|Workshop by Musgrover||posted 01-02-2014 07:27 PM||1495 reads||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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I moved to western North Carolina 3 years ago from Southern CA. We looked and looked for a home we both liked that also had a woodshop or at least a shop area. I was an Industrial Arts teacher and general contractor for 34 years. I never had a designated full time space for my wood working projects. So, I promised myself in retirement to have a separate space. We could not find the perfect house. We did find a new home that had huge crawlspace because of the slop of the property. I figured I could build a shop in this wasted space. We bought the house and I built a 560 sq. ft. shop underneath the house. I am big on laying out everything before building. I used auto cad and drew the plans and the layout of the equipment, including the footprint of typical lumber lengths etc. before I built it.
I have an exhaust system and air cleaner. I no longer have to breath dust, get dust all over my wife’s washer and dryer or have to move cars in or out. I could not be happier. I have a bunch of portable tools and an Hitachi joiner/planer that I moved, otherwise I purchased new ones. Most are Jet brand except an old Rockwell/Delta lathe and a fairly new Delta table saw I bought off of Craigslist (after searching for more than a year). People here seem to think that their tools are worth more now than when they bought them 20 years ago.
-- Roger, North Carolina