the long awaited shop (part 1)

So once upon a time i built a hydroplane in my high school wood shop class.

Then i built a couple serious boom cars…

Then i built a couple hot street/strip cars, a street rod, several utility trailers, a triple axle van, and a 20 ft trailer that unfolds into a 20×20 commercial kitchen, and i’m working on a ’56 greyhound scenicruiser that’s going to be steampunked within an inch of it’s already 5,000,000 mile life…

space, they say, is the final frontier…

it’s also a major problem when you like to work with your hands, and your medieval event pavilion is 3 feet longer and 23 feet wider than your mundane 5 bedroom home that sits on a tiny lot…

my friend looked at me, over a bottle of rum we were sharing years ago, and said “if anything happens to me, you need to do for them what i do…” and i agreed.

i can’t fill those shoes. no one can.

it’s been a bit over 2 years since he was taken from us.

*raises a glass to master mishka*

my friend, i am not much of a teacher, but i will try.

it is my hope that others will be interested, and will be willing to teach.

what i can do is provide a place. a place that you my dear friends are about to see.

being out of space, and needing to keep some promises, i went and bought myself a duck. πŸ™‚

he came with a lot of random stuff:

and what, when finished, is going to be a seriously epic workspace.

i’m standing about 10 feet forward of “directly under the duck”, facing the front doors in this picture… the rig in the background is an f450 turbo diesel dually with a 12 foot bed on it, towing a 20 foot horse trailer, and it’s sitting 10 feet inside the doors. yes, the shop is *big*. 4500 square feet worth of big…

as you can also see, it’s absolutely *loaded* with oak furniture… most of it is quite nice, but heavy :/

so carol, aiden, doug, and christoph and i built a big pile of 3 drawer chests by the front door to free up a lot of floor space…

and then lianor, raerae, and pattycakes made an even bigger pile while my brother and i sorted out the power, so i can run the building off the generator until the power company gets the electrical sorted out. (i have to move my power meter outside the building first)

yeah, that’s a big pile…

it’s pretty easy to lift one.
the first time.
even the 10th time…

but after 200 of them… :/

it get’s kinda exhausting. πŸ™

the tentative plan is that the room under the duck is going to be the sewing/leather/jewelry/etc. room, the end one on the right is going to be the metal shop/forge/etc, (bay 6) and the one in front of it (also has a roll up door) is going to be the wood shop… the wood shop bay is the last one in this pic, (bay 5) the bays further forward in this pic (2,3,4) are are full of random sca and household gear, the mustang and the trans am and so on are going in there. the x1/9 is in bay 1, along with several spare engines, etc.

and the bus is going between the duck and the stack of chests.

have i mentioned how much i hate moving lately?
i’m sure i have..

so i have about 50 of these secretariat hutches with the fold down desk bits.
i’d like $100 for ’em, but i’ll make you a deal if you want more than one. i have a few damaged ones’ i’ll be taking apart for the oak, so if you just need parts, yell.

they’re actually pretty slick, and the desk folds up:

and of course i have a couple (for epic amounts of “a couple”) 3 drawer oak chests.

i have 2 sizes.
19 1/4″ W x 19″ D x 29 1/2″ H
18″ W x 18″ D x 29 1/2″ H

they have a $200.00 price tag on the back of them, and i’m thinking that $50.00 each is fair. you want more than 5, i’m willing to wheel and deal.

yeah, so for those of you who wondered what i was up to, now you know.


I am a maker. My favorite thing is adventure. I am restoring a 1956 greyhound scenicruiser to adventure in. I run the pd-4501 / scenicruiser registry. Stalk me: (Google Plus), (Facebook).

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2 Responses

  1. Grace says:

    That is a big goddamn duck.

    Now I know what you’ve been up to. πŸ™‚

  2. Fleet Engineer says:

    i never paid attention before to how often things of mine show up in your posts. in this one is the Truck πŸ™‚

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