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The workshop is currently a work in progress, that seems like will never be done. I have a 4 car garage that is 26×46, with 3 garage doors. The 4th garage stall without the overhead door is dedicated to the shop, so basically I have a one car garage, approximately 12×26, although I steal my parking stall for extra room when I need it.

The shop had a HUGE workbench which was nice but it took up too much floor space. The workbench seemed to just get covered with clutter and dust below where the tools were stored. I took the work bench out, put up drywall and couldn't believe how much bigger the space felt. Initially, I planned to drywall the rafters to keep the high ceilings for clearance, but have recently decided to put up drywall on the ceiling to make it easier to heat and cool. Obviously, I still need to finish the drywall, paint and trim…If only I had more time!

I plan to add an 8 ft row of lower cabinets with two upper cabinets, one on each side and a tool cabinet in between. I'm going to build bench with vises that will be placed in front of the cabinets.

I recently added a bandsaw to the tool family…Finally, which I bought on craigslist for a good price. I have nearly completed Norms Deluxe Router Station. Next on the wish list is a bigger and better dust collection system, but unfortunately I'm capped out on tool purchases for the year!

I posted a few before and after pictures to show the progress. It's an exiting time, the shop is finally starting to come together…

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I think that you have a really nice shop. Hopefully, you can grow it a certain amount into part of the rest of the garage space. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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A good looking space, with lots of room to figure out exactly what you want to do. Welcome to LJs!
 

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It's all good. Looks like you have some nice wall space to expand ….......
 

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I like your work table i think its a bit tall for cabinets of any size though if your projects aren't to tall it will mater not I see your a jet guy I have some jet tools and powermatic tools as well WM makes nice tools I am finishing my own shop and it needs lights what are you using and do you think it is bright enough
 

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Thanks…the worktable is another New Yankee Workshop design. which calls for 34" in height. I built mine to double as a outfeed table, so it's 33 7/8", an 1/8 lower than the table saw which is 34" as well. I am still in the process of re-insulating and installing drywall. This winter I plan to put up the drywall ceiling, which I will then install 3 8' fluorescent strips, spaced evenly across the depth of the shop which is approx 26'. The lighting now is great over the table saw where I have the 8' strip, but the rest of the shop is hit or miss.

As for the latest addition to the shop…Let there be heat. I found a farenheit 50f corn/wood pellet furnace on craiglist for a good price. Finally, got it installed and the garage is now a roasting 75 degrees….ahhh
 

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were you able to vent that right out through the wall Id love to have heat in my shop a pellet stove would be great I have to heat my shop somehow or miss two months of usable time the heat of summer will make it unbearable for 2 months as it is even with a cooler when it gets to 120 it is just to damn hot
 

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The pellet/corn stoves can be vented horizontally through the wall, which is how I chose to install my stove. The pl type vent piping is required for the pellet stoves is expensive. Fortunately, my stove came with most of the piping, but I had sticker shock buying the few pieces that I needed to install. The piping doesn't get that hot so the piping and stove has minimal clearances compared to a wood stove.

A few years ago, when natural gas prices were high and corn prices were low, everyone was buying corn stove as supplement heat for their homes. Now the opposite is true, so it's easy to buy a used stove for a good price, at least in my area.

The downside of the pellet/corn stove is that the cost of corn or wood pellets is higher than I would probably pay if I was running a natural gas furnace. I have a co-op elevator a couple blocks away, so it's convienant and I have to admit that it feels good to heat the shop with renewable energy that is grown in the fields in my area. I'm going through approximately a bushel of corn a day, which costs approximately $6.00 a bushel right now.
 

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Hi and welcome to LJs
Looks like a great beginning on your shop,it takes a long time to get a shop set up. Thanks for the info on the pellet stove. I never heard of people burned corn.
 
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