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Had a Shopsmith and hand power tools in a garage shop for several years. Started on this workshop in 2013 with the re-use of some trusses and building materials from an old house a buddy and I tore down. I built the shop to the width and number of trusses, which was 19'x 32'. My father in law donated a bunch of 10' studs for the walls, so that worked out pretty sweet. Saved a lot by using cull lumber from the Big Orange Box, which was suitable for many things, such as floor joists, bench, miter saw station, cordless drill/nailer station, etc. Even got a 5 gallon bucket of pant for the floor for a whopping $26. In addition to working for a civil engineering firm, I have my own business as a house plan designer. I traded a plan for the electrical work by a licensed electrician, so more saved there. It's been a 3 year labor of love, but worth every bit for what I now enjoy. Like me, it's still a work in progress, but at least I now get to make sawdust.

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Nice job of recycling and bartering. Great looking shop.
 

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Nice job of recycling and bartering. Great looking shop.

- tyvekboy
Thanks Tyvekboy. I recently completed Ed Stiles' box joint jig in preparation to build your wall cabinet which you graciously sent the plans for awhile back. That is one of my next projects. BTW, did you apply any finish to that or did you leave it natural? Great job, some really inspirational work!
 

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Great job on the shed. i have built many, many things using materials on closeout, recycled, free , etc. Including my own house. My wife calls it my addiction??
The shop liiks fantastic.
 

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I've had similar conversations with my wife :). I collect up enough til I'm ready to build, at least in stages. Did the same thing with our back deck.. It's now a 3 level deal between the upper deck at the house, then going downstairs to the main deck, then up a few steps to a pool deck. We're in east TN, so things ain't exactly level around here. She asked if I was just going to deck out to the shop…. Hmmmmmm….. Maybe if I find enough boards with purple paint on them!
 

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It isn't an addiction, you are doing your part to save the environment. You sir, are a Hero for your work in diverting valuable building materials to the landfill! and should have a documentary (or in my case a mockumentary) made recounting your trials and tribulations…at least that is what I tell them at the Scroungers Anonymous meetings I regularly attend.

It must be something in the blood; construction workers, and for that matter auto mechanics, seem to be the same when it comes to finding deals and then creating numerous projects in various states of completion. But every time I see some dumpster bound piece of building material on a job site, I immediately think of how it is going to get built into my shop, or what other project it would be great for. More times than I can count I have climbed into the jobsite dumpster after work to do my part to save the environment….I am not a hoarder, I am not a hoarder.
 

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The shop is great, but what really caught my eye was the beautiful vintage Craftsman table saw!
 

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The shop is great, but what really caught my eye was the beautiful vintage Craftsman table saw!

- RibsBrisket4me
Yeah, a buddy of mine gave that to me. It was taking up too much room in his garage. It's a 1963 and works pretty well. Had to do a little maintenance on it, plus put a link belt on it. It runs pretty smoothly. The guy that had it put a unisaw fence on it which is pretty sweet too. I could go out and spend $500 on a new one and probably not do any better than this one. ☺
 

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Super shop with lots of cool tools.
 

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The last phase of the build will be a shed roof on the right side, with a storage shed enclosure at the back. I want to put a closet in there to eventually house a larger air compressor and a bigger dust collector for a whole shop system.

It'll look something like this (these are some screen shots of someone else's build) :
 
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