The Shop #1: In the beginning...

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 02-21-2008 05:02 PM 754 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We bought an old bungalow in 2003. I knew nothing about woodworking, and very little about home repair. Our “new” house was built in 1918, and had spend the last 5 years or so as section 8 housing. Let’s just say that it “needed some work”. So, as the rehab progressed, so did my interest in woodworking. I set up a small area in the unfinished basement for my workshop. As time went by, and tools were bought, I took over more and more space, much to the dismay of my wife. The house rehab will be the topic of another blog.

Fast forward to last year. I’ve got the wood bug, and I’ve got it bad. The basement is cramped, with low ceilings, poor access, and an unlevel floor that goes every which way. To top it off, I decide that I NEED to upgrade several machines. The new ones will be from the Godzilla/Sumo family. A jointer/planer that weighs in at over 500lbs, a band saw that’s about the same, and don’t even get me started on the table saw that I want.

The biggest problem (besides space) is that it would be quite impossible to bring these beasts down into the basement. So, LOML graciously told me that I could rehab the 2 car, detached garage, and make it into my new shop. Joy! Rapture! Oh crap! Siding, doors, electricity, insulation, walls… It was going to be a long haul.

Still, I was excited. It would be mine, all mine.
Here’s a “before” shot.

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 05:17 PM

Good for you! Now you can do some real work!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-21-2008 06:14 PM

Great!!!! You have gotten me excited as well. Let me say I am shocked about the garage (or at least 1/2 of it anyway). If I had tried that with the double garage on the upper side of the house I guarantee you that I would be out in the weather before my wife’s truck would be.

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

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#3 posted 02-21-2008 08:19 PM

Where are you in the process? Have you started on the work yet?

-- Hope Never fails

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Jon Spelbring

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#4 posted 02-21-2008 10:13 PM

The outside is done, doors replaced, and the interior cleared out. Right now, I’m stuck waiting for the electrical service to be installed. Once that’s done, I can insulate, close up the walls and ceiling, and put in the floor.

-- To do is to be

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