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Workshop by Zipsss posted 09-06-2007 06:31 PM 2399 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My shop has a name, Zipiland. I started about ten years ago as a 10×10 area next to the washing machine. The rest of the basement, 20×20, was completely finished with a drop ceiling and carpet and a sofa, TV, and games for my three kids, including a Ping Pong table. As the kids grew and their need for play space diminished, my need for a play area got more intense. One day, after building a night table, I decided that I needed more space to build the bed. I evicted the kids (teenagers by then); rip the carpet from the floor and funded Zipiland. Since then the shop got improved in several ways, starting with a Vac system and a few months ago it culminated with my new Grizzly saw. A few years ago I build a Shed in the back yard to put all the implements that I had in the garage, and this area became wood storage and rough cutting area. I bought some used machines (circular saw, a band saw, a radial arm saw) and installed them in the garage.

The last ten years had been a great ride. I build more than a hundred projects, and the improvement is visible. But I notice that as I improve in building and designing new furniture I improve myself. The ride is just now beginning…let it rip

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 09-06-2007 06:33 PM

Zipiland is JUST my kind of amusement park! Nice reclaim of space!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 06:36 PM

I can’t tell that this was once a family area

Love the name of your work area. Do you have to be “so high” before you can enter???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 06:36 PM

Yea, can we buy e-tickets for admittance?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 09-06-2007 06:46 PM

I just hope you can be 5’ and still enter—- and I hope I get invited for an Inspection Tour soon :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-06-2007 07:07 PM

I am 5’4”, so up to there I garantee no head bumps. I did build a 7’ Grandfather clock. It was a challenge. .(I will post a picture) And this is the oficial invitation.

-- Zipsss

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#6 posted 09-07-2007 04:09 AM

Great looking workshop Zipsss. How deep is you storage area for your tools that are in the plastic boxes like your nail gun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 09-07-2007 04:20 AM

OK, so I’m going to go out and clean my shop tomorrow. Nice space.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 09-07-2007 05:00 AM

The storage area also serves as a cover for the gas meter, it is about 2 feet deep.

-- Zipsss

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#9 posted 09-07-2007 12:08 PM

Yeah, I second the motion that Deb tours your shop, if for no other reason than I would get to say “We going to Zipiland” BTW I really like your work – Salt&Pepper is a favorite.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 03-31-2008 01:43 PM


You have a nice shop and it had some nice toys in it as well . I like the way you are using your overhead space for storage. That is an area that is often overlooked. I also like seeing some sawdust on the floor. It makes the shop looks like some activity is going on in there.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#11 posted 12-08-2008 02:34 AM

Zipsss, thats a real nice shop.

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#12 posted 06-22-2011 12:07 AM

looks like lotsa good times in Zipiland. How ya like that Grizzly Table Saw? What model is it? 1hp motor? Just curious. Thnx for your input

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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