My new woodworking shop

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Project by Jim Good posted 12-21-2009 06:24 AM 11079 views 16 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jim’s Shop – 20’x30’ interior, built on steel-reinforced concrete bases/columns to withstand the “big one” we’re likely to get someday), with big gluelams spanning the columns which in turn are connected by 2×12s. Used Hardee-board for the outside walls over green-cert plywood. Has a 5/4th plywood floor and interior plywood walls, now painted. Well insulated. Have an attic for storage, drying wood, and bunking grandchildren if I ever get any. A place for my grown kids to stay if their jobs go south. Have a 4.8KW solar system installed that should generate all the power I use and then some (yes, in Oregon, the sun does shine… more than you’d expect). I’m hoping to get set up over the winter, building lumber storage, a table for my miter say, an assembly table, a drafting table, cabinets, some rolling and some fixed, and a good dust control system. I ordered an Oneida V-300 which is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. I’ve worked up at least a dozen layouts for tools etc, and I hate to say it, but I should have built it bigger.

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 06:27 AM

Great Lookin Shop

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 06:44 AM

Nice shop! You can a lot accomplished and have a lot of fun when the shop is designed as your dream shop. I lenjoy and ook forward to every moment I spend in mine. ENJOY!

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 06:53 AM

That is one great looking shop. Even if I could duplicate the building, we have nothing in Dallas that can compare to the after-shop-time view you get! Very nice. If your kids jobs stay north you can always rent space to wayward woodworkers.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 06:56 AM

Very nice, indeed! I’m envious!

I’ll be looking forward to shots of the interior once you have all the tools and cabinets in! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Teresa Mellon

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 06:56 AM

Great shop…..and YES…don’t we all wish we would have built them bigger or wish we had more room. Once you start moving equipment, tools, benches, cabinets in… gets smaller and smaller. ENJOY your new shop!!!

-- Twisted T's Creations

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 07:01 AM

With all those windows, you’ll get great natural light. Well thought out. I can only hope one day to have a building that is a completely dedicated shop.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 07:05 AM

Nice shop, nice view :-)) doesn’t matter how big, its always too small!! CAn I ask how much you have in the solar power system?

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

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 07:37 AM

Great shop so well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 08:11 AM

Hey Jim,
Great design and finish…well done.

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 08:30 AM

nice looking shop… your right, you can never build one big enough… the bigger you build it, the more wood and tools you buy (wait, that sounds like fun)...
Keep on building… great way to spend free time…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 08:42 AM

Very nice. Can’t wait to see it outfitted. Solar powered too, good choice, I’ve got ‘em on my roof too. And an Oneida cyclone, we;ve got two things in common. Well, three with woodworking. :) Enjoy.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 09:32 AM

That will be a nice place to go to every day. Really like the way you used all of your land, and it gives a great view from the deck. Enjoy your hard work.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 10:50 AM

Great looking shop! Very nicely done. Looking forward to seeing the completion. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-21-2009 12:39 PM

Very nice shop. Great shop in the great place. I like the all green surroundings, looks soothing indeed.
Is there any springs or waterfall nearby by the way?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 12-21-2009 01:53 PM

Nice shop, is the small building with attached wood shed your heat source?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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