Setting Up Shop (The Gloat to End All Gloats Blog) #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by FaTToaD posted 11-13-2013 12:32 AM 3320 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all LumberJocks!

As promised in my Gloat to End all Gloats post, I’m starting a blog series dedicated to discovering, moving in, and setting up the dedicated shop we got as part of our recent home purchase. I plan to put several types of posts under this one series, which will range from discovering the new tools to setting up the shop and making it my own.

I’d like to start by letting y’all know we closed on the house on Friday afternoon, so we have spent all weekend cleaning, fixing, and getting ready to move in. But don’t get the wrong idea, I certainly found time here and there to sneak away and rummage around the new shop. A few times I just sat on a stool and looked around in awe of what I was fortunate enough to get. Other times I ran around like a kid on Christmas morning trying to show my wife every little thing I found. It was a very exhausting weekend!

I suppose the first order of business is a little background information on the shop. Overall it’s L-shaped with 12’ ceilings and weighs in right around 1650 sq. ft. It has five large windows, one standard door, and one 12’ bay door with automatic opener.

Not a bad start, right? Well, let’s not forget the existing DC duct work (6” mains) to each tool plus several extra drops, air lines with 6+ connections with two retractable hoses, individual (mostly ceiling dropped) 220v lines to every tool, and enough 110v outlets that even a super power tool junkie would have a hard time using them all.

Lighting consists of three rows of five 8’ florescent light fixtures and the “L” section is on a single 8’ fixture. With two bulbs per fixture that’s 32 individual bulbs! Thankfully each row is on its own switch so I can vary how much lighting I need depending on the natural light. The building also has its own HVAC and a large, unfinished one car garage attached.

Needless to say, that’s a lot of shop! The existing tools take a good chunk of the space but there’s more than enough room to integrate my existing shop, but we’ll save that for another post. However, for a preview of what’s to come, here’s the current shop layout:

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me that’s for sure. We won’t actually be moving in for another few weeks so I’ll only really get to spend time in the shop on the weekends. Besides, we have plenty to do inside the house and at our current rent house to get ready to move.

I told my wife that if I have the shop up, running, and like want by late February or early March I’ll be doing good! Not only do I need to move my tools in, I plan rearranging some of the shop. Obviously not the big tools like 1800lb sander or the massive band saw, but the small stuff like the scroll saw, RAS, lathes, etc.

Another thing that needs to change there is no wall storage such as pegboard or French cleats. I like having all my smaller tools in plain view. I’m thinking of doing a mix of pegboard and French cleat, but like I said before, we’ll save that for another post.

I’ll need to do some cleaning as well. I know, I know, it’s a woodshop but it’s been sitting empty for a couple years so I’ve got some bugs, dirt, and rust to deal with. Plus cleaning and doing some basic maintenance on each tool will allow me to get to know them a little better. I also need to build a lumber rack on one wall. There’s a small one right now, but with 12’ ceilings, I want a big one with cut-off/plywood storage underneath. I’m thinking something like the Wood Whisperer did. Between the lumber I have and the lumber in the shop, as well as the garage, I’m going to need some storage.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll have another post of soon about one my first “non-tool” discoveries in the new shop. In the mean time, below are a few pictures to enjoy. Thanks looking and I hope you enjoyed the post!

For larger pictures with descriptions click HERE.

-- David

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 12:50 AM

OMG!! It’s shop heaven.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 01:06 AM

David, I hate you.

And you say there’s a HOUSE attached to your shop

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 01:14 AM

Hawg Hevan, huh? Your dreams are just starting. You’re gonna have to hire a full crew to open a production shop and make use of ALL those wonderful large capacity tools. You won’t have any opportunity to enhance your hand tool techniques. Ha-ha!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 01:44 AM

Jim, yes, there is a house as well! I could do a whole blog on that. Like how to MAKE SURE you’re hot water heater is fully drained before removing the lower element. But it’s not really woodworking related. Yet..

Here’s a view of the back of the house from the shop:

-- David

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 01:49 AM

Russel, Hog Heaven indeed! I’ve got several big Razorback flags to put up whenever they get unpacked.

And don’t worry about there’s not being room for hand tools in there! As a matter of fact, the first tools I brought to the new house were a Stanley Bailey #5, and Stanley low-angle block, and large #7-ish wood plane to fix the bottom of our solid wood front door. A few passes and that puppy no longer scraps the floor!

Now, I’m just starting to learn and use hand tools but I definitely plan on making a workbench and a nice storage area for planes, scrapers, spoke shaves, etc.

-- David

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 06:56 AM

Very nice setup, do you have a chuck bucket nearby!!

-- Regards Rob

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