A oneyear project

Preparation for outfitting his new shop space began in earnest in 2004. For six months, Sam read a considerable amount, and looked around the Internet to see what other woodworkers were doing. After formulating his diagnosis, he was ready to proceed with the treatment, which

ABOVE: Sam planned his shop to have ample and reachable storage space, abundant natural light, and enough room to maneuver. He placed his machines side by side "because you often go from one to the other. I can plane and joint long boards, and there's nothing to obstruct them in front or back."

ABOVE: Sam planned his shop to have ample and reachable storage space, abundant natural light, and enough room to maneuver. He placed his machines side by side "because you often go from one to the other. I can plane and joint long boards, and there's nothing to obstruct them in front or back."

took six more months. Realizing he wasn't going to gel the ideal space, Sam designed the shop, beside his garage, to maximize the space.

During construction, buiJders added a breezeway to the 12-year-old house that fronts the Bay of Chaleur. This little section connects Sam's attached garage and shop and isolates the shop from the main house. "This lets me work at any time of the day or night without disturbing my family," Sam says—and without having to tug on boots to slosh through snow to get there. Part of the breezeway's space Sam reserved to become a bathroom: I he rest of the structure, a 26x26' space under a 12' peaked roof, became the shop.

A neighbor who was a professional contractor put up the structure, which consists of kiln-dried 2x6 framing for the walls and shingie roof, and sectional simulated wood flooring.

Sam dug a 6' crawl space underneath the shop where he ran dust-collector ductwork.

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