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Anyway, the Shop is taking shape in our New Home… The machines are all up and running, and positioned where I think they’ll be the most useful… Of course, that will probably change once they start getting used!
I’m in the process now of sorting through the moving boxes, trying to find all the hand tools and things, and generally tidying up…
There is spot-lighting for almost every work area (due to the abundance of desk/reading lamps I have), but soon I’d like to put up a couple of Fluorescent fixtures to get some real, over-all light on the subject…
Though it looks similar to the Grotto that was under our last Apartment, there is one important difference… This one is a DRY Cellar! No pools of Water every time it Rains! :)
There is no bulkhead, but the Cellar Window in the first image opens on hinges, so it will be easy to bring lumber in… The Fella that used to own our home started sheetrocking the ceiling, so it looks like full sheets could be tricked into coming down the Cellar Stairs too… But if something larger needs building, I’ll do it out in our driveway or on the small back deck…
I feel like I’m Home here for the first time in many years… Yet, at the same time, I feel like I’m on Vacation at some Cool Place! It is a Delicious feeling… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.


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#1 posted 11-07-2008 03:59 AM

Nice Shop! Thanks for the tour!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 04:00 AM

nice shop my shop is a spare bedroom in a 16X80 trailer. You’d be surprized as to what you can do in a small space

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 04:43 AM

Michael, you have a nice shop in which to work. A co-worker that I used to work with had a shop that was 10×10. He put a jointer, planer and table saw in there and always managed to turn out some nice pieces. Your shop is cozy but, as Rustic said, with organization and planning it is amazing what can come out of these spaces.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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littlecope

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 04:47 AM

Thanks, Guys!! You’re too kind! I figured everybody would LOL @ Me!! Rustic, it’s somehow comforting to know that not everyone has a Norm Abrams’ size Woodshop, with squeaky clean floors and unlimited tools and machinery. We do what we have to, with what we have, because we must….and the enjoyment return is just as great in dividends.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 05:15 PM

You’re lucky to have the second bedroom. Most of my shop tools are stored “neatly” in what used to be my dining room. I too live in an apartment, and I have to take one or two tools out to the patio as needed. But it’s worth it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 07:50 PM

Your shop is great not because of the space or the equipment but it is an inspiring story highlighting that if there is a will ther’s always a way. It makes me feel like a little bit of a sh*y heel when I bitch and moan about having to share my 2 car garage shop with hosehold stuff. If you want to see some truely amazing work turned out in a shop even smaller than yours check out Dilo's.

BTW – what does your landlord have to say about your shop?

Doug

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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littlecope

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#7 posted 12-03-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks, Doug. I’m actually well aware of Dilo and his work, he is phenomenal…
What does the Landlord say? They say nothing at all, I’m their best tenant… haven’t been late or missed a payment in over ten years… and I never complain about a thing…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 04-14-2010 10:23 PM

Good things come from small spaces!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 11:52 AM

nice ‘new’ shop

i see you still have the drill press weight
some things are just
to good to leave behind

i like your storage boxes too
i use them myself
(till they fall apart) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

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#10 posted 02-08-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks David… I’m a creature of habit, and the “New Lab” is set as close to the original as I could manage…
Easier for me to find everything…
I’m trying to rustle up all the tomato boxes I can… They’re the most rugged and have lids too…
AND, they fit on the existing shelves here… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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EzJack

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 05:57 AM

You didn’t buy that crosscut saw I see.
I’m working on my shop now.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#12 posted 10-30-2013 11:25 AM

Looking around for the chooks,...I saw lots of egg cartons but the feathered gals eluded me

-- Regards Robert

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littlecope

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#13 posted 10-30-2013 11:28 PM

Robert, I started collecting egg cartons just in case noise in the shop became a problem… They make the best sound diffusers going if you staple or somehow attach them like tiles to the wall and ceiling…
Happily, sound hasn’t been an issue…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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robscastle

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 02:48 AM

Oh yes I remember now, the egg cartons must have see the update some time ago that’s getting old for you.

Is it damp ? Do you have any problems with Moisture content of stock changing?

-- Regards Robert

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littlecope

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#15 posted 11-15-2013 11:06 PM

Yes, I get puddles of water every time we get heavy rain… I don’t have enough stock to worry about it much!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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