The American Craftsman WorkShop #4: The Next Section

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2393 days ago 1504 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One Section Finished

Painting the Trim

I finished this section of wall the other day and the trim. After that I pushed all the shop “furniture” back against the wall. This opened up the center of the shop again so that I could clear the next section of wall to be finished.

The Next Section

I can’t always work corner to corner because I waited until I put too much crap in the shop to finish the walls. I did, however, already have 3 walls finished as you can see in my workshop posting. Now that I think about it, I can’t wait to update the workshop photos!

I now have the electrical run in this section, the sheetrock up and taped, and I am going to finish the mudwork tomorrow (Sunday). Then trim and paint! I should be finished with this section in a couple of days.

Into the Mudwork

Are You Motivated Yet?

Is anybody getting motivated yet? I have been watching a couple of other shops being built. I am excited for those guys and here is a bit of advice: Don’t move the tools in until the space is finished. You will end up like me trying to work around all the tools and crap that you have accumulated.

Getting the shop more complete and organized is very exciting. I will be able to increase productivity and have a more energy efficient workspace. I can’t get over how much brighter it is with the walls being rocked and painted. There is less air draft too. These are things that I sell other people on as a professional all the time. The cobbler’s children never have shoes.

Dust control will be better too. The insulation behind the chopsaw was loaded with dust and I had to replaced it.

Planning Ahead

I am thinking ahead to new base cabinets and wall storage. I have been looking through the many books and magazines to develop my ideas. I LOVE my books.

I will have to finish this section and for now just get things back against the walls. I have some work to get done for clients.

When Momma’s Happy…
I also need to do some work on my house. If I work on the shop, I need to balance that with some work on the house. Hey, if you don’t use the shop to work on the house, how is it justified in the wife’s mind? When Momma’s Happy, Everybody’s Happy. A simple principle for happy living.

Come on guys, get motivated and get organized!

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 2393 days ago

Looking great and can’t wait to see the final masterpiece.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 2393 days ago

Great Job Todd…you have inspired me….however I have to wait until my three feet of snow leave so I can work on the ground…..

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#3 posted 2393 days ago

You got that right – Keep Momma happy!

Nice looking shop! Almost done.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 2393 days ago

did you rest any when you got back home???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2393 days ago

Yep Momma is the word!
Looks like its going to be a real nice shop.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2393 days ago


Your shop is coming along nicely. I can see how much the paint and drywall brighten it up. That is sound advice about leaving the space empty until after the painting is complete. Having to work around furniture and tools, moving them from one place to another is not only annoying but it is time consuming as well.

I am looking forward to seeing the completed shop pictures and seeing some sawdust in there as well.

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

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#7 posted 2393 days ago

Looking good…If I only had a space like that to work on/in! Any smart woodworker knows that the key to aquiering tools is to do projects on the house that make the wife happy!


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Greg Wurst

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#8 posted 2393 days ago

You’re certainly making good progress. Keep-up the good work!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 2392 days ago

Yeah, Todd. I still need to finish the ceiling in my shop. We made it to the overhead door and ran out of will power. In the spring, I promise.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 2392 days ago

Action is a beautiful thing. Head ‘em up, heeyah! That reminds me, I could be making sawdust just now… gotta go!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 2392 days ago

It’ll have to be re-inspected by Ms.DebbieP. Lookin good, Todd.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 2392 days ago

looking real nice todd !

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#13 posted 2392 days ago

I gotta repeat Deb’s comment. I hope you got some rest before diving into this project. I get tired just reading about your exploits.

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 2392 days ago

Looking great!

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#15 posted 2392 days ago

Yeah you really got me motivated here. But “Momma” has me motivated into building and installing the den bookcases first! And like you, I gotta move a lot of stuff off those shelves too. But soon I’ll get a “Roun-tuit”!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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