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Location: Gainesville FL and Michigan's U.P.

I'm an engineering graduate and retired businessman. In '03 we built our vacation home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and two years later moved our Winter residence from Fort Myers to Gainesville Florida.

For 25 years, in fort Myers, I used my Shopsmith in 1/2 of a two car garage, a tight space, but I was able to do a lot of work, from mundane home improvement projects, to shelving units, and even a really nice hooded cradle for my first grandchild. Moving to Gainesville, I was confronted with the project of completing the closure of a two car carport. Although I have been able to do some work with my Shopsmith, the workspace is still very much a work in progress.

Up North I'm in much better shape as I have now completed the construction of a 24' x 28' workshop. This shop is the subject of my recent blog.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#1 posted 02-07-2008 11:09 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

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

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 11:19 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 11:52 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 11:55 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 12:03 AM

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding element of your woodworking journey.

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

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 12:31 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 06:00 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 03:42 AM

Thanks for the advice on the workshop walls. I have about half of them finished, and I too used OSB, painted white. I would have loved to use plywood, but too expensive right now with all the other costs associated with getting this shop set up. I haven’t purchased the lights yet, I’ll take your advice to heart on that. What did you do for heat?

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 04:05 AM


Hopefully, your workshop is insulated. This will make a big difference.

I have been struggling with the question of heat, especially for the shop in the U.P. I was going to install a “hang from the ceiling” 45,000 BTU propane heater. This of course would also require me to put a 250 gallon propane tank outside the shop. The cost would be around $1500. That’s bad enough, but my second thoughts center around the fact that I am not up there in the dead of Winter.

My shop here in Gainesville FL is a two car carport converted to garage. I insulated it as best that I could and heat it with a single 5100 BTU ceramic type electric heater. It does just fine on those cool mornings when the temperature gets down into the 30’s. Highland Woodworking (highlandwoodworking .com) in Atlanta has these heaters on sale for 29.95 each. I purchased three. Two of them will go to the U.P and I think that this will be all that I will need for the cool Spring mornings up there. These are “smart” heaters that have a thermostat and can be programmed to run a certain number of hours. A couple of these heaters may be all you need. With the cost of propane as high as it is, electric heat is competitive.

Regarding lights, on another posting I described how I have mixed incandescent and electronic ballast fluorescent lights. My T-8 fluorescent tubes are rated at 5000 degrees kelvin (closest to natural light) and the incandescent bulbs help to raise the CRI (color rendering Index) as close as possible to the ideal rating of 100. I know that the old style magnetic ballast fluorescent fixtures are cheaper, but they hum and flicker.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 02-21-2008 02:57 PM

Welcome to the site , from another Yooper. I was born in Houghton and now I am forced to live as a troll in the lesser part of the state.

-- Hope Never fails

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#11 posted 02-26-2008 06:06 AM

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 02-29-2008 06:13 AM

Welcome to LJ’s…I noticed you use Shopsmith…I am a newer woodworkier and bought a used 2003 520 last year…and love it…have barely touched its uses…learning a lot each time I use it (which is tough in the school year as a teacher)...

I am going to add you as a buddy so I can see your work when you post it…I hope you post some picts of your shops…so I can get some ideas…

Enjoy the community…!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 02-08-2009 04:51 AM

Congratulations on a year in Lumber Jocks!

-- Gary D.

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#14 posted 02-08-2009 11:18 AM

Congratulation on your 1st annivessary with LJ’s

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 07-06-2009 06:23 PM

I just now noticed your comment on my profile about living in Naperville, IL in the 70’s. That’s actually just 5 mins from where I am (or less) I drive by that block all the time. I think that property is for sale, in fact. Does THIS look like it?

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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