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Workshop by Jim posted 02-03-2008 01:43 AM 2089 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I’m a very lucky woodworker…Last year we moved out of the subdivision and bought a small home on 1/2 an acre. The local codes allowed me to build a shop as big as my home, so that’s exactly what I did. I had a builder construct the shell, add the doors and windows, and I took over from there.

The main part of the shop is 30×30 with an extra deep two car garage on the other side. The contractor dropped in a 100a electrical service and I finished the shop wiring myself. I recently finished the ceiling and installed 9 tandem floursecent fixtures (4-4’ lamps in each). I also installed 6 recessed lights on a dimmer for those evenings when I just want to sit around and smoke a cigar while I’m doing email.

I’ve got a HotDawg sealed combustion unit heater for winters and a swamp cooler for hotter summer days. The shop is wired for cableTV which I got mainly for the music selection I play thru the old reliable Bose speakers that are now too big for the smaller home.

The shop sits on a 3’ crawlspace to make it easier to plumb electrical and dust collection. There’s a little attic space, but it will soon be filled with 24” of blown in insulation which I’d like to avoid climbing through. The front wall of the shop has a 8×10 garage door which lets me enjoy the many months of pleasant weather here in Boise.

To keep the dust under control I’ve got a Jet DC1100 and a JDS Airtech2000. I’ll be moving to a more serious cyclone as budget allows.

The anchor of the shop is a 30+ year old Rockwell/Delta Unisaw I bought from a former high school shop teacher. It came with a Brett-Guard and I later added a Bies and couldn’t be happier. (I did quite a bit of work tuning up the saw; sent out the trunion to be fitted with new bearings). I added an extension to do some table routing for a project and I’ve been pretty pleased with the setup.

I’m starting to shop around for a jointer and planer – something that will last the 20+ yrs I plan to spend in the shop.

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#1 posted 02-09-2008 11:49 PM

Hey, this is a NICE shop. I can’t wait for the day when I get more space (and time) for a bigger shop.
Having the single bay garage door in the shop must be nice, particularly in better weather. Just curious if you plan to be any deck or install slab in front of the door for an exterior work area during moderate weather?

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 03:14 AM

Very nice shop. You have room to strech out!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 10:13 PM

Hey Mike, welcome to Lumberjocks. I just joined within the last month myself and find the variety of woodworking talent posted here pretty incredible. I’ve only been working in the shop for less than a year now, and haven’t found a need yet to extend outdoors. When the garage door to the shop is open, it’s pretty much like being outside. I’ve got an extra deep two bay garage attached to the shop, and if the project needs the space, I setup out there as well. Next time you’re gonna be near the Hill Rd/Collister area, drop me a line and I’ll be glad to show you the shop and brag about my latest project.

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 10:45 PM

Will do Jim. I’m normally down in Eagle a couple times a week and up 55 every weekend but the past few weeks have been hectic as I expect the next couple to be also. After that the schedule should open up a bit. I’d return the favor on the shop but if you’ve seen one garage, you’ve seen my shop :( Which is still in town and not yet banished to the great white north, at least not as of today.

I’ll be in touch.

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#5 posted 04-10-2008 12:10 PM

Hi Jim,

You have a nice shop with plenty of room in which to work. I like your set of tools as well.

Thanks for the shop tour. I really appreciate it.

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

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#6 posted 10-05-2008 05:24 AM

Thats a nice shop!

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 01:30 PM

This shop is sweet

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