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Blog entry by electricalD posted 07-28-2011 11:33 PM 1981 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
I am about to embark on a big project. I want to build myself a woodworking shop. I am building a 22’ X 24’ garage with a 9’ ceiling and a barn style roof. I went with the garage dimension as opposed to a 24’ square because of space limitations on the property. I do have a guy ready to build this with me (he has done many) but I am curious and looking for a web site that will show how to stud up a wall and to include the installation of windows and a door. Is there a good site available that explains this. I do have a reasonable idea on how to do this but I would love to read something about it. Any suggestions? You might be thinking, “How is a guy that’s going to get into woodworking going to progress when he can’t even put up a wall?” Well, it’s just one of those things. Anyway, your help would be appreciated.


-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 07-28-2011 11:47 PM

can’t help you with a website; I learnt a lot from a Home Depot book about doing the same. You may also want to check out

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 05:45 AM

You can do it. Alli it takes is will and determination, research and the pride of knowing you did it. I am 63 and I built my new shop back in early 2008. I am definitely not a framing/construction type of woodworker but I figured it out with a little help and enjoyed every minute of it.
Here is my shop

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 02:40 PM

22’ is an aspiration, not a limitation, where I come from. Try living on a small island. Good luck with this project I look forward to future posts on it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 08:47 PM

Hey Greg, Just looked at your shop picture and it looks very nice indeed. I have an electrical background so the wiring I will do myself. I did note the comment on your wish to have more 220 outlets and it is duly noted. I do have a plan in mind and a general layout in my head. I have a guy working with me that knows how construct the walls but I am more interested in reading about this. Again congratulations on such a nice shop, well done.

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 08:55 PM

Hello Brit, The plan is to open ground soon. I am replacing the electrical panel in my house as soon as I get home. New panel, mast and all. I am running a 60 amp sub panel to the workshop. I was going to go with a 24’ square for the sake of no wastage on the sheeting for the walls. Because of the trees on my property and municipal regulations I decided it was better to cut 2’ from the width and put it on the length. I am looking forward to it and so eager to get at it. I will send photos in due time.

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 09:29 PM

Dan, just get you some books at HD and Lowes. Since you are a woodworker you most likely have a good dose of common since and hand eye coordination. Don’t be intimidated by what you see in the books because many people have little trouble accomplishing these things if they look at these books and use their heads and common sense. I have done a good many do it yourself carpentry projects and they were not maybe as good as a seasoned professional might have done them but were still quite adequate. I’ll bet that you will find it no differently once you get your feet wet and you will be glad that you did it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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