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My woodshop is a detached building behind the house. The building is approximately 24’x28’ with an attached 12’x16’ shed and a 20’x8’ covered woodstorage(firewood). My workspace is 18’x27’ with a 5’x10’ dogleg in the back corner. The building was built in the 1930’s or 40’s, I am not sure of the exact year.

It was built on the ground and the bottoms of the walls rotted and have been replaced over the years by previous owners. When we bought the house in 2005, I had hopes to tear it down within a couple of years and build new. That just didn’t happen. I had my tools crammed in there with all of the other items that we couldn’t unpack because of the house (built in 1930) didn’t have any storage/closet space. Finally after a few years of working in a cramped space and battling surface rust on all of the tools, I came to the realization that my hope of a new shop wasn’t going to happen and I needed to do something to improve what I already had.

In spring of 2010, my Dad made a couple of suggestions on what I could do to make it is better place to work and that begun the work that has brought the shop to where it is now. Even though it isn’t “perfect” I think that the shop is really nice and functional for me to work in. I still have improvements to do that will take time so the shop is a longterm “project” and may never really be complete.

What I have done to it since that spring was to get a concrete footing under the walls with a treated bottom plate and make repairs to the lower portions of the walls that had rotted. I also made shelves for storage up high on the walls for all of those non-woodworking related items that have no other home. I have covered most of the wall framing with OSB and painted them too. Even one of the two overhead garage doors was removed and framed for a man door and window.

I still have “permenant” wiring to install, some exterior prep and painting and I also have 3 salvaged skylights that I would like to install. I also think that another “clean-out” of all of the stored items would be good to do to maybe clear some storage area so that I can take down a section of the shelves to put in a small woodstove that I have for some heat in the cooler winter months and to burn down those scraps.

Here is a video of the shop made 9/2011.

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 10:05 AM

Nice shop, a fair bit of space too (mine is 12×20).

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 06:26 PM


you have really packed a lot into your space. It’s all organized well too. I like the milk crate storage. smart idea.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 06:54 AM

Looks like your up and running. Nice work shop…......

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

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 11:58 AM

Brett, I have always thought that having a stand alone shop is the way to go. You have a nice shop space and some good looking tools to play with. And it looks like you get plenty of help in there too. Looks like a fun place to make some sawdust.

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 03:21 PM

Your shop looks great and I love the dedicated building it’s in. Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 11:30 AM

Very nice set-up.

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 07:52 AM

Great shop. I’m particularly fond of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman hiding in the background waiting for you to make a mistake! ”What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn’t Mommy and Daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?”

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 04:25 PM

Thanks to everyone for your compliments on the shop. It is becoming a very comfortable place to create things and make some memories with the kids.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 05:41 PM

Great workshop Brett. You’ve obviously put a lot of work and thought into it.

Question for you: the top on your main workbench looks like masonite. What’s under it? Solid wood or maybe MDF? It looks about 1 1/2 inches thick, is that right?

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 06:14 PM

The top is two pieces of 3/4” plywood screwed together and a 1/8” thick piece of masonite on top of that. The hardboard is pinned down with brad nails/finish nailer and the edges of the plywood are covered with some pine ripped to width.

I think that I should have nailed and glued the pine edging on. It has a tendency to want to pull away or gets knocked around when I am working right on the edge. It hasn’t been a real problem just an observation. I just knock it back in place when I notice it.

And thank you for the kind words on the shop.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 02:14 AM

Brett, thats a nice shop.

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#12 posted 03-17-2012 11:37 PM

nice shop well equipped. where did you find those cleanup elves??? lol

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#13 posted 09-19-2012 05:25 PM

Very nice shop. Good to see that your teaching kids. Really like that scroll saw, again, nice shop!

I’ll add you to my buddies too!

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#14 posted 06-19-2014 08:09 AM

Great looking shop Brett….. Very nice…. We just got some land up in Sedro-wolley north of Seattle. Plan on retiring up there 1/2 the year.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-03-2015 02:21 PM

I just watched your video shop tour. It was a nice video and tour. You have a nice shop and those panels for a pulpit really looked great. I was just wondering about the video camera that you use for your videos. What type camera do you use and how much does it cost? Are you happy with it? I just looked at your projects; it’s a nice collection of projects. Keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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