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Workshop by Gary posted 08-29-2006 09:32 PM 4369 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My current shop is a 16’ X 32’ freestanding building with 11’ interior from the floor to the bottom of the roof joists.
It’s a pole-barn style with rough sawn board and batten cypress siding.
Other than hiring out labor to sink the 6 main posts (rough sawn 6” X 6X 16’) and raise the top plates (rough sawn 3” X 10X 16’), I built everything else.
My brother-in-law helped me do the electrical work.

The green tarps have been replaced with double doors; one pair is done and pictured, and one pair is to be done but replaced with a much better temporary setup.
The exterior siding is 8’ tall with 3’ tall transome windows all around the shop.
They’re currently plexiglass, but will eventually be replaced with windows I’ll build.

I’m planning to expand the shop over the existing concrete pad, adding roughly 200 Sq. Ft. of useful space, and using the pairs of double doors on the new wall. Eventually, I’ll fully enclose the outdoor lumber storage that I’ve got behind the shop which is now under a 14’ X 10X 8’ shed roof structure attached to the back wall of the shop, seen here:
Current lumber storage

Here’s what I’ve got so far as seen from outside, then around the building from the inside:

-- Gary, Florida

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#1 posted 08-30-2006 01:10 AM

nice looking shop Gary! Nice to see you had a chance to add that here. I need to get me a collection of lumber similar to yours!

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#2 posted 08-30-2006 02:02 AM

Hey Darryl. Thanks. I see I didn’t have to email and let’ya know it posted it.
Can’t ever have too much lumber; especially with all the nice flavors available…

LOML is serving dinner; gotta run.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 12-24-2006 11:44 PM

Nice shop, Gary, and whenever I see that much lumber in one place, my heart goes into palpitations.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 02-09-2007 05:43 AM

I like all the natural light that you have entering your shop. Looks like you have a nice stash of wood there, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 06-16-2007 02:55 PM

Great shop. I like how everything seems to have it’s place.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 02:32 AM


You have a nice looking shop and some nice tools to play with. I really like your lumber storage and all the natural light that you have coming into the shop.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#7 posted 04-11-2008 01:29 AM

Thanks for looking. I’m most happy with the natural light. I’m very fortunate—we live in a rural environment wherein there’s mostly only natural noises and no `light pollution’ to disturb the starry skies.
I’m surrounded by giant live oaks, palms, sweet gums and maples. My nearest neighbors are cattle and horses.
I feel truly blessed.

-- Gary, Florida

#8 posted 03-29-2010 04:50 AM


-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 04:53 AM

Thats a nice shop.

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#10 posted 02-27-2017 04:02 AM

Nice space….plenty of natural light. Love it—natural lighting! Great implement.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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