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Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop

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Blog series by Ric updated 07-23-2008 03:41 PM 3 parts 12921 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: Removing the stalls

10-05-2007 01:06 AM by Ric | 11 comments »

I have been asked to do a blog on converting a horse barn into my woodworking shop. Unfortunately I wasn’t with it enough to take pictures of the process so far. So I will recap what has happened up to now, then I will start taking picures as I go from here. I started with the barn as left by the former owners. The barns had 5 horse stalls, a tack room, 2 storage areas, a central alley, and the hayloft. As part of the purchase agreement, the former owners took all the metal gates to ...

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Part 2: Turning doors into windows and enlarging windows

10-27-2007 05:08 AM by Ric | 2 comments »

Well, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Had company for three weeks, so things are a bit behind schedule. I decided to go with the forced air heating system. Saving almost $2,000 and not having to add to my to-do list were irresistable! Oh the joys of dealing with someone else’s idea of “that’s OK, it’s just a barn” construction techniques! I framed in the one door I am closing off (it will be behind my wood storage area). When I went to ...

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Part 3: Installing the furnace and electrical work

07-23-2008 03:41 PM by Ric | 5 comments »

Wow! Time sure flies! After spending the fall taking online business classes, then doing a 3 month fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, I seem to have lost a bit of time! Well, on to what is new so far. I got the furnace installed. As I mentioned earlier I had wanted to install radient floor heating, but just could not justify the added cost at this time. I got a used propane force air furnace installed for less than half of what it would have cost me to do...

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