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post #1 of 9 Old 08-22-2019, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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New here and finally finishing my shop

Maybe finishing isn't the right term, as I know it will never be finished.

People always ask me what I make, and my usual response in "Sawdust". In reality, I make anything, and none of it is very good. Getting better though. I am national sales manager for a sporting goods manufacturer. I've remodeled several of my homes over the years, and learned everything there. I'm a pathetic DIYer. I don't like asking for help. I either do it myself, or don't do it.

Bought a home in 2017 on a 1 acre lot so I could build a dedicated shop. After completely remodeling the house, I am finally getting to the shop. My avatar is a 11' Walnut countertop I made for my kitchen. Also made the walnut fireplace mantle in the background.

Here are a couple pics of my new shop. I had the shell outsourced with roof and doors. Then I did the electrical, exterior paint, gutters, and just finished the epoxy floor last week. Insulation and walls should be happening next month. Going with OSB walls. Took on a side job building mailbox posts for a subdivision nearby. That plus my full time gig takes a majority of my time. That, plus at 58, I don't get as much done in a day, like I used to. Also included a pic of my current garage. It's been a dumping ground for the last two years while I remodeled. Forgive me, but I also had to include a picture with my shop dog.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-22-2019, 01:56 PM
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Congrats on the shop. Looking forward to see your progress in the near future.
No matter how badly a project may turn out, your dog will always be your loyal fan. I think that outsourcing the shell was a great idea. Gives you more time to play in your shop rather than work on your shop.

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Welcome to WoodworkingTalk!

I like your shop. Your eager assistant is doing a great job protecting those expensive epoxy coatings. :-)

Good luck with your shop, and keep sharing.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-22-2019, 03:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Add your first name to your signature line so we'll know what to call you.

Looks like that's going to be a great shop. Make sure we see lots of photos as you fill it with tools and projects.



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post #5 of 9 Old 08-22-2019, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-22-2019, 04:15 PM
where's my table saw?
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OSB on the walls...?

I considered OSB, but after serious thought I went with 1/2" plywood. Remember the garage wall is mostly doors, so you really only have 3 large walls. I painted mine white which helps brighten the space. Even If you do it in stages, I think you'll be much happier with the smooth surface if it's painted and screws will get a much better grip in the plywood. Your call, your budget of course. Edstal makes some nice heavy duty shelves. I got mine from Home Depot at the time.

I also had a welding fabrication shop make a 2" tube lumber rack that I screwed into the studs. There were 7 identical sections made with a fixture to get them all the same. Cost was substantial, but it's been real handy. Floor space is like Acetone, it evaporates quickly. Horizontal surfaces get covered quickly, unless you are a good house keeper. My table saws seen double duty as work surfaces and "temporary storage".... LOL

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I see a problem, only one shop dog. I have three, they work in shifts. Usually the Pomeranian starts off, she leaves then the Aussie takes over and finally the Mastiff finishes off the day.
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Like that shop space! If you plan dust collection it may be nice to run some main duct while stuff is out of the shop!

In your existing garage I am amazed your table saw has a clear top! Like woodnthings mine is sometimes use more for table than saw.

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Hi Brian. Welcome to the forum. The shop looks good so far and appears there will be a lot of room in there......for more tools of course. Don't appologise for the shop is probably the only one you get a sane answer from and always agrees with you...ok mostly!

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