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Old workshop in New Hampshire

I finally finished building my workshop, but as many pointed out, workshops are never finished. I got married after I originally designed the building that is a garage – workshop, and 2-bdrm apartment above, so needless to say, I now share much of the space!

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My 16’x20’shop was already built in the backyard when I purchased the property in fall of 2010. The last person to use the shop had a small refrigerator for beer, TV, and big easy chair in it, so I’ve spent my limited free time making it mine. To date, I’ve torn out most of the old cabinets, replaced the light fixtures, installed a plywood subfloor, repainted, installed a heat source, and resurfaced the few cabinets I kept, put up some pegboard and shelving and lumber racks, and built the ever important workbench. The old TV was replaced with a Bose CD/Radio, the big easy chair with cheap used office swivel chair that I added blocks to raise it up, and the beer fridge with my ubiquitous tea carafe.

It’s well insulated, so the cost of heating with an electric heater is minimal for the amount of time I have to spend there.

As with all shops, this one is a work in progress. I’ve yet to install the cabinet doors I just built and need to add more pegboard. Someday I might put down some vinyl floor tiles. I’m thinking about building a small storage shed on the back of the shop to store the air compressor with a hose into the shop and an on/off switch on the inside wall. I still jump every time it starts up after owning it for 8+ years.

Oh, that Delta midi lathe now has the bed extension added as of yesterday (Christmas gift from my wife).

-- John from Hampstead

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 01:40 AM

Finished? No workshop is ever finished lol. Nice looking shop, thanks for the tour.

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 02:03 AM

I have to agree that shops are never finished. They always seem to be in a state of evolution as we try to make them more efficient and productive. It looks like you have a pretty nice shop in which to work. The windows are a big bonus in my opinion. I find working under natural light to be easier than florescent lighting. Bummer about the hot water heater taking up space in your shop but I guess it does have to go somewhere. :)
Your shop looks to be bright and well lit and that is a nice bench that you have in there. It looks like you are off to a pretty good start to me.

Keep us posted on updates to your shop. It always is fun to watch how a shop changes once the tools come in and are positioned in a shop.

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 05:20 AM

Are you still alive? If so then you LIE….!

No workshop is ever truly finished, It’s the nature of the beast.

All kidding aside, that is one nice sturdy looking bench there!

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 06:22 AM

a couple more photos would be nice.

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 10:29 AM

Hey Hermit,
Nice airy well lite workshop….well done…but NOT finished yet.

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 03:16 PM

Well, you are all right. It’ll never be finished, and I find I add and change all the time, plus I have to share it with my wife for her winter hobbies.

It was my first workbench and already am making changes to it also. It was kind of designed “on the fly” as I built it. I’ll probably add some electrical outlets to the sides so I can stop fighting with power cords, or at least fight less.

Like many of you who need to still work for a living, my time out there is limited to mostly weekends after the other normal weekend chores get done. I was able to complete an English garden chair a couple weeks ago, and I now building a matching side table for it. I’m chuckling to myself that the more I do, the less I use power tools, and use hand tools more.

-- John from Hampstead

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