McBridge Cabinets - Progress on Starting New Shop

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 07-26-2008 10:40 PM 3215 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The new shop is finally getting done. I decided to put the shop in our 14 X 21 garage. My wife and I felt it was the quickest & cheapest way to get started for now. If I get busy and want to expand, there is a possibility of a bigger shop in the back yard. Then the 14 X 21 shop can be a finishing shop.

This is the way the garage looked before I emptied it out and started to work.


My first step was to rework tape joints, renail sheet rock and fix up damaged spots. Now I remember how much I hated doing this type of work!



After that was done, I painted all the walls and ceiling. Then I had the 200 amp service put in for the house and shop.



As you can see from these pictures, there is plenty of lights and plenty of outlets. The dust collector, heater, table saw and jointer/planer are all on separate 220 circuits.





The back wall is open for a few reasons. There were 2 big holes from the old and new power boxes and the new 2 hp Cyclone dust collector has to be mounted to plywood. I decided to cover the whole back wall with plywood and hang clamps on it after insulating.


I have added a ceiling fan and a 12,000 btu air conditioner. The electric heater will be added this fall.


Another thing I added was a 2” insulated garage door. Metal is on the inside as well.


On the back patio I put up a shed for now for over flow, off fall, jigs and misc. I would like to build a bigger wood shed down the road.


The Cyclone and duct work is here and ready to be put up after the back wall is covered. I will post pictures when it is done.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 11:02 PM

Nice progress. Looks to be the makings for a real nice well thought out shop. Keep the progress shots coming.

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 11:53 PM

Good luck with the new shop. Can’t wait to see it done.

-- Steve-o

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#3 posted 07-27-2008 01:15 AM

Looking good! We got our window ordered for the garage today and I’m working on a Sketchup of some shelves that we are going to build in “quick” order for the basement so we can transition the stuff from the shop to the basement.

Can’t wait to see that cyclone out of the box!


-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#4 posted 07-27-2008 02:44 AM

Looking good. I am envious of your AC. I look forward to seeing the progress. Thank you for sharing.

Did you get any of that flood water? I grew up not too far from you on the Illinois side. We use to road trip to the lock and dam to fish.

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

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#5 posted 07-27-2008 03:18 AM

Hi Trifern

Thank you for your comments. The only concern most people seem to have with an AC units is dust clogging the machine. GaryK had a great idea of putting a furnace filter over the intake area. It really seems to make a difference.

I live up on the top of north hill area and was not effected by the flood at all. The first three blocks of downtown Burlington got water and the bridge to Illinois was closed when the levee broke at Gulfport. The bridge finally opened up this weekend but is only one way traffic still. The town of Gulfport is still under water and a lot of the lower lying areas have water yet. It is so sad that so many people lost everything they had. Please pray for these people.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-27-2008 05:35 AM

Tom, Your shop is looking good. I’m encouraged by the fact that 14 X 21 gives you as much space as it appearis. I am planning on building a 20 X 30 Metal building on a slab myself.

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#7 posted 07-27-2008 07:09 AM

Your shop is looking good.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Bob Allen

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#8 posted 07-27-2008 10:43 AM

Nice shop, and don’t let it’s size get you down. I make large executive desks in my garage shop almost the same size as yours. I installed a hoist to move large pieces to my work bench. my work bench as well as all of my floor equipment is on rollers. Some times you will have to move things around to get some large projects completed, but don’t let that stop you. There isn’t anything you can’t tackle in a small shop if you plan it right.
One of the secrets to a small shop is good organisation. “A place for every thing and everything in it’s place” ( Wooten Desk Co. ) Good luck

Bob Allen

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#9 posted 07-27-2008 05:08 PM

Hi Bob

Thank you for your comments and suggestions. Great minds must think alike. I totally agree with you. A place for everything and everything in its place. Planning and neatness goes a long ways in a small shop. My last shop was not much bigger. I do have a 24 X 32 area in my unfinished basement that I could use for finishing bigger projects. It is a straight shot from the back door of the house. Only problem is I do have to hump the cabinets up and down the stairs. (Did I say “I” ? Sorry!) I do have a 29 and 31 year old fork lift! SMILE! There names are Joe and Jeramia! (Son and Son In law).

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Charles Mullins

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#10 posted 07-28-2008 01:43 AM


I don’t envy you at all for the sheetrock work. God may have put me down here to do something, but it’s sure not sheetrock work! HA!

Great going on the shop build. I’m glad to see you at it and to be cutting some wood soon.

Charlie M.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#11 posted 07-28-2008 04:18 AM

Looks good to me Tom, you are coming along. I used to like doing sheetrock work, then I wised up. When I do mine (begrudgingly and with lots of angst), I put the mud on as neatly as I can, then I use a moderatly damp sponge to sand. It creates about 90% less dust, and is pretty efficient with sanding. I’m convinced that drywall dust is pure evil. It gets in and all over EVERYTHING.

I share your excitement with having a new shop… I hope all goes smoothly with its progress… keep us posted.


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

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