My Take on the Restricted Space/Budget Shop. #5: We've Moved ...... My New Smaller Shop

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-22-2016 01:02 AM 3641 reads 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The low Canadian dollar made this year a great time for us to downsize our investment in Az. real estate…. and we did well! The best part is that we like the new place even better than the old (more expensive) one. The other best part is that I got to plan and build a new shop to replace the pieced together, make shift shop/garage that I had been using. This one is all indoors and will be heatable in the cold months too,

It is smaller but so much better laid out and organized that it is much nicer to work in. The main shop is only 12’ x 14’ but I have packed three benches, my ShopSmith, and all the other stuff in and I can still walk around. For this one I built two walls to enclose part of a large Arizona Room.

The smaller room that was a windowless storage room is about 12’x7’ and houses my dust collector, compressor, and marquetry shop ….. complete with lots of veneer storage.

Bottom line, I’m a happy camper with a great new place to work and live in the winter months. The only downside is that I’ve had to spend most of this winter season renovating the new place and building the shop. I haven’t got a lot of marquetry done but I am getting back to it now.

Did I mention how much I love ball bearing full extension drawer slides? I installed twenty six pairs between the shop and the new kitchen and it is a joy to put things away!

Thanks for looking in,


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 03-22-2016 01:10 AM

Looks like a cozy ‘lil place to work Paul…..

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 01:11 AM

ball bearing full extension drawer slides
They can’t be beat with a stick. LOL

They aren’t cheap but will last a lot longer and hold the weight.
Now that’s one nice looking shop.

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 01:13 AM


It’s a great one person shop. Well laid out.

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 01:18 AM

That is a well laid out shop with everything so well arranged and totally sufficient for the work you do .
Too bad you had to move to get this but think of the comfort next winter you will enjoy playing .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 01:21 AM


I’m glad it’s working out better for you!

You have done a very good job in laying it out…

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#6 posted 03-22-2016 01:25 AM

nice looking setup you git there. That looks like you used some T-111, good choice cause it’s cheap and reliable. That’s what I was gonna close mine in with a few years back.

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#7 posted 03-22-2016 01:27 AM

Awesome for you bud. I hope space is plentiful.

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#8 posted 03-22-2016 01:43 AM

Paul, thoughtful layout. I like the windows and feel of the shop. Have fun.

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#9 posted 03-22-2016 02:08 AM

Nice layout. You gave me some ideas to complete my shop.

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#10 posted 03-22-2016 02:11 AM

Paul, enjoy your new shop!

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#11 posted 03-22-2016 02:33 AM

Congrats and great job. Shop looks awesome

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#12 posted 03-22-2016 02:42 AM

Always great t have a change Paul & capitalize on any market movement in your favour.
Easy to see you have fallen in love with the new set up now it has been “Paulized” :)
well done my friend, guess we will see more fabulous creations soon

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 03-22-2016 02:50 AM


We’re impressed! Do you ever stop working? You’ve accomplished an awful lot . . . house remodel, kitchen, shop . . . WOW! That would take us years! We’re anticipating more splendid work from your new shop.


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#14 posted 03-22-2016 03:07 AM

hey Paul…Your new shop looks very well organized and is utilizing your space to its fullest potential. Good heating and cooling will also be nice.

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#15 posted 03-22-2016 03:09 AM

Nice Set Up. Have fun in the new shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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