The Barn #1: Beginnings of the shop

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Blog entry by Dave Smith posted 01-06-2014 02:52 AM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So when we bought this house 14 years ago, the idea was that the large shed out back (I call it the barn) would be a place for projects to occur. It’s situated on the back end of our property and is quite large. The enclosed area is about 12’x20’ with a tin roof and two overhangs on either side that are about 8’x20’, so lots of dry storage for sure.

Well, as we are all probably way too aware of, time creeps up on you, the kids come along, jobs change, and all of sudden time has passed and nothing you wanted to do with the barn has been accomplished. So this year I have decided to go for it, and make something usable out there. We decided a window AC unit was one of the first steps needed to make it habitable out there, and so last week I picked one up from Lowes.

Today, the whole family went out there to get started on the project… oh god, even in the dead of winter there are spiders out there.. aaagh.

View 1 – Cub opened the door, this is the approach

View 2 – looking in at the horror, look somehow an AC unit was jammed in there.

View 3 – a deeper look

We spent about 2 hours out there this afternoon got it to the point where you can walk into the building. Swept it out and figured out new lightbulbs in the fixtures are a must. Tomorrow it’s off to Home Depot for a Shop Vac and Fluorescent bulbs. Then a good vaccuming and we can lay down a roll of outdoor carpet I acquired.

Next weekend, AC unit installation.

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:17 AM

I see support for a bench with cabinets, some shelving on left side, loft area for wood storage, windows for light, space betwen studs for shallow shelves ( I have in my shop, able to hold a lot of stuff yet still easy to locate everyithing), dry elevated workspace. I think this is going to go well. I get the feeling the shed is excited to be a part of your plans!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Lee Leitner

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 04:07 AM

I see alot of potential there

-- Lee

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 04:19 AM

I envy you. I would love to have that space to work in. I have a small 1 car garage. It’s so packed with junk that I can’t get to all my cool tools that I’ve acquired over the last year. I’m moving soon and I hope I find a place that has a shop.

Good luck with your project

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 03:52 PM

Great size for a shop. And it’s such that you can do almost anything you want with it. The sky’s the limit. Make sure you have lots of light on the north side if you can. That’s invaluable and much better than any artificial lighting.

-- Bill Micah 6:8

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 10:10 PM

A new shop is always exciting. Look forward to seeing it set up.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Dave Smith

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 08:33 PM

Thanks for the good vibes ya’ll .. I’ll be sure to keep this blog updating as the progression occurs. :)

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 09:48 PM

So much fine space there. Even a workbench and lights. Its just gettign the crap out, the tools in and you´re rolling! I wish i had that nice a room to work in..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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