New Workshop #1: New workshop 7,138 km away

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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 12-17-2011 09:30 PM 2271 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We all dream of getting a new purpose built workshop. I finally had the opportunity.
with my wife getting moved for her work. I got to leave my cramped workshop with no windows and minimum power behind, to move to a purpose built shop.

There were quite a few issues with this move, first of course being the distance, 7,138 km. Logistically, if you forget it, it stays behind. Plus with a moving company, they do not move things like glue, finishes, or great piles of boards like I had.
So that was really the first and most painful hurdle, giving away six truckloads of wood. It did go to good friends who are woodworkers who will use it, and I did get to have some wood moved, so I kept the choicest boards.
still, it’s hard to see your woodpile drive away

The other issues I found were that I could not have the shop size I wanted( I was limited to 600sqft), and I could not have the washroom I wanted (the town would consider it living space).
So, this whole endeavor started with a few compromises. such is life.

What I did get, is 600sqft poured slab workshop with 9ft ceilings, and a 200 amp electrical panel.

now, the work begins. winter is here in the snowy part of the country, and I need to insulate and heat this new space before I even unpack my tools.

so here is the new shop with all the stuff that will be stored in it, I tried to keep everything away from the walls so I can insulate.

I did leave up a pic of my old workshop on my profile for now, so this can be compared to my old cubbyhole.

I will be having a heating specialist in this week, so I should be moving along briskly with any luck.


-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 10:05 PM

congrats with the moovement is over for now
and congrat´s with your new spaceshuttle :-)
I do feel for you having all the tools in boxes not knowing where is what and what is where
will take you ours just to find a hammer …......don´t ask why I know
but it will be a great shop as soon as you have the insulation and inderwalls up
look forward to see the grand tour in the spring :-)

Merry Chrismas

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 10:08 PM

Awesome shop. And terrific bandsaw!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Don W

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 11:15 PM

it looks like you’re not going to be bored for a while.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 01:01 AM

Nice workshop!

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 01:33 AM

Thats one fine work shop congrats.


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#6 posted 12-18-2011 03:31 AM

Hi JJ,
Congrats on the new space. I have a band saw very similar to yours. Mine is a 20” Rockwell.
Its a Wood/Metal Cutting Saw with variable speed controlled by a cast iron foot pedal.
The frame on mine looks identical to yours.
Tage Fried had one of these machines.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 07:32 PM

Hey Junior, not sure how I missed this when you first posted it but a belated congrats on the new larger space!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#8 posted 03-23-2012 04:01 AM

Hey JR! Looks like you have a good little spot! How life out there?

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