New shop under construction #6: Finally...somewhat operational

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 04-08-2008 03:41 PM 1583 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: The final inspection is done. Now it's all up to me. Part 6 of New shop under construction series Part 7: Things are coming together »

The shop is now somewhat operational. I moved all of the power tools in. I’ve finally finished the baseboards and window casing. The baseboards are 1×6 pine with a chamfer on the top edge and the casings are 1×4 pine. I pre-finished the baseboards with poly but I’ll finish the casing in place because I also have to do the windows. An HVL system sure would have been handy there! I made the casing design myself but modeled it after traditional craftsman style casing.
The next step will be to sand the stairs and put a few coats of poly on them. Then I’ll start on the lumber rack and wall-mounted work surfaces. I’ve literally been spending every waking minute in the shop and my dear wife has been very tolerant (especially with a 2 year old and 3 month old), but I think I’ve reached the limit there so I’m going to have to throttle back for a while. There’s a lot to do outside anyway now. I have to finish the grading (if it ever stops raining) and get some seed down, put up a railing on the retaining walls and get the driveway paved.
I still haven’t converted my equipment over to 240V so I’ve been running everything off of extension cords right now-which I hate. So, there’s still a LOT to do, but at least I can make sawdust without waking the kids! That alone is huge!






-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 04:00 PM

Very nice! You’re going to spend many, many happy hours in that shop…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 04:24 PM

What a great space to work in!! WOW.

You have been trully blessed in many ways.. Enjoy.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 04:25 PM

Man, that is one nice looking shop. I bet you can’t wait to get it finished and make some real sawdust.

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

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 04:41 PM

Man Cave!!! Wow, nice shop and equipment. Roomy so far but I bet you’ll fill it with lumber and projects on no time! NICE!!!!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 04:48 PM

Stunning! You’re gonna have to get more tools to fill up all that space! The views out the windows look gorgeous too.

-- Kevin

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 05:10 PM

Hi There

Great looking shop. It is kind of nice to start out with a new shop. You are doing a beautiful job on it. Good for you that you need to give MaMa and kids sometime now. Love your window trim. Might do that to my windows in the new shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dominic Vanacora

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 06:55 PM

Great shop, the floor looks like terrazo, easy to clean. It a nice size to build small and large projects.
A great place to play.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 07:25 PM

looks great.. lots of space to play.

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 07:54 PM

Finally!!!!! I am sure you are glad that the project is for all practical purposes completed. Now it is on to the fun things like building cabinets and benches for the shop.

Great shop space and it has been an enjoyable experience tagging along with you.

Thank you for sharing in this project.

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

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#10 posted 04-22-2008 09:22 PM

Someone help me pick my jaw off the floor… WoW. Looks great. Nice work.


-- Cheers!

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 10:36 PM

Great looking shop

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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