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Mary Anne

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Here are a couple of photos of what my shop looked like in January 2009:
before -1

before - 2

Okay, it is what the crawlspace looked like in January 2009. ;) The left side is mostly a huge chunk of granite that couldn’t be dug out when my house was built, with a small area of flat dirt floor space. I had high hopes, but as you can see, even my dog thought it was a crazy idea!

You can see my dust collector just behind the furnace. There is a small room (about 9’ x 11’) off to the right of it where I had crammed in a few things including my first little Jet VS1220 lathe, drill press, old Ryobi table table saw, and a wobbly table. Sorry, no photo of that.

I’ve poured concrete, chipped away at the rock, built platforms over the granite where I couldn’t chip it away, built some work tables, added electrical outlets, lights, and a lot of newer, bigger, and better tools. I’ve done all the work myself, except the concrete. All this while also working on a hot tub room addition. Whew, I’ve been a busy girl! The shop has a long way to go, but at least it is starting to look like a shop. Enough so that I have a hard time making choices to keep working on the shop or making “fun” projects.

Of course, it is already too small. LOL

Current photos coming soon…

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 02:03 AM

Hay Mary Anne, what about the now pictures? :)

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 02:18 AM

i don’t see any sawdust yet (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 02:25 AM

I predict you will daily curse the location of those support columns :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 02:27 AM

Big jobs often mean a large rewards

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 02:32 AM

Coming soon. I thought some LJs would like to see the before photos… before.

Heck of a dust collector I have, isn’t it?. LOL
Plenty of sawdust pics coming soon, too.

I already do! Those columns have increased my cuss word vocabulary.

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 04:27 AM

I see a lot of potential in there, Mary Anne. I am looking forward to seeing the “after” pictures.

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

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 04:36 AM

Since it’s a “CRAWLSPACE” are you a little person?


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#8 posted 02-06-2010 05:17 AM

Mary Anne,
I’m looking forward to the “after pictures”. I admire people who are willing to take on such a big project. I can see a lot of potential (and a lot of work).

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 06:10 AM

Sounds like you’ve made some significant progress.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 01:03 PM

Hey Mary Anne,
Well done on haveing a go and the now pics would be nice.

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 12:32 AM

Hi Mark Ann ! Good to hear from another NC woodworker. I like that hunk of granite. That’s what you get for living in the mountains. LOL I’ve lived in Charlotte for around 40 years. This place has grown beyond our wildest expections. I want to relocate to the mountains ASAP. Welcome aboard LJ.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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