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Forum topic by bbqking posted 12-24-2008 10:50 PM 1237 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2008 10:50 PM

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While cleaning, sweeping, and carting off boatloads of sawdust and drop offs from the farthest, most unexplored areas of my workshop, I suddenly stumbled upon this vast open region.

Here is the question. How should I use this previously unknown space? You can’t see it all in the photo, but those are 8’ 2×4s shot into the wall. I plan to remove those. Any and all LJs are encouraged to post their suggestions. All entries (within reason) will be considered. The winning entry will be posted once I get it built or installed. As always, bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 10:54 PM

An indoor smokehouse. You can always find places to put tools and wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 11:01 PM

Your shop is so big already, how about a small monument dedicated to the struggles of your less fortunate brothers?

Seriously, you need some cabinet space in your shop. Build a set of uppers and lowers into that corner to give yourself a place to store small items, and create some more work surface.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-24-2008 11:08 PM

I would suggest a finishing room but except for two things, first, could you vent to the outside, second could you afford to eat up that much space.

How about a sharpening area? put a couple of base cabinets in and all your sharpening tools and supplies would go there.

I’m in the same boat as Charlie, not enough space. I couldn’t even imagine the luxury of finding empty space. :-)

Merry Christmas!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 12-24-2008 11:29 PM

I’d vote for a finishing area, if one i needed.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 12-24-2008 11:32 PM

not the best place for a finishing area. you need ventilation if you are going to be spraying and if you are not spraying a finishing area just isn’t worth it. i would suggest maybe a lathe. if you don’t already have one. or a hand tool corner. put down some hardwood flooring a workbench and a tool cabinet and you’re good to go. then again i ‘m not sure what you already have.

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#6 posted 12-24-2008 11:34 PM

Cabinet space. How handy would it be to put your hand tools, or portable power tools in one space. It would also be useful to put all of your different screws, nails, nuts, bolts, hinges and other fasteners organized into one central space.

-- Berta in NC

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#7 posted 12-24-2008 11:39 PM

A big soft leather thinking couch!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 12-24-2008 11:53 PM

I was thinking that too… a nice and a beer fridge. :)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 12-25-2008 12:20 AM

How about a hot tub or maybe a pool table? Big screen tv and an xbox or a Wii. I’m waiting for the New Yankee Workshop or Wood Whisperer video game to come out then you can play it in the shop!

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#10 posted 12-25-2008 12:21 AM

OK just went through your shop photos so seriously. How about a drum sander or definately some storage cabinets for hand tools and odds and ends.

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#11 posted 12-25-2008 12:35 AM

Looks like a lathe would fit nicely.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 12-25-2008 12:54 AM

It Looks Like a Nice Place for TV room to Watch Wood Working Videos

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 12-25-2008 05:35 AM

OK, I’ve had 12 responses. TAWW, I like the idea of a hardwood flooring area. Derek, the beer fridge is at the other end of the shop by the big screen. Karson, my wife barely lets me smoke my cigs here let alone Boston butts and pork shoulders. trifern, I have never tried the lathe thing. Maybe I should give one a shot. I’ll see if anyone else responds. So far, it’s hardwood floor area with kicka#$% lathe. Don’t be surprised if I PM you guys for lathe info. As always,bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#14 posted 12-25-2008 05:56 AM

sounds good! lathes are nice things. i just made some fishing lures on my lathe. those little lathe things are nice little gifts that you can bang out in a hour.

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#15 posted 12-25-2008 06:29 AM

Are you saying you’re not going to be making any more sawdust or cutoffs any more? Just make a big bin with wheels on it, so that when it’s full of all that kind of stuff, you can just roll the whole thing out to the truck and dump it in one load. You may have to build yourself a ramp out side to get it up to the truck bed. If you start turning, you’ll be surprised at how quick you can make large amounts of sawdust.

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