Building My Shop Before Retirement (the beginning) #2: Shop After Retirement #1

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Blog entry by pjones46 posted 04-21-2011 08:35 AM 3663 reads 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok here we go.

If you look back to the Beginning most of the walls were up but still lots to be done. This first shot is ater the exterior was completed, my litle truck and my other pal, Ivy.

Overall size 24’ x 36’ with a full second floor. Two oversized doors 8’6” x 10’ for deliveries etc. and lots of natural light with oversized windows. My wife and I unload the trucks and push the wood up to the second floor.

The next shots are of the second floor storage for wood and storage for items I sell thru craigslist and yes a very small area for my wife:

Walnut, ash pine, and some other stuff on right.
and the left mahogany, cherry, and more stuff.

And finally the ground level shop where the first shot is from the stairs in back left corner looking toward the front. The shop has a 10’6” ceiling heigth so I can roll a 4’x8’ sheet end for end.

Another shot from the back right corner looking toward the front showing my newly made finshing turntable
by the table saw

And finally from the front toward the back.

I am still working on the layout and my next project is to plumb up the dust contol. I have two table saws where one is left set up to cut dados and my main for everythinh else. I am also still working on getting the clutter from the move stored, put away, hung, etc. I think it will take me another two years to get that done.

In the winter I heat with wood and have 6” insulation and moister barrier everwhere. On the lowest stove setting at times I have to open the doors in the middle of the winter to cool it off, but as I get older I like that heat.

It’s a great place to hang out and I just lose track of time when I am in there.

It sure beats the old celler shop with no room.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 08:42 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 12:20 PM

Very Nice.

-- well, its level if you look at it this way.

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 12:52 PM

Wow…really nice building. great set up….


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#4 posted 04-21-2011 01:42 PM

Looks like a very good place to spend shop time! Well done. I’d like to see a metal / fireproof cabinet for the flammables though. Did I just miss it?

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 02:04 PM

Great layout and well thought out. I like the storage area up above the shop. Keep the pictures coming.


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 02:06 PM

Very cool setup. I bet you cant help but grin every time you walk out to the shop. I also think it is great your bride got into the festivities as well. Congratulations on an awesome shop.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 02:10 PM

Spacious – Check.
High ceilings – Check.
Plenty of light – Check.
Well outfitted with tools – Check.

Looks lik a dream shop to me:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 04-21-2011 02:37 PM

All id need is a couch, commode, and a tv …. call me when ya need me honey ill be in the shop. Well done.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 04-21-2011 02:59 PM

Got to go with Todd on this one. Looks like a great dream shop to me too! Well done.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 04-21-2011 04:03 PM

Thanks you all for your kind comments. It was a long time in coming and saving.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#11 posted 04-21-2011 04:41 PM

I am in awe of your shop and building. Very very nice.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#12 posted 04-21-2011 04:41 PM

Wow!! Looks just wonderful.

-- Sharon, Oregon

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#13 posted 04-21-2011 04:51 PM

what a great set-up

congratulations !

-- 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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#14 posted 04-21-2011 05:58 PM

The layout is awesome. I love that you have access to the top level from the exterior of the shop. I am definetely jealous.

-- Sam

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#15 posted 04-21-2011 08:36 PM

Fantastic shop! You will have more fun than humanly possible. Print a good photo of yourself and put it inside your house so your wife will remember you are still there. I just built my getting ready for retirement shop right over 3 years ago and I am still in sawdust heaven. One thing i would have added is a bathroom so I wouldn’t have to walk back to the house…but a large funnel with a 3/4” inside diameter flex hise running through the wall to outside takes care of most of the problem. Just have to hose down the outside wall every so often….....

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