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This shop is 24’ X 48’ x 16’. It’s floor is 50” above ground level. It originally had two 7.5’ x 15’ barn style doors but was changed to the current smaller doors after a big windstorm tore one of the big doors off the building. It was originally built with the intent of being a boat building shop. That’s the reason for the big doors and the height above ground. It was built in the early 1980’s and sits on piling. It does have some seasonal movement but so far is holding together fairly well. The inside is partitioned into two rooms.
The smaller room is 8’ X 48’ with an eight foot ceiling, and is primarily for lumber storage, however, there are two tools in this room.
The larger room is 16’ X 48’ with 16’ ceiling. The ceiling of the smaller room forms a loft in this room and is used for storage.
The shop is heated by an 80,000 BTU natural gas furnace, and supplemented by a wood stove in which I burn cordwood and all my woodworking scraps and sawdust. Helps with the gas bill.
Visitors are welcome, but are expected to bring either a piece of hardwood or a chunk of firewood. Those who comply will be rewarded with free advice (worth exactly what you pay for it) and long winded woodworking stories, (which will be greatly embellished)!!!
Thanks so much for looking, and MAKE MORE SAWDUST!!!

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 05:11 PM

That’s a good looking shop and great wood storage too.

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 07:37 PM

Man, I love high ceilings in a shop.
I agree with a1.
What’s up with that wood stove stove pipe?????
I like your shop visitation requirements. I may adopt those….....................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 04-19-2014 09:02 PM

Very nice shop.

-- Do something nice for me and I'll say thanks. Do something nice for my children and I'll be your friend forever.

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#4 posted 04-19-2014 09:25 PM

I figured somebody would comment about that crazy stove pipe. It happened thisaway: first I got good and drunk and then…........ OK, I’m lying again,
Seriously, it is to rob just a little more heat from the pipe before it exits the building. I would have made a “TEE” and gone both ways, but the one on the right would have been too close to the dust collector bags. Even as it is, going slightly over the gas furnace, the updraft blowing air helps to grab some BTUs off the pipe. There is also a floor fan that blows horizontally across the pipe just above the stove. The furnace blows it’s heat straight up to the ceiling. Then I blow it back down to the floor with some ceiling fans in the middle. I get quite good air circulation.
Anyway, I guess it works fairly well, as I haven’t burned the building down and when I come into the shop in the mornings, it is usually about 42 degrees (in the winter). Turning the thremostadt up to 70 and building a fire in the wood stove gets me warm in about 30 min.

THanks for looking and for the comment.

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 12:06 PM

Great space, Dave. I’m envious.

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 01:38 PM

very nice shop!

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 02:55 PM

You have a great shop and I love the building.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 03:50 PM

wow, you have a great space to work in, nice selection of tools

-- steve, simple and effective

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 05:43 PM

I would say that stove pipe is pretty ingenious! Nice shop.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 07:07 PM

Talk about a high ceiling! Looks great. I am a bit confused by your photos. Do you have 2 different table saws? I see an older Rockwell it looks like, and a fairly recent Unisaw, the layout of the space seems totally different between the two photos, but the bench behind the table saw looks to be possibly the same one…

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#11 posted 04-22-2014 01:26 AM

dbhost, and all,

Sorry for the confusion. I am new here at LJ and when I saw the offer of workshop photos I went out and took about 20 panoramic photos of it. Then as I started posting I saw that there is a limit of six photos, so I had to pick ones that were more overall shots.

So, to explain. The two that show the table saws are taken from the middle of the shop in each direction and 180 degrees from each other. The Rockwell I already had when I got my dream saw, the Unisaw, and I haven’t been able to decide to get rid of it or not. It is really handy to have. Sometimes if I have a stacked dado all set up on the Unisaw, and need to make a cut on another board, it does that duty and I don’t have to break down the dado and its settings. Sometimes I turn that around and keep a dado on the Rockwell and make other cuts on the Unisaw. whatever works best for the project.

Thanks for looking, folks, and for the comments. Y’all are a great bunch!


-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#12 posted 04-22-2014 05:27 AM

Looks good, you’ve definitely got the long narrow shop thing down. Have you given any thought to painting the walls? It would likely brighten things up in there.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#13 posted 04-22-2014 05:46 AM

Hey, BikerDad,
Thanks so much for your interest and comment.
About the painting—probably not—just too damn lazy I guess.
However I am considering some tall, skinny windows that will fit in between existing studs high up above the 9 or ten foot level on each side and perhaps a couple on the end above the double doors. It does sometimes get to feeling like you are in a dungeon in there.
On the other hand, another consideration is that windows will extract more heat and the gas bill is high enough to raise the hair on a bald guy (like me). So, gosh, who knows what the future will bring.

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#14 posted 05-11-2014 03:19 AM

Good lookig space..Do people write there questions on a post it note and bring it with there lumber gift ? and whats up with the skilly set up at the lathe.. ?

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