Birth of a Workshop #1: In the beginning

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Blog entry by Chris posted 10-07-2007 06:42 AM 11030 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For a couple of years now I have been trying to get my wife’s agreement to build a shed in the back yard to house all of the yard equipment, sports gear, etc… She recently quit her part time job at a spice shop and picked up another job at the local WoodCraft the same afternoon (Major gloat for me).

To my amazement she has started taking an interest in Carving and Turning. We acquired a used Jet mini lathe and some basic Sorby tools. A couple of weeks have passed and she has started to grouse about the crowded condition of the garage (I think my evil plan is working!).

So. here is the plan:
1) Build an 8”x12” shed with loft in the back corner of the yard and move the lawn and sports equipment into it.
2) Throw out all the “junk” we never seem to part with (old Christmas decorations and the like which we have never used)
3) DIY or pay someone to epoxy finish the garage floor
4) Build storage on two available walls for tool and lumber storage
5) Finally build my dream workbench!!!!!!!

Oh… now my oldest son has picked up a part time job @ WoodCraft and has started turning pens. I hope to post some of their work soon. I am quite proud of them both!

More to follow soon….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 07:21 AM

Wow fun for you… If you epoxy the floor… use the devoe 2 part true epoxy… I have used Rust-o- and the devoe and there is a night and day difference.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 08:00 AM

Well, at least it’s consistent – the women rule the world -:)). At least you have some hope now, she’s interested in woodworking now, so the tools will be forthcoming. Hopefully WoodCraft offers their employees a nice discount.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 10-07-2007 01:51 PM

[email protected] the evil plan… I love a good conspiracy.. lol

I put down some epoxy floor covering in the basement a while back. It wasn’t tough to do at all and it came out pretty good, at least I was happy with it. I’ll be adding to it pretty soon. I can’t remember the name of the product I used but I picked it up at Home Depot in the paint dept. They offer 3 or 4 grades of covering the primary difference (that I could see) was the thickness of the coat after it dried. I’d suggest going with the thickest one you can afford. The price changes quite a bit as you go up in grades. I went with the mid grade and it came out alright. I was planning on givinig the top shelf stuff a shot this time to see how big the difference is but I’m going to check out this devoe stuff before I commit to it. (Thanks Drew)

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 10-07-2007 02:21 PM

lol @ evil plan… (oh heheh that’s been said already haha)
hmmm “in the beginning” and “evil plan”... getting a mixed image here!

and I see “DISCOUNT” ooooooooooh

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 10-07-2007 10:14 PM

I agree; it’s especially mixed for a Sunday school teacher (me).

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 02-29-2008 04:17 PM

Your wife works at WoodCraft! What a score! Good luck with your shop.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 01:00 AM

Atta Boy for the “evil Plan” !!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 07:38 PM

Not to worry Chris. “Surley you won’t die.” ;-)

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 03-23-2011 08:19 PM

You have to love it when a plan comes together.
If you are going to DIY the epoxy on the floor, I would highly recommend having a floor company either grind or shot blast the floor to prep it for your application. This will make the epoxy adhere the best it possibly can because all the floor contaminates have been removed, ie. sealers, oil, grease, soaps, etc. It makes a big difference rather than just cleaning it, even with acid etching. It’s worth the expense. Your epoxy will last much, much longer. Most epoxy failures I have seen are adhesion problem/peeling.
I agree with Drew on the Devoe products. Huge difference from the box store products.

Edit: Just noticed how old this thread is…oh well..advice for others maybe?

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

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