Bart’s Standalone Shop
Submitted by Bart from Saint Johns, MI
Added on February 14, 2013
I originally built this pole barn to store my boat and work on my cars. But after working on airplanes all day the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was to turn more wrenches. So the shop didn’t get much use. And then came the start….
I wanted to buy a shelf for under the TV to hold DVD’s and my wife said you can build something like that. So I started looking into it and got side tracked by plans for a router table and all the things you can do with one. Well that was my first project. It was so much fun, I was officially hooked. I sold my Shelby Mustang and started my wood shop.
The shop is 30’x 32′ with 11 ft. ceiling which gives me lots of room to move sheets of plywood even with the dust collection ducts hanging from the ceiling. I heat the shop with in-floor heating using a hot water heater which I highly recommend to anyone building a shop. Its nice and quiet and keeps my feet warm. I just finished re-doing the shop for the fifth time, hopefully the last! I painted the walls and ceiling, painted the green 6in. drain and sewer pipe that I used for dust collection black, which I think looks a lot better. I just finished building the split-top Roubo workbench using hard maple for the top and walnut for the base (Thanks for the great build, Marc) Anyways hope you enjoy the tour. Oh and by the way, I have yet to build the shelf for under my TV…although I do have some ideas brewing in my head.