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I built this shop by myself almost 10 years ago.It is 1100 sq. ft timberframe with rough sawn SYP board and batten siding. I laid the brick piers,made all of the windows and doors from scratch ,did it all. Pics from left to right;View from outside; Entering the shop area; Double router station made from old table saw; Jointer with custom dust chute; View of loft above; Shop with 10 inches of snow.

-- Mike --http://www.custommade.com/by/mikemathieu/


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wpreman

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 04:29 PM

Looks like a great setting. Sure would enjoy seeing the inside layout!

-- Bill, Florida

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 04:32 PM

As a confessed shop addict I have to echo Bill’s comment about pictures of the inside. Visual tours of other shops are enjoyable to see.

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

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 03-24-2009 12:09 AM

OK…..I’ll third that. Looks nice from the outside.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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John Gray

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#4 posted 03-24-2009 07:24 AM

I think it is really looks cool!!! Could you post more pictures of the outside and the inside? I had always envisioned a shop like that on my acreage in SW MO…......but life does strange things and my shop is in my 2 car garage in South Central, IL and at 64 it looks like it may be the one they carry me out of feet 1st. :-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 02:44 PM

Mike, you have built yourself a really nice shop space in which to work. Having a loft area like this is a huge bonus in a shop since it gives you storage space as well as a lot of headroom in which to work. You certainly don’t have to worry about swinging a sheet of plywood around in there. You have organized your shop well and I really like what you have done with your offcuts and other smaller pieces of lumber. They are well organized and readily available. I would enjoy working in a shop like this.

Out of curiosity I was wondering if you have any heat in there?

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

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

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wpreman

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#6 posted 03-27-2009 02:59 PM

What a great shop! I think Scott said it all. Thanks for adding the pictures.

-- Bill, Florida

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GaryK

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#7 posted 03-27-2009 02:59 PM

Very cool looking shop. Your bandsaw and jointer sure look familiar. I have the same ones.

Nice “wall o’ wood” you have there.

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

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wdkits1

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#8 posted 03-27-2009 03:08 PM

Hi Scott
Now that I’m working in the shop full time I definitely will be putting a heating system in before next winter.I will be building an addition to the shop soon which will house the heating system and the central DC system. That was the main reason that I built the shop on piers, to allow duct work and DC piping to be under the floor. Plus after working construction for 30+ years I didnt want to stand on concrete any more.

-- Mike --http://www.custommade.com/by/mikemathieu/

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snowdog

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#9 posted 03-27-2009 05:14 PM

Nice place to work, I sure love it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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woodworm

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#10 posted 03-27-2009 05:31 PM

Very nice shop, and the best thing that you should be proud of is – you built it all by your self. Save this permenantly in you memory.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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woodworm

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#11 posted 03-27-2009 05:59 PM

How far from your shop is your nearest neighbour? Looks like it is located in the woods.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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wdkits1

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#12 posted 03-27-2009 06:31 PM

I live on the end of a cul-de-sac and my closest neighbor is about 300 ft away.I have 1.3 acres and the shop is about 100 ft behind my house.

-- Mike --http://www.custommade.com/by/mikemathieu/

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ND2ELK

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#13 posted 03-28-2009 02:12 AM

What a beautiful shop you made for yourself. You did an outstanding job building it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 03-28-2009 04:06 PM

Love the shop design. Just perfect.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Matt

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#15 posted 04-03-2009 05:32 PM

I have been browsing the workshops here over the past few weeks (a dozen or so a day). I don’t know what it is about this one but I have to say, it’s one of my top 5. The fact you made it all by yourself must be very satisfying.

Without the power tools it really looks ‘old world’. I especially like the barrel you have as a chip collector for your DC. Very nice!

More pictures!

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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