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Been away for a while working on building a new shop among other things. Almost exactly one year ago we set out building a new garage so we could convert our existing attached garage into extra living space for the growing family.

I had to upgrade the electrical service on the house in order to run a 100 amp service out to the new garage. Digging a 70 foot trench past a giant maple tree is something I hope is a once in a lifetime experience.

It was time to build a dedicated shop instead of sharing with everything else in the garage. I took the back 12 feet of the garage and partitioned it off for a 12×24 work area. Wired with 110 and 220v insulated in all the walls and ceiling. Heated with a small electrical heater hanging on the wall. We have a handful of below zero days where I am and the heater works well enough for all but the coldest days.

The floor is 3/4 inch T&G plywood raised on pressure treated 2×4’s and insulated with a vapor barrier. Finished with the cheapest stain I could find and a single coat of water based poly for floors. Just enough to make cleanup easier but not make the floors slick and dangerous. The wood floor is way easier on my feet and tools than the old concrete floor I was used to.

I also installed lots of lights and painted the OSB walls white to make it plenty bright. Some of the cabinets are from leftover or recycled materials, some I purchased new wood to build.

Even though I have more space on the walls to use and I could build some more shelves or cabinets I’m calling it officially done. I accomplished everything I initially set out to do.


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#1 posted 1220 days ago

Michael, you certainly have put together a nice looking shop. I have always wished that I had access to a stand alone shop. And it looks like you get quite a bit of natural light in your shop from the window, which is a big plus in my book.

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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#2 posted 1220 days ago

Michael, thats a nice looking shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1220 days ago

Congrats, Michael on your new shop. I know what you went thru with the trenching as I trenched power about 80 feet across a driveway in our woods to get to my 12×20 stand-alone shop. I respectfully caution you to please consider a ceiling mount air cleaner/filter as an addition to the new shop…you just cannot believe what I take out of that filter!! I put most of my “toys” on locking casters just for the sake of space…enjoyed the tour, now you enjoy the shop!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#4 posted 1220 days ago

Nicely organized but “officially done??” come on, you know that’s not possible…......

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 1220 days ago

Nice shop :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#6 posted 1220 days ago

Nice tidy set-up and some real cool toys to play with.
Great natural light and wall tool units….good job.

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