New Shop: Design, Construction, Outfit

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Blog series by SteveM updated 02-28-2010 11:35 PM 3 parts 8568 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Initial attempt at blogging and a test of interest level

02-22-2010 05:03 AM by SteveM | 4 comments »

Well, here goes; my first attempt at a blog, and because of that I’ll keep this entry short to see how my editing and pix uploading skills turn out. The purpose of the blog is to chronicle the design, construction and outfitting of my new shop. Assuming there is interest, I’ll add entries as progress is made. My hope is others can benefit from seeing the mistakes I’ll surely make along the way. I guess the first question is why build a shop. The answer seems a bit obvious since who does...

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Part 2: Building footprint and land clearing

02-22-2010 06:45 PM by SteveM | 6 comments »

Thanks to those who have commented and extra thanks for the suggestions. At this point I have quite a bit of info in my head, on paper and some items on order but don’t want to bore you with lengthy posts. My plan (that makes it sound as if I really pre- organized this blog) is to provide progress reports with photos and include detail as I go along. If anyone has a specific question, I’ll be pleased to attempt to answer it. The new shop is 24’ x 36’ with a small entry feature for ae...

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Part 3: Tool Layout and Start of Foundation

02-28-2010 11:35 PM by SteveM | 2 comments »

We placed the foundation concrete and, surprise, used much more material than I had estimated. The main reason was due to rain that had washed out the side walls and softened the bottoms requiring us to muck out the trenches. Final tally was 13 yards so we know for sure this darn thing won’t get blown away in whatever wind storm may come. Here is where we are on the block work. I’m very lucky to have benefited from the advice of many experienced woodworkers in sizing the shop and laying...

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