I have debated posting this for a while, but the response from “My $2.00 router table” sent me to typing. Maybe I can inspire some other woodworkers to get off their buts and start butchering wood.
Last summer I needed a wood shop in a hurry, I went to the local pole building builders and found that they where over booked, and that the permits were taking 6-10 months, and the permit cost alone was going to be over $3400.00.
So call me a cheap SOB again, and necessity is the mother of invention, I found a 40 ft. fifth wheel travel trailer with a slide out for $200.00. The interior was in rough shape, as someone had lived in it for a few years, But Hey; I was planning to gut it anyway. So I moved it onto my property (as it’s on wheels and is a travel trailer, no permits required). Gutted it for the most part, and started to build my shop. In gutting It, I was able to sell the water tank, propane heater, 12V converter, ect. On Craig’s list for more that I spent on the trailer. I live in the country with the nearest niebor a 3rd of a mile away, so looks don’t mater that much. Now it did cost me around $250.00 to run 100 amp 240V power to the trailer, and I have added a wood stove (the wood stove was free, but the smoke stack set me back around $350), as well as lighting (some used, some new).
It’s been a fun project, and is working very well for me. I can mill 8ft material and sheet goods with very little movement of equipment. The shop is always full of sawdust, as it gets used 8-12 hrs a day; I even built a rack tonight to hold all the different grades of sanding belts, and mounted it above the miter saw.
Enjoy the pics.
Shop looking back from the wood stove.
My $5.00 lathe, but it took me 6 months to find the $2.00 motor.
$25.00 Craigs list jointer
Rear to front
Central heat, and wood storage.
-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.