Red Barn Work Shop

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Project by Terry Dale Shampo posted 08-06-2012 10:46 PM 2648 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 08-06-2012 10:57 PM

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 Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 11:10 PM

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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#3 posted 08-06-2012 11:13 PM

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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#4 posted 08-06-2012 11:19 PM

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.

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 11:23 PM

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 Hawaii,

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 11:40 PM

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

-- Chuck

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Terry Dale Shampo

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#7 posted 08-06-2012 11:46 PM

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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#8 posted 08-07-2012 12:28 AM

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

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 12:37 AM

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 08-07-2012 04:13 AM

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

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 09:11 AM

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 08-07-2012 02:16 PM

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 08-07-2012 02:40 PM

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 08-07-2012 03:44 PM

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


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-08-2012 12:49 AM

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

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