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Mahaska County, IA 52577
United States

Greetings from the cornfields of SE Iowa! I am extremely excited to share my new build woodworking shop. Project started end of April of this year and is nearly completed. I hired the Amish to construct the shell and a concrete contractor to do my foundation. The remainder of the project was on me. I have trimming out windows, man door and attic access left. It is 24×32 with 10’ walls. Post frame construction on full foundation. Heated with overhead furnace that I just installed last week, and cooled with a DIY mini split installed over the summer. R19 in the walls and R38 in the attic.

This has been a lifelong dream to have a dedicated workshop. Almost time to have fun in it! My father, and both my grandfathers were carpenters and cabinet makers. I was too busy chasing women and drinking to learn the trade from my father before his death. So I find myself learning as I go. I can not wait to build cabinets for my wood shop and hone my skills. Enjoy!

-- Be safe out there


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bobfromsanluis

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#1 posted 12-05-2020 09:45 PM

That is very nice, you have a very desirable space there. Lots of blank wall space for everything you should need to store, jigs, tool racks, clamp racks and so and on. I can see two (at least) possibilities for dust collection- since the shop is so large, you could have small dedicated machines for almost every chip/dust producer, or, since you have such a tall ceiling, you could install a large (3hp or so) DC system that you could run ducting to most of your equipment. You might want to consider your floor, that concrete will last forever, but as it is right now, it will reflect noise from your machines and be very unforgiving to any tool you might drop, as well as being uncomfortable for long hours of standing. FWW did a great article some years ago about powernailing 2×4s flat down on concrete (with a plastic vapor barrier laid down first) then using foam insulation in-between the sleepers, then attaching 1 1/4” T & G plywood flooring- your shop is so huge that would be a fairly large expense, so probably buying foam mats for work stations would be the way to go. That’s a really nice space, enjoy.

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 12-05-2020 10:23 PM

NICE SHOP :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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pottz

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#3 posted 12-06-2020 01:08 AM

damn you just earned an lj’s YOU SUCK award,congratulations!!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Brawler

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#4 posted 12-07-2020 02:10 PM

That is a very nice shop, enjoy it in good health.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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Jake229

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#5 posted 12-07-2020 02:39 PM

Thank you so much! I am in awe over the space for sure! I have a 1.5 hp jet single stage dust collector, a Craftsman cabinet saw, an old Craftsman jointer, a scroll saw and a monster Bell Saw surface planer from the mid 1940’s. Haven’t had enough people over to move the planer into the shop yet, it easily weighs 500#. I also have a nice compound miter saw from dewalt.

The floor will be addressed later, possibly with snap fit flooring? The price is a lot. For now good work boots or shoes.

Eventually, I would like to add a drill press, a nice bandsaw and a lathe. Maybe a shop smith? Who knows. For now I am going focus on cabinets and just enjoying the space. At least my bride knows where I am at.

-- Be safe out there

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woodchuckerNJ

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#6 posted 12-08-2020 04:48 PM

I’m with Potz on that… you suck… Great space. My tongue was hanging out… it always does for above ground large shops.. Only negative is the floor. It’s really hard on the legs… I know, I’m in a basement shop.
Good for machines but not legs.

-- Jeff NJ

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moke

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#7 posted 12-08-2020 06:24 PM

Greetings Jake, from Cedar Rapids. I am building a similar shop as I type this….I can use this a template to success!
While you have a long journey in front of you, you have done very well….good for you, congratulations…we are looking forward to seeing some great stuff from you. Thanks for showing us your shop!!

-- Mike

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Jake229

44 posts in 378 days


#8 posted 12-08-2020 07:31 PM

Hey Mike! Way cool to see a fellow Iowa woodworker on the same journey! The best piece of advice I can give you is HAVE FUN!. There were days (especially the ceiling) where it began to be a chore.

The last couple of days I got to make some sawdust. I am in the process of trimming out my windows. Just that project brought a warmth to my soul, that’s hard to explain. The space is nearing a completion. Next up will be cabinets. I love making cabinets, so easy to forget about time.

Best of luck with your project! If you have any questions just ask. I may not have all the answers but very willing to share what I did.
Take Care!


Greetings Jake, from Cedar Rapids. I am building a similar shop as I type this….I can use this a template to success!
While you have a long journey in front of you, you have done very well….good for you, congratulations…we are looking forward to seeing some great stuff from you. Thanks for showing us your shop!!

- moke


-- Be safe out there

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Eric

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#9 posted 12-18-2020 12:14 AM

Jake, no ce looking shop build. Did you have any issues with the electrical box inspection. Meaning with GFCI circuits, my inspector said I need to have everything GFCI protected. Do you have yours protected the same? If so have you experienced tripping the circuit with any of your equipment.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jake229

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#10 posted 12-18-2020 12:46 AM



Jake, no ce looking shop build. Did you have any issues with the electrical box inspection. Meaning with GFCI circuits, my inspector said I need to have everything GFCI protected. Do you have yours protected the same? If so have you experienced tripping the circuit with any of your equipment.

- Eric

Hello!
No issues with the GFCI outlets at all. They all are protected, and have had no issues with tripping circuits. Honestly, the only issues I have had was with the new outlets that are tamper proof. Some of the outlets don’t like to be plugged into. Eventually, they go in….... Actually, my two ceiling outlets are not GFCI Protected and nothing was said. They are for the garage door opener and an air scrubber….. I don’t have either yet, but being prepared for the future.

-- Be safe out there

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Eric

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#11 posted 12-18-2020 12:54 AM

Thanks for the info. While I was bouncing emails with inspector, I asked it I can use an outlet or a breaker. He said either would work, and understands the tripping issue. If I use outlets, I’ll have the issue if getting the wires back in the box. So it looks like my cost went up to use the breakers.

It silly that they pass these extra codes so the manufacturer can make more money.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jake229

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#12 posted 12-18-2020 01:06 AM



Thanks for the info. While I was bouncing emails with inspector, I asked it I can use an outlet or a breaker. He said either would work, and understands the tripping issue. If I use outlets, I ll have the issue if getting the wires back in the box. So it looks like my cost went up to use the breakers.

It silly that they pass these extra codes so the manufacturer can make more money.

- Eric

I used outlets, cause they were cheaper than the breakers, and easier to find. Although I had to mail order my 100 Amp breaker for the house from Ebay. Got it cheaper and quicker than ordering it from the big box stores. If you go that route, check eBay, you may be surprised how reasonable they are there…... Best of luck with your inspections!

-- Be safe out there

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GpaNed

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#13 posted 12-19-2020 03:29 PM

Nicely Done from Story County…
New to the site… I’m in the process if building out my own new/old shop. 16×20 old goat shed. Always looking to get new ideas. I spent 4 yrs in Mahaska Co. at WPC 50 year ago… my how time flies!

-- Ned from Iowa, Jesus lover, Husband (51 years), father of 2 sons, 11 grands, retired, building a shop on a budget.

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Jake229

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#14 posted 12-19-2020 06:11 PM

Thank you! I retired 2.5 years ago after an amazing career as a paramedic. Still keep my license, never know where life will take me. I feed my type A personality as a reserve deputy. I do some prisoner transports and the occasional patrol duties. I encourage you to look at insulation made for post frame construction versus the big box store insulation. Mine cost me 500,00 and was in two huge roles that were 8’ rolls. It made the project cheaper as I didn’t build walls in walls, just to hang insulation. If you are interested, I have photos showing my walls before I put the plywood up. Very nice insulation. Best of luck with your project, if you need any guidance just ask. It may not be right, but it is what I decided to do. Enjoy the holidays!

-- Be safe out there

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CMMaz

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#15 posted 01-14-2021 04:09 AM

Cool. Looks like you’re just getting started filling it up. I’ll give you a year before it’s filled to the brim :>).

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