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New Home Workshop #1: Relocating To Pittsburgh and My Plans for a New Shop

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 09-14-2017 06:50 PM 2028 reads 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well my closing is set for a few days from now and I’m excited and a bit anxious. So it was time to sit down and do some preliminary planning for my in home shop. This exercise has helped settled the anxiousness and given me something to work on while I sort out everything else lol

The house has an attached three car garage. Connected to the garage is an existing work space used by the current owner. The plan is to segregate one of the garage bays from the other two and incorporate it into the existing work space. Fortunately the architect who designed and built the home for himself, planned things well for this to work. The garage has two gas fired space heaters. One of the heaters is within the bay that will be separated from the others. Additionally, I’ve been in contact with the architect who designed the home. He has been very accommodating and helpful in some issues that arose during pre-sale inspection. He emailed to me the original drawing set. It shows there’s a separate mechanical system servicing the garage and work shop. This includes heating and air conditioning. So I believe all my mechanical needs are covered.

The planning was obvious; place all of the dust creating machines, which also require the greatest amount of area, in the large garage bay. This segregates them from other, less invasive work and further separates them from a finishing space. Here’s the sketch I put together. I’m sure this could change, but it was a fun start.

One thing I know I will miss are the large windows I presently enjoy in my current shop in Williamsburg. One way I plan on addressing that is to install an insulated overhead door with translucent panels. However the existing shop space is in grade and will not have the benefit of natural light without some major intervention :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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HokieKen

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 06:54 PM

I would never do it according to that sketch Bill.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 06:56 PM



I would never do it according to that sketch Bill.

- HokieKen


Yeah having an issue with pics for some reason :(

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 07:00 PM

Yeah, I’m just a smartass. ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 07:01 PM

With that said I would move the text from the side of the outfeed table Bill. I know it’s hard to find a good place for the text and the space it takes up but it kind of ruins the feng shui of the whole space you know? We’ll be reading posts on how you tripped over it and cut yourself or something. :P

I’m happy for you buddy. A much better shop than I have.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 07:02 PM



Yeah, I m just a smartass. ;-P

- HokieKen

Confirmed. I mean I fixed the pic :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 07:02 PM



Yeah, I m just a smartass. ;-P

- HokieKen

Better than being a dumbass buddy.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 07:03 PM

Well it was fixed. Does anyone see/not see the image?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 07:04 PM

I see it on your post now.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#9 posted 09-14-2017 07:04 PM

Well now I don’t….what are you doing? Upload it in the thread like normal folks.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#10 posted 09-14-2017 07:05 PM

lol, now I do. bahahaha!!!! hilarious. Just keep refreshing and it’ll come when it wants to be seen.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#11 posted 09-14-2017 07:05 PM



Well now I don t….what are you doing? Upload it in the thread like normal folks.

- ki7hy


I did and it showed a box with an X. Seems to be working now.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#12 posted 09-14-2017 07:06 PM

I “not see” the image. Like Dave said, the hosting link in the e-mail worked. You might just want to post the pic directly instead of using imgur

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 09-14-2017 07:10 PM

For all that work posting the pic, you might want to just leave the text by the outfeed table where it is now and if you trip over it when you’re working in the shop, just remember this thread.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#14 posted 09-14-2017 07:14 PM

Now I see it. I’m with Dave, I’d move the text. You don’t want to be dodging that when you’re ripping down sheet goods.

And here’s a couple of serious suggestions ;-P

  1. Include a utility sink if there’s plumbing for it. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. You may want your clamp rack in the room with your assembly table?
  3. Sharpening/grinding station? I know you use hand tools and turning tools so I assume you need somewhere to sharpen. A dedicated space would be a nice luxury if you can accomodate it.
  4. It appears you still haven’t learned the most important lesson in setting up shop. WHERE’S THE BEER FRIDGE?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 09-14-2017 07:15 PM

Pic is gone from OP and my comment now. You really F’ed sumpin up Bill…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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