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Blog entry by TheDane posted 04-28-2012 10:47 PM 2614 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m starting an exciting new phase of my woodworking experience.

My wife and I retired in January 2012, sold our old home (in 5 days!) in March, bought a new one (2 days later) in a distant city, packed up the house and shop, and moved in the second week in April. Not wasting too much time here!

The new house originally had a deep 2 1/2 car garage. The previous owner added on a generous third bay that is 14 feet wide, and a little over 33 feet deep, with a rollup garage door at each end.

They wanted to open up the space between the original garage and the addition. Unfortunately, when they took out 21 feet of a load-bearing wall, causing the trusses to sag a little over an inch!

That had to be fixed as a condition of the sale, so the previous owner is covering the cost of building a new load-bearing wall to partition of the third bay from the rest of the garage.

Plans call for partitioning the back ten feet to serve as a storage room and garden shed (the tractor and snow-blower also need a home), with a workshop measuring 14’ by 23’ ... not as big as I would like, but one heck of an improvement over what I had before (see: ).

We plan to install a 100-amp sub-panel, fully insulate new walls and the attic, and will likely install electric heat.

Because we are talking about fixing a major code violation (and I have some help footing the cost), I decided to hire a licensed contractor to do the bulk of the work. Besides, as the pictures attest, my tools are pretty much of no use right now … can’t find anything!

Work is supposed to start the week of April 30, 2012.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 11:14 PM

Congrats! That will be a great work space.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 11:41 PM

congrats on retirement, and a new home and new shop, bigger then the last even, this has got to be an exciting time for you and your family, enjoy your new life and when you get your shop all done we would love to see it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 12:26 AM

looking forward to see the grand tour of this when its ready to work in :-)

the green latter will come in handy on the nearest future being the most used tool
get one more and you can make a scafold when needed

good luck

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 12:34 AM

great space and great story!

-- John - Central PA -

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 01:15 AM

Hi Gerry. I always appreciate your input on LJ. Congratulations on your retirement and best wishes in your new home and in the building/creating of your new shop. If you would consider a progress blog, I certainly would be interested in seeing/reading it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Kevin May

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 01:21 AM

Good luck on your new shop.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 02:07 AM

You have really been a busy man….this is the way retirement works. LOL You have a nice area to work in. Sounds like you are going to make things work for you. Good luck. Why the move…family, friends, smaller city. just curious. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 02:24 AM

Grandpa … kids and grandkids. SWMBO and I both got tired of the 200 mile trek for every birthday, holiday, etc. Plus, we always liked the area we just moved back to when we lived here 20+ years ago.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 07:07 AM

Man, I have always hated moving. I have been retired for about four years. The BEST four years of my life. You have a lot of work ahead of you. Looking forward to updated shop pix’s…....................

-- mike...............

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 05:31 PM

Looks like you’re coming along very nicely!

That is a lot of work… isn’t it?!

You’ve got a lot of room to play with… which should be really nice…

I guess you’re doing a lot of paper cutout planning for the best layout(s)?

Keep it up… don’t work too hard?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 11:09 PM

how exciting to set up a new shop. go the extra mile and cheapen out on anything.
good luck in your new, old town.

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