New Shop #6: Working in it

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Blog entry by johnstoneb posted 10-04-2013 11:56 PM 1543 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I believe my new shop is finished (more or less). I have finished the loft, railing on the stairs, and have installed and vented the pellet stove and it is heating the shop in the mornings. We’ve gone from 100 degree days to 60 degrees in a couple of days. Here is a couple pictures of the inside.

16’ x24’ is a little light but it forces me to keep things cleaned up and put up. The loft works pretty well for tool storage until I can get some cabinets on the walls. I think eventually I will use the loft for glue up and finishing.

I also installed a dust collection system. I wasn’t planning on doing that for a year or so but I got curious. I went on craigs list just to se what was available in DC and there was a Jet listed for $150 about 75 miles away. I let it sit for about a month then got to thinking that might be a deal I didn’t want to lose. Went back on line and the price had dropped to $125 I thought about it for another week or so then called the guy and went over and picked it up. It was a Jet 1100cfs 115/220v changed over to 220. He had hardly used it and was trying to sell his place and down size. I brought it home and plumbed it in. I put a thien separator inline and put the cone in the DC and it works great. Really glad I picked it up. Mad my shop go a couple hundred over budget. It was worth it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 12:26 AM

Bruce, your shop is looking really good. Isn’t it nice to have a dedicated man space to do your thinking, dreaming, and woodworking in? congratulations on your new space.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 02:02 AM

Looks like a great shop, congrats. Just curious, was the loft already over the garage, or did you add that?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 02:15 AM

great looking shop, the loft,that adds some valuable space.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 02:15 AM

Great looking shop—congratulations!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-05-2013 03:20 AM

Really cool shop. Im sure you will get years of enjoyment and use with it. Congrats

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 10-05-2013 04:00 AM


-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 10-05-2013 11:50 AM

Sandra: The loft is covered in one of the earlier blogs. It came about thru a misunderstanding.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 10-05-2013 12:01 PM

I’ll go read it. We have ‘space’ over our garage that would make a great loft.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 05:32 PM

Your new shop looks very nice, light and well organized. I wish I could have my bench situated like yours so I could work all around it. You also did a very nice job on your loft.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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