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New Home shop build

Discussion in 'W.A. Surls Knives (formerly WAS Knives)' started by allen456, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. allen456

    allen456 Moderator Moderator

    Nov 13, 2012
    As most of you know, I recently moved. Of course, with the move, there is the fun part of moving my shop and doing the build out. With the new house, I had to go with the shop being in the basement. Not my first choice, but with the neighborhood conveniences, a stand alone building to meet the rules is way out of the budget. Luckily, the existing framework was usable and I could easily add to the existing walls to create the layout that I wanted.

    The shop will consist of three rooms, a nasty room where the grinders and such will be, a light dust room from the presses and hand sanding, and a clean room for material storage, glue ups, and leather work.

    I started last Monday with the framing, hoping to finish in the next day or two and have the electrician do the rough in. I have already framed the walls and doorways, just need to add in a couple of coffers due to the HVAC and other items that are in the way (they should of ran these much better considering the ceiling beams are all wood I beams).

    I will add post as it continues.

    Here are a few pics of the old shop the day we left and where I grew the most as a maker over the past two years.


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    Here is the new shop thus far

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  2. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo

    Nov 13, 2013
    Looking good. I bet you will miss that detached garage for shop space, but that looks like a sizeable basement to build out the new digs. Are you putting in soundproofing or are the grinders/dust collectors quieter than what I imagine?
  3. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Forget the shop, home theater, pool table and bar is the smart way to go. I bet you could build a hell of a hammered copper top bar in that space.

    We know a guy that can do a fireproof charcoal fireplace for you on the cheap.
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  4. MaryDy


    Mar 18, 2020
    We also moved 3 years ago to Canada. In other words, a really whole bunch of problems and unexpected "surprise". To tell the truth, it seemed, like we remained without any nervous and money at all. Honestly, we came to our senses from relocation only after a year. I had to transport an entire life then! Fortunately, we find an affordable cost of two guys and a truck who came and did all the heavy work for convenient money. We saved on everything on what we could at first. In any case, it is always very hard to start anything from the beginning. To find a new job, new friend, get used to the new rhythm of life. So, I can imagine how much expense and nerves you incur when you relocate with your business.
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