Shop Expansion #5: Almost there!

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 09-11-2009 02:20 AM 4105 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Still waiting on electricity! Part 5 of Shop Expansion series Part 6: Not done, but using it! »

Its been along haul,,,,,,,,,,but its finally taking shape!

The outside of the building was completed 3/5/09. It took from that date until the middle of May for the power company to decide what they wanted to do to get the power to the building. They finally decided to put in a pedastal in the back yard to run the power from. (at a cost of $1350.00). I had a seperate meter put in the shop so I could cut it loose from the house. I got a final on the buiding and the electrical on 6/19/09. Then was my turn to go to work.

I worked every evening after work as well as every weekend (still doing so). Got all the wiring finished (about 1000 feet or so). Put up up a couple of walls for an office in one corner. The wife helped me get it all insulated. Then I put 7/16 osb on all the walls and ceilings. Got it asll painted two coats. Hung 12- 8’ Four bulb t8 light fixtures. Last but not least I decided to put in laminate flooring. One, to make it warmer in the winter and two, to make it a little eaiser on the feet and legs than walking on concrete all the time. I’m really glad I went ahead and put in the flooring, It makes a world of difference.

I still have alot of things to finish up yet. Office is still bare walls inside. Still have a little triming here and there to do. For the last four weeks or so I’ve been moving machinery into the new side. Sorting through lots of stuff, Finding lots of stuff that I forgot I even had. Moving things around, trying to find the perfect place for things. Its going to and ongoing process till spring I’m thinking. Still have a big mess to clean up in the old side of the shop. I’ll finally have room to build some lumber racks and get lumber storage under control.

This first picture is the way it things looked inside the first of March.


And here it is now!






As you can see I’ve been somewhat busy. It has taken a while doing it all by my self, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

You will all be invited to the open shop when its done!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 02:42 AM

Looks really, really nice. I’m jealous! Enjoy :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 03:00 AM

outstanding !!! best of luck to you. Hope you do well and prosper.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 03:06 AM

WOWEEEEEEEEE…..................waht a great looking shop. Les, you did an outstanding job on this shop. Looks like you got a whole lot more room now. I will have to stop in for a vist when I come back to Kansas next spring. It’s been well worth the wait. Nice looking floor too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 03:09 AM

Very cool Les a beautiful shop with great details. Looks more like a show room it”s so nice. And 3 lathes thats cool. Fantastic.


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#5 posted 09-11-2009 03:14 AM

Very impressive shop Les! That floor is really beautiful. Now that my shop is basically done I am going to buy the rest of my big equipment. I decided to go with a Jet Bandsaw, Drill Press, Shaper, Drum Sander and Jointer/Planer Combo in one big order. I see you have some Jet equipment. What do you think about them? I love my Powermatic PM2000 but felt that Jet equipment would be fine for my home shop. Keep them pictures coming! I am happy for you that you have such a great shop!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 03:15 AM

Man I would give anything for a shop like that full of tools

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 03:25 AM

Very nice shop, I bet you are very pleased. I hope you find endless hours please in it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 04:42 AM

Les, this turned out beautifully. Having a shop like this makes working in there a real pleasure, I am sure.

What about your existing shop space? Any thoughts on remodeling it to bring it up to the standard set in the expansion space? :)

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

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 05:11 AM


I love how bright it is in there. I was looking at upgrading the light in my shop to those units. It looks like they put out plenty of light.

Better watch out for the sawdust on the laminate floor. You can slide like you are on wet ice.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 09-11-2009 05:18 AM


It’s good to see that you are truly making progress. Not having heard anything for so long, we were concerned that zoning might be giving you a real nightmare. Your workshop looks appropriately wonderful for such a superb craftsman. Congratulations on a fine job! You must be anxious for it to be totally finished.

We’re trying hard to practice Galatians 5:26, 1 Timothy 6:6, etc., and not envy! ;-)

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 09-11-2009 05:30 AM

nice place bro! Nothin like in sweet place to spend the best time of you life anyway.

-- Rogue

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 07:01 AM

Les glad the powers that be got together to approve everything. It looks awesome, I really like the flooring, nice on the feet but also makes the space a lot brighter than concrete as well


-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 10:16 AM

Hey Les,
One word…............EXCELLENT.

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#14 posted 09-11-2009 11:58 AM

Very nice Les!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#15 posted 09-11-2009 12:28 PM

Great looking shop!

-- "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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