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Kimberley , bc

After 30 years of working in a shop that shared a one-car garage with the family car, I finally built a detached shop in the backyard. This took a bit of negotiating with my better half since she pictured a structure more the size of a garden shed than what I had in mind. To help her to buy in I put a small greenhouse in the front of the structure. I also replaced the windows and doors in our house with new High E ones and recycled the old ones in the shop. To get the high ceilings I ordered some barrel trusses and found some v-joint T&G pine on Kijiji that I used to face the barrel vault and to do the wainscoting that surrounds the interior walls. The small shop size ( 20’ x 14’), coupled with R-60 in the ceiling and Styrofoam under the floor mean that, even in the cold climate of a Canadian ski-resort, I am able to work in shirtsleeves with minimal electric heat. The small size is quite efficient and I am guided by the idea of the small kitchens on luxury trains that can produce gourmet results – “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Two days before my youngest son died in 2011 we talked about the shop he would help me build. I started the shop in 2013. Every time I needed a tool or a board of a certain length it magically appeared . When I needed material it would appear on Craigslist , at a fraction of its value and in an amount that covered what I needed with maybe an inch left over. As a fellow woodworker my son loved the smell of sawdust and the grain on a piece of exotic 4/4 stock and as I go out to the shop and create curled shavings with a cup of coffee nearby, I feel I am truly blessed to have this special place. By the way , my wife has come around on the idea of the shop , now that she doesn’t have to navigate around my mobile tools when she parks her car.

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 12:26 AM

I’d say that shop is a wonderful tribute to your son. I really like the miter saw table!

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 03:05 AM

I LOVE this shop. It’s got that “homey/shoppy” feel that I would love to have for myself. Very very nice!

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 01:11 PM

Beautiful shop inside and out – great design, planning, and materials. I feel the the love and the loss of your son. I can see you cherish his memory and spirit. Keep up the fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 04:43 PM

Looks too good to use. Much too nice for a wood shop! Well done and congratulations on finally getting a dedicated space of your own.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 05:09 PM

Very well laid out and organized shop,most impressive.


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#6 posted 12-14-2014 07:53 PM

That is a cozy workshop. You’ve done a wonderful job on it and it would be a pleasure work in.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 09:44 PM

This has to be one of the coolest shops I have seen posted here.
I love the vibe it has. I’m sure your son would have been very pleased with what you have done.
It is very inspiring. I really like the old radio too.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#8 posted 12-20-2014 04:32 PM

awesome shop you the look inside and out.that’d make your son very proud.thanks for sharing!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 12-21-2014 02:14 AM

Beautiful shop, it must be a joy to spend time in! Im sure your son is there with you in many ways.

-- - Martin

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#10 posted 12-23-2014 06:17 PM

Very quaint and very nice. Looks like you have a perfect get-a-way to practice the fine art of wood working. I love it!

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#11 posted 03-24-2015 02:38 PM

That looks like a tight fit—cozy by Canadian climate
It would be an oven in Indian summers
Impressively organised which is why it works well for you
Best wishes

-- shuja

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#12 posted 05-07-2015 08:29 PM

Great job. Love the library ladder for overhead storage and the idea of upgrading the home windows and using the old ones for your shop.

My wife and I are in “negotiations” right now. We bought our first house as a flip, the idea to upgrade to acreage out of the city and large shop. Now, 3 years later, she loves the house and location. I may compromise country living, but I will not compromise my desire for a 600 square foot shop, plus our house could really use new windows!

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