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I built my shop building in 2010, as part of our house remodel. I knew that it would be few years before I would have time for buying tools and getting started again, but I also know that if I didn’t build it while I had the money in hand, it may not happen. So, based on my past years of woodworking experience, I designed the building.

499 Sq ft was all we could get away with on our property, I thought I wanted something bigger but am happy now with the size. I got most of what I wanted in terms of the electrical EXEPT the 4 220 outlets I asked for. That’s a story of it’s own, having to do with an electrician who wasn’t a very good listener, and an out of town sick daughter I had to attend to when the electrician was up to bat.

Here are some of my favorite features:

Half of the shop has 10 ft ceilings and the other half has a vaulted ceilings with a loft for storing lumber.

Every other wall outlet is 5.5 ft from the floor and every other is standard height, and I have 4 outlets on the ceiling.

I had two wall heaters and one 220 outlet. Now I have one heater, 3 220 outlets, and one outlet has two plugs. I will have two machines plugged in, but will only be able to run one at a time. I will be able to have my Sawstop saw, the DC system, my bandsaw and combination Jointer/planer on 220. I will be able to run the DC and any one of my 220 tools at one time, but not sure what will happen if my heater is running at the same time. Uhgggg! I hate it when electricians’ don’t listen!

In one corner I built a closet with a 2ft wide standard door and insulated the walls. I will house my D/C system in there and have now decided to wall off the interior door and access the system from the outside of the building, I will have an exhaust fan that vents to the outside. Since the closet has a 10 ft ceiling I will mount my compressor in the sound proof area as well, with an access hatch inside the shop. I will have switches for these on the inside walls of the shop.

The high ceilings have allowed me make wood racks 360 around the shop that hold ALOT of wood.
The loft holds a lot of wood also.

I have a skylight that was supposed to be located above my workbench, but I have since changed the location of my workbench. :( I have some nice windows that are high enough to allow good use of the wall space, but let in lots of light and give a view to my garden.

Instead of a garage door, I installed double french doors with full lights. This allows me to bring big things in and out of the shop but doesn’t take as much wall space as a garage door.

Now that I am setting up my shop and equipment, I am very happy with the size and space of my shop and really excited about buying my equipment and making some dust.

I am posting photos of what it looks like today, quite cluttered and disheveled because I am in transition. I will add photos every now and then as I get my equipment. These I took about a week ago, and just yesterday took delivery of my 52inch Sawstop!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 05:49 AM

looks like a nice place to work. My current shop is in my gutted kitchen, till i get kitchen finished!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 06:39 AM

Nice looking shop plus the pleasure of having a new Saw Stop.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 12:14 PM

Lookin good Natalie. Looks like Santa gave you a very nice big box in that last pic. I can understand utilizing the space up high, but, be careful getting lumber up, then back down from there. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 02:05 PM

Ok. I’ll be the one to ask… What’s the story behind the old boot hanging there?

NICE SHOP by the way!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 02:16 PM

Natalie, it’s a really nice shop. You sure do have a lot of wood stacked up. Welcome to LJ’s.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 02:23 PM

Great looking shop. Nice and bright.
I’d be careful on how much weight/wood your putting on those shelf brackets. Gravity can be a bugger sometimes….
Start making sawdust and lighten the load. ;^)

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks for the input. Those white brackets you see are rated to hold 1000lbs each, however, as you may notice some of the ply wood is sagging. This summer when I can am going to sort through a lot of my wood and will have a chance to do a couple things to reinforce the plywood base. And yes, I hope to be lightening the load real soon.

For the most part, I can’t get any of that wood down by myself, so I have to beg my hubby to help and snag my step-son when he comes over and bribe him with food. I also have a neighbor kid who I hire at 10.00/hr once in awhile to help with various things.

Joe, thanks for being the one to ask. My son spent a 3 day weekend in November helping me with a lot of organization and moving stuff, and he found that shoe in a box. It was my dad’s shoe. He died way too soon at a very young 73, and I feel closest to him when I am in my shop because everything reminds me of him. I have the other one somewhere, but when my son stuck it up there we both looked at each other and said, “now we are just waiting for the other shoe to drop”, which is very sort of corny comment my dad would have made, so there it will stay to remind my of his humor. My dad’s motto in life was, “where there’s a will there’s a way”. I live by this motto and it is what gives me the freedom to be creative and think beyond convention.

BTW: My son lives in CA, ever mindful of earthquakes, and he helped me stack those big pieces above the door then looked at it and said, “mom if there is an earthquake, don’t run for the door”.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 04:42 AM

I really like your shop. Well done. Enjoy.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 05:57 AM

I like a shop with lots of light and lots of promise. Keep it going…....................

-- mike...............

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