Complete Shop Remodel #1: Down to business

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Blog entry by jackd942 posted 01-16-2009 12:00 AM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After considering a complete shop remodel for a couple of years now (seriously for the last year), I have decided to bite the bullet and go for it. One of the first things I did was to make a trip to Grizzly in Springfield, MO (about 4 hours from my house) and purchase a few new tools. I purchased a 2hp dust collector a 3hp cabinet saw, 17” extreme series bandsaw and a very large 15” planer on an enclosed base. I also bought some other shop items, but these were the big ticket items. After returning home, I parked all these items still on the trailer in my garage and started in on the shop. First of all, I figured it would take a week or two to clean out the shop and get ready for wiring, insulation and osb…boy was I wrong! I’ve got about a month or so in it already and it is still not ready. I guess it’s difficult to go through 30 years of my stuff and 50 years of my grandfathers considering he kept absolutely everything. Anyway, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. As soon as the sub 20 degree weather lets up, I should like about another 2 days before I’m ready to start wiring and insulation. Finally! I really meant to post more pics and document this more, but here are some of the first pictures I took after getting started. There is mainly just a lot of stuff piled around that I have been going through, but you can also see that I tore out the wall and opened up the back part of the shop to make a handtool/workbench area. I am also going to install a window in the very back in the center of the wall. I’ll post more progress pics as I take them. By the way, my shop is 24’ X 30’ and has a 6’ X 6’ enclosed room in the Northeast corner.

Northwest corner

Northeast Corner

Front of Shop

Burn Pile

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#1 posted 01-16-2009 01:48 AM

Ah Yeah… the burn pile… burn baby burn! I call that Fire Therapy.

Your shop looks great… lots of room- and potential. Keep us posted.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 01-16-2009 05:26 AM

Good start… How are you going to use the 6X6 room? If my shop was larger, I was wanting to build a small room & put my dust collector in it to keep the noise down on the piece of equipment that will be running almost every time another tool is used.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#3 posted 01-16-2009 05:42 AM

Hi Frank…the 6×6 room was actually supposed to be a restroom when my grandfather built the shop. It was just stubbed out and nothing ever connected. I cleaned it out and used half of it for storage and the other half for my dust collector and air compressor. I still haven’t quite made it to the wiring yet, but I think the little room is going to be great for what I’m doing.

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 11:15 PM

I trust there was no wood in that burn pile!

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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