Moved In and Now Organizing My New Shop

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Blog entry by gerrym526 posted 09-29-2021 04:09 AM 682 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I couldn’t find instructions for posting a description of my new shop after editing my Workshop page, I decided to post a new entry to my blog.

Here’s a recap of the new shop building from the Workshop page-you can view pics of the new shop on that page.

This marks a new milestone in my woodworking journey and one I’m very proud and excited about.

Views of my new shop-a standalone building behind the house in the mountains. Broke ground Sept 2020 and moved into the completed shop late April. I’m now in the process of unpacking machines and supplies that have been in storage since 2015 when I moved to north Idaho.

The building is 900 sq ft, with a single car garage-for wood storage and an eventual UTV. Siding and roof are metal and maintenance free. It is insulated traditionally with fiberglass and has R30 in floor and walls, and R50 in the roof.

It’s built over an insulated crawl space, has wood flooring throughout-including the garage. The flooring material is 1 1/8” tongue and groove called Advantech-very solid. Ceiling is 9ft, not 10. Going 9ft in height lowered the lumber cost by thousands. Vinyl slider windows are on 3 sides of the building, letting in lots of natural light. The east facing windows (wall my woodworkers bench is on) give me a beautiful view of the mountains.

Shop heating is via a Modine Hot Dawg heater 60K BTU’s using external air for combustion (and safety), and propane powered from a 500gal tank buried behind the shop. There is a bathroom with toilet and sink, and a large utility sink in the shop.

Lighting is integrated LED strip lighting that’s adjustable by lumens and color tone. Fixtures used in the shop put out a total of 100K lumens, which will help my aging eyes as I get even older.

A Delta Unisaw with 52” side table occupies the center-love that machine!.

Built the woodworkers bench out of hard maple in 1995. It’s my own design, influenced by the Veritas bench. It has 4 rows of bench dog holes, a Jorgenson front vise, and Veritas Twin Screw side vise-this design allows almost unlimited flexibility in holding wood for hand tool and power tool work. A hand tools cabinet (it ain’t fine furniture, but it works!) is to the right side of the bench with everything in handy reach. A four drawer chest underneath the bench holds layout tools, bench dogs and hold downs, router bits, etc.-also handy to get at what you need when working at the bench. A drill bit cabinet and charging rack for my drill is mounted in a handy place on the wall.

Next projects will be a new table saw/assembly outfeed table, and a miter saw station with drawers for routers and other tools.

I expect to install an Oneida Supercell for dust collection sometime over the winter. Still have to replace my jointer and thickness planer that were sold before I moved out here, but waiting until all the supply chain problems are cleared up and prices come down.

Happy to answer any questions on the workshop design process I went through in early 2020 to get to the construction phase for you jocks considering new shops, or remodeling old ones.

A final note-it was much more expensive to build than I had ever planned, due to rising lumber and materials prices you’re all aware of. However, I charged ahead because it doesn’t do a woodworker any good to have his tools in storage! My wife has presented me with a long list of projects that I’m excited to get started on.

I’ll be changing the pics of the shop as the interior changes.

-- Gerry

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#1 posted 09-30-2021 09:35 PM

Wow, that is a nice sounding shop. I kept reading to see where the extra bedroom is located.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-30-2021 10:38 PM

Yeeeeeee hawwww

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#3 posted 10-05-2021 10:52 PM

I would move in!

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