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Blog series by Manitario updated 12-03-2011 07:36 PM 4 parts 5884 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: Week 1: Mistakes were made...

07-24-2011 05:04 PM by Manitario | 7 comments »

Purchased a new home back in June; finally got a chance to do some work on the garage to transform it from a place to park a car to a workshop…My current shop is 13×23; which I share with bikes and skis…the new shop is 17×30 which I will not have to share with anything but my tools. First day was spent clearing out some of the junk wood that the previous owner left behind. My plan was to put down a wooden subfloor; my current shop has a wooden floor, which I love; ...

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Part 2: Fear, Loathing and Failure

08-06-2011 05:03 AM by Manitario | 5 comments »

It’s difficult working on a shop when it is 400 miles away. I’m only working in the city where my new house is for 7 days a month, so time has been short in trying to get the wiring, insulating and finishing done between shift work. Had all the electrical roughed in and 2/3 of the insulating and vapour barrier up…and then the electrician stopped by. The plan was to get a separate 100 amp service put into the garage due to some difficulty getting a line from the house to t...

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Part 3: Slow progress

09-25-2011 05:47 PM by Manitario | 4 comments »

Officially moved into the new house. Now comes the massive task of setting up the shop. I moved almost all of the tools myself, courtesy of UHaul. Just couldn’t trust the moving company not to lift the TS by its guide rails, or pile boxes on top of the bandsaw etc. Given the amount of stuff in the rest of our house that they managed to damage during the move, I think I made the right decision. Setting up a new shop is a bit of a Catch-22; I need my tools in order to build stuff for t...

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Part 4: Finished!

12-03-2011 07:36 PM by Manitario | 11 comments »

Some final pics of the new workshop. It took a few months but finally got everything in and set up. After much debate about heating, I decided to go with a 5000W electrical heater, along with a small pellet stove. Living in a rural area I was limited to electric or wood heat. I use the electric heater to bring the shop up to a reasonable temperature and to keep it above freezing at night, and the pellet stove to maintain the temp while I’m working in the shop. Seems to work well so far,...

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