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This is my ultimate mancave, a 24 X 24 ft space under my barn. I dug it out to install a wood floor. I left it unfinished to allow it to breath and remain dry. The workbench in the NE corner view is built into the floor and the top is an old solid wood door(very flat). The other bench is a Harbor Freight junk. All my tools are strategically placed, for instance the jointer is sitting on blocks to clear other tools in the event I work a long board. The lumber rack on N wall has a plywood caddy under it which is on a large swivel wheel so I can add or subtract larger pieces with ease. I collected all my tools over lots of years by pocketing coffee money over the years (about $5 per day). That means it took about 6 months to buy my Tormek and jigs. My table saw is an exception. When I built my shop, the wife told me to buy any saw I wanted. I could have bought a bigger one, but this small Jet cabinet saw is one I can control and is good enough to handle any job so far. It is very accurate. Tools you can’t see are in the Green file cabinet (Bosch jig saw, planes and scrapers, measuring tools, Dremel, biscuit jointer etc. The limited 24 X 24 space is big enough and easy to heat. I’m delighted

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 07:02 AM

Cool Shop.

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 12:55 PM

Bernie, it looks like you have put together a pretty nice shop space in which to work. Your shop looks to be well organized and I like the plywood floor that you have in there. That is much easier to work on when compared with concrete. It is also nice to be able to get some natural lighting in there, which is a bonus for basement shops.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 08:05 AM

Hey Bernie,
Cool looking man cave with lots of toys…good one.

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 06:27 PM

Is it an optical illusion, or is your ceiling low in there? Great collection of tools in there by the way, looks like it is well set up…

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 05:43 AM

Thanks for the kind comments… like all woodworkers, I’m proud of my space and feel very blessed. As for the ceiling comment, good eye. There is no optical illusion. The ceiling is about 7 feet, which is tall enough for me and almost everybody else (1 visitor had to duck a tad under center light). The reason for this is that I wanted a wood floor to accommodate my arthritis. Under the plywood floor is a pt frame of 2X4’s. To compound the height problem, I live in New Hampshire (the Granite State). The space was originally about 5.5 feet with a dirt floor and 1/4 of the space was only a crawl space. Digging out my workshop, I excavated boulders the size of chairs. The crawl space had ledge which I broke by hand. My wife told me I couldn’t dig out the space, but you never tell a stubborn Frenchmen he can’t do something. I made cracks in the extra large boulders and ledge and poured water into them on cold winter nights ( tinny cracks became little cracks until I had my space).

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 05:48 AM

Nice looking workshop.

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 05:53 AM

Hi Bernie,

Looks like a great place to play.


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#8 posted 01-17-2011 02:13 PM


Nice tidy space you have there, looks like you have made the most of your space.

Great shop enjoyed viewing.


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#9 posted 01-17-2011 02:41 PM

Bernie, you have a super nice shop with plenty of room and lot’s of nice equipment and tools. It looks like it would be a joy to work in.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 02:53 PM

I like that hammer in picture six Bernie,for when you need that final touch.Nice shop.

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#11 posted 07-03-2011 05:32 AM

For a split second I did not see the router table… You mad the middle taller to better support the two! I’t kinda looks like you made the dust collector channel on the cabinet? Did You? and If you did how did you incorperate the Rockler table core? And thanks for posting on my project. I like your bread box :)

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#12 posted 10-24-2011 02:34 PM

Nice set up. For New England being underground is the place to be. I remember my childhood in Mass. We also had a dehumidfier in our “cellar”. Also you can heat that well in the long cold winter. Thanks for sharing!

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#13 posted 10-24-2011 02:43 PM

Hi neighbor,
Cool shop.

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 08:16 PM

It’s literally a cave. Very nice. Et un francophone en plus! Bel atelier.

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