Shop Journal #1: Initial Preparation, Planning, and Construction

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 03-19-2011 05:54 PM 4202 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As many of you know already, I am moving my shop back to the old space. I have some big changes in mind and this video gives you a good idea of what’s to come. I plan on releasing a series of these short “Shop Journal” posts in true video blog fashion so you can keep up with the latest developments. I am really excited to get back into the old space and I hope you enjoy this inside look.

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 06:46 PM

Mark, I really feel sorry for you haveing to put up with all the space!! I will look forward to watching your redo.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 07:05 PM

Very interesting Marc…lots of work and planning. I really like the new windows as you can’t get too much natural light in a shop and of course, if you have a nice view, that is even better. I like the open shop concept but we all have different preferences. I lined my shop with lots of cabinets for storage but the problem now is wall storage for things like clamps! I have found the as I know that you have, that shop setup is a constanly changing processess as new tools come in or better stratagies emerge. Good luck in you new/old shop, I sure you are going to love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 09:30 PM

I know exactly what you mean about big spaces. I’ve worked in my stepdad’s machine shop, and recently on a cyc wall (for a photographer friend) in his 4k sq. ft. warehouse space. It’s so bizarre being in a huge, open room. I had a lot of people say “I bet you’d love this much room for your shop!” but all I could think was how difficult it would be to hang dust extraction pipes and electrical cables from a 2-story ceiling, and how I couldn’t put my racks of clamps and cabinetry anywhere nearby, and how everything would be a long walk from everything else instead of hanging from a short ceiling or rafter right above me, or 2 steps away on one of two walls in the corner. I pictured having to build lots of rolling carts and short walls for organizing, and it just felt too weird. I would love to have decent sized rooms for each thing.

I’ve long wanted a ‘mud room,’ where I’d have a few things like a big band saw, angle grinders with wire brush wheels and the like for cleaning up natural stuff, like the muddy logs I find. I’ve also wanted a dedicated finishing room with a few sturdy work tables, cabinets of finishing supplies, fume hoods, a small spray booth, and a spray room big enough to do something like a table, or a bed, also with fume extraction. Then, of course, a main work room.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 05:43 PM

couldn’t agree more Gary. Unlike clamps and wood, I do believe it IS possible to have too much space.

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