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My beginners workshop #1: In the beginning...


This is part 1 in a 2 part series: My beginners workshop

  1. In the beginning...
  2. How it looks today

There was filth and stink. I bought this property from my neighbor. She had nine cats and two dogs living in a 14 × 60 mobile home. She wasn’t the best house keeper and never emptied the cat box. Needless to say, the stink would blow you off the porch. I gutted the entire thing. The smell was even embedded into the insulation! I replaced most of the floor, and installed new doors, both front and back. I have a lot to do, but I can lay it out any way I want. As an added bonus, there is a 12 × 24 foot room built onto the back of the trailer.

Within the next couple of months I should have 200A service installed, and will begin insulating the walls in preparation for drywall.

Here is some of my equipment:

The Grizzly I bought from a member on a different forum. The jointer and planer came from craigslist, I gave $375 for the pair. Not pictured are my Dewalt compound miter saw, and a 2hp Craftsman router in an el-cheapo table. I don’t have any dust collection yet.

Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

Man, you got a deal on those tools. Lots of good work going on there

I'm the one with the beard

Wow, great start. I paid that much for the same planer, by itself! Still have it and still love it!



You’re a better man (person) than I am! I would never have gotten past the smell! We had an elderly neighbor like that. Thankfully he was far enough away not to bother us, but when my husband plowed his snow or shoveled his porch, I could hardly bear the stench that permeated his clothes from being that close to the place! The trailer was removed from the property after he moved.

Your shop—now that you have gone through the initial torture to remove the stench—will be a fabulous work space. We’ll be watching your progress with interest.


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Wow! This will make a great shop. There is plenty of space for the usual assortment of tools and a dedicated finishing room if you want. My only concern is access/egress for larger pieces and sheet goods. You are obviously very dedicated to take on a repurposing project of this scale. Keep up the great work!

-- Art

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Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!