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Montreal "Bunker" Workshop

comments (10) March 26th, 2010 in Shop Tours        
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Take a video tour of Richard Ciupkas bunker shop in Montreal, see below. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Take a video tour of Richard Ciupka's bunker shop in Montreal, see below.


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  • Location: Montreal, Connecticut, 800
  • Size: bassq. ft.
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Check out Richard Ciupka's bunker shop in Montreal. It's one of our favorite shops from years gone by so we had to resurrect it for our new workshop gallery. Take a tour of this dream shop in the video at the bottom of this page.

Find out how he built this 800-sq.-ft. underground space to get around zoning rules and hear his horror story about a falling a 6-ton concrete slab that almost destroyed his house.

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Comments (10)

Jim_C_Bradley Jim_C_Bradley writes: Wow---I am really impressed at the use you get out of such a small space.
Enjoy,
Jim
Posted: 1:58 pm on April 5th

woodlance woodlance writes: Bravo! A wonderful use of limited property space. Very unique design indeed. Love the 10" under floor space you designed to run your dust collection tubes through. It's got me thinking, if I use precast concrete sections like you did. I could remove my current two car garage dig an underground room out say 22'x35' where the old garage was then rebuild the garage above it. The concrete slabs should take the weight with maybe one or two support columns. Perhaps a costly idea but dreaming is free. Ya think? Hey Montreal is in Canada right?
Posted: 1:40 pm on April 5th

lorafa lorafa writes: This is a great idea, but it must have costs a fortune to build. You must have built quite a few chairs to be able to cover the costs. How did you get your wife to go along with (approve)this idea? I would love to have this shop at my house. I use my garage which is about 250 sq ft, and there never seems to be enough room. Is there such a thing as a wood shop being too big? I don't think so. Are there any plans available for the swing drawer you made under your work bench? It looks like it comes in quite handy. If plans are available, please let me know how I would go about getting them. Any, great job and GREAT shop.
Posted: 8:56 am on April 1st

daveball daveball writes: Wow. Great design. Great space. Must have cost a ton though....
Posted: 7:10 pm on March 31st

dtobey dtobey writes: What a cool idea. Maybe I will dig out next to my garage and put the shop below ground also. Central Texas does get hot in the summer, so underground would be welcome a change.
Posted: 4:13 pm on March 31st

kitchenguy kitchenguy writes: Wow! Love the ingenuity of this design. Reinforces the notion that woodworkers must be so much more than just creators of sawdust...we must also be designers, mechanics, and engineers.
Posted: 11:34 am on March 31st

Ken_Guthrie_Atlanta Ken_Guthrie_Atlanta writes: One of the best ideas I've seen. About the same size as my workshop but looks substantially more organized. This must have cost a fortune to build.
Posted: 11:03 am on March 31st

dnorthrup dnorthrup writes: With it being underground, is there any moisture/water seepage? Also, Is there room for materials access, like 4'x8' sheets? - Dave
Posted: 10:18 am on March 31st

GEide GEide writes: I know... :( bug in the system. You must select a state to publish the entry. Gotta get that fixed... Gina, FineWoodworking.com
Posted: 8:59 am on March 29th

DaveMtl DaveMtl writes: I've lived in Montreal all my life and I never knew it was in Connecticut...
Posted: 6:56 am on March 27th

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