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Monument Beach, MA 02553
United States

Hi LJ friends,
On July 15, 2012 we moved into a new home. Our old place was too big with too much work that took me away from woodworking. So… I got a new shop out of the deal (we had 2 major requirements and one was space for my shop! – the other was a water view). I have now become what a friend affectionately calls a “cellar rat”! We built out the space to be approximately 25’ x 18’ and added lots of electric plugs. The ceiling height is a great 8 1/2 feet! While several people tried to talk me into taking out the supporting posts in favor of an i-beam, I decided that using them for plugs was a better idea. I have a nice little “wood corner” and now I am not moving tools around as much as when I was in a 2 car garage. I’ve been using the space and it works great. I put in 2 doors – one an exterior door to keep dust out of the rest of the house and a funky oversized trapezoid shaped door for getting wood and supplies into the shop. This can be seen in the last picture. I also have some space in the main cellar for drying finish. It is a nice dry space with a constant temp of around 72. I do run my air filtration system a lot more now. While there are only 2 windows that don’t open (yet!), I get good light and a view of anyone coming to the house. All in all… I love the “new” space!
Thanks for checking out my new space here.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 04:24 PM


Nice work area. Looks like you can create all sorts of fun there. Thanks for sharing the pics. FYI, I also maintain my shop in our two car garage. But house rules forbid ever parking a vehicle in it. By the way, I could use some help cleaing it up. Feel free to drop over and provide some supervision any time you are in the area.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 04:50 PM

I used to be in the same boat until one of our neighbors had a house fire (no one was hurt) that was started by the car in the garage. Since then my wife insists that we don’t park in the garage! I’ve got the whole place to myself.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 05:02 PM

Hi Ellen, what a nice shop space you have to work in. It looks well organized and, with all the tools being mobile, it is a lot easier to get your car in there. I tried keeping my truck in the shop for a long time but eventually just gave up and now the truck sits outside. It got to be such a hassle moving everything around so that I could squeeze the truck in there along with the tools. Besides, once I finally made the commitment to put the truck outside, it opened up room for more tools!! :)

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 06:06 PM

What a nice organized shop you got there Ellen.Way to go.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 03-23-2009 12:28 PM

Hi As i have never had to put a car into or out of any of my shops I cant really understand Y anyone would.

nah just joshing you i do understand..just never had to
anyway Cape Cod Hey I always wanted to go there
Kool Place
Cape Cod just sounds nice.
Of course i am from australia and have only heard of many of these places

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 04:13 PM

Nice tidy workshop Ellen…....I haved enough trouble just finding the light switch.

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 06:24 PM

Nice shop Ellen. No house rules here so the car got the boot. Continue with the stress relief…

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#8 posted 06-05-2009 07:05 PM

Nice little shop there Ellen looks a little bigger than mine and a whole lot cleaner lol….......


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#9 posted 09-13-2009 04:00 PM

Hi Ellen nice shop nice to see a fellow Cape Codder Here on LJ

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#10 posted 10-03-2009 02:22 AM

Nice workshop, Ellen.

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#11 posted 10-09-2009 12:36 PM

I have time today for just strolling around and sneaking into LJs’ shops.
Nice workshop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 10:40 PM

neat little shop

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 02:39 AM

Great shop ,Nice tools, thanks for posting

-- In His service ,Richard

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#14 posted 08-22-2011 09:41 PM

sweet shop. I really like the different wood fronts on the drawers on your bench.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 08-22-2011 09:52 PM

Ellen, your shop really looks nice. It looks like you could build most anything in there.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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