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My wife and I converted our huge family room into an apartment for my mother-in-law who had just lost her husband. We brought her up from MD and after a month and great expense decided she didn’t want to live with us in NJ so she moved back to her trailer in MD. We spent over 2,000.00 fixing up the family room and now what do we do. So I asked my wonderful bride of 8 years if I could move my “shop” in from the 10X10 shed we had out back. I had to duct tape some drop clothes down to protect the rug and promise not to make too many holes in the walls, also that it had to be temporary.
My shop has been evolving at a steady pace since I first posted the above pictures. What had been a temporary situation is now permanent! Yea! What a wonderful wife I have. She has put up with all these changes and even helped with some of the ideas. The first pic is my trusty shadow, Buddy He follows me wherever I go.Tools I have acquired are: Central Machinery Drill Press, Delta Dust Collector, Delta Band Saw, Delta Scroll Saw, Ryobi Table Saw, Shop Smith, Skill Miter Saw, Cummings Bench Grinder.
I updated my Router Table using Ideas from the many fine Router tables on LJ. I used 4 drawer slides to make my router lift. I made a cabinet base for my table saw. Almost every thing seen here is made from recycled stuff found either from dumpster diving or Freecycle. My bench trestle is made from 2 doors and the top is made from two 1 inch pieces of hardwood veneered particle board found behind a store.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 02:16 PM

Ted, this is a pretty nice looking shop that you have. It has windows, which is a big plus in my book, and carpeting, which is a little unusual for a shop. :) But it sure beats working on concrete. Your wife is certainly an understanding woman. I can guarantee you that if I were to ask my wife to let me use some of our finished living space for a shop that I probably would get yelled at for making sawdust “in the house”. (She yells enough just because I occasionally leave sawdust on the concrete floor in my shop area and, of course, track sawdust in the house). :)

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. And, of course, since this is in your living space it has heat and air. If it were me I definately would consider making this an extended “temporary” arrangement. :)

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 03:26 PM

Thanks Scott!
My wife is the greatest! She does however shed a few tears over my shop makeover but insists that it’s ok to use the former family room/M.I.L. (mother-in-law) apartment to use as a shop. As long as I can keep the dust, noise and tools out of the rest of the house and that I don’t ruin it for when we decide to sell (when the kids get out of college and move out on their own) (as if) (heh heh) The arrangement is temporary until I can afford to build a shop in the back yard or we sell the house and downsize to a smaller one with a garage.
Thank you for your noice comment and BTW I really like your signature. I’ll have to work on one for me. I’ll probably use Romans 8:28 or Proverbs 3:5+6 as a start

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 03:29 AM

Hey Ted,
Nice cosy little set-up you have there and some nice toys to play with…great dog too.

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 03:36 AM

That’s a good looking shop Ted.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 04:17 AM

Nice shop Ted, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 06:43 PM

Having a good wife is hard to beat huh? You’ve got some nice equipment set up in there too…

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 11:11 PM

Hmmmm. Mother in law gone and shop in the family room…. What’s not to like?
(Only kidding. Great shop space & very understanding wife.)

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 05:32 AM

Sweet wife, no MIL, carpet inthe shop. What more could you want? lol In all seriouslness, it is very hard for older people to move from where they feel at home. Oh by the way, you need more clamps. Rand

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 06:41 AM

Great inside shop Ted.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 02:48 AM

Nice looking shop, Ted.

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 02:47 PM

Ted, you have a very nice shop with good equipment and you keep it very neat. BTW, I love the dog – very beautiful animal. It’s always nice to have a friend like that. I’ve never met a dog that I didn’t like once I got to know them except for one. He was a three legged dog named Hank and mean as a snake. He lost his leg in a hunting accident but it didn’t slow him down any; but you couldn’t do any negotiating with him. If he decided to bite you you were just dogbit – it was a done deal.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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