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112 Christian Hill Road
Amherst, NH 03031
United States

My workshop is a “work in progress”. I started with a 24’ by 20’ steel building with a 24’ by 30’ carport on the front. The shop originally had steel roll-up garage doors on the front and back and a single personnel door opening to the carport. I paneled the shop in tongue and groove knotty pine, with a natural finish over fiberglass insulation. I started building cabinets.

The first winter, I found out that the roll-up doors didn’t come close to sealing across the top and they radiated cold, big time. I had installed a propane wall heater and a log wood stove and while they took the chill out, propane flowed like water and the wood stove needed constant feeding. As a result, the shop temperature dropped below freezing nearly every night. To add insult to injury, the first two winters, the snow on the roof knocked down the wood stove chimney!

This past year, I added three walls to the carport, turning it into a proper garage. Then, I made a pair of carriage house doors to replace the roll-up door to the garage and installed the old French doors we had replaced with a patio door in our kitchen, to replace the other roll-up door. That let in a lot of light while insulating the shop. Finally, I pulled the old log stove and chimney and installed a pellet stove. Now, my shop is warm all the time, propane use has been eliminated, and a bag of pellets goes in daily to maintain the warmth.

I am building three custom kitchen base cabinets to hold my router table and flanking counters for my scroll saw, oscillating spindle sander and dovetail jig, with pull-out storage for them when not in use. They are also serving as my training aids for the kitchen remodeling project we have started.

I will add pictures as I go along.

-- Jacks Dad

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 02:05 PM

Looks like a good space ,it takes time to get it all together.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 10:06 PM

Nice renovation, looks cozy.

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 09:56 PM

Oh yes. A reno is always work, but, so much fun.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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