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Blog entry by Jeison posted 01-12-2010 11:57 PM 1489 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just picked up Wood Magazine’s Americas Best Home Workshops, and for the first time in a long time I’m seriously envious of other people. Of course its easy when you compare the 100 square feet of dedicated shop space in my unheated garage with a single 15-amp outlet (+500 sq ft of temperary space when I pull the cars out) to this 1,670 square foot monstrosity of awesomeness. 36×40 work area with a 16×16 office, 10 skylights, 17’ tall main window overlooking a lake (with a deck I might add) powered by TWO 200-amp service panels, heated by a 5-ton heat pump and 25kw furnace. Edit: for the record, I don’t know what a heat pump IS, I just know I want a shop heated by a 5-ton one.

Do want. Must Has…
Super Workshop

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 12:01 AM

I’ve seen some smaller shops here from LJs that looks much more appealing than that warehouse with selected tools placed around…

but I know what you mean :) sometimes we have to stop and look around and appreciate what we DO have.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Chriskmb5150

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 12:22 AM

I couldn’t have something like that, my wife would kick me out and turn it into a greenhouse. ;)

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 12:37 AM

I don´t like it
there is too much class room over it
there is not enoff MANCAVE over it

Dennis

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bsherman

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 01:07 AM

Um, yeah! I hate it… That workshop sucks! :-P

-- Brian

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 01:13 AM

The cheapo used pine?
Why not oak or bubinga??

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 01:33 AM

Thats what I call a yuppie shop!....I think the owner needs to switch shops with me to see how a real wood worker does it….when he gets done rubbing his shins from tripping over the boxes of cut offs, swapping plugs in machines….and trying to get the fire stoked up cuz it so darn cold it looks like he is blowing smoke instead of breathing….Then that person will know that he is in a shop…..I’ll show them…..meanwhile (while I’m in their shop)...hmmmm….can I have some more of that caviar and mouton roughe 65 by the bandsaw….lol

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 01:37 AM

Why are all those tools in there living room?

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bsherman

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 01:57 AM

LOL Jim! Good question!

-- Brian

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 02:01 AM

Ok Jim you actually caused me to laugh out loud!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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Jeison

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 02:01 AM

If my sister and brother in law may move this spring closer to work, I’m hoping we can end up moving from our condo into their house (we’d be renting from them, but they said we can do anything we want with their old house) anyways then I’d get a nice big basement, plus a heated garage and it has a 5-foot space on all sides between the walls and cars (I only have 2 feet on one wall currently plus a recessed 12×6 alcove.) Plus many outlets on several circuits, and a storage loft, not to mention a big back yard where I could build a storage shed.

Also they have a hot tub. Bigger heated shop area plus a hot tub. That my friends would be win.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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reggiek

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#11 posted 01-13-2010 02:24 AM

Jim if you are like me…you wish that was the living room…..Mine would maybe fit one of those windows if I knocked out a wall or two…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 01-13-2010 04:28 AM

Wow. Very nice!...but where’s the sawdust? :)

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#13 posted 01-13-2010 04:32 AM

Jei, are you suggesting putting a hot tub in your shop? Aren’t you worried that the humidity would cause an issue for the tools? ;)

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Jeison

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#14 posted 01-13-2010 05:02 AM

Well the hot tubs out back, but now that you mention it….

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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559dustdesigns

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#15 posted 01-13-2010 08:24 AM

There are some very impressive ideas in these specialty issues of Wood. I really like the way these are laid out and presented with measured drawings and even floor plans. I’ll never afford a shop like these but that’s why their in a magazine. For three years now these issues have really impressed me and helped me better organize my shop. I can’t wait for the next ones. Keep them coming!

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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