|Workshop by Tim Pursell||posted 05-20-2008 03:26 PM||2802 reads||5 times favorited||13 comments|
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My humble shop is a rebuilt 20’s era brick garage. When we bought the place in ‘91 the roof was sagging, the floor had sunk, cracked & spalted badly and someone befor me had cobbled together the original two doors into one crazy monster that took 8 springs and a large chunk of concrete as a counterweight to raise. SCARRY.
Due to a small lot & zoning restrictions I needed to upgrage the building without replacing it. I took the roof structure off and hauled out the old floor. I then added 12’ to the back, 10” to the walls (so I could have a 9’ ceiling inside) & a second floor. The floor was repoured adding a grid of heating pipe. The 2×12 joists for the second floor have 11” of fiberglass & the brick walls were covered with 2” foam & drywall. A donated boiler & new insulated doors went in. I had an electrician add a new 200 amp pannel just for the shop. I added phone lines & a gas line from the house.
The 12’ addition is where all my auto machanic tools are stored along with the usuall yard stuff & bikes. Upstairs is 1/2 wood storage, the rest is Christmas dec’s, out of season yard stuff, etc.. The woodshop is 18’x16’. Tight on a good day, really tight 1/2 way thru a sizeable project, You can see most of my “toys” in the photos but not all. An old 4” jointer & my scroll saw are stuffed in the back room & an old lathe is upstairs, waiting a need. 7 routers are stored in the cabinets, smaller clamps in some of the drawers. One neat thing is that every thing on the floor is on wheels and evey cabinet & the clamp racks on the walls are hung on a bevel cut 1×4 mounted to the wall. Nothing is permantly mounted. When it comes time to move the shop, everthing is in a “shipping container”. My only complaint is a common one. I need more space!! I spend too much time rearanging things to access one tool.