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Workshop by rtb posted 06-13-2008 05:09 PM 2455 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My last shop was an old , windy, barn. It burned to the ground 2 yrs ago this coming august. thanks to good insurance I was able to recover enough for a new building and contents. (one hint: Keep a running inventory of EVERYTHING in your shop, even those $5-10 items add up)

The new shop/stable/barn is 36 X 72 steel pole barn with overhead garage doos at each end. The side of the barn is actually the ‘front’ facing the rd and house. It has a ‘man’ door (steel clad) and has a 4” fiberglass reinforced cement floor except for the last 13’, which is horse country. See horse stall under projects. This is wide open. The roof is laid over a thin layer of insulation which prevents condensation which would then fall on everything underneth. The horse does not like showers any more the the machines do. The shop is a constant mess (I subscribe to the theory that a neat, clean woodshop is a sign of a sick mind) The picture do a good job of showing the disorder. Elec and pluming was done seperatly so I was able to to design exactly what I wanted and put it out for bids, which saved me considerably (top two bids were nearly double what I actually paid) Note the ceiling lights (sons idea) They are 52” fans and light fixtures. with the globes left off to reduce heat and 4 low watage (100 wt equ’. light) bulbs.(each) This is a dedicated circut with the fans and lights are on sererate switchs. Plumbing (for the horse) is from and old well which we resurected (ie not through the meter) buried very deep and delivered through a freeze proof hydrant. It sometimes get a little chilly here. The rest is pretty much shown in the pictures. I really have to much room (sorry, guys). Oh yes, Adding the 2 ft of.plex. at the top of walls saves really big $$ in elec bills. (no flash used in pic’s)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#1 posted 06-13-2008 09:48 PM


You certainly do have plenty of space in which to work. I can honestly tell you this would drive my wife nuts. :) She is a compulsive neatness addict. Her favorite thing to do is to come into my shop and organize it by making sure everything is neat and tidy. The only problem with that is I can’t get to any of my tools since they are all stacked up neatly along one wall of the shop. I have to move several of them to get to the tool I want to use. But anyway you have some nice tools to play with as well. Most of us have to share the space with lawn equipment or cars (usually the wife’s) but I believe that this is the first one I have seen that shares space with a horse.

Thanks for the post. I have enjoyed visiting with you.

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

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#2 posted 02-02-2009 07:49 PM


I see you’re not far from Webster I have in-laws there where we usually go for holidays,
have also done work in Lyons. Nice to talk to someone “around the corner”!

-- Brad, Kempeny Home Improvement

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 06:57 PM

Hey RTB. Since you looked in on my travel log, I thought I’d have a look at your home page and workshop. That’s a beautiful place you’ve got there, in fact just the kind of place I would like in another life. Plenty of trees and a nice big shop, and animals. A great place for a woodworker. Looks like you are enjoying your retirement.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 07:25 AM

Hey don’t freak out but I think there’s a horse in your shop!!! The shop is so big I guess you didn’t notice…

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 08:18 PM

Nice looking shop.

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