Old House Transformed Into A Woodworking Shop

Project by gdpifer posted 05-28-2011 01:02 AM 12470 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the Fall of 2009 we visited my wife’s sister and her husband in South Texas. Roger is a craftsman. Spending time with him in his shop gave me the “bug” to build a small shop of my own. Being retired and on a limited budget I knew that I needed to locate some inexpensive material. I advertized on a local radio show for used building materiials or old building to tear down in exchange for the lumber. A man called and offered me an old, old house. It had never had electricity or plumbing, the windows and doors were gone and some of the house had been torn off and removed earlier but I saw that there was sufficient material to do what I wanted.

Over the course of several months, workiing only a day or two a week I got the house torn down, the material hauled home and the shop started. Here are a few photos.

Photo #1 is of the workshop as it neared completion
Photo #2 is of the old house before beginning to tear it down.
Photo #3 shows the floor joists were down.
Photo #4 shows the framework is basically done.
Photo #5 shows the roof is on and the siding is going on. The windows were from an old mobile home that was being torn down. The doors were given to me.
Photo #6 is with the woodworking tools moved in just a few months ago.

Oh, as I said, I was on a budget. My total material cost for the workshop was $590.00. I spent about $250.00 for gasoline for my little truck for the trips I took to work on tearing the old house down, as it was about 25 miles from where I live. So, for under $850.00 I have a 14’ X 16’ workshop with a storage loft above it.

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posted 05-28-2011 01:51 PM

I love it. It is sad though that it cost that much in gas.

-- That tape was just here!

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posted 05-28-2011 01:53 PM

What a great save! Well done. What a great workspace with instant character.

I wonder how many great workshops are just sitting out there waiting to be built with a little effort. Nice to see that there are still some people who aren’t afraid of a little bit of honest work.

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posted 05-28-2011 03:02 PM

Wow, great! You have given me some new found energy to do the same or similar.

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posted 06-02-2011 02:20 PM

Great save, I like your workshop.


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posted 06-03-2011 04:50 PM

Really like it but one question – What’s in the loft?

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posted 06-03-2011 05:21 PM

That is a great looking workshop, with character. One of a kind. I love it.

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posted 06-06-2011 05:31 AM

Great job, I like recycled wood projects

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posted 06-08-2011 08:03 PM

Wow, talk about sommething from nothing. Great project.

-- If all you have is a hammer; Everything looks like a nail!

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posted 06-14-2011 01:51 PM

very very impressive!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-19-2011 03:05 AM

very cool…I bet it feels great working in there…......

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 06-19-2011 07:17 PM

What a good use of an old building that may have just been torn down. Also what a great use of a radio show!

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posted 06-21-2011 01:54 AM

That is one fine looking shop. I love it.
Did you insulate the walls and ceiling?

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posted 06-25-2011 05:06 PM

Wow! Love how you were able to save this.

-- Janice

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posted 08-12-2011 03:49 AM

low cost, great project, good job~

-- Tina, China, http://www.astech-cnctools.com/

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posted 08-14-2011 04:34 AM

I really like this; your workshop has that cozy, classic, rustic look that only reclaimed wood can give.

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posted 11-15-2011 09:38 AM

I love it. Nothing quite like reclaiming old wood.

-- Tony Mayhew

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posted 05-07-2012 03:35 AM

Very cool. Great story too.

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