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The boys and I built it from scratch and I must have drawn it up a dozen times. Its 36’ by 30’ with 10’ 6” ceiling. The walls are 6” on 16” centers. I used trusses for the roof and ceiling on 2’ centers. The floor is 6” 4000# concrete with 2” foam insulation under it. The floor has loops of pex for radiant heat. I can heat the whole thing with a 4500 watt continuous water heater.

I used a 2 part epoxy with flecks for the floor covering. The walls and ceiling are 5/8 and 1’2 sheet rock

I installed a 1/2 bath with a laundry sink.

The building has its own 150 amp electrical service and I alternated 120 and 220 around the walls and 2 rows on the ceiling.

The air compressor feeds a hose reel in the center of the ceiling, it will reach any where in the room.

Most of the machines are Grizzly except for the drum sander which is a Woodmaster.

I was lucky because my oldest son lives just 5 miles and had a shop in his basement. We combined both of them.

Thanks for looking.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 11:29 PM

Les, that’s one impressive looking shop, can’t wait to see all the great stuff that will come from it! I keep thinking about doing the in floor heating down here, since I have plenty of crawl space under the floor.

-- James

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 11:37 PM

Les, this is a shop that I am certain you enjoy working in, because I know I would. It is spacious, has some great ceiling height, and looks like it gets plenty of natural light from all that glass that you have in there. Having a stand alone shop is a big bonus in my book as well.

You have put together a pretty nice collection of tools and benches. I also like your lumber rack. In my opinion this is the way to store lumber. I just wish I had room for this type of storage. When I need a particular board, since mine is stored horizontally, I often have to several boards to get to the one I want. Your storage system makes it easy to get to a particular board.

Thanks for the pictures. I really enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

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

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 11:51 PM


It would work really well in Texas. As I understand it you can get aluminum plates to attach to the sub floor and then snap the pex into it. You will love it, if your feet are warm you are warm all over.


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 12:19 AM

Very nice workshop. Not sure where Columbus is but I grew up in NW Ohio, I escaped those winters years ago and a few years ago build my dream shop that I am still working on as well as in. I like your high ceilings and lots of open space. Mine got small and I have a 36’ x 40’ work area. Goes along with a principle I learned some while back stuff expands with the space available to store it. Has the Ash beetle been a big deal for you up there? In NW Ohio the ash trees are dying everywhere and they are pretty particular about what you do with it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 07:33 AM

Hey Les,
Now that is one mean workshop with lots of great machines to play with….very nice job.

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 01:16 PM

Dr. Ken,
Columbus is in southern Indiana about 40 miles south of Indy. You are right about the using all the space available, I thought I would have room for some items that I have stored in the garage but as you see I don’t.

The Ash beetle hasn’t made it down here as of yet and I hope it doesn’t.

Thanks for looking.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 06:29 AM

Nice shop Les I’m going to build a new one soon as the weather cooperates .It arrived the other day it’s a steel building 40’ X 60’ X 14’ high . I’m going to use half for woodworking the other half for my toys. I hope I can organize it as well as yours looks. It also looks to me your shop was very well thought out. Is there anything that you would do different?

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 12:47 PM

I would put an small addition on the back for a dust collector room. I would also strongly consider a finishing room. I could make one in the area I have but wouldn’t want to give up the space.

Good luck with your building

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 03:43 PM

Thanks Les a finishing room is a great idea. I then can give my wife back her dining room.

Thanks Again

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 04:05 PM

A very impressive shop that clearly respresents a long history of woodworking. The building is quite regal from the exterior. Very nice!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 04:19 PM

Wow! That is some shop. All of your planning shows through. I liked so much of what I saw, but, the gleaming floor was tooooo much. Thanks for sharing and good luck in your projects.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 04:53 PM

Les, this shop is fabulous. It’s certainly one of the nicest that I have seen and you did a wonderful job on it

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 04-05-2011 06:34 PM

Thanks to everyone for the kudos, I had been thinking about it for 10 years. I had a basement shop before I retired and it was good, but hard to get lumber and sheets goods in and projects out.

When we retired, I wanted enough land around the house to build a separate shop. We got lucky and found a place that fit the bill and it was kind of in the price range we were looking for.

The brick on the outside was a requirement of the neighbor association, the shop had to match the house, so the brick was it. I could have added more shop but the brick was 20% of the total cost.

The floor and off white walls make it bright and easy to see.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 06:22 AM

Les, that is a beautiful shop. I think Norm would like yours.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#15 posted 06-06-2011 12:59 PM

Thanks Gerald, I really enjoy it. It was a labor of love.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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