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    I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I will not be around. I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
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This is coming late, what a surprise building a shop had delays! The area I am showing in this thread is 25'x30'; which is half of a 30'x50' pole building. The other half serves as our garage and storage area and also houses my air compressor, nice to not have to hear that thing running, as well as storage areas for hardware, parts and materials.

This was a project many years in planning and one of those things that I put off way too long, in some ways I think because I thought I did not deserve it. Of course the things that happen in everyone's life that become priorities jumped in line a few times as well. You all know, the septic system needs replacement, the car that gives up two years before you wanted it to and then some health issues. Anyone who has paid for any kind of major health issues in the past 6-8 years knows what I mean. That 20% co-pay adds up!

I think the only advantage of the delay was the chance to look at a lot of shops and design and re-design this one a dozen times. The lathe I have had for several years, it and a bench top mill lived in a small shed off the back of the house. Now I have the room I need to add a few things and some space to work. Sorry if I got carried away with the photos.
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Very very nice sir!

Any machinist, craftsman, or active mechanic would love to have a shop as clean and well outfitted as you have yours.
 

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WOW. I am jealous. Good for you!

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Way too much empty space in there, you need to do something about that... ;)
 

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Awesome shop................
Thanks for sharing the pictures.....There can never be too many.Flustered

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I could be very comfortable in that shop! Very nice setup.
 

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what a beautiful shop!
you should be very proud to work in it!
 

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You'll wear yourself out travelling between work stations, they should be much closer together.
 

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Home sweet home .......
 

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That's a very nice workspace TDA. And, some pretty spiffy tools to fill it up, too.
 

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That is a really beautiful space! I would never leave....
Except to go to the bar....
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Way too much empty space in there, you need to do something about that... ;)
Yes the plan is to fill that space, after working in what was like a closet this feels like a real workspace. Thanks for all the comments, I feel truly blessed to have this space. Small Coke Refrig will be repaired, plenty of space for cold beverages, corner wall cabinet has the humidor in it. LOL, a man needs his space.
 

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Excellent! Thank you for taking the time to share.
 

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Very nice , is it framed with red iron or wood ?. Seems you put up tin inside I'm guessing it's outside also , very stout, is it insulated?. Did you build the shop , well done !!!.
 

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Great looking workshop. Time to make chips!
 

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Its a wood frame pole building, the shop portion has the steel siding, that is the same as outside the building, Walls are insulated with 10" of fiberglass, taped and sealed vapor barrier. I blew 24" of insulation into the ceiling and we put 2" rigid foam down 18" around the inside of the poles and under the floor before it was poured. It is heated and cooled with a ductless system that takes up no floor space. I had it built, I did put in the rigid foam and did all the inside finish and wiring myself. Just shy of 200' of conduit in there plus a big role of romex in the garage part! Slow going when your working by yourself. That took way longer than I anticipated but it was great to just see it come together. As I said I wanted this for a long time so; every spare minute was spent out there. Now its just nice to be out there and enjoy the space.

Yes chips have been made and its great! My old shop I used to use a flashlight to see what I was doing. I guess thats why the white siding inside and the windows. I ended up with two of the Tab and Slot welding tables, the first one was like a potato chip but they stood behind it and sent a second table with heavier webbing pieces, that one is like laser flat. Ive had great experiences with some of the companies I have purchased supplies from. Tab and Lot/Certi-flat tables was one of them.
 

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TDA, I am unfamiliar with Hertford, where about is that?

I also like the way you attached your electrical to the wall, you'll thank yourself for doing it this way when you make your first change or addition. It is how I did my shop and the modifications are a lot less painful compared to tearing into walls. Yup, you can not go wrong with the white walls. Sounds like the insulation was also done the same as mine. And yes, I practically live in my shop also.

One more question, who put up your building or what brand?
 

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Randy, its actually Hartford, I should learn to spell my hometown!; which is in Washington County about 18 miles from West Bend. The building was put up by Cleary, if I recall from photos of your shop, they built yours as well. The time and effort to do the wiring in conduit was well worth it. I have added a few outlets and a power drop from the ceiling for my welders or a machine. Doing A big shout out goes to my wife who came out and helped me pull wire and do the conduit runs on the ceiling. I have some construction photos I will post in the next few days. If your ever in the area, I'd be glad to show you the place.

The yellow machine in the corner is a Kalamazoo 2x72" band saw I picked up at a place in Waupaca that deals in industrial surplus. I have some belts on the way, it is a real beast with a new Baldor motor.
 
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