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Elgin, IL 60124
United States

I built this detached garage workshop in 2003. I did it the old fashioned way, lol, stick built, meaning no trusses in the attic and walls assembled on site using “straight” 2×4’s for the walls. It is 25×32 giving me 800sqft of space in the shop and I have storage in the attic. because I cut rafters for the roof and I used 5/8” plywood for the floor. I store numerous things but the most important is the hardwood lumber I air dry, after it has set outside under cover for a year or so. I fully insulated the shop including installing an insulated large overhead door. It stays toasty warm in the winter mainly because I have a 150,000 btu hanging furnace. In the summer it does get humid at times, however it does stay relatively cool due to the concrete slab emanating the grounds natural coolness. There is plenty of power going to my house, a 200amp service, so I installed a 100 amp panel in the shop. There is 220 power going to the 3hp delta left tilt Unisaw, 6” Delta joiner, and a 14” Jet lathe. Miter box saw, 13” Delta planer, 12” jet bandsaw, dust collector, air filtration unit and 14” Delta floor stand drill press are all on 125v. No running water in the shop.

I only used drywall on half the wall space, the half where the work takes place I put up 1/2” plywood. Putting up the plywood allows me to hang anything I want on the wall without having to worry about nailing into the studs. The ceiling height is 9ft and I used a mixture of fluorescent and incandescent lighting. I did not put windows in, I would have liked to, however I did not want to give up valuable wall space.

I am constantly tweaking things to get as efficient as possible. For instance, in the last year and a half I have been using more and more hand tools in my woodworking. So I changed the table saw direction, moved the work bench closer to my new and still under construction, hanging hand tool cabinet, so I only have a step and half to reach for a tool. I also reworked my dust collector piping to make it more efficient and to tidy up the space.

My first work space was in my basement in a space approximately 120sqft, using an 8 1/4” table saw, a skilsaw, jigsaw, 1 router, three Stanley job site chisels. a block plane and a few mismatched clamps. I absolutely appreciate what I have now.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John


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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 02:06 PM

You have a fine shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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timbertailor

1594 posts in 1905 days


#2 posted 09-18-2014 07:07 PM

It looks like you have a very nice space dedicated to woodworking. Enjoy.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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moke

1410 posts in 3257 days


#3 posted 09-22-2014 05:54 PM

That is an awesome shop…very organized and clean.
Mike

-- Mike

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robert

22 posts in 1824 days


#4 posted 09-26-2014 10:45 PM

nice work shop looks to be a nice size and so clean

-- Robert Ajax Ont. keep on turning

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crossfacecraddle

131 posts in 2092 days


#5 posted 09-27-2014 02:06 AM

Clean? Guys that hurts, that will teach me to not sweep up ever again. Clean he says? I better get to work and put more shavings on the floor.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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