Progress on new shop

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Here is what I got dont this weekend......

Set of treated wood steps for my new shop
1 10'x23.75" with 4' x 23.75" dogleg workbench
1 10' x 23.75" work bench
moved 1/2 of my tools over into the new shop.
hung 2 4' set of lights on one end
put 1 shelf in one end of the loft (barn style building)
installed bolts for the floor and ceiling in one door... and a bolt latch on the front of the 2 doors.
painted the floor with kills to make it sweep a little easier

Still WAY to much to do to list but one step at a time :)
 

Gossman Knives

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Sounds like your well on your way Brian. :D Let's see some pics when you get it together so I can drool :D Seriously, it will be great to feel like you have your own space and not worming around in cramped quarters.
Scott
 
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You can say that again! I at least want to get all the tools in before I snap a few pictures.....but I may just have to tonight :)
 
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All I can say is grats, Brian! That new shop is going to be nice, I can tell. :)
 

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Don't be a tease, start taking some pics now. :D
 
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Ha HA! I'll take a few tonight. Its almost empty at this point ;) But will do.......
 

Mark Williams

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Hey Brian,

Sorry i missed your call.

If I had the choice of what to use on a shop floor. It would be terazzo. I think they sell kits at home depot now. its the stuff with the speckles in it . Kinda looks like corian or marble. Dont know if it would be feasable over wood?

Now hurry up and show some pictures boy :D
 
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Terrazzo ? Real terrazzo is marble chips in portland cement , a 3" layer on top of concrete. Maybe they have something else with the same name today. A better choice , I think, would just be concrete painted with a good epoxy deck paint.
 
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hell.... I just coated the floor with kills. It will be nasty anyways....but easier to sweep up dust.....
Pictures as soon as I get to the house.. I promise :)
 
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Hey Brian:

Just got the February issue of Blade..............Page 86 "What's New".

New Shop, Pic in Blade.........What's Next? Congratulations my man.

Robert
 
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Hey Robert,
Did you get the magazine off the stand or subscription? I still havent seen it yet :)

All I can say is that I have been blessed this year. New wife and son, new shop and progress in blademaking. I will have to pay this year forward for years to come, thats for sure!

I'll upload some pictures after I get some shelves up...... :D
 

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Robert

The stuff that I'm thinking of is used for decking in Navy ships, or at least they were 20 years ago. I might be calling something terrazzo, that isnt.

Glad things are working out for you Brian.

You do know that Newbie Of The Year has to buy all the shop regulars (3 years or more) a pizza. You might save some money and just put a pizza oven in the shop :).

I vote Brian for the honor .
 
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Damn Mark...you getting me in the pie business :)
I owe you nuts more that pizza!!

Okay....these arent much to look at. I still have lots to do but here are my first pics. One clean side (yeah right) and my main work side :D

Any hints for setting things up is greatly apreciated!!!
I still have to move alot of stuff. What I thought I'd do is get enough shelves to get things in. Then let the shop space tell me where I should add shelves and where things need to go. I thought that the side without the grinder would be for sheath work and marking blades and patterns and whatever and the grinding side for all thats dirty...we'll see how long that plan lasts :D
 
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Looking good Brian! I'm jealous! I just hung a tarp between the clean and dirty areas of my shop, makes a big difference from what it used to be...
 
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Looking GOOD Brian!!!

I'm a neat-freak, so ignore me if 'ya want. But I highly recommend you paint the walls and ceiling a light color.

Optimal is bright ceiling white up top, and something in the white/yellow base on the walls.

It'd be LOTS easier since you're still setting up.

You cannot have it too light in there.

I painted my shop walls white a couple years ago after being sort of a reddish brown for YEARS, and it made a big difference.

I'm in the process of painting my ceiling ultra bright white, and repainting the walls. I also added several more light fixtures...in a 24'X26' shop I have 3- 8' flourescents, 15- 4' high output flourescents, and incadescent fixtures at all the "important" areas like the grinder and such.

It's a MAJOR PITA since my shop is already set-up. That's why I'm saying now would be a good time for you :D

Keep those pics coming!!! :)
Nick
 
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Damn Nick....dont tell me that ;) I hate to paint! I do have to paint the whole damn outside. I have 4 florecense but want to get some shop lights to point where I need them. Hope this will be enough light. I do have 2 more florecense fixtures that I may put in when the building is wired up proper.
I need shelving but I dont want to have too many places to cram crap in :D
 
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Sorry Brian, I'm no painter either! lol Sure makes it easier to see your knife work though.

My Dad always said, "Don't leave a flat spot, somebody will cram some kind of crap on top of it!!!" :D

Nick

ps- I'm envious you are starting with a clean slate. My shop has progressed over the years from using this corner...to this half...to that corner too...to the whole shop. It USED to be a garage ;) If I had started from scratch like you are, I would have done many things differently.
 
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If I put up enough white peg board I wont have to paint! ;)
I started to put up alot of shelving but then like you said. Crap will come soon after the shelf :D
 
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Hey Brian:

Picked up the copy of Blade at Books-A-Million.

Like the pics of your shop. Keep 'em comming.

Robert
 
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