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Blog series by magaoitin updated 06-19-2017 03:40 PM 11 parts 14517 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: In the beginning there was an empty shop

09-17-2016 01:18 AM by magaoitin | 3 comments »

As a fairly new member, joining about 12 months ago, I have only posted some of the pictures below at the “My Shop” area. After years of lurking at LumberJocks, and drooling over other guys shops, I decided to upload my shop build out. With little to no experience at blogging what a better place to start…right?!? So beer with me (The past 12 months of building has definitely increased my consumption) I am almost complete with the first phase of the build, and finally have so...

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Part 2: Let There be Light

09-19-2016 11:01 PM by magaoitin | 2 comments »

I had the first two parts of my build written up, so this makes for a quick second post. We will see how long it takes me for future posts. After demoing the Bathroom area and a few benches on the “ground” floor, I think I found where the power had come into the shop. It was obvious that someone had run an underground line from the electrical panel in the front of the house, under the house through the backyard, and up into the shop at some point. However after crawling under th...

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Part 3: Shop Heating – Gas or Electric?

09-26-2016 11:12 PM by magaoitin | 4 comments »

And then one time I ate some rotten berries. Man, there were some strong gases seepin’ outta my shop that day! This was a big decision/change I made during my build: to use Gas or Electric heat. I figured the requirements for heating & cooling for the space before starting any of my permitting or design work, mainly so I could start shopping around for the big ticket items. I was hoping that given enough time, I could scrounge up a heating unit, compressor, air filtration,...

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Part 4: Compressor Line Install

09-30-2016 07:09 PM by magaoitin | 2 comments »

When last we left our intrepid contractor, the walls were framed, power was on, insulation was underway, and he had a mild case of gas. Now was time for compressed air line to be installed.This posed a couple of challenges. The existing corner post for the structure are 6×6’s with a 2×6 on edge between it and the exterior metal panels. That leaves only around 1”, to maybe 1-1/2”, space to install a 1/2” or 3/4” pipe and an elbow, around a blind corner. I had already decided t...

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Part 5: Uncompleted Project #264: Exterior concrete pad

10-06-2016 05:50 PM by magaoitin | 0 comments »

To add to the ever growing list of shop related projects I have not completed, I give you the start of the Dust Collector & Compressor shed. Though truly, I am not even halfway complete (or half way started for that matter) with this side project for the shop, but it ties into the main shop build…a little…I guessAfter I back-filled my gas line, I still had a really torn up back yard, and my back refused to spend another minute shoveling piles of dirt around, and subsequently went on strik...

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Part 6: Stairway to Storage Heaven - Part 1

12-22-2016 10:53 PM by magaoitin | 0 comments »

I have a feeling I am going to end up with a number of posts on just my stair build. I have some crazy ideas and there is a lot of detail I am putting into something as simple as a set of shop stairs, but if it all works out, this is going to be more than just a way to access my loft, or simply another place to store more junk under. I’m only 2 weekends into the stair build as of today and have at least 2-3 more weeks for finishes, time permitting. My weeks are typically one day on the ...

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Part 7: Stairway to Storage Heaven - Part 2 - Installing plumbing in my stairs

12-27-2016 06:07 PM by magaoitin | 1 comment »

What do you put under your stairs? Storage is the obvious answer. I am losing some valuable floor space for tools with the stairs, however I have ample storage space now up in the loft (with easy access) so I really don’t need to build cabinets or roll out boxes to store stuff under the stairs. Everybody uses this space for storage; maybe build some cabinets, or a coat rack? Or maybe think very differently, and create a homage to Harry Potter. I could build out a little bed with a light f...

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Part 8: Oliver 4010 Table Saw setup

01-03-2017 09:06 PM by magaoitin | 1 comment »

So with the close of 2016 I finally have made enough progress that I updated “My Woodshop” page with a new photo and a tool list, and finally assembled my Table Saw. This is far and away the crown jewel of my tools.I spent the last 2 weekends of 2016 setting up my 2 table saws and trying to get their tops leveled. I am still chasing 1/16” and have put it on the back burner until I can build a new set of legs for my Unisaw side table.Oliver 4010 10” Table Saw I picke...

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Part 9: Stairway to Storage Heaven - Part 3 - Installing Electric for my stairs

01-05-2017 11:22 PM by magaoitin | 0 comments »

Electric Stairs, heck yea, that’s what I want in my shop… an escalator! Okay maybe that is not in my ability to scrounge up. I have not won the lottery yet, and Matthias Wandel hasn’t done a video on making an all wood escalator from scrap 1×4’s, so good ole leg power will have to do. However, I do want power installed for a couple of lights.You wouldn’t think that installing a light under the stairs would necessitate a blog post, but as with everything I touch in this shop, it...

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Part 10: Equipment and Material Hoist

06-13-2017 04:27 PM by magaoitin | 1 comment »

I decided I needed an equipment lift in my shop, not only for off loading goodies bought at auctions, but to help me in removing and storing the canopy on my truck, so said goodies could be hauled home easily. Trying to remove a truck canopy alone is a major pain. Ideally I would prefer a Jib Crane for equipment lifts in and out of my truck, but that wouldn’t leave me any opportunity to store the canopy out of the way, plus I can’t justify $800-$1000 for the occasional use. Since I have sc...

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Part 11: Wi-Fi through a Metal Building

06-19-2017 03:40 PM by magaoitin | 9 comments »

Getting a Wi-Fi signal inside my shop has strangely turned into the second single most expensive piece of my shop TI to date. The most expensive piece being a dedicated 200 amp panel @ around $1500 My shop is a 30’ x 30’ metal building, about 35’ from my house, and of course, my home office with the computer and router is on the opposite end of the house another 30’ away. As a result I get horrible Wi-Fi reception. I have read countless articles on Wi-Fi repeaters vs inst...

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