door and drywall Part 5 of New shop under construction series Part 6: Finally...somewhat operational »

The epoxy floor was laid down last week and is now fully cured. The electrician and plumber finished up their work today and I got their inspections as well as the final building inspection completed today. I should be able to start moving equipment in this week. My first project will be the window casings and finishing the stairs. Then I’ll move on to the lumber rack, benches and tool storage. Here’s my clean slate:


-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 04:28 AM

Can I come over and play? What fun you have ahead of you.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 04:33 AM


This is gorgeous. It sounds like you are going to be soooooo busy for some time to come. I hope you have time to shoot some pictures as you go and post them so that we can see how it is going.

Have fun.

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

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 04:40 AM

Whoa nellie – that’s a beauty. Better keep that picture around for memoris—- once you move in the equipment that will be the last you’ll see it looking so nice. Hopefully it will be covered by saw dust and wood chips soon.

Congrats on the new shop.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 04:47 AM

WOW!! Won’t that be fun???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 05:08 AM

Great looking shop. And pictures too. And invisible machines.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 05:15 AM

That is one fine looking shop to be!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 05:19 AM

Hi Mark

Looking forward to seeing your progress. Hopefully I can get started on my shop soon. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 09:36 AM

And a garage door to make it easy to get tools and sheet goods inside.
Also to get finished products out.



-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 09:56 AM

Bummer about the door opener, must mean SWMBO wants to park the car in there :-) Before you enclose the space under the stairs think about putting a shop vac and compressor in there and then acoustically insulating the doors so you have access to but not the irritation of noise for these items. Add pneumatic and D/C ports in the drywall for a cleaner look. It is too shallow for full blown D/C or pneumatics but it would keep the noise down in a home shop garage. Just a thought . . .

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Grant Davis

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#10 posted 03-25-2008 01:48 PM

Add me to the envious crowd, nice looking shop

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 12:48 AM

Great looking shop, looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

There is something very special about a new beginning

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 07:00 AM

Start by sprinkling wood chips on the floor. Then you won’t be afraid to use it! Way to go, man. Happy woodworking!!!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 03-26-2008 07:13 AM

Nice space. What’s upstairs?

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#14 posted 03-27-2008 01:45 PM

The upstairs is just an unfinished attic. We’ll use to store some stuff form the house and I’ll put some jigs and other shop stuff that I don’t use very often up there.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 03-27-2008 01:51 PM

I not have my first true regret with this shop and it has to do with the epoxy floor. The floor looks great, but unfortunately I let the installers talk me into putting down the anti-slip additive (which I had previously declined). The anti-slip works great – unfortunately it is not the optimum surface for a woodshop. The anti-slip consists if small plastic balls about 1mm diameter. The upside is that I don’t have to worry about my workbench moving around .The downside is that I can’t slide anything across the floor and I have to be very careful when I put any dimensioned lumber on the floor or it will end up with a bunch of tiny scrapes in it.

My recommendation for anyone who gets an epoxy floor is to skip the anti-slip. Take your chance on slipping and enjoy a nice smooth floor the rest of the time.

-- Mark

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