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Project by rainman posted 1794 days ago 2813 views 14 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello and thanks for all your welcome e-mails. My first project also happens to be my very small workshop in my back yard. I really like post and beam construction. When I decided to build my own space outside the house , I knew it had to be a true post and beam. By keeping it small I could also keep it affordable. A lot of my materials are recycled and scavenged from local friends of mine who are contractors. I enjoyed working with slick, chisels and other old tools to create curved corner braces ,housed dovetails and shouldered mortise and tennons that make up this tiny shop. It’s only 10ft X 14ft . I designed it myself, and got most of my Ideas from books by Ted Benson and David and Jeanie Stiles. I love spending time in it especially on cold winter days when I can crank up my little wood stove and attempt to carve something. Carving is something I’m not really great at but I’m learming.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 1794 days ago

I have workshop envy! That has to be the nicest shop I’ve seen in a while. Very well done.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 1794 days ago

Nice work Rainman and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 1794 days ago

im looking at your shop and its beautiful jointery, and it just makes me smile…wonderful have my applause….i think i would love to live in it as well…....i to love my shop ..although its a bit bigger then yours…mine is 20×30..and somtimes i wish it were smaller , your size is very comfy and very doable…it looks like blue mountain pine that you used…well enjoy your new shop…i look forward to seeing your carvings and whatever else you do…if you can do jointery like that on your shop..then i do look forward to piecies of furniture also…...thanks for showing your new shop , thanks for the smile…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 1794 days ago

Awesome joinery on the frame construction for your workshop – Welcome to LumberJock’s.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 1794 days ago

Beautiful carving shop!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 1794 days ago

That is going to be a great shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 1794 days ago

Absolutely one of the coolest projects posted in quite a while!
That frame construction is fantastic.

Can’t wait to see it finished!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 1794 days ago

Fantastic! Seems very warm and inviting! Well done!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings -

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#9 posted 1794 days ago

Nice job and welcome aboard!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1794 days ago

I love it. Will you add a storage loft or keep it open

-- Steven

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#11 posted 1794 days ago

Awesome …. you should add a small fireplace made of riverstone—scale it to the size of your building.

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Ohio

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#12 posted 1794 days ago

Great job i love the cottage look,i love the windows and the the dovetail joints, keep sending pictures.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 1794 days ago

What an inspiring place to work, Rainman! Super job! Reminds me of Superman’s “Fortress of Solitude”...a place to escape from it all for a little while…I don’t know that I’d want to leave it, though! ;-)
Welcome to LJ’s, Sir!!

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

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#14 posted 1794 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s
That is one gorgeous shop!. I can see that you’re carving is as good as the workmanship in the shop.
Please post more of your work.

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#15 posted 1794 days ago

Welcome to LJ. Neat idea and it looks like a great place to relax and smell the wood. Looking forward to seeing your carving projects.

-- Duane, Iowa

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