the broken carpenter #4: 3

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Blog entry by SquintyPolock posted 12-22-2016 01:31 PM 869 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the last house didn’t work out and as such either did the shop. We just moved into a brand new apartment building and it’s nice not having to spend my time dealing with 125 year old plumbing and electrical issues. I have a basement shop with decent headroom and OK lighting; it’s remarkably better than my previous shop which was akin to a dungeon.

I have about 450 square feet of open space. We moved in just as the contractor was completing work on the building. He agreed to leave all his scraps, so I have a boat load of wood: 2x dimensional pine; lots of oak flooring, wainscoting, trim, baseboards; and lots of mdf trim. I already built a lumber rack from the scraps and you can see all he left me. There is a whole other pile on the floor (not seen in the photo) and another pile in the garage! What a jackpot of lumber. My next few projects will only cost me the hardware.

Take a look at my updated workshop for more details.

Thanks for reading. J-

-- It's all in a day's work...

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249 posts in 1923 days

#1 posted 12-22-2016 04:18 PM

Congrats on another move, and carving out some space for another new shop. 450 sq ft isn’t too bad for an apartment setting. Is it in a two car garage?

And nice score on the scrap lumber from the construction. I can totally envision a half man-cave/half woodshop, with triple recessed wainscot shadow boxes and a dedicated finishing room with hardwood floors.

I don’t know what it is with the mindset, but I am the same when it comes to saving/scrounging/hoarding (but in a good way! not a reality TV show kind of way) scrap from construction projects. As a General Contractor for commercial work, I find myself saving some of the strangest left over materials from some of my jobsites, in the hopes that I can use it someday.

Good luck on the new space!

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 12:22 AM

What a great start for the new shop, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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