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Blog entry by asmitty posted 02-14-2010 06:04 AM 1315 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So for several years I have worked out of my grandfathers old shop and partially out of my garage. Well, about 8 months ago, my wife and I moved to a house with a three car garage and I finally had the space to make a dedicated shop area. Some of you are probably wondering…”you moved there 8 months ago and your shops not set up yet????”...and your right, it should have been done by now. No excuses, but it’s amazing how things pile up.

So, with out further delay I have begun the process of putting my shop space together and trying to organize things so I can get a nice work-flow in the space that I have. Now I do have a disclaimer to make right up front. You’ll see in the first picture the explaination as to why the construction of my shop will not be a quick process. My wife is 5 months pregnant with our second child. We’re going to have a little boy that can join me in the shop in a few years :-) haha.

So, the purpose of this blog is to document the changes that I am making to my shop and show pics thoughout the process. Also, I would appreciate any “constuctive” criticism (pun intended) you might have. Suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Oh, also, one major change that will be happening is the addition of a table saw. I will post pictures of that once things are a little less chaotic.

my pregnant wife…(just in case you were wondering I did get approval from the mrs. to post this)

shop space pic #1

shop space pic #2

I still have to finish setting up my radial arm saw, and the empty space under my clamp racks was going to be for my drill press and a sanding station.

-- even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work...

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 06:15 AM

Good progress , Good to see you wives smiling face LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 06:20 AM


LOL…there is a story behind the pic of my wife…she is a major scrapbooker and every four weeks she has me take a pic of her tummy. She did this with our first child, and she takes the pics and puts them all in chronological order. It’s really cool to see them like that.

Anyways… :-D

-- even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work...

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 06:47 AM

It looks like you have plenty of work ahead of you in getting the shop set up but this is a pretty enjoyable exercise. Congratulations on the new baby as well. Once he gets here I suspect that your shop time will be somewhat limited as you will have more important things to take care of. :)

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 06:51 AM

nice tools ,
and i guess it’s ok
to take your time with the shop ,
under the conditions …........

welcome to LJ’s .

and congrats on the new baby coming .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 03:02 PM

the progress go forward on both projects
nomatter what we say :—)
welcome to L J


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#6 posted 02-14-2010 03:25 PM

Congrats on the bigger shop!... oh, and the expected baby too :) If you’re interested in it, I think Fine Woodworking Magazine just recently put out a special magazine on shops and from what I’ve heard it’s got a lot of good ideas for storage and setup and whatnot.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 04:39 PM

Jim, that does sound like a good source. Do you know if it’s on their website? I’d be interested in taking a look at what they have to say.

-- even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work...

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 07:31 PM

Congratulations on the new woodworker under construction…
Keep in mind… make the workshop the best it can be on the excuse that you are leaving a legacy for the kids to inherit…

Of more constructive thought: Use the space above the overhead door. Hangers from the ceiling rafters to just above the open door will hold lots of volume… like your lumber supply. I was lazy and just bought a wire grid unit for that purpose… Second… might help to recess shelves into wall stud cavities… like your electric panel. A few inches saved here and there add up.

Have fun with it… and it will take you 10 times longer than planned.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 07:54 PM

Looks like a great potential shop. Are you going to put in any dust collection? Doing it with the space wide open might be an idea.

And congrats on the future LJ!! My prayers for good health and a wonderful birth.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 11:08 PM

dustyal, thanks for the idea of the wood storage above the garge door. I hadn’t thought of doing that. I knew there had to be a way to use that space, but wasn’t sure how. Thanks.

And thanks to all for the comments and well-wishes. My wife and I are super excited for the new addition. And as for the shop, I also agree that there is lots of potential there, it’s just going to take a while to tap into it all.

-- even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work...

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