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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys and galls, after seeing most of y'alls shops I'm almost embarrassed to show mines! It should be called, "Lee's Closet Play Shop" compared to most of y'alls shops and equipment, if not all of y'all! Anyway, it works for me, at this time!!

Well it started out as a 10 x 16 shed to the left of the first picture. Housing not only the few woodworking tools I had owned already, but also lawn and garden equipment and two adult bikes. As I started to buy more equipment (table and scroll saw) I needed more room. So I got the "ok" from the big boss to add on and move the lawn and garden stuff, and the bikes into the new lean-tool shed. THEN, the "shed" turned into a real "shop". My wife and others claim the little shed looks like an outhouse. Who knows, maybe one day I'll paint a quarter moon on the door. It might keep the thief's out! LOL

Back to the shop. A little history. I live on the out skirts of New Orleans, and I use to have a much larger shed, that came with my house that I bought 26 years ago. It was 15 x 25. But it was old, and had started to fall apart even before hurricane Katrina finished her off. She had a tin roof, and really wasn't sealed off
very good. During our long, almost year round summers, it was HOT in there. I also had a small metal shed that housed our lawn equipment.

Well actually before Katrina had hit us, we had a good year at work and I got a large bonus. So I had planned on getting Home Depot to build me one of those big red barns with the little loft in the back, you see down here in the Homedepot parking lots. But after Katrina Home Depot had a lot more important things to build but sheds. So I had been told it might be a long time before I'd get my shed. So since my son and I did all of the repairs to my house and yard, I was able to put most of the insurance money into a new shed. They had paid me pretty well for both my sheds. So, I figured I had built other things, why not my own shed. So I bought some books, and with that and my past experiences, I drew up some planes and began building. And with memories of very hot summers under that tin roof, I made sure this shed would be cool. It's totally sealed off, and has insulation in the walls and in ceiling. I've got 3 layers of left over tar paper, between my sub-floor and my floor. All exterior seems and interior seems are caulked. I have a small window unit in there, but even with out it, in the middle of our hot summers, you can walk in there, and if you just sit still, you could actually sit in there comfortably with the doors and windows shut, and not sweat. But, I don't go in there to sit still, so with a little AC on just a few minutes, you can hang ice in there!!

Anyway, enough for the history lesson!!
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Hey Lee, I was looking at Quick Quarter from Lafayette at work Thurs. and Mallet bldbs. has a special running 20x30 metal bldgs starting cheap depending on the options,also there is a Mueller Mt bldg outlet about 8 miles from my house and Ya can buy the metal there and build Ya own they have the kits and know hows

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Nice shop Lee, very well organized. I really like the outfeed for your TS.
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I wish Warren! That would take most of the rest of my yard! LOL I'd have no problem with that, a big shop and hardly any grass to cut, but I think the wifey would have a bit of a problem with it.

Thanks Jimmie, that was purely accidental (ts outfeed). The shed was built way before I owned the TS. And you can't see it in the photo, but I had to build like ski's under the saws legs to space it up. But now the wood slides right onto the window frame, then onto a roller support I put outside.
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So lets build a new one maybe a few feet smaller and landscape the front yard makin the wife happy so Ya can build new things

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Good looking well organized shop.

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Thanks Bernie!
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Bernie, what are the dimensions of the new shop?
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Very nice set up, Lee. Up here the maximum size shed you can have in the city is 108 sq. ft. I have two sheds, which is also illegal, but my nephew is the zoning clerk, and he says that as long as my neighbours don't complain, he doesn't have to come and order me to tear one down. Our problem here isn't keeping a shed cool enough to work in.

Good work, anyway. I'd like a set up like that. Maybe when I get a house with a garage. And convince my wife that garages aren't really for storing cars.

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Isaiah 44:13 Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line, he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass...

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