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I bought a farm and 14 acres back in 1994 before the prices on real estate went crazy. I paid 45,000 for the place and has a huge house consisting of 4 additions over its lifetime, the main house was built in 1890. It had 6 out buildings 2 of which I had torn down.

One of the big selling points was a 40’x70’ new pole building with a concrete floor.

I’ve been a carpenter for most of my life so I was looking for a bargain and a fixer upper.

The remolding of the house was a slow process or should I say is. I put a new wooden basement under the house and roughed in the basement 3 bedrooms a full bath and a man cave theater room which came later. I wanted to match the old trim in the house so I set up shop in our living room. My 1st tool was a delta professional contractor saw and a craftsman router. After making a couple of pieces of base I was hooked…big time.
At that time My oldest daughter was dating a kid in high school and his father owned a cabinet shop. His dad told me to get a portable planer and buy my lumber from a sawmill.

Having to move my shop out in the shed I built a small room 12×20 that quickly out grew because of tool purchases.

My next shop was 30×40 which worked great until I bought the panel saw and the wide belt sander to bring it to where it is today 40’x45’.

I’m considering building another 40×60 shed for my boats and other toys so I can use the whole 40×70 shed.

Here are some pics on my shop.

All the pics I have. I’ll try to remember to take some today.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 06:54 PM

um wow, this is a sweet shop

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 08:09 PM

Scott, it looks like you have put together a pretty nice shop. It looks like you have plenty of room in there and you have equipped it with some nice tools. I am looking forward to seeing your updated pictures when you get a chance to post them. This looks like a shop which would be enjoyable to work in. And it would be a lot of fun to try and fill it with tools!

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

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 08:27 PM

Man, you really took the planer recommendation to heart! Excellent workspace & impressive TimeSaver.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 02:04 AM

I’ll have to wait on the pics until I get this batch of cabinets out of my shop…way too cluttered. Thanks for the compliments, I enjoy grabbing my thermos of coffee and heading to the shop every morning. :-)

-- New Auburn,WI

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 03:46 AM

oh wow that is a huge shop, hoping to get one that big some day, once I finish my bucket list that is. How much did that timesaver cost you? if you dont mind me asking.


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#6 posted 03-10-2011 07:40 AM

Hey Scott,
Real sweet set-up and lots of cool expensive toys to play with…nice job.

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 03:15 AM

I’m a winter woodworker, 7 months out of the year I’m in the road construction business, the other 5 I’m in my wood shop. I have a couple of local contractors that give me some work, so I have to be a legit business and carry insurance. So come tax time I get 1099’s from them, so to offset the income I buy equipment and tools for the shop and add it to my depreciation schedule. In 7 years I plan on retiring at 55 with a full pension from my road construction job and do woodworking after that and hopefully have everything paid for.

As for the price of the sander? Just under 15,000… lets just say I’ll be driving my 1997 dodge pickup just a little longer.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 06:24 AM

Scott, thats a nice shop.

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 07:47 AM

great job there is one thing i always love and thats a clean shop!!

-- John

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 08:22 AM

Ah, great looking shop Scott. But you knew that. ;~)

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