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Blog entry by Pete_Jud posted 03-24-2008 06:29 AM 5046 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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
Sanding area.
Xcut area
Rear to front
Router station
Central heat, and wood storage.

Pete

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.



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GaryK

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 06:45 AM

That’s a very interesting way to go about it. Great in fact!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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motthunter

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 11:32 AM

Great wood shop.. and a great use of an old trailer. I will refrain from my trailer park jokes.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 12:03 PM

well isn’t that brilliant!!
A great space you have.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 12:45 PM

Hi Pete,

That is a wonderful way to create a wood shop without spending big bucks for the space and tools.

Great job.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 01:13 PM

That’s a dandy and the price is right.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Josh

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#6 posted 03-24-2008 01:47 PM

that is pretty cool.

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Grant Davis

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#7 posted 03-24-2008 02:09 PM

Form and function, what more do you need?

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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tenontim

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#8 posted 03-24-2008 02:15 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. You know of course, Jeff Foxworthy would have a field day with this.
“You might be a redneck…....”

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Pretzel

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#9 posted 03-24-2008 03:57 PM

Actually this is a great idea!! I spend alot of time on mission trips, will have to explore this more.

-- Pretzel L8agn

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HallTree

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 06:03 PM

I love this story. A great shop with little start-up cost. I notice that the ceiling is sagging, I hope it don’t leak.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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John Gray

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#11 posted 03-24-2008 06:04 PM

Great post and idea!!! I just wish you had posted this a year ago…...so we could put the truck and the van in our garage. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#12 posted 03-24-2008 06:21 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention.
I’m curious, what kind of permit cost $3400

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 03-24-2008 06:42 PM

...and when you really start makin some money you can up grade to an Airstream! I’ve got a freind who has his shop in a 8X16 cargo trailer that he takes to job sites.

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Karson

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#14 posted 03-24-2008 06:54 PM

Great shop. and a cool way to get it going.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#15 posted 03-24-2008 07:14 PM

I had to paint the top of the roof with 2 gallons of silver seal to stop the leaks, will redo the inside of the roof as time allows.

And thanks for none of the Jeff Foxworthy jokes.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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