Bearpie's New Expanded Workshop

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Blog entry by Bearpie posted 06-29-2011 05:35 AM 5972 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We finally got around to doubling the size of our workshop after only a year and half of working in our 12’ x 20’ shed. In the beginning it was fine until we picked up a few more tools then it became cramped. I had to keep a couple of my tools folded up so it took up less room and had to keep moving things around to be able to use the tools efficiently. Soon after we built the shed, my wife discovered new found joys in using the scroll saw. Needless to say that made it dangerous for me to use my table saw whenever she is in the shop as she sat right behind it to use the scroll saw. At first we decided to just add an addition like a ” lean to” being that it would be the simplest and easiest to do but after thinking about it, we nixed the idea as being a tacky addition and went with a full roof addition. It was finally finished a month ago and I was busy with doing the inside work for the next 2 weeks. Wiring, insulation, putting up OSB paneling on the walls, trimming the windows and new doorway, painting, putting solid vinyl tiles on the new floor, caulking all the seams and joints and moving in. Building shelves, rearranging tools, deciding to add a pull down attic ladder to close off the attic and make it easier to have access to. The new attic is quite spacious and has about 3 ft head room. Yes I have to crawl around but can use it to dry my wood as I am waiting for it to dry. Our new shop is under some huge Live Oak trees as you will see in the video, so this will also help keep the heat down. You will see in the video our window air conditioner with heat strip. Ac and heat is 18,000 BTUs and it cools the shop rapidly. We need the AC here in Florida and due to the record cold spell we had here the past 2 winters we opted to add heat so we can work in the winter as well. I still have to paint the exterior and will do that soon. The left side of the shed is the new addition and is seen in yellow and the original part of the shed is at each end of the bushes in front. The shop is now 24’ wide and 20’ deep.

And YES my shop is usually this clean! It was tough keeping it clean when the shop was so cramped! And NO I am not OCD!

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated!

To view my shop and the new addition, here is the youtube link.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 06-29-2011 10:16 AM

So when are you adding on again?
No, seriously. Congratulations on the growth in shop size. You can never have too much space. I used to think so when I first acquired my 40×50 shop. I had no idea what I’d ever do with so much space. Now I find myself moving things constantly trying to find more room for more stuff.
I’m glad your wife found the joy of scrolling. It is a great hobby. Let me know when she wants some suggestions for “challenge” projects. You know I know about the challenging ones. Show her some of my work and find out when she wants to start on some of them.
What is she scrolling now? With all the kidding aside about the challenge projects, there are some great beginner and intermediate projects out there. Check out scroll saw workshop. Steve Goode over there hosts some of the best free patterns on the web. I found his site invaluable until I got into a groove of what type of projects suited me and was comfortable enough in my decisions to pay money for more expensive patterns.
Also, it’s mandantory that I inquire as to what scroll saw she’s using?


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#2 posted 06-29-2011 12:49 PM

Wow, it looks wonderful! It looks as big as my apartment almost! :) You two have to really be happy to have such a nice workspace! It so good to see fellow woodworkers expanding. I can’t wait to see the wonderful projects that emerge from that shop. I am glad you put the video up. It really gives us a chance to see it!

Happy sawdust to you both!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-29-2011 03:07 PM

Nice job, Erwin. I’m so jealous. I have a 12×20 shop and have thought so often of expanding…gosh…actual open wall space!!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#4 posted 06-29-2011 03:08 PM

Nice addition Erwin!

Love all the tools…CNC machine, scroll saw, sharpening center, sweet lathe, AC! heaven!

But, that blair witch style video made me dizzy….I’m still dizzy!

That’s what happens when you hit 50…. just looking at a kid swinging on a swing makes you throw up.

and yes….you do have OCD.

It’s called EATD – extra attention to detail.

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 04:00 PM

Bear Pie, that is one nice shop. I love how the building turned out and you have some mighty fine equipment. It’s a wonderful shop and you are to congratulated.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 04:40 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#7 posted 06-29-2011 04:43 PM

I hate you Erwin! (only kidding) lol
My jealous gland is going into over time though!
If I suggested a shop addition like that to my wife, she’d have a heart attack right on the spot.
Hm, I wonder how much life insurance I have on her…..

Really great addition.
(And living in Florida, I’m REALLY jealous of that air conditioner).

Great shop!

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 05:36 PM

Wow, great shop! You seem to have just about everything and the space for it! Was that a Burke sharpener?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 10:01 PM

William, we have a Hegner 22” scroll saw. It works fine for me but the wife doesn’t care for it since she test drove an Excalibur. Shouldn’t have let her try that one out cause now she wants to trade it in! Huge sigh!

Woodwrecker, Wouldn’t hurt to look into a window unit for your shop.

reedwood, LOL , The CNC machine I picked up from an ad in Craigslist that was advertising the oscillating sander you saw and when we went to pick it up, I asked if he had anything else he wanted to get rid of? He pointed to the corner where the cnc was covered up and said that machine! He got it for his wife to use but she suffered a stroke before she even got to use it and said it is brand new and never used and said if we wanted both machines he would let us have it for 600. My wife snapped it up! It is a Carvewright. She has yet to use it!

mpounders, I think it is a Burke sharpener but it has been so long since I have had this one that I can;t remember! I do know it came out of either Oklahoma or Kansas or possibly Nebraska. I have had this one nearly 15 years. It has no labels on it. It is a wonderful tool for sharpening my carving chisels! I highly recommend it for all carvers!

Here is a photo at the halfway point.

Thanks for all the comments!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 06-30-2011 02:38 AM

I’d love to have an excaliber too!
Of course I’d love to have a Hegner.
I’m using a Delta SS250. It’s a beginner saw. I’d love to see what I could do on a more advanced saw. I remember how much my scrolling improved when I went from my first saw, a Ryobi, to the Delta. I think it would improve again with an Excaliber, Hegner, or something similar in quality.


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#11 posted 07-18-2011 08:47 PM

Nice Shop. I am totally digging the space. Also, I bet that big tree over the shop provides some nice shade to keep things a bit cooler in the summers. I noticed what looked to be a rather cool looking grinding/buffing setup at about 2 1/2 minutes into your video. Could you provide some info about what that is and what you use it for. That looks like something that I might want to try.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 07-18-2011 09:02 PM

Bearpie, that is a clever use of the existing building and looks to be an expertly done addition.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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