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My shop is a work in progress. I still need to finish the knotty pine and build my chop saw section. Also need to finish the finishing room with ventilation.
I’m going to post some reduced size pictures to show what I started with to it’s current state of completion.

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An exterior view of the shop. 44’ X 24’ The previous owner was a car buff and restored first generation T-Birds. Someone stole a prestine ‘57 t-bird out of his shop. After that all the security took over. reduced windows. Alarm system and beefed up doors.

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The North wall where all the red panel cupboards and lower base drawers are. All the walls were particle board and there were very few outlets. Only 220 v outlets were 60a for welders. The car hoist created a problem until I sold it. I would have liked to keep it, but there was no way it could live in the wood shop.

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Starting to move some tools in. also in the background the beginning of the knotty pine that I’ll be covering all walls with. I didn’t buy pre T&G knotty pine, also referred to as car siding. I bought 1×6x10’ pine boards grade 2. when on sale I bought it for less than $4 per board. ready to put up knotty pine was more than double that price. I just did a lot of sorting to get nice colors and knots. I put all of the tongues and grooves on the boards myself. using my Norm Abrams router table. Also the first tools I bought for the new shop, a Grizzley 15” planer with carbide rotary cutter head and a large Grizzley Air Filter atop the planer.

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Hoist is finally gone. Time to start stringing some wire. Then put all the insulation back.

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Building base cabinets and putting drawer faces on. I wanted all drawers so I wasn’t always on my knees rooting around in the bottom back of cupboards to see what was in there.

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moving right along. nothings in the drawers yet so everything is out of place and hard to find.

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Upper cabinets are done, now to start raising them to fasten to the wall studs. I raised them myself a little at a time. First using a pry bar by stacking 2×4 pieces intermittently on each side. Then a hydraulic hoist when they were high enough.

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Got em up, now to install the freshly finished panel doors.

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Still need to finish all the drawer faces and build the twin doors on the left base to conceal the air compressor.

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Finally all the drawers and cabinets finished now to string some bench lighting by putting T5 fluorescent lights under both cabinets and doubling up with lights at the work station where the window and high chair is.

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My panel max clamps are temporarily on the wall to clamp panel doors and all the wires are strung by simply hacking through all the particle board. Covering the hacked out stringers will be easy for the knotty pine that’s going up soon.

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Started on the cabinet backdrop now on the East wall for a 33 foot run of knotty pine.

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Still the East wall all the way down to the furnace that needs too be removed. I need floor space at the South East corner for the CNC machine. The new furnace will be mounted on the ceiling freeing up needed space. The previous owner painted cars in this shop hence the exhaust fan. I will be removing the exhaust fan and relocating it to the finish room a 12×12 enclosed room at the southeast end of the shop.

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There are 4 separate circuits on this back wall. two 120v 20a lanes and two 240v 20a lines.

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Down where the furnace will go and the exterior wall of the finish room.

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Exterior wall of the finish room

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Still need to put up knotty pine here. Left side will be bowling pro shop. Right side will be 18’ chop saw bench with cupboards and drawers below. Dimensional rough lumber will be above.

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18’ Chop saw section. Radial arm saw was from my father.
More to come

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 03:50 PM

You have a wonderful shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 12:11 PM


-- Ed Port Republic

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 05:21 PM

Awesome looking shop!

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 09:35 AM

Wow! Looks great! Complete with all the toys lol Really liking the wall covering… Well done!

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 04:55 PM

Thanks, projects slow me down from finishing. I spend most of my time in here. My Mancave!

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 08:10 PM

Holy Cow! That is a nice shop!
Man-cave is right!
I really like the knotty pine on the walls.
Nicely done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 01:21 AM

What a great space to work in. Nice and clean, as well as , well organized.

I love the knotty pine walls run horizontally. The tools are not too shabby either!!!

The Incra TS fence is a nice addition, as well.

Thanks for sharing your space. It looks great!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 10:18 PM

Beautiful shop.Very clean and organized.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 05-12-2015 10:57 AM

Beautiful shop, looking pretty neat!

-- Brett, United Kingdom,

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 02:41 PM

Nice MANCAVE cvalley.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 11:33 PM

Thanks Grant,

While I live in Ohio and enjoy the Buckeyes. I enjoy them more when they lose to the cold Blue Machine North of here. Hopefully they’ll heat up with Harbaugh. Born and raised in Bay City, MI keeps my blood running Blue.


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#12 posted 12-22-2016 10:08 AM

Man I’m jealous of such a top workshop or as we say “downunder” - beaut shed mate!!!

I have a garage that would comfortably fit one and a half mini’s in length…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 12-22-2016 10:58 PM

MAY I LIVE THERE PLEASE …......... LMAO …........ : )

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 12-24-2016 08:54 PM

MAY I LIVE THERE PLEASE …......... LMAO …........ : )


Well I looked at your workshop and you are just fine as you’ve created a bunch of nice projects. I like the Truck! But just to let you know we are both at odds this coming Monday @ 8:30. My Lions against your Cowboys.

Keep the Faith!
Go Lions

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#15 posted 12-24-2016 09:21 PM

ok thanks but I cant let my team down while they are FINALLY winning some games …...... LMAO ... : )

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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