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Workshop by david2011 posted 04-02-2008 06:07 AM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I’m closing on the house at the end of April, 2008. THe workshop is a 25’x30’ insulated metal building with a slab floor. It has a personnel door and a 10’x10’ rollup door. It is currently without climate control but there is 220VAC electricity in the shop. I’ll update as it progresses.

Stardate: July, 2021

Retired, left the desert back to my stomping grounds on the Texas Gulf Coast. Had a shop built with the structure being completed in October, 2020. A Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump was installed after that so the real work could start. I decided to cover the walls in 1/2” birch ply, finished with satin water based poly. The lighting is from Barrina, an Amazon seller. I have 4 times as much light as a typical school classroom by actual measurement. The air compressor will be in an adjacent room. The blue light on the ceiling reminds me that the compressor circuit is live so I’ll hopefully remember to turn it off when not needed. In addition to all of the 120VAC there’s a 20A 240VAC circuit on each wall and a 50A circuit for my welding machine near the door to the patio.


This south wall is against the original garage wall. The opening to the left is for the existing 8’x8’ overhead door. The door was disabled and a pair of doors and pony built to allow sheet goods and large machinery to move through easily.


This is the west wall.


The north wall has stairs to a limited space loft that will be used for another activity not related to woodworking.


The west wall faces a newly poured patio and the window faces a nice garden view with large oak trees and my wife’s plants. The door had to be special ordered and wasn’t in yet.

-- David


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#1 posted 04-02-2008 06:30 AM

Looks like it’s got the makings of a fine shop.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 10:51 AM

David,

You have a nice start there. With an open floor plan and some nice overhead storage….hmmmmm… the possibilities are almost endless.

I know you will have plenty to do when you move in but hopefully you can begin working on your shop shortly thereafter. Keep up posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 09:43 PM

So…. How about some updates?

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 08:14 PM

Sorry, no updates on this one. I got the interior built out and was transferred about 6 months after finishing it. The new house has a larger shop of similar construction. It’s 36 feet square. I’m currently framing the inside to make some climate controlled work areas.

David

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#5 posted 06-10-2020 06:22 AM

Ugh! Life got in the way. I ended up really overwhelmed and never updated the progress. We ended up hiring some help to finish the 36×36 workshop in New Mexico. It ended up with a 12×18 space for my gunsmithing area, a 12×12 reloading room and SWMBO got a 12×24 art studio complete with a half bath. Then I ended up having to work out of town for the last 18 months of my career and retired. Bought a house back in Texas near my family that has no shop but reasonable HOA rules.

I drew up plans, got them approved by the city and the HOA, now looking for a contractor. The new house has a 3 car garage so I’ve been able to do some necessary wood work.

I bought an old 113 Craftsman table saw and got rid of the newer one with a plastic housing and universal motor. It was an upgrade when I bought it but nothing compared to the cast iron Craftsman. It has an old Delta fence with the chromed tubular rails which is better than the original but still not good by current standards. I got the patina off of the cast iron, installed new Inline pulleys, belt and PALS. Can’t tilt to 45° with the PALS hardware in the way of the tilt but that may not even be an issue. Looking at either a John Heisz or a Jeremy Schmidt fence. Maybe a Heisz for temp and later the Schmidt fence.

Got a few good planes and two nice vises. I think I really scored on the vises. One is a Veritas small front vise, no quick release but I got it at a great price. The other one is a very nice old 10” Craftsman with the quick release. Those will go on a bench built in the style of Paul Sellers’s plywood workbench. I intend to build a combination outfeed/assembly table. The table saw is going into a Jeremy Schmidt style bench again built with plywood per Paul Sellers. I have to be efficient with workbenches and cabinets in the limited space because I have several medium to large tools. I found a used Jet DC-1200 with the canister filter and a Craftsman 12” tilting head bandsaw. I would prefer a 14” saw but this was a good deal and for my RC modeling the tilting head is better than a tilting bed. There are two drill presses. I don’t want to give up the smaller one, a 10” Delta that I bought new in the early ‘90s because it’s a very nice, solid, smooth machine. I also have a larger drill press, a late ‘70s machine from Taiwan that is as solid as the Delta but the Delta is just so nice for working on smaller things like parts for my model airplanes.

The airplanes aren’t small, ranging from 48” to 120” spans but individual parts are small. There’s also a DeWalt 12” sliding compound miter saw, welding equipment and I hope to add a metal lathe in the 13”-14” range as well as a milling machine. I sold my lathe and mill in NM because the cost to move them exceeded the value of the machines. I feel like I’m missing an appendage without them. My original goal for a shop was just to build model airplanes and putter about but I’ve decided to build new Shaker cabinet doors for the kitchen and living room/dining room. That’s about 70 doors so I’m gearing up for more serious wood projects. Fortunately, I have no interest in wood turning. If I live long enough to finish the cabinet doors and build all of the RC airplanes, scale model boat kits and plastic kits that I’ve bought over the years I will have had a good long life and don’t need any more hobbies. I still have to go fishing occasionally with a bay and the Gulf of Mexico nearby.

-- David

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#6 posted 06-10-2020 06:24 AM



So…. How about some updates?

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Subscribed to your channel.

-- David

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#7 posted 07-13-2021 07:46 AM


So…. How about some updates?

- dbhost

Subscribed to your channel.

- david2011

Updates above. Thanks for subbing!

-- David

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#8 posted 07-13-2021 07:59 AM

Here’s some more pictures of the progress.


Mobile stand with dust collection to replace the original Craftsman stand for the jointer


Dust collection installed, able to begin projects


Small power tool bench for easily moved tools

-- David

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