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New Work Shop: Phase One

As my profile states, I grew up with saw dust in the air. However, other than as a young child, I was not interested in the craft. As I got older and on my own, I learned I wasn’t any good at it – found it very frustrating. Over the past many years Dad would ask if I wanted his tools, but I said “no.” Prior to his death in Nov 2008, I worked along side my brother on a project at the folk’s house, I found it enjoyable. My wife then began to encourage me through a plethora of home projects and we purchased a set of Ridgid Cordless tools. Poof… the interest started!!!

After Dad’s death, I drove from Florida to NY to help my sister and mom clean out both of his work shops. I then loaded up a 7×12 trailer and brought back a Table, Radial Arm, and Band Saw, plus a Drill Press and other odds and ends. This was the summer of 09. Through the use of the Grizzly Planner, I designed a shop.

Before getting started, I contracted an electrician to upgrade the power to the house –from 100 amps to 200 amps, plus change from fuses to breakers. Moving into the 21 century!!!

My wife, Pam and I decided to use peg boards for several reason. The obvious is the ease of hanging things, plus in my area, no inspection is needed if the walls are made of such.

Through the course of this project I learn a great deal about electricity. I never had much of a need before and each of my previous electrical projects would result in several blown fuses before getting it wired right. Knowing that I was going to need several lights, receptacles, and switches, I decided to pick up a book from HD call Electricity 123. It proved to be a great source of knowledge. I brought in 3 new circuits including a 240 line for the table saw. Plus I learned how to come off that same line and break out a 120 line as well. All of this without tripping a single breaker!! And as with most projects, surprises are found such as termite damage and of course… subsequent projects spawn. We now have outdoor motion senor lighting and GFI ‘s receptacles outside too.

The first two photos is of what I used for years as a workshop – what the room looked like before the renovation.

You can read and see more on my blog

-- Harold

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 11:18 PM

Nice Shop to Clean

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 03:19 AM

Sweet set-up…good job.

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 01:05 PM

Harold, this looks like a really nice shop in which to work. Having windows to admit natural light is a nice touch as well. I also like your idea of using pegboard as a wall covering. I did much the same thing in my shop. It does provide a fairly economical wall covering that doubles as a means to store and organize hand tools.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour.

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

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 09:50 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.

DaddyZ – I hope to keep it clean too. I remember my mom ALWAYS complaining to my dad about all the dust he created. He didn’t care. When I was up home cleaning up after his death, I took out (6) 55gal bag full of saw dust. I’ve purchased a Dust Deputy (from Oneida Air) and efficiently call it “mom.”

Scott – Yes, having the two windows makes it nice. I look forward to getting the peg boards full of odds and ends.

-- Harold

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 03:29 AM

Nice shop, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 04:50 AM

Looks great!

So glad you got Dad’s tools. Nothing like it…..

May I also compliment you on your choice of work pants. I find “knees” to be VASTLY over-rates, for shop apparel !!

Congrats on learning about electricity … and … still having hair, too !!

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 05:43 AM

Nice looking shop.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 05:46 AM

Thats a nice shop.

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 07:15 PM

Thanks again folks for the nice comments. My wife and I are both pleased and anxious to get working on some projects.

Neil, what about the suspenders – a fashion statement I believe!!

And Jim.. I’m sure we could fit my shop in one corner of yours and never bump into each other.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 11:46 PM

I’ll give ya’ that, Harold :-)

Let’s just say … I wholeheartedly approve, and—to my wife’s constant dismay—would often be seen in—the entire outfit :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 05:18 PM

Sweet tools :)
Thanks for posting :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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