Shop makeover

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Blog entry by RetiredCoastie posted 12-11-2010 04:08 AM 2239 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t been around much over the past year due to a shop rebuild and a change in my work schedule but I’m back and glad to be here. A year ago at this time my Garage shop was flooded due to a ruptured pipe in the ceiling so after everything had been guttedmy Wife & I set to work on rebuilding my shop. We started out running a sub panel that would be dedicated for the garage/shop. We ran 4 separate dedicated 110v circuits with 5 outlets each around the shop. 2ea. 220v receptacles, 1 for my cabinet saw and the other for a 30 amp garage heater. 2 separate circuits for 4 T8 8’ 4 bulb fluorescent light fixtures. Cable outlet for TV. We then insulated the walls and ceiling, then drywalled and painted. After all that was completed I began building my base cabinets and counter tops. The cabinets are 3/4” maple plywood seconds (blemished) joined together with biscuits, glue & pocket screws, and doors hung with Blum euro hinges The counter top is laminated 3/4” mdf with a poplar band on the tops edge and the covered the top with Masonite that acts as a sacrificial cover. My next project will be to build and hang upper cabinets. I can now get down to some serious woodworking and do it without having to swap tools out on portable stands or folding tables which eats up valuable woodworking time.

I hope you like the transformation. I still have more to do but this is a major improvement over what I started with

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 04:27 AM

welcome back

and with a new and better shop !

it takes time
but i know you have
lot’s of better ideas

-- 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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#2 posted 12-11-2010 04:38 AM

Looks good form here. Projects, here U come!! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 05:06 AM

It’s always great to improve the shop. It is a very exciting experience. Looks good so far :)

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 05:53 AM

Looks organized. I really like the rolling paint cabinet ! GOOD IDEA.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 06:28 AM

Very nice looking and clean open area great rebuild.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 07:31 AM

It ain´t funny to rebuild big time like that but look at the bright site
you are going to get a brand new shop with alot of new ideas build in and a better shop
I´ll bett you will be close to the perfect shop sooner than you know, just take the time it need
big things take time and isn´t finished a secund before or after it shuold be

I´m looking forward to the grande opening tour :-)


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#7 posted 12-11-2010 12:23 PM

Welcome back! I love to see a clean, neat and organized shop. Even thou it was a lot of work, I am sure it was well worth it. Enjoy your new shop. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-11-2010 03:16 PM

Welcome back. Nice rebuild. Some good ideas there, hope you have a lot of fun in there.

-- 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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#9 posted 12-11-2010 04:06 PM

Nice work. You’ve turned a disaster into an “opportunity”.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 08:35 PM

In my mind, the best part of woodworking is shop improvements. I could do it every day.
Welcome back and keep us posted.
Looks great so far.

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 03:10 AM

Thank you all for your comments. I need to build the wife a cabinet for the laundry room but after that comes the upper cabinets for the shop and then build a thickness drum sander. Thanks again folks, you guys are an inspiration to all woodworkers and I respect your talents & opinions!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#12 posted 12-14-2010 03:15 AM

A rebuild gives you a chance to improve the shop layout. Looks great. I’m sure your electrical upgrades will help out.

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

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 06:54 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#14 posted 03-31-2011 03:34 PM

Some new additions to the shop rebuild!
My wife bought me the drum sander for my birthday and I love it, I used it for my first cutting board and it was a real time saver. I built a wall cabinet from some plans from Woodsmith. I built a cabinet with storage for the drill press and I added the dust seperator and hard mounted the DC to the wall and with the long hose I can reach any tool in the shop. My next addition will be a router cabinet with the Incra LS system. Thanks to Blake’s posting on his Incra set-up I have some ideas for mine. Now I just need to get rid of my 2 jointers so the router cabinet will have a home.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#15 posted 03-31-2011 06:55 PM

thank´s for the update its looking gooooood


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