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Workshop by RandyMarine posted 03-07-2009 09:21 PM 2539 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I finally did it! I bought a bigger house for me and the kids…I went all out and got everything I wanted. Bigger rooms, larger yard, and the best part, a oversized 2 car garage to use as my new shop!!! I know a lot of use our garage as shop space, but thank the powers that be, I don’t have to share any of the space with a car!!!

The garage measures 22w x 25l x 10h. It has 4 very large cabinets on the back wall that I use for storage of most of my hand power tools. I have a few more benches that were left by the old owners, which worked out for me, as we all know bench space is premium. With all the space saving projects I built in my old shop, I have been able to make plenty of room to move things around, as well as, allowing me to setup my new shop really quickly. I installed a 50 amp sub-panel in the shop to keep all my tools off the house panel and added 6 circuits around the shop. I have dedicated those circuits for specific uses as to not overload the panel or the house…

There are a few downsides with the new shop…It isn’t insulated (yet) which made working out there this winter not to plesant. There isn’t much natural lighting either, so when ever I can, I have started buying new T-5 fixtures….These are expensive, but light up the garage like the sun!

I am really happy with my new play area and know it will serve me well for years to come. I even have space for a few tools I really want to get…but that will take time as well…

This is still a work in progress, so I will be posting more soon. Thanks for looking!!!

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 03:07 AM

Hi Randy, I have always said that any shop is a good shop. With an 8×16 shop space to work in I am sure it gets a little cozy at time but it is surprising what can be done in shops that are relatively small. My favorite story is about a former co-worker who had a 10×10 shop with a table saw, jointer and planer in there and still managed to turn out some really nice furniture. He literally had the tools arranged in a triangle and could turn around in a circle to use them.

But you have a nice shop space in which to work. Any thoughts about adding some insulation in there to try and extend the woodworking season. I am sure it gets pretty cold in there during the winter.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 03:37 AM

Thanks for the tour.

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 07:36 PM

I was going to add insulation and hardboard wall panels, but after the priceing. I decided to hold off till this year.

But then life stepped in…I got custody of my 2 kids and my house became quite small fast. I have a 2 bedroom.

well, i am in the process of buying a bigger house….the house that I am hopfully buying has a nice 2 car garage attached…This will get insulation as soon as I move in, due to the 6 month winters here…kind of ruins your woodworking in teen degrees.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 03:03 AM

Great use of space and well organized.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 11:58 PM

Nice workshop.

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 04:39 PM

Looks good. Congratulations on getting a good woodworking space.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 04:48 PM

Nice start, what are you making with all that nice maple?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 04:49 PM

Nice shop, Good Luck with it!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 05:01 PM

I am making beds for my 2 kids, as they have already grown out of their toddler beds I made…I am also making built in for all 3 of our closets…Big rooms, tiny closets!

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 11:20 PM

Congratulations Randy! Give a shout if you need help, I am up in Pulaski.

-- I can complicate anything

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 08:39 PM

cool, new shop!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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