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Located near Galena , Illinois . When I built my shop I ran across a great clearance deal at Lowes in Dubuque , Iowa , on 4 bunks of 2" x 10" x 16' Douglas fir lumber. Instead of 16" centers on the wall studs, I went with 48" centers and added a 2" x 10" x 48" spreader every 24" as shelving. It's a fairly small building and this allowed me to maximize my available space. When you view my shop photos, notice the 24" by 48" compartmentalized tool storage. This works very well to dedicate each area to one particular tool type. I heat with wood because it just makes good practical sense to use the abundance of wood scraps up instead of throwing them out and paying for gas heat. Here and there I've picked up good deals on ceiling tile, O.S.B.; lighting, etc. and being a carpenter in commercial construction allows me to be at the right place at the right time to pick up good salvageable materials that normally would be lost to a land fill. It's a slow process to build this way but very affordable. I hope you enjoy touring my LJ sight, pick up a few tips and steal some ideas!

-Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] potential is limited only by my imagination.

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Tim, tours of other shops are always a welcome post. How about adding some pictures of your shop when you get the opportunity?
 

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Sure Scott,I'll work on that. I'm a new Lj just created my home page today so it may take a few day's but thanks for the interest.
 

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Hey Tim,
Why were you hiding that little gem of a set-up….you naughty boy.
That is one cool shop with some really nice toys to play with…well done.
 

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Nice Tim. Is that a legacy and how do you like it? I know where a deal on one is.
 

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That is just a GREAT set-up !

Thanks for the tour :)
 

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To tell you the truth cabmaker the first few weeks were a real self educating proccess. Lots of calls to Legacy and some damaged parts. But in the end I was very pleased w/how it performed. If you do buy one be very aware of damaged parts and worn metal and plastic. I'd be glad to share what I know but I don't type fast and it would be a real long blog.
 

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Great shop. lots of neat toys!!!
 

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Tim, I am glad you posted pictures of your shop. This is a real treat to be able to take a tour of your shop. You have done a good job on organizing your shop and it was a good idea to incorporate storage areas in the framing. You also have a nice set of tools to play with as well. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks again for the tour.
 

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Tim What is that tool sitting next to the garage door that looks kinda like a sewing machine?

I like the shop. Nice tools and nice and neat as well!
 

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I'd tell you it'sa thicness planer Alongiron but you probley won't beleave me ,actualy I getinto some apolstering and sewing heavy fabric now and then.
 

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HI Tim, That is a nice place you have there. What's that in the center of the door on picture #2 ? Have you ever done this? When I'm finishing a job, and the contractor is about to makeout the last check, I speak up and offer them $0.10-$0.25 on the dollar for leftover unused trim or whatever material they may have I want. They love to reduce the size of the payment to me and if they have return or store the material they'll useually part with it.
 

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Hi devann; That's picture frame fastening machine that shoots a "v"nail into the back of a miter. On the other topic ,no I usualy hall all of thier crap away for free after I tell them how expencive a dumpster costs.
 

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Where do you get one of those picture frame fastening machines and how much $$
 

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Hey, the Legacy looks nice. Used my brother-in-law's on some candle holders. Great. I have a Craftsman Router Crafter-hope to do a few simple projects with it.

Garry
 

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Why is it that I have a three car garage and I can't seem to get enough room? (aside from the fact that my wife parks in one of the spots).

I need to get organized with some cabinetry and shelving. Some good ideas in your shop… thanks for sharing!
 

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Thats a shop. I;ll have to take your advices and check out this link to your red machine. It's interesting and seems to be a center piece to your shop. All the cabinets are great. i especially like the machinist chests.
 

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Really great use of space, i like everthing to be at hand when I need it. My shop is still under development but you have given me some ideas to make the most use of space.

Well done and much appreciated.

David
 
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