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Workshop by Wilker posted 02-26-2014 03:51 PM 2601 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Here is a shop tour video I put together: http://youtu.be/RisF6atF07Q

I have a giant two story 1600 sqft barn in my back yard, and while the top has two bedrooms, the bottom has been converted into a workshop. It was already plumbed with air lines and 120/240 outlets, so that was fortunate. Tons of lights (probably close to 20) and a few built in cabinets.

For the first two years we lived in the house, it was actually my husband’s second workshop, he is extremely handy but prefers to work with things that have engines. When I graduated college and started getting into DIYing and woodworking I slowly started moving in until one day he realized this wasn’t a hobby I was giving up any time soon and declared it officially mine.

So now for the few months I have been working towards making the shop mine and getting it where I want it to be. I still have lots of things to do, but it is coming along. I don’t have many photos yet, but will post some soon.

-- April, WilkerDo's


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 04:15 PM

Wouldn’t you rather be lucky than good any day? How lucky to have a ready built barn or shop with 1600 sq. ft. and all wired complete with lighting. I also see you are close enough for some of us to borrow tools from you….LOL What a great set up. Now you will have to built the husband a shop with a car lift in it.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 04:23 PM

Nice makita saw there. I have the same one. Looks like a great place to build a dining table.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Wilker

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 04:44 PM

haha, my tennis coach use to say that all the time…about being lucky rather than good. I could never make up my mind. Yes, the man who built the house must have been one heck of a hands on guy because the shop is tiptop. Well my husband was working primarily out of the attached double car garage, and this barn was just his back up. (So I don’t feel too bad for stealing it away.) ; ) Although, since I know what a huge gesture it was, I am going to overhaul his shop next and make it tiptop for a mechanic.

; ) You know it Bill. I wish I already had pictures up so you guys could see the rest of it. I’ll post some more later this evening.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 02:44 PM

Well organized shop April. Too organized, make some dust. I could only wish I had that kind of space. Electrical, air lines, lighting, a heck of a start. With your keen ideas for organization you are on your way to one fantastic shop. Keep building.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 03:00 PM

It sounds like you are a lucky gal with a great shop. It really sounds like a great work space.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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KMT

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#6 posted 02-28-2014 06:16 AM

Wow, what a way to start out. Only 1600 sq ft! ;) I only wish. I checked out your blog. Some very good ideas.

-- - Martin

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Wilker

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 06:13 PM

doubleDD: I love cleaning my shop as much as I love doing the projects that get it dirty. : ) So while I”m working, it gets to be a madhouse but I always take the time in between projects to clear the slate.

KMT: The whole barn is 1600 sqft. My actual shop space is probably around 600 because there is a built in pump house closet for all the pool pumps/filters, then there is also a full bathroom. But believe me! I know how lucky I am. 600 sqft is a lot of room to work with and I’m enjoying the heck out of building things to get the most out of the space.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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freddy1962

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 12:44 AM

Nice shop layout. I love barns! I am grateful for my shop, but both of my neighbors have 100+ year old barns just setting unused. I would love to have either of them for a 2 story shop. Nice hat.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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Wilker

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#9 posted 03-13-2014 02:05 AM

Barns being unused?! ....well that’s a shame.

I just posted a link to a video giving a tour around my shop if you guys would like to check it out! I put it in the description above.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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