Workshop Build #29: Leaving my fabulous shop!

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 10-05-2014 12:56 PM 2294 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After building this beautiful shop, we are moving. Something I never anticipated when we built. But things happen and change is good. My shop is a shop to-die-for… I just LOVE it and I know I will never have another one this fabulous.

I’ve written a bit about the building of my workshop, but really haven’t shown any inside photos.

My husband and I built a 40’ x 40’ garage for both of us. The whole building has in-floor heat which is wonderful to work in, especially in Northern Ontario winters. The cement floor keeps the building cool in the summer as well, which is a bonus.

My side of the building is half at 20’ wide x 40’ deep and was designed by me as a woodworking workshop. My workshop is the right hand side of this photo:

Because of the type of woodworking I do, and the way I work, the positioning of the tools was done in an efficient way for me to work.

Doorway 2 is the middle door from the garage side of the building. I buy rough wood and bring it in through this doorway and to the left on to the lumber rack. When I am going to make something I take the wood first to the mitre saw, then to the jointer, the planer and the tablesaw. This keeps me working in a counter-clockwise manner through the shop. It works for me!

Doorway 1 is the door to the front finishing room. I do most of my painting in there as well as designing and sometimes gluing. I keep my woodworking books in the front room as well as small hand tools. This is my front room:

And this is the larger workshop room:

I am in the process of packing all this up. I’m taking my shop cabinets and lumber rack as well as all my tools. We are moving 1,000 miles to Prince Edward Island at the end of October. There is no garage or shop at our new house, so if all goes well we will start building in the spring.

-- ~Julie~

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 01:06 PM

It’s not hard to see why you wouldn’t want to leave it, that is really nice. Love that setting as well.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 01:51 PM

Wow! Gonna be ruff leaving this place. Good luck with your move/build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 02:03 PM

I can easily see why you don’t want to leave this shop behind. However, you are taking all of your tools and shop furniture and hopefully you’ll have a new shop up by next summer. In any case I hope that the move goes well and that you enjoy your new home and life together.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 10-05-2014 02:16 PM

Someday you will write the sentence that begins: “I thought I would never have another shop as fabulous as my one in Ontario, but . . . . . . ”. I predict your next shop, since you’re building it yourself (again!), will incorporate improvements based on your experience with this one! Best wishes and good luck in your new home.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 02:28 PM

Have you thought about divorcing your hubby and staying?? LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#6 posted 10-05-2014 02:33 PM

well i know you have not said, but ill do it..WHY..would you leave this beautiful home and shop..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 10-05-2014 02:49 PM

Oh my gosh that is so shocking that you have to leave your amazing shop,I remember your blog about you building it.
Shops a life does not make,but there great to have. Best of luck in your new location.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-05-2014 02:50 PM

We are leaving to lead a less stressful lifestyle. My husband’s job was too much of that, and last fall had him out of town most of the week. With selling our house we can buy a much cheaper house, and much easier to maintain for us. It is just a complete change… something I believe in doing once in awhile. We will be married 10 years on the day we move. My life has been very difficult with my previous marriage… I could write a book… so I move farther away from the friction that can still bring. I seek Peace.

P.S. I don’t even think the new buyer is a woodworker!

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 10-05-2014 03:09 PM

well your peace of mind and joy as a newer family is what’s important….sad about the shop though…but its just wood and concrete….and we would be much happier here having a happy and peaceful Julie and her husband…i hope your new life is an exciting move….i read that its a agriculture island….maybe you can plant 50 acres of potato’s and live happily ever after….will your husband be able to get a good job in this new place….hope so…im sure you have all the details worked out…...cheers…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 10-05-2014 03:22 PM

P.S. I don t even think the new buyer is a woodworker!
- ~Julie~

I don’t think that matters a bit. You have built such a versatile structure that I’m sure many people with varied interests could find uses for it. I’m sure it made the property much more saleable.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 07:30 PM

I know your pain. 10 years ago I built a new shop in SC. Had it setup just the way I wanted it. Then I retired, six months later we lost our daughter, the house the shop the town had to many memories so we moved. After six months in the new home I new I had to have a shop. I built new and better. I Love my shop.

I can see with your love of your shop and woodworking you will build again. And most likely bigger and better. So hang in there. It may all be for the better.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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Dan Krager

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#12 posted 10-06-2014 12:09 AM

That shop is just too d@^%$# neat. It’s long overdue to move outta there! The good news is that you get to redo some if not all the “mistakes” you learned in the first build. Some of us aren’t that lucky, so we’re just jealous.
You’ve gotten some very good advice including pick one and don’t worry about it. They are just tools, not children. Yes, it’s nice to take good care of them, but don’t stress over it. As Smitty’s byline says, “Don’t anthropomorphize your tools. They hate it when you do that!”. They will work until you choose to replace them! No more OCD!
Good luck with your move!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 12:39 AM

I hope you find the Peace you deserve and I’m betting your new shop will be as nice as the one you are leaving. Enjoy the journey.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 10-06-2014 04:14 AM

OK here is my solution,

Ask a Locksmith to attend fit two new locks to doorway 1 and 2.
Whilst you are inside ask him to lock up and leave !!

-- Regards Robert

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