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Workshop by Budman posted 04-25-2007 04:25 PM 4614 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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In the fall of 2003 we purchased a recently built 64’x 40’ pole barn, and an old trailer house on 6 acres of hardwoods, just 30 minutes north of our home. It already had cemented floor, electricity, and even water & sewer.
We worked on it every weekend, building by day and sleeping in the old trailer house at night. We started by building 2×4 frames that fit between the poles, insulating the walls and sheathing it with plywood. We installed drywall on the ceilings and blew-in insulation in the attic.
By now we had decided that the old trailer house was in pretty bad shape and we were not going to put any money into it. So, we decided to partition off a spot in the pole barn for an 16’x 32’ apartment so we could get rid of the trailer house and spend the night on the weekends. By spring of 2005 the apartment was mostly finished, and that summer we demolished the old trailer house. In the fall of 2005 we built a 16’x 64’ addition onto the side of the pole barn for more storage.
Last fall I really enjoyed spending time building Christmas presents. I still tend to spend most of my shop-time building things we need/want, although I have built a few contracted items for people.

Some of my main woodworking tools are as follows…
Delta Unisaw
Delta Lathe
Jet 14” Bandsaw
Jet 13” Planner
Ridgid 6” Jointer
Ridgid C.M.S.
Ridgid O.S.S.
Craftsman R.A.S.
Porter-Cable Router
Porter-Cable R.O.S.

You can see more photos at and click on ‘DA SHOP

-- Rick

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#1 posted 04-25-2007 04:32 PM


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 04-26-2007 05:02 AM

Welcome Rick, I’m a nieghbor I live in Laingsburg, Mich. Don’t know if you’ve heard of it but its between Lansing and Owosso. Little farming community with good schools and a good basketball team. My brother has a place up by Houghton Lake, about 4 miles west by the Reedsburg Dam. We spend a lot of time up there in the summer. I used to spend time at Harrison, my buddy had a place about 5 miles west on old State Rd. His family had about 70 acres and an old house up there. Spent a lot of hrs. fishing Budd Lake. Jockmike2

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-26-2007 05:09 AM

Hokey Smokes! Wattashop! Keep up the great work.

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

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#4 posted 04-26-2007 05:40 AM

The room! The space! The table saw station! The Lady Luck Saloon!

-- John

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#5 posted 04-26-2007 03:57 PM

Very nice.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-29-2007 07:33 PM

Welcome from Louisiana!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 05-10-2007 04:09 AM

Budman I just saw your shop. I assume you don’t quench your thirst while you are working with the wood.

What is the height of the ceiling. You stated that the original building was 40 X 64 but you’ve added on additions. What is the current size?

-- 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 04-05-2008 01:53 PM

Hi Rick,

You have a nice shop and I really love both the headroom and the overall space that you have to work with. You have a nice set of tools as well.

Thanks for the post.

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

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