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Project by RickL posted 08-12-2007 01:27 PM 2798 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, just joined the site after looking at another post on another message board by one of the members here. Thought I would share a couple photos of the shop going up in my backyard in Jackson, TN. It is 16×20 with 9” ceilings. The doors are on the north side, there are 3’x6’ windows on the east and west walls, nothing on the back (south) wall. Heating and cooling will come from a LG unit (though the south wall) 18,000btu cooling, 11,00 btu heating. The walls are insulated, and will be covered with 3/8 plywood. I considered a couple of other options but went with the ply. The remaining work is to have the electric tied in, all the inside wiring is complete, seal the floor, paint the walls, move equipment in, and get to work!! Having moved here from Ohio 5 years ago and out of a nice walk-out basement shop and into a 2 car garage, my woodoworking output has slowed down due to the weather. It gets very hot here, 100’s for the past few days, and a little chilly in the winter, but nothing like Cincinnati. I will post more when the inside is complete and the tools set up. Thats the shop dog “Buddy” checking out his new surroundings in the first pic. Thanks for looking. Rick

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 08-12-2007 01:49 PM

beautiful shop! – I would live in there! heat and cool the shop!.... your my new hero! – Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#2 posted 08-12-2007 01:51 PM

That will be a wonderful shop – you are blessed! And air conditioning? Wow…

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-12-2007 01:59 PM

That is the same size as my garage . . . er . . . workshop.

I like the columns . . . neat touch.

-- BLOG -

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#4 posted 08-12-2007 02:06 PM

Very nice. Looks great.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 08-12-2007 02:08 PM

Really great shop!! Welcome to Lumber jocks. I pretty new myself but these guys willmake you feel at home. Now you will have something to do when you take a break and after lunch and befor bed and before going to work and ….. you get the picture.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 08-12-2007 03:00 PM

Thanks guys, the A/C was a “must have” if I was going to do this, I dealt with the garage long enough. I have added a box for a ceiling fan, and with the combination of the windows and a good breeze, I hope not to have to run it often. The columns tie in with those on the front porch of the house, I was trying for a design to blend in more with the house, which is brick, but not look so much like a box in the back, and remembering the neighbor has to look at it too :-) I will post more pix later. Rick

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#7 posted 08-12-2007 03:16 PM

Welcome to LJ. NIce shop. Almost too fancy to put a shop in….......nah. Keep us posted with the progress

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#8 posted 08-12-2007 04:23 PM

Welcome to the site.

That’s a damn good looking shop RickL. You are a lucky man!

One question thought: why no windows on the south side? It’s about preventing excessive heat or rather about avoiding the changing light that can make difficult to match finishes? Wait, now that I think… it’s just because you ran out of place for placing the A/C unit. ;o)

Now you must post those shop details in your workshop tab and start making sawdust. We are eager to see the results.

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#9 posted 08-12-2007 05:28 PM

Well JoJo, your first guess was right, sort of, excess heat, but I also wanted a wall to hang clamps cabinets, etc, so that wall seemed to be best one to do. I am big on natural light as you can tell by the windows I guess and didn’t want to take a window to put that unit in. I am as ready as you guys are to get to the details, all we need is that electricain to show up to tie in the meter.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#10 posted 08-12-2007 06:58 PM

It seems to me that you did the right thing. Although in the northern hemisphere it’s unusual to see blind walls on the south side, you are right: it’s the best way to avoid excessive heat. As a side-effect, think that painters often look for ”ateliers” (workshops) that have only northern natural light because it’s the most uniform one. I even recall reading in some article that it’s equally great for avoiding unmatched finishes in a set of pieces. That can happen if you finish one in the hard bright sun of the morning and the next one late in the evening. The light can foul you and make you apply more stain than necessary to the former!

If it serves of anything I can relate about heat: yesterday I recorded 107 F in the shadow out of our bedroom…

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#11 posted 08-12-2007 07:05 PM

Very nice looking shop Rick.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#12 posted 08-13-2007 03:39 AM

I am very envious! Please keep us up to date with new pics as you get it completed.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#13 posted 08-13-2007 06:04 AM

Very nice…..can’t wait to see it finished and some projects posted.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 08-13-2007 08:33 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Rick – and very nice ship, I’m sure that you will enjoy it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 08-13-2007 11:17 AM

what a beautiful building. I’d be smiling every time I walked out to it – just because of the welcoming feeling it gives. And then – the shop. Sounds like it is going to be very functional and usable! Nice

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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