Red Barn Work Shop

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Project by Terry Dale Shampo posted 717 days ago 2118 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a place to keep all of my wood working tools, so I built a barn.
There aren’t many barns in Yokosuka Japan. When it was time for a door I thought, this would be a perfect chance to make a solid wood door, and my first raised panel door. The door and siding is all made of Japanese cedar (hinoki). I really didn’t want to, but I did pain the outside. However, the inside smells like heaven.

-- nichiyou-daiku (Sunday Carpenter)

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#1 posted 717 days ago

From the looks in the picture, you really had to squeeze that barn in a tight area. Do your neighbors complain about noise from your tools? We live in very open area where I have lots of room and I sometimes forget allot of woodworkers do live in town. Great job on the barn. Did you cut your own tongue and grove or by it that way. Don’t think I have seen Japanese Cedar, but it looks like what we use here.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Terry Dale Shampo

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#2 posted 717 days ago

It is pretty tight fit. The neighbors are too impressed that I’m doing everything my self to complain about noise. Besides, no noise before 0800 and not after 1800.
Real hinoki is a type of cypress that grows only in Japan. In the United States, there are Port Orford Cedar. They grown mainly on the west coast, port orford cedar is not a true Japanese cypress, yet not really a cedar either, but it is real close to the Japanese hinoki.
A lot of Japanese people feel that hinoki is a “religious” wood. It is the wood used to build 3 and 400 year old temples & shrines. The wood from the hinoki has a cedar / lemon-scented, it is light-colored wood (not red) with a rich, straight grain, and is highly rot resistant, much like cypress.

-- nichiyou-daiku (Sunday Carpenter)

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Terry Dale Shampo

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#3 posted 717 days ago

Oh, the picture of me using a router and with the US flag in the back ground, I’m cutting the tongue and grove for the siding…

-- nichiyou-daiku (Sunday Carpenter)

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 717 days ago

Looks like you did a real nice job on your barn…first barn I have seen that is on top of a garage…however. I can und erstand that because of space restrictions. We have a gueast in from Tokyo this week and I am hearing stories of how space is so limited.
Is the hinoki more of a cypress or more of a cedar? I have been working with some very old Louisiana sinker cypress lately and I find it to be a really nice wood.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#5 posted 717 days ago

What size boards did you use when cutting the tongue and grove? I am building a house here and instead of using 2” pine boards that are already groved, I was thinking of using the router on 1” boards to place on the open beam ceiling. I am no longer able to work with Western Red Cedar…makes me break out all over…but I sure love the smell of it.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 717 days ago

That is really cool! Nice job on the door too.

-- Chuck

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Terry Dale Shampo

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#7 posted 717 days ago

The sideing is (inch wise), are about 1 inch thick X 6 inches wide.

To me it more like cypress tan anything else.

-- nichiyou-daiku (Sunday Carpenter)

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 717 days ago

Excellent job of utilizing space. Also good to work on new skill while you do it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Terry Dale Shampo

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#9 posted 717 days ago

I took the door onto the Navy base to put it together. I still don’t have any 7ft clamps.

-- nichiyou-daiku (Sunday Carpenter)

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#10 posted 717 days ago

Very nice. I kinda like how it sticks out, in color and location

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#11 posted 716 days ago

Great job, I really like it. I just made a cutting board for a Japanese cpl that were friends with for a house warming. What a pleasure to work with. Enjoy your new area!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 716 days ago

Nice! I’ve been looking at possibly building myself a barn in my yard. I think I want to make it in the end of September or early October. That way I will have a place to work when the weather gets cold.
Great use of space. Nice work.

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#13 posted 716 days ago

Great looking shop. Having spent a little time in Yokosuka (mostly on the Navy base) I can appreciate how little open space is available. Please post some photos of your shop when completed. Thanks.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 716 days ago

That looks like a really nice workspace. You did a great job on it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 716 days ago

Hard to imagine anything cooler than this. The barn, I mean. The door is nice too.

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