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Workshop by lrob posted 01-10-2011 11:26 PM 2402 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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The workshop was started in the fall of 2006 with the clearing of land and pouring the foundation. The floor was poured in the spring of 2007 and construction began. The project was completed in the Winter of 2007. The shop is 25’ x 36’ with a loft for lumber that is 25’ x 20’. This gives me an open area of 16’ all the way to the roof in the front of the shop. I am fully retired now so I will get to use the shop more and more. Right now I am restoring antiques. The first two pictures of the interior are old I have updated the next pictures to show the interior better. I need to clean up the place before getting any more projects going, what a mess. It is amazing the stuff you can accumulate in 7 short years. I have added a lot more storage and a dust collection system. Also, the table saw extension is completed with a drawer and everything. The second inside picture is the loft where my lumber storage and hardware cabinets are. The shop has a 200 Amp service so I can expand if needed. The whole building is heated with a gas furnace using outside air. In the summer because the shop is built into the sidehill it stays a cool 65 degrees. Also, there is a spring that runs under and around the foundation which helps keep it cool as well. Added new bridge over the brook in 2011. Replaced bridge decking in the fall of 2019 with Trex decking, so I won’t have to replace them again. The last picture shows a new sign made by my son-in-law.
Most of the major woodworking tools I have had for many years:

Craftsman 10” table saw – 46 years old
6” Walker Turner joiner – 62 years old
15” Grizzly spiral cutter planner – 10 years old
Rockwell Drill press – 26 years old
Dayton 10” disc 4×24 Sander – 24 years old
Delta Scroll saw – 24 years old
Craftsman miter saw – 8 years old
Craftsman dust collector -11 years old
Delta 3HP router motor – 10 years old – router table is done – see projects
Grizzly wood lathe – new-4 years old
Porta Cable doweling jig – 10 years old – see the cabinet in projects
Campbell Hausfeld air compressor – 17 years old
Mics. small power tools – routers, biscuit cutter, air nailers, belt sanders, etc.
Grizzley 2hp 17” band saw – 7 years old
Wen Spindle Sander 3 years old

Looking to get:
Festool Miter Saw
SawStop Table saw
Cyclon Dust Collector system
Wood CNC
Glowforge laser engraver
Jet Bed Sander

Looking to build:

Turning Blank Storage – completed 2020
Storage under stairs to loft in shop
Vintage design tool chest
New Table saw outfield table

looking to install:

Spray booth
Ceiling fan to keep the heat down in winter
Run cable, telephone, data lines from the house -have wireless internet now

Last updated 2020

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 12:38 AM

You have put together a pretty nice looking shop. Having a stand alone shop is the way to go. And I am sure most of us would enjoy having a separate storage area just for wood as you do. Your shop appears to be spacious and well organized. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the pictures. It was fun to tour your shop.

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 02:17 AM

I love looking at other people’s shops. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 08:13 AM

Great looking shop to spend some of your retirement time in. Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 10:18 AM

Now that is one heck of a shop….well done.

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 03:55 PM

A dream shop in a beautiful setting.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 07:16 AM

Irob… I love the shop and the space is great. I live in Greenville NH and often pass through Marlborough. I took an early retirement last year and loving every moment, especially the ones in my workshop. As you equip your shop, be careful to buy good tools. They are worth their weight in gold, unlike the cheap ones, which become boat anchors or just plain junk. Good luck and enjoy!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 06:42 PM

Very nice building!

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 04:36 AM

ok. Shop envy is now in full swing. I’m gonna go sulk in the closet, urrr, shop, until I get over it.

Very nice, enjoy it!

-- Chris

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Sam Vollgraff

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#9 posted 02-06-2012 07:35 PM

I love the way you built the shop into the hill. Great New England look! You should look at the great shop of one of my newly acquired LJ friends. See He has built a fantastic free-standing New England inspired shop also.

-- VocoSam, North Fort Myers, FL, [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-06-2012 08:16 PM

Your shop building is one of the nicest that I’ve seen. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 03:42 AM

Nice workshop!

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 03:45 AM

Just fabulous!

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 03:46 AM

LOVE the classic Craftsman table saw!

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 03:51 AM

That’s one fine shop and some good tools too.


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#15 posted 02-09-2012 04:00 AM

Super shop, allways nice to see what the other guy does different.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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