Building a new workshop #1: New workshop starts to take shape

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 08-06-2016 08:58 PM 1827 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have not been very active on LJs these passed several months. This April my wife and I began construction of my new workshop (with attached house) and the construction of the house has been my focus since then.

We decided to build a new home on a vacant piece of beach front property that my family had on Georgian Bay, Ontario.

Of course planning for my new workshop was a big part of the house design. I was tired of working in my current 9” x 17” basement workshop. Low ceiling, cramped quarters, having to lug things up and down the stairs and lack of natural light were making my woodworking less enjoyable.

So the new workshop is taking shape.

The workshop is directly behind the house’s attached garage. I can easily wheel equipment into the garage if I need more room to work on larger pieces or will be doing work that generates a lot of dust.

It will be about 18’x 17’ with 9 foot ceilings. I’ve added five 3×3 windows around the perimeter to bring in lots of light

I have also included a fixed window in the wall that separates the workshop from the garage.

With the garage door open I will have a view of the beach and Georgian Bay. I have kept that portion clear of wires in case I decide to someday build a boat and need to remove a potion of the wall to get it out.

Even though the shop is not finished I couldn’t resist bringing in my bench and some of my tools.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-06-2016 09:05 PM

I wish you and your wife much success on the shop (and house) build! I had the happy experience of staying at a family friends cottage close to Georgian Bay and we went to the bay to enjoy a fresh caught fish lunch…the fish were actually coming off the fishing boat and into the kitchen!

-- "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 08-06-2016 09:57 PM

hello peter, i also have not been very active here, my bad back has kept me away, but anyway, im so very happy for you and this new shop and a new house..this piece of land you have has got to be a very nice lot, i imagine you could sell it with the new shop and house for a mighty nice price, and you could retire again, well i wish you the best, i cant wait to see this new shop complete, what will you enclose the walls with.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 10:25 PM

Looks great Peter.
Gotta love a shop with a water view (personal experience). Looks like lots of room for a chevalet and a little press too.

BTW, all you need to get a boat out is a big enough door. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 11:02 PM

Nice Shop Peter.
all the things a guy could want from view to space and heat .
Should be an inspiring place to do your woodwork .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 11:25 PM

Does I HATE YOU qualify as a legitimate comment? :-)

Beautiful shop! Don’t lose a finger looking out those windows.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 08-07-2016 12:48 AM

John. I did manage to shoot a 2.5” nail through my hand when using a nail gun but I bought the new Bosch Reaxx table saw so my fingers should be safe.

Paul. When I come out for some training on the Chevalet perhaps I can get some boat building tips I’ m thinking tow boat

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 08-07-2016 01:00 AM

Pete sure looks like your off to a great start. I hope it will be everything you want it to be.

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#8 posted 08-07-2016 01:43 AM


Wow buddy looks like you’re going to have it all! From 9 inches by 17 inches ( LOL) to 18 ft by 17 ft. With an ocean view and lots of natural light, which I didn’t think about when I built my barn rehab. Hope you go with extra insulation for noise and comfort in the cold season. I have pretty much open ceilings in my shop and that helps.

Looking forward to seeing a master craftsman in his new man cave!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-07-2016 02:56 PM

Wow, what a project. I’m glad you’re able to include a house attached to the shop. I’m sure that kind of made the wife I kind of agree to let it happen.

Maybe some driftwood will appear.

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

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#10 posted 08-07-2016 03:08 PM

John. I did manage to shoot a 2.5” nail through my hand when using a nail gun …
- Woodbridge

I fell better now. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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George Coles

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#11 posted 08-08-2016 12:32 AM

Looking good. Don’t forget the attic where you can store those bits of wood that we all like to keep for that special project that never seems to get done. (:

-- George Coles,

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#12 posted 08-11-2016 02:37 PM

I am never jealous of anyone that can build a dedicated workshop.
It is space that is NEEDED if you enjoy your hobby.
Good luck in the build.
Keep us posted !
Georgian Bay….....FANTASTIC spot.
What are your plans for lining inside with ?
Just curious, I am planning on moving old little barn into edge of town. Looking for ideas for inside ?
Dont WANT DRYWALL in mine !

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

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