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New Home Workshop #2: And So It Begins

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 10-04-2017 09:00 PM 1264 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Relocating To Pittsburgh and My Plans for a New Shop Part 2 of New Home Workshop series Part 3: Time for an Update »

The first step in getting to the promised land was to clean out the existing shop. Man I can’t believe how some people abuse their stuff and their working space. There was years of accumulated junk behind those nice white cabinet doors pictured below. It seems that whom ever it was that used that shop space left everything where it was when they finished. There were dozens of empty containers of weed killer, dried out paint brushes, the packaging for stuff just left where it was removed. Nails, screws and alls sorts of stuff spilling out of boxes. It goes on and on with the junk I found just laying on the shelves. I should have taken a picture of it, but forgot. It was actually depressing to see lol

Then it came time to remove the cabinets that were built for the apocalypse. The cabinets were screwed together with screws every six inches or so. I mean it was way overkill, but certainly sturdy. I had to run out for a cordless reciprocating saw and circular saw. The impact driver, pry bar and lump hammer just weren’t getting the job done.

These are before during and almost after pics lol Took a day and a a half to get this far. Well I did have quite a few interruptions for cable installation, security contractor surveying the house for install, the insurance company sent someone for an inspection, flooring guys to give me a quote of removing w to w carpeting and installing oak flooring (I’d do this myself, but there’s just too much other stuff to do) and I’m sure I’m forgetting someone or something that interrupted my progress in the shop.

Man I’m still dumbfounded by the way people can keep their stuff. How could they find anything? Well it looked nice when the doors were closed lol

Electrician is coming Friday morning to go over what I’ll need in the shop for power. The house has a 400amp service lol I think I’ll have plenty of power for anything I can throw at it. Next phase is to rough out the partition to segregate the last garage bay from the other two.

Oh unfortunately the ceiling height I’m working with is 84”. This will limit the type of dust collection system I can use. Oneida may have to get crossed off of the list if I can’t figure out a work-around. I may have to go with a Laguna system which is 81” tall.

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



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Jerry

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#1 posted 10-04-2017 09:09 PM

Imfeel like I’m late to the party. Did you just buy a new house?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 10-04-2017 09:11 PM



Imfeel like I m late to the party. Did you just buy a new house?

- Jerry


Hey Jerry. Well it’s new to me as the saying goes lol I moved to Pittsburgh. Got here Sunday afternoon and it’s been non-stop in getting services initiated and everything else that goes along with a move.

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

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#3 posted 10-04-2017 09:19 PM

Oh as you can see, my shop space may have an active water problem in that rear corner. It’s dry, but it also hasn’t rained here in a while. I think we’re getting rain Friday, so I’ll keep an eye on it. May have to excavate that corner and waterproof that back wall of the foundation. One more thing on the list :(

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

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#4 posted 10-04-2017 09:26 PM


I feel like I’m late to the party. Did you just buy a new house?

- Jerry

Hey Jerry. Well it s new to me as the saying goes lol I moved to Pittsburgh. Got here Sunday afternoon and it s been non-stop in getting services initiated and everything else that goes along with a move.

- builtinbkyn


It’s a shame they left you such a mess. It’s been a year now and I still don’t have my dust collection tubes up yet…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 10-04-2017 09:53 PM

Bill, they left a mess, but it looks to be a great space nonetheless. Sorry to hear about height issue. Someone else suggested cutting a hole in your ceiling; I tried that and I think it caused condensation in the motor. Maybe I didn’t leave a big enough opening above and around the motor on my previous DC. FWIW

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-04-2017 11:04 PM

Wow Bill, nice space. Why not remove all of the ceiling and insulate the underside of the roof leaving the joists exposed?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 10-05-2017 12:19 AM

YOU are right about no rain think we on 19th day no rain …..its getting dry here ….looks like a very nice shop space Bill …I see you helper looks content there LMAO :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 10-05-2017 01:21 AM



Bill, they left a mess, but it looks to be a great space nonetheless. Sorry to hear about height issue. Someone else suggested cutting a hole in your ceiling; I tried that and I think it caused condensation in the motor. Maybe I didn t leave a big enough opening above and around the motor on my previous DC. FWIW

- AandCstyle


Thanks Art. I am considering that. I’ll have to open up one of the access doors in the ceiling and see what’s going on up there. I’m inclined to just settle for the Laguna rather than add to the mountain of work I still have ahead of me.


Wow Bill, nice space. Why not remove all of the ceiling and insulate the underside of the roof leaving the joists exposed?

- duckmilk

Well insulation wouldn’t be necessary as there’s a whole house above the garage. Well half a house. The house is actually split in two with a bridge between. One side is the private side with bedrooms and the other public with all the living spaces. I’m not sure I want to add more work to this than is necessary.


YOU are right about no rain think we on 19th day no rain …..its getting dry here ….looks like a very nice shop space Bill …I see you helper looks content there LMAO :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Yeah Tony it’s been pretty dry lately, but I can’t complain. With all I have going on, rain wouldn’t have made it easier. However, it looks like maybe rain for Friday.

Willie is only interested in chasing squirrels and running after a ball. Beyond that it’s eating and sleeping. I get no help lol

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

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#9 posted 10-05-2017 01:51 AM

Nice space you have. I hope you don’t have a water problem I just had fixed my leaky foundation what a pain it was.

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#10 posted 10-05-2017 05:28 AM

Excellent Bill. Keep the blog going. I’m definitely jealous of the space you have there.

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

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#11 posted 10-05-2017 03:12 PM

Awesome shop Bill. I honestly would happily come up and help you out for food, beer and a bed! Unfortunately, I had 1 free weekend before Thanksgiving and that got snatched away this week :-(. Maybe I’ll just wait until you finish all the work and then come for the food and beer ;-)

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

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#12 posted 10-09-2017 04:29 AM

I’m considering changing the plan. I’m having second thoughts about where to locate the shop. I’m not thrilled with not having some windows in the shop for natural light. I’m also not sure the garage and the other space will be adequately temperature controlled with stable humidity.

The lower level of the house has a “game room”. It was originally planed and used as a work shop as you can see in the original plans.

It was converted to a “game room” somewhere along the way. The house is very large and there’s plenty of space for entertaining and for a media center. I doubt I’ll spend much time in the game room and would prefer the shop to have better climate control. So this is the plan I came up with. This will take some serious thought before I proceed in either direction. The room is obviously finished. It has a kitchenette and wall to wall carpeting that would need to be removed. I need to arrive a a decision soon as this will effect other things in the works. I also need to understand how to effectively isolate the dust factor from the rest of the house and systems.

Here’s the plan I’m thinking of going with.

The room adjacent to the garage I removed the cabinets from, will be lumber storage and possibly a finishing room.

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

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#13 posted 10-09-2017 12:15 PM

I think if I were you, I’d just put a bed, TV, fridge, microwave and truck in the garage and use the rest of the house for the shop. ;-)

In all seriousness, to me there is something about having my shop in the garage that is just “right”. Probably just me but when I consider tearing out my “man cave” which is in the basement and making that the shop, it just doesn’t appeal. I like it being chilly in the winter and I like getting the swamp crotch in July. Makes me feel like man. (I’m grunting loudly)

The thought of having to isolate all the dust from the rest of the house is kind of depressing too. I’m sure you could do it effectively but the time and expense it may take might make you wish you’d stayed in the garage. Of course, being a bachelor, I guess you get as many “chances” as it takes to get it right. If it were me, if dust came out of the heating duct one time I’d be working on the patio in the backyard and sleeping on the table saw… ;-)

All that being said though, I do think this space is more convenient and that I would like it better than the garage layout. Personally, I like having a single, large, open space as opposed to more compartmentalized rooms for power tools and hand tools. Keeping the lumber rack and finish room in the garage will give you more space too.

Either way you go, it’s gonna kick ass and I’m green with envy!

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

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#14 posted 10-09-2017 12:21 PM

Also…

IIRC, the garage is attached/under correct? Have you considered the cost of running heat/ac to the garage area vs isolating the HVAC in the game room area?

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

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#15 posted 10-09-2017 12:25 PM

WOW what a space and what options available buddy !!!!!!!!!
I do agree with you that window light makes a huge difference and would go for that also !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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