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When I moved into my house a little over a year ago now, I had intended on using one of the lower areas in my barn, as the previous owner had, for a work shop—dedicated breaker box, 220 lines, all that good stuff. I quickly realized that there were some structural concerns and I had a perfectly good small structure immediately behind the house I could use. By “perfectly good” I mean “with lots of work”, as you can see by the first three pictures.

The building used to be a machine shop, where, apparently, men of yore fastened horseshoes, fixed their own shoes, had tea parties, and machined tractor bits, as evidenced by what we found when the massive, aged barn board floor was pulled back. Besides being a big home for wood chucks, the area underneath the floor contained quite a bit of blue and white china, old shoes, horse shoes, and random metal pieces. The shop is built in the same construction as the house, barn, and other outbuildings, so I imagine it was built sometime after the house was, in 1830. The last picture shows the construction style.

The fourth and fifth pictures show the shop in action during the period this was written:
http://lumberjocks.com/superstretch/blog/22377

Pardon the dust. I got a dust collector for Christmas and have yet to wheel it out there. Once I get the rest of the odds and ends out and the tools in and arranged (along with a few shop-vac-fulls of saw dust), it should be in tip-top shape.

I know its not a lot of space to work with, so my move out to the barn is probably somewhere off in the future, but this works great for now and is a nice re-purposing of the building. (FYI, the metal siding was half-completed when I bought the house, otherwise, I would have gone for a more traditional look)

Its not to early for Easter Eggs! This is what was left in the rafters of the shop:

-- Dan, Rochester, NY


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Splinterman

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#1 posted 1246 days ago

Hey Dan,
Real sweet re-build…good job.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

Dan, this looks like you have put together a pretty nice shop in which to work. Having a stand alone shop is the way to go in my opinion. And I also like the plywood flooring and the natural light that you have in your shop.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

Wow, I love the old post and beam construction. It could be a real beauty and will make a nice shop.

-- 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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superstretch

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

Thanks guys. My dad and I did most of the work.. My sister’s boyfriend came out to help with the flooring too. Start to finish took maybe 4 or 5 Saturdays. I need to finish wiring in some more outlet boxes and lights..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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swirt

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

Nice work Dan. I like what you did using the old bones of the timberframe structure.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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sawblade1

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

Nice job :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

I absolutely love it. It looks about the size of my own shop but with much more character. The rustic exterior is an easy fix down the road. Those are some Easter eggs, too. Any idea what they are? And tea parties? Those crazy blacksmiths.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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superstretch

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#8 posted 1246 days ago

Well one of them is an empty Pepsi bottle ^_^. The rest are a mixture of any barn board someone in the house’s history felt like hanging onto. Similar stashes have been a mix of oak, maple, cedar, and pine. Some of the smaller angled supports either in one of the barns or the shop have been oak (not sure what kind) but the QS-edge rays are almost black. Just this weekend, I found a couple 10-16’ long rough oak slabs, about 8/4 thick. I need to get my hands on a decent metal detector, since I really want to mill some of this stuff up and clean out some of the barn sections. (FYI, my burn pile is enormous.. probably bigger than the footprint of the shop). Its funny working with the old barnboard and beams.. some are huge and light as a feather.. some are rather small and feel like lead.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1246 days ago

^awesome score. Is that the rare blue & red “yin yang” burl I see on the bottle? You’re right, some of them look like you’ll need three dudes to lift them…then they nearly crumble to dust & splinters. I’m really happy for you to have this workspace; it’s a great feeling to have my first detached.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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superstretch

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#10 posted 1246 days ago

Yes, its red and blue burl with a little white spalting. Very expensive stuff. Most of the beams are in immaculate condition. The header over the door had a little bit of rot/worming, but it looked like that hadn’t been eaten away in a while. In the third picture, you can see 3 posts we replaced with a PT 6×6 and 2 PT 4×4s. And yes, its nice to be detached. It formalizes shop time and minimizes household noise/dust, but at the same time makes you make more of an effort psychologically to go out and work

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 1146 days ago

Nice looking shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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superstretch

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#12 posted 1146 days ago

Thanks! I have yet to post my newest addition:

(before I attached the wings)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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