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    My shop progress.....and tour......'s photographic evidence of my shop's current condition. I'd have been finished about 18 months ago except for some inmates sending me a mini lathe and tools. My new b/s and lathe showed up about 4 weeks ago but I refused to unpack them until the shop is finished. I've got it painted and the lights hung. The lights had been sitting in the corner collecting dust for 18 months or so. I was turning with the only working lights in the shop.....a set of construction lights on a stand.

    This afternoon I have 4 more outlets to install in the ceiling and then I'd debating renting an engine hoist and unpacking the lathe.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Mooreland, Indiana
    Wow Ken, sure is bright. I wouldn't know what to do if I could see what I was doing. Really nice.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    Great progress Ken! Yes, having the walls up and painted makes a HUGH difference! It's been almost 2 hours since you you have those 4 last outlets done yet????? Keep up the good work. Jim.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That is sweet. You will have many enjoyable hours in that space. Oh yeah, are the outlets done now???
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Nice looking shop Ken. I agree totally with the comments about "bright". I don't know how many shops/garages etc I've been in where you can hardly see what you're working on. When my business partner and I bought our building for the small engine shop in 2000, we painted it semi-gloss white and went way overboard with extra lights and never regretted it for a second. Nicely done - you'll never regret it either!!

    cheers eh?

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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Beautiful work Ken!!!

    Don't make the same mistake that I did. If you plan to do something with those concrete floors do it BEFORE you fill it up with heavy machines.

    My legs have learned to hate me but now I can't get anything on the floor until I get all the messy stuff up on the walls or in a cabinet.


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Carlyle IL
    Hey Ned, Don't feel too bad with you shop's progress.............

    Mr Fitzgerald's shop build has been going on for at least 3 1/2 years.

    Sorry Ken, I just couldn't resist a little good natured ribbing.

    Hope you don't mind.


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    That's a great space Ken! You're going to love it!
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Brentwood, TN
    Hiya ken,

    That's a nice looking place for your new turning studio and the mustard to live! You can never have too much light in a shop, at least not for my aging eyes...
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    It's about time, Fitz. Looks like a great shop space. Glad to see it's finally coming together.

    I need to do a similar revamping of my shop. We're going to be getting our electrical service panel upgraded, and I'm going to finally get a subpanel in the shop. That means I need to shuffle a lot of things around to create the necessary access for the new panel and outlets. Not looking forward to the process, but I'll reap the benefits of the result.
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