New Workshop #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by jcwalleye posted 07-08-2010 04:11 AM 8614 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having retired some 18 months ago, I’ve been picking up some woodworking skills and tools and it’s obvious that you can never have enough of either, but particularly of the skills. I’ve got a 11×24 shop that has served me fairly well until I bought a hybrid table saw. Now, to do anything I drag one tool out of the way and drag the next one into place. It’s boring work that I’ve put up with till a friend said ‘Why don’t you build a bigger shop?’ I wasn’t about to do that, but as time wore on the idea became more appealing until finally, I’ll do it. So I went back to work to pay for it and hired a contractor friend, who wanted the work, to build it.

The plan was to start in the spring as soon as things dry out, usually in May or June. We’ll here’s a picture of one of many snowstorms we got through May into June.

May Snowstorms

That’s not entirely unexpected for May but when the snow finally stopped in June we started getting severe hailstorms that caused lots of damage and kept everything soaked.
Mid June Hailstorm
And another that occurred the last week of June:
June 30 Hailstorm

We’ll the storms have finally stopped and some of the trees are finally starting to bud out (yes July 7). We started excavation. Here’s pictures of the location and footing trenches.


The new shop will be 24’ x 24’ with in floor heat. A couple windows and a door for cooling. I’ll keep the old room for mechanicals like a compressor, dust control, and the boiler (hot water heater). I’m planning to put an electric subpanel in the new shop with plenty of 110 and 220 circuits.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to keep this blog going as things progress

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 04:24 AM

Awesome !!!! We love shops and shops being biult is even better. Thanks for sharing and keep the pictures coming.

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 06:51 AM

Hey Joe
This should be a great place for a shop.
One more thing , Can I live in your back yard?

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 11:01 AM

Very cool… Look fwd to watching the progress. Congrats!

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 11:23 AM

8 metres square.. very nice. wide is good long is good… all is good.

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 11:13 PM

Sure is pretty up there. Too bad LOML is such a southern lady… She hates the cold…

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 11:17 PM

great setting for a shop.i’m sure the new one will have plenty of space

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 11:29 PM

You is off to a great start!

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