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, NC
United States

Hi and thanks for looking at my shop. I’ll say I’m on about shop 2.0. I’ll take you through the transformation as best I can with.

Shop Beta
In the beginning, there was an outbuilding. It was pretty to look at, but the inside wasn’t much. A sloping dirt/gravel floor, a built-in work bench, and a 4×8 plywood table that used to be used for butchering hogs. Wide open to the out-of-doors via open eves, and no electricity or lighting. Enter: Pez.

Shop 1.0
I began by having the floor leveled and a pad poured, and running power to the shop. I rented a trencher and ran a 60A service to the shop. The trencher died with about 15’ left to trench and I, stupidly, decided to finish the deed via pickaxe. 40 minutes to go 85 feet with the trencher, and about 8 hours to go 15 feet with the pickaxe. You can see where the trencher died.

I then ran lighting and outlets, and began to populate my shop with power tools. I first picked up an old grizzly 6” jointer and a delta lunch box planer, followed shortly by a delta contractors saw. I needed a bench so I built an assembly table a-la wood whisperer (what a great table, btw). The assembly table doubles as an outfeed table for my table saw. Somewhere along the way I picked up a few hand tools and then decided I needed a roubo bench. Thus is shop 1.0. It was a good shop, with lots of visitors in the form of bugs, birds, and lizards. In the evenings there was always a huge millipede to look at or a scary cricket. There are also the remnants of the shop as it once was….Old tools left over from the previous owners, horseshoes, ax heads without handles.

The outdoors is never far in Shop 1.0:

Ye Olde Lumber Racke. Came with the building when I bought my house.

Shop 2.0
So despite my fondness for having an ecosystem living inside my shop (I really did enjoy my visitors), I also found most evenings and afternoons I couldn’t work without dripping sweat on my work…not exactly great for fine woodworking. I was determined to seal up my shop from the outdoors and install an air conditioner/heater. After much waffling, I drywalled my ceiling, and filled all the cracks with no less than 15 cans of expanding foam and 5 tubes of caulk. I re-built the door threshold and installed a doorknob, which has the added benefit of allowing me to lock the shop. I then installed a portable air conditioner. At the same time, I added a hanging wall cabinet for chemicals and supplies, built a new lumber rack, installed a 50 gallon compressor in the next room over (I can barely hear the compressor!!!!!), and did a bit of reorganization.

This is how my shop currently stands. At some point the 4×8 plywood table will be replaced in favor of smaller benches and more tools, but right now it’s very handy. Time to make some furniture!

Mid-renovation. What a disaster.


EDIT added a picture of the OUTSIDE of my shop. DUH.

-- -Dan

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#1 posted 08-11-2015 05:00 AM

Good story, thats totally awesome. Yup, time to get going on fine furniture but keep going with the shop & fine tune that space even more ;) Looks great btw.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 05:21 AM

Looks pretty good man!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 08-11-2015 01:17 PM

I really dig your space Pez. Thanks for the tour.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 08-11-2015 01:21 PM

Dan, you have a very nice shop. That bench is a beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-11-2015 01:23 PM

A substantial upgrade! Im really digging the old timey feel to the shop Pez.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Scott Landry

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 07:01 AM

Love the work bench! Nice shop. Thanks for posting.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#7 posted 08-17-2015 12:13 AM

Great the bench.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 08-17-2015 09:15 PM

Very nice! Thanks for posting pictures.


-- John, South Dakota,

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#9 posted 08-17-2015 10:19 PM

Dan, wish I had a shop that size. It’s looking pretty good now so should be great when your done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 08-19-2015 05:34 PM

Looks great Pez. I like how the beams look under the drywall and the exposed siding. Thanks :-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 08-21-2015 05:19 PM

nice shop buddy,
love the wood surrounding reminds me of my dads old shop. nice bench also and like the assembly table.,


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#12 posted 10-06-2015 12:40 AM

Envy the space, I been working to organize/reorganize my 12×16…

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

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#13 posted 10-20-2015 06:06 PM

Just came across this update. Looking great, Pez!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 09-05-2016 03:33 AM

Nice shop!

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