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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 01-04-2009 06:02 PM 895 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

For now I am tying part of this blog into my workshop page as there is a lot of current information there about my workshop and where it stands today. But as I go on, I will include information here as to what it is like to work inside a large metal box as the weather changes and as things become more organized.

But at this time I am going to keep it brief as this is my first entry and I would just be repeating what is currently on the my workshop page.

Let me start too by telling you that I am very limited in resources at this time due to unemployment, and I have not done any woodworking for money in well over 20 years. So I am kind of starting over, putting this all together as I can. Working inside a large metal box with no fans, heat, or insulation thus far has not been bad. I have been able to regulate the temperature to my liking nicely just through opening and closing the doors. So far, the noise level has not been any better or worse than any workshop I have ever been in. Yes, I am a bad man and do not always wear hearing protection, it is a habit I got from my father and many other old craftsman who just do the work for the fun of it and never payed any attention to noise, or dust. But as I said the noise inside my shop thus far has been no better or worse then any other shop. Although, my table saw is well over 60 years old and the whine from the motor, will make you reach for hearing protection (LOL) even if you were outside. But that saw and some of my other older tools are another blog all together.

The cost of the container was $1800 with shipping, if you are interested. I look forward to having a lot to say on this subject and answering any and all questions.

One last bit of advice. If you do buy one, be sure to have leveled out the spot it is to be placed on, they will put it where ever you want. But how level it is, is completely up to the prep work you have done on its final resting place. Trust me, you do not want to try to find someone to come back later and reset the thing. Also be sure that you can either accommodate a very large truck like an 18 wheeler or that you have a crane on standby to place the thing. I was lucky I live on 3 acres and the truck was able to back into the property and place the container exactly where I wanted it.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 02:39 AM

This is really an economical idea for adding shop space. At only $12.50 a square foot you could not build a shop space for this amount. I suspect that hanging something from the walls and insulating it would be a challenge but I am sure that these can be overcome.

This is an interesting idea. Keep us posted on your progress as you continue to develop the shop.

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

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