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New Shop Project #6: New Shop Finished (for now)!

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Blog entry by TheDane posted 686 days ago 3714 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m finally at the point where I can call the new shop finished … at least for now. It is ready to use and I have even turned out a few projects in it.

When we moved in April, 2012, the new house had a 3-stall, 1450 square foot garage. Unfortunately, they had blown out a load-bearing wall when they added the 3rd stall and the trusses were sagging, so we decided to sub-divide.

The door on the left leads to a storage room … home for the lawn equipment, lumber storage, etc.

The door on the right leads to the shop.

The shop is 14’ by 23’ ... not as big as I would like, but one heck of an improvement over what I had before (see: http://lumberjocks.com/TheDane/workshop ). The tools are all on wheels, so re-configuring it is a breeze.

Storage was a major consideration … we built a ton into this shop. Between the 3 rooms, there is a total of six lockers like this one, plus a 2 built-in counters, and over-counter cabinets in the end of the shop. We added 13 full-extension drawers for everyhing from hand tools to finishing supplies.

Dust collection is a future project … for now, I’m getting by with a Jet DC-650 with a 4” hose that attaches to the tools with Rockler’s Dust Right system.
Eventually, I plan to install a bigger dust collector (in the storage room) and plumb the shop with 6” pipes … not sure when that will happen.

The stuff that has shop vacuum ports connects to a Ridgid vac with an Oneida Dust Deputy, and there is a ShopVac Air Filter up high on the wall.

Most of my clamp collection lives in racks hung with French cleats on the wall.

The shop is heated (no air conditioning) by a 30,000 BTU gas heater.

The shop walls are insulated and we blew enough insulation into the attic to yield R38 … should be nice and comfy in the winter.

All three roll-up garage doors (a 16’, a 10’, and a 9’) are being replaced this fall. The existing doors are cheapo contractor specials that have minimal insulation value. The new doors (double steel, insulated) should give us about R16.

No shop is complete without a ‘break room’ area … mine is in the main part of the garage! Just needs a few chairs and a TV (the fridge was the first ‘tool’ that was declared fully operational) and I’ll be right at home!

—Gerry

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 686 days ago

Gerry…

That really looks SUPER!

I’ll bet you sure like that a lot more than what you had before!

Have FUN in it… and be Careful…

Thanks for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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TheDane

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#2 posted 686 days ago

Joe … There is no comparison to the old shop. I love it!

—Gerry

-- 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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thedude50

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#3 posted 686 days ago

Looks good I am a bit unclear of how much space you actually got out of the three stalls Is it one or two stalls or did you get lucky like me and claim all three. I have two infringements from the other folks that live here. one is a chest freezer that belongs to my wife the other is a bicycle rack that belongs to my son in law. Who has the downstairs apartment in the home. I would love to evict them from the shop but we need the freezer when we buy our meat in quantity. And I told him he could keep the bike rack as long as he actually rode the bikes. He hasn’t been riding them this year so they are about to get the boot to the new shed. I love my shop and I love your shop too I am just curious how big it ended up being.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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TheDane

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#4 posted 686 days ago

thedude50—The shop itself is 13×23 (322 sq ft), the storage room is 13×12 (168 sq ft), and the garage is 960 sq ft.

Only about half of the garage is used foir the two vehicles, which means the balance (480 sq ft) can be used for handling sheet goods, assembly, storage, etc. I have the added benefit of being to work outsideat least part of the year, either on the driveway outside the shop or in the backyard outside the storage room.

For example, when I broke down the plywood sheets for the utility table/cart I just built …
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... I opened the 9 foot door in the storage room, and set up sawhorses in the backyard. When I did the dovetails for the drawer in that cabinet, it was more convenient to open the 10 foot door in the front of the shop and roll the tools out on the driveway.

—Gerry

-- 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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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 686 days ago

THAT is a very nice Shop Area and a Great assortment of machinery, Gerry.

I’m certain you will enjoy many leisure hours out there. Nice ‘Break Room’ too. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 686 days ago

Thats looks very workable. Glad you’re back in’ business’ in a new shop. I put my DC and big compressor in the garage adjoining my shop and love not hearing them! Was the air filter a worthwhile addition?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TheDane

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#7 posted 686 days ago

gfadvm—I think the air filter (I have had it for several years) was worthwhile. Anything you do is better than nothing and it catches a lot of the fine stuff down to 5 microns.

When the budget permits, I plan to replace it with a more substantial unit like the JET AFS1000.

—Gerry

-- 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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thedude50

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#8 posted 686 days ago

I do my best to avoid dust too I try to never ever sand a project I try to finish with planes and scrapers only but it doesn’t always work out.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 685 days ago

Thanks. I don’t have 1 but am considering it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 685 days ago

Gerry,

Your shop looks terrific . . . a place for everything and everything in its place!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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mafe

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#11 posted 684 days ago

Congratulations.
What a wonderful shop!
Hope you will have plenty of wonderful hours there.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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sb194

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#12 posted 684 days ago

Gerry,

Your shop looks great. I would be more than happy to have a space of that size. Can wait to see some of the new projects that come out of that nice new shop.

Sean

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AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 684 days ago

That looks like a really cozy shop, I really like you layout of your tools. Also that mobile cart is a really good idea, wish I had more counter space.

Keep up the good work!
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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