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Project by ShaneMan posted 02-12-2015 02:44 AM 4362 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dream shop is finally built! A lot of help from family and friends, built in 2-1/2 months, weekends only, 24×24 woodshop. I took pictures of the entire build a few every day we worked. Had downloaded free garage plans on internet, just to get a few ideas. Decided to go with pre-made roof trusses, a little more $, but saved a lot of time and labor, and the building inspectors love ‘em Wish it could be bigger but my budget dictated this size. All I have left is get power to it, insulate, and sheet inside walls and that’s in the works. A lot of work but I am so thrilled, waited a long time to get my own shop. I’ll be making some sawdust soon!!

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 03:15 AM

That has got to be a great feeling! Congratulations!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 03:44 AM

Good for you! ENJOY!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 04:44 AM

Awesome man cave Shaneman!


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#4 posted 02-12-2015 04:51 AM

Congrats!! Looks great!! New to LumberJocks?? Congrats and Welcome!!

When I bought my place, the separate garage w/ a 200 amp panel was a strong selling point!! My shop is an odd 16’ x 22.5’. Glad you have more room. That’s a good size shop and should be easier to make your way around.

You built it, designed it and made it happen. Nice job with the extra door on back of shop. I know it comes in handy sometimes. Very cool.

I recommend lots of light. I did double the normal overhead fluorescent lights. There’s a couple woodworking articles on that subject. No shadows, very nice.

Another suggestion other LJs have made and I’ve seen in their posts and experienced—Do the extra 220v outlets. You’ll be happier later. I still have to wire a couple more 220v outlets. Making your own 220v extension cord(s) can be expensive, but a good project too.

Keep us updated. Looking forward to it.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 05:44 AM

Congratulations! You’re livin’ my dream!

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 10:05 AM

I’m getting a little jealous A big job and it looks great. I begrudge this shop to you.


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#7 posted 02-12-2015 12:10 PM

Thanks everyone, My dream finally became a reality, Tom I am going to put 6-8ft fluorescent T8 fixtures, with Daylight bulbs, and yes definitely going to have 2 -220v outlets, for possibly a Big-Boy Saw and planer in the future, but for now got an old craftsman table saw with DeltaT-2 fence I just put on it, and my wife bought me Dewalt 735 planer, it’s all I need for now. I work at a local cabinet shop so I have access to some really cool equipment! I’m also considering a couple outdoor ceiling fans to move some air around on a 95 degree day! Now comes the good part, I GET TO PAY THE BUILDING OFF! haha

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#8 posted 02-12-2015 01:49 PM

Alas, I cannot build my shop on my property unless I dig under the house. Jealous, and happy for you at the same time. Sometimes you just lose the creativity energy every time you have to back the wife’s car out of your garashop. Then they expect you to put it all away so they can get it back in every night.

Enjoy your new shop. We all deserve it, only some can achieve it :)

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 02:00 PM

Love to do this someday. How did you protect against rain while it was being built?

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 02:33 PM

living the dream, Shane. first class all the way. I have often thought than a man must be breaking a law somewhere to enjoy himself this much. There are very few material things in life that will bring greater joy than a great shop.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 03:37 PM

Going to be a nice little shop

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 03:39 PM


-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 03:40 PM


-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 03:55 PM

Way to go! You will love the opposing drive thru doors. They can be a wind tunnel at time but very handy.

+1 on the 220v and lots of lighting. Hanging short extension cords above your work table gets cords off the floor and power where you need it too.

Now go make some sawdust.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#15 posted 02-12-2015 04:34 PM

I’ve been living the same dream for 14 years now. I love my shop. Here are a few things I did that I’ve never regretted:
Outlets around all the walls at about 4-6 foot intervals and up at about 4 feet high.
Outlets in the ceiling.
3 – 220 outlets for future big table saw, dust collection and window air conditioner and maybe one more for another monster machine.
Suspended natural gas furnace and a good size window air conditioner.
I walled my shop with OSB, oriented strand board, and painted it white. Not much more expensive than sheet rock and it allows you to screw anything to anywhere on the walls.

Good luck with the future dust making.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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