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When we purchased our retirement home in North Carolina, it came with this nifty two story detached garage. My wife and I decided that we would use the upstairs for our cars and split the bottom in to two work shops; one for my woodworking and the other for her floral arraignments other hobbies. When we retired last year, we pretty much cleaned out our house in Virginia so that we could put it up for rent (market still sucks). I had already promised myself a new shop in NC and gave all of my woodworking equipment to to two of my best friends in VA. When we finally moved in, we went from three vehicles to two and i was able to convince my wife that my E350 cargo van did not need to be in the garage and that I could build her a studio upstairs and still have enough room to park her car.That freed up the entire 24 foot by 24 foot bottom area of the garage for my shop. With the extra room, I was able to fit a couple more tools in the space (darn!). Had the electricians wire it for 110 and 220; and then had the walls and ceiling insulated; added a one ton heat pump. I can now play with wood all year round. Started advertising on the internet and hope that I get a chance to build furniture and cabinets for folks. Retirement Rocks!!!

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 06:30 AM

That is a great looking shop; when I read that you were going to park the cars upstairs I kinda wondered how you were going to do that…then I looked at the pictures and it all made sense LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 08:47 AM

Yes that is a good looking shop. Is that a protable heat pump you have in there? How does that work out for you? If I can ask where did you get it and how much was it? Are you going to cover the walls? Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 11:29 AM

Thumper, this is a pretty nice looking shop that you have put together. I have always wished that I had a stand alone shop like you do. I occasionally get yelled at when I “forget” and fire up my planer before my wife is out of bed. :)
I also like the glass that you have in your shop. I am a big fan of getting natural light into a shop. And, of course, being able to play in there year round is an enviable condition. The portable heat pump is an interesting idea that I will have to take a look at.

You have put together a pretty nice collection of tools as well. I have a great deal of respect for both Grizzly’s tool lines and their customer service.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

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

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#4 posted 12-23-2010 12:23 PM

The heat pump is a one ton unit and is sold by Sam’s Club for about $400.00. It can keep the shop at about 55-60 when the overnight outside temp is in the 20’s and it was able to keep the shop at about 72 when the outside day temp was in the low 90’s.

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 06:31 AM

Hey Thumper,
Real cool set-up and in a great setting…well done.

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 12:17 AM

Hey Thumper, I kind of worried about parking the cars upstairs too. Anyway, nice set up you have there. If you have trouble with your pipe clamps always falling off of the rack like I did, you could drill some 1 1/4 inch holes down the center of a piece of ply 3/4”x 8”x what ever and rip it down through the the middle of the holes. Mount the two pieces on 2×4’s and screw to studs about half the pipe length down from your mounting rack. That ‘ll keep the pipes breasted out in in a more plumb position and less likely to fall.
Us retirees need something to keep ourselves busy and out of the Missus’ hair and wood shops help.
Good luck,

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 08:09 PM

Looks like a gr8 place ta have a whole bunch o fun. Nicely equipped also.

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

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