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I moved from Alberta to BC around a year and a half ago, into a somewhat older home with a one-car garage and an added bonus – an almost 900 square foot shop with electricity, running water, and its own furnace! The only thing it is a little short on is natural light, but if I open up the 3 sets of bay doors, I get all the light and air I can take in! Now I can keep all the mess in one place. Heck, the shop even has a nice 250 square foot covered patio off of it to enjoy those nice Okanagan summer days! I’ve acquired a few more power tools (I now have a small band-saw, large table saw, counter-top drill press, scroll saw and bench sander), as well as a whole range of hand-tools (metal and wooden bench and joinery planes, hand saws, chisels, spokeshaves, scrapers, rasps etc.) I still need a good workbench, but the shop came with a 12’ x 4’ x 3’ high assembly bench as well as a nice counter beside the sink for a sharpening station. Heck, there is even a small office space within the shop for all my books! I’ve managed to run a few classes in the shop too, so while it isn’t perfect, it is getting pretty darn close!

-- Dan

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 09:29 PM

Dan, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 09:43 PM

Welcome to LJs, a nice little slice of insanity!

Here’s a picture of my “Mobile Shop”!

Don’t I wish!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 10:24 PM

Hi all! I’m back after a bit of a hiatus…about 18 months ago my wife and I moved from Calgary Alberta to Kelowna BC. We found a great older home with a lovely view of the lake, and the best part (at least for me!) is that it has an almost 900 sq. ft. shop with its own water/electricity/furnace attached to the attached one car garage! I now have the luxury of a dedicated sharpening station, and because I don’t have to share the space with a vehicle I can leave projects out undisturbed. What bliss! I do have to share the lumber storage area with my motorcycle in the off-season, but that is a small price to pay for so much space to devote to my private man-cave.

-- Dan

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#4 posted 11-11-2021 04:30 PM

...and I’ve moved yet again – this time across the country to the EAST coast – just outside of Halifax Nova Scotia! My shop is now a much smaller space (about 300 sq. ft.) in the half-basement, but I have a ton of natural light from a big bay window that I can look out of when at my bench. I have made both a low Roman-style bench a-la Chris Schwarz, as well as a variant Joiners bench a-la Vic Tesolin. Both benches work very well, and the low bench doubles as a saw bench, and at 5’ long will hold flat most stock that I can get into my basement lair. I’ve pared down my power tools to include a 9” bandsaw (probably will replace it soon though with a 10”), a 4” belt/disc sander, and an antique lathe that I am restoring. The lathe is kind of unique as I can’t find any makers marks on it at all, and looks to be quite old. The tailstock uses a lever mechanism to advance and retract the centre and the ways are wood with 1/2” iron rod bolted down to them. I have the original 1 HP motor, but all of the wiring insulation is deteriorated, so I plan to use an old tablesaw motor I found on Facebook Marketplace to drive the headstock.!!

-- Dan

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