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New Home Workshop #3: Time for an Update

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 11-08-2017 10:08 PM 1146 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been so busy here I almost forgot I started this blog on the new shop. I’m really happy about my decision to use the “game room” as my new shop rather than the garage area I initially thought would be the place for it. There are so many more advantages to this than I thought there would be when I made the change.

To begin with, there’s a bathroom off to the left of the space, whereas if the shop was in the garage area, I would have to head across the two other garage stalls and then down the hall and upstairs to the bathroom in the master bedroom. Not only would that have been inconvenient, I would be bringing the dust and mess clinging to me into the house. There’s also a small kitchenette which will allow me to have a coffee maker, running water and a small fridge. Aside from having more square feet of shop area than the combined garage stall and existing shop room of the original intended location, this space has a few smaller spaces adjacent to it that have higher ceilings than the garage which enabled me to order the Oneida dust collection system I wanted. The main electric service (400amps) is also right there in the mechanical room. So wiring everything thru the drop ceiling will be a simple task. However the best part is some natural light coming from two windows in this space and climate control for both heating and cooling. All in all, this was the perfect choice as far as I’m concerned.

Today I finished up the installation of the laminate flooring I picked up to replace the wall to wall carpeting. It was really cheap at .79sq.ft., but should be fine for the foreseeable future. I know it will get some dings here and there, but it will also be easy to keep swept and clean. Funny thing I discovered when I removed the carpeting is a floor drain that was covered. This location is noted as “work shop” on the original plans for the house, so this ended up not being a surprise other than someone thought it was wise to cover with padding and carpeting.

It just needs some shoe molding and electric drops for my equipment and I’ll be ready to rock when I finally get my equipment here.

Tomorrow I will be erecting a wall with a door at the far end to serve as an airlock of sorts to keep dust from entering the rest of the house.

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



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Jerry

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#1 posted 11-08-2017 10:11 PM

Oh Wow! I am so jealous!!! This is going to be great!

-- 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 11-08-2017 10:14 PM

I would have no complaints working in there. With a kitchen and bathroom, my family wouldn’t remember who I was I would be gone so long.

Is the climate control stuff separate from the rest of the house? The architect might have planned that since it’s a workshop but if there’s an intake there it might be a problem?

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

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 10:17 PM

DANG! That is nice, no cool view like before, but a nice space non the less.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 11-09-2017 12:07 AM

My God buddy I never realized you where building such a magnificent space.
If I was near you I would have gladly come to help !!!
Wishing you all the best my friend and lots of projects !!!

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

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#5 posted 11-09-2017 12:08 AM

Bill, I knew that you were busy with the new house but had been wondering what you have been doing. That is a great looking space. Is the square footage comparable? Finally, when will you change your tag line to “Bill, Yo!.....in Joisey :)

-- Art

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#6 posted 11-09-2017 12:18 AM

Looking Great Bill !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 11-09-2017 04:20 AM



Oh Wow! I am so jealous!!! This is going to be great!

- Jerry

Thanks Jerry. Hope what ever I produce is worthy of the space it’s being made in ;)


I would have no complaints working in there. With a kitchen and bathroom, my family wouldn’t remember who I was I would be gone so long.

Is the climate control stuff separate from the rest of the house? The architect might have planned that since it’s a workshop but if there’s an intake there it might be a problem? Yeah maybe I need a cot down there too lol

- KelleyCrafts

Dave there’s no return in that space and the ducts feeding it are tampered and separate from the rest of the house.


DANG! That is nice, no cool view like before, but a nice space non the less.

- bearkatwood

Thanks Brian. View like before? It overlooked tall weeds and piles old decrepit pallets lol Well they were really nice big windows though and that was a real hardwood floor vs the laminate, but this one is all mine :)


My God buddy I never realized you where building such a magnificent space.
If I was near you I would have gladly come to help !!!
Wishing you all the best my friend and lots of projects !!!

- steliart

Thanks Stelios. There’s a spare room if you ever make it to Pittsburgh. Still plenty of work to do ;)

Bill, I knew that you were busy with the new house but had been wondering what you have been doing. That is a great looking space. Is the square footage comparable? Finally, when will you change your tag line to “Bill, Yo!.....in Joisey :)

- AandCstyle


Art the main space of the shop is just shy of 700sq.ft. with two small rooms off of it where I can store materials and locate the dust collection so I don’t have to listen to it. The room where that will be also already has an exhaust fan which is nice. The shop I had in Brooklyn was 420sq.ft. It’s also located in Pittsburgh, Pa. I’ll will have to come up with a different tag line for that ;)


Looking Great Bill !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Thanks Turtle. Man I miss actually working in the shop. Soon though. Soon ;)

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

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#8 posted 11-09-2017 05:35 PM

Bill, I understand your excitement! This space is fantastic. I told you I’m moving in when my wife gets wise and dumps me, right?

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

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Northwest29

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#9 posted 11-09-2017 06:59 PM

Wow, what a really great work space that will be. I am truly envious.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 11-09-2017 11:01 PM

Nice space Bill, I’m happy for you!

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

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#11 posted 11-09-2017 11:08 PM

Looks great ,very fancy. If that was my floor first thing i would do is spill some dye or lacquer thinner on it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Sarit

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#12 posted 11-11-2017 10:22 AM

That’s an awesome space. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Just don’t make it look too nice before it looks like a workshop or it might get reclaimed by the family!

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builtinbkyn

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#13 posted 11-12-2017 01:35 PM


Bill, I understand your excitement! This space is fantastic. I told you I m moving in when my wife gets wise and dumps me, right?

- HokieKen


OK you have a deal on one condition – you leave that tacky blanket behind lol


Wow, what a really great work space that will be. I am truly envious.

- Northwest29

Thanks Ron. Looking forward to getting it complete and full of tools.


Nice space Bill, I m happy for you!

- duckmilk

Thanks Duck. It’s been a fun journey so far.


Looks great ,very fancy. If that was my floor first thing i would do is spill some dye or lacquer thinner on it.

- a1Jim

Thanks Jim. Yeah I’m sure it will get Christened one way or another lol Ah it was the cheapest route I could have gone short or leaving the concrete exposed.


That s an awesome space. Can t wait to see how it turns out.
Just don t make it look too nice before it looks like a workshop or it might get reclaimed by the family!

- Sarit

Thanks Sarit. Once it’s filled with tools and sawdust it will be fully irrecoverable as anything else but a workshop ;)

Well this is was the fruits of my labor the other day. Wish I had time to do more before heading back to NYC, but it will have to do for now.

See you in December shop.

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

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#14 posted 11-12-2017 02:42 PM

Looks great Bill. I’m on a reverse course from you, dismantling my shop for a move to NorCal.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#15 posted 11-13-2017 01:47 AM



Looks great Bill. I m on a reverse course from you, dismantling my shop for a move to NorCal.

- theoldfart


Northern California? Wow! That’s quite a move. What area? It’s a pretty large state ;)

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

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