Building my dream shop #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by rep posted 04-14-2010 05:02 AM 7043 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be my first attempt at a blog. I will try to document the building of my dream shop and the property improvements that go along with it. Not quite sure how this works, but I will jump in and see how it goes.

From the beginning
About a year ago, my wife and I found a 54+ wooded acre parcel with a creek in the back that seemed to be the place we could develop as we wished, with plenty of room and privacy.

Heavy woods - first road

There was field on the ridge that we decided to plant an orchard of pecan, hazelnut, walnut, almond, and apple. This meant that we needed to install irrigation.

Irrigation trenches

We got some roads cleared and found the spot for tractor shed and shop.

Shop site cleared and foundation poured

Built the tractor shed first, then the shop

Tractor shed
Shop Frame

Once the shop was up and dried in (I did not build the shop – contracted it out), I started working on the interior. Bathroom was first room to build.


A few other pictures on My Workshop page.

Things left to do:
SHOP – Wiring, floor coverings, noise room, finishing room, work tables, Cyclone setup and install, tool setup.
PROPERTY – road maintenance, sawmill setup, brush pile chipping, wood storage shed repairs, land clearing for pine tree plantings, fence install, finish two pump houses.

More later…

-- rick

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 08:08 AM

looks good so fare and congrat´s with your new land


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#2 posted 04-14-2010 08:14 AM

It will be fun to follow your progress. It sounds you have a wonderful piece of land.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 08:19 AM

Ok, this would count as one heck of a good first blog effort.

Keep ‘em coming please.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 11:07 AM

Wow ! Your shop is bigger than my house. Very impressive; I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes on. You’re going to need a lot of tools to fill that space…..

-- John

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 01:14 PM

Great shop. Can you build me a room to, so I can move in?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 01:25 PM

That is going to be a wonderful place to live. I like hearing that people have planted trees. (Best time to plant a tree….YESTERDAY) Enjoy your acres.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 03:51 PM

So what do you do in your spare time?LOL It must be great to build everything the way you want it to be from the ground up. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 04-14-2010 04:29 PM

Wow!! This is awesome. My dream is something similar but on a much smaller scale. I dont want that much land to have to maintain. I was curious as to availability of power? Have you considered solar as a supplement? When I get around to moving into our dream home and shop we plan on trying to get off the grid as much as possible.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#9 posted 04-14-2010 04:47 PM

Tom – I get to sleep in my spare time ;-)

Ken – We are building about 2000 feet into the woods off the main road. The power company had to run poles down the property line, and then underground to “the compound”. I only had to pay for the under ground run.
With all the trees, solar may not be much of an option, but I plan to build a solar kiln for drying the lumber from the saw mill. Will be looking at other solar options as we go.

-- rick

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#10 posted 04-14-2010 05:48 PM

nice seclusion.
Looks like a great place to escape to.
Save a place for my tree stand!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 04-15-2010 01:24 AM

Nice Im only a three hour ride from you can I live there


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