|Workshop by Brett||posted 09-11-2011 09:52 AM||2245 reads||2 times favorited||14 comments|
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My woodshop is a detached building behind the house. The building is approximately 24’x28’ with an attached 12’x16’ shed and a 20’x8’ covered woodstorage(firewood). My workspace is 18’x27’ with a 5’x10’ dogleg in the back corner. The building was built in the 1930’s or 40’s, I am not sure of the exact year.
It was built on the ground and the bottoms of the walls rotted and have been replaced over the years by previous owners. When we bought the house in 2005, I had hopes to tear it down within a couple of years and build new. That just didn’t happen. I had my tools crammed in there with all of the other items that we couldn’t unpack because of the house (built in 1930) didn’t have any storage/closet space. Finally after a few years of working in a cramped space and battling surface rust on all of the tools, I came to the realization that my hope of a new shop wasn’t going to happen and I needed to do something to improve what I already had.
In spring of 2010, my Dad made a couple of suggestions on what I could do to make it is better place to work and that begun the work that has brought the shop to where it is now. Even though it isn’t “perfect” I think that the shop is really nice and functional for me to work in. I still have improvements to do that will take time so the shop is a longterm “project” and may never really be complete.
What I have done to it since that spring was to get a concrete footing under the walls with a treated bottom plate and make repairs to the lower portions of the walls that had rotted. I also made shelves for storage up high on the walls for all of those non-woodworking related items that have no other home. I have covered most of the wall framing with OSB and painted them too. Even one of the two overhead garage doors was removed and framed for a man door and window.
I still have “permenant” wiring to install, some exterior prep and painting and I also have 3 salvaged skylights that I would like to install. I also think that another “clean-out” of all of the stored items would be good to do to maybe clear some storage area so that I can take down a section of the shelves to put in a small woodstove that I have for some heat in the cooler winter months and to burn down those scraps.
Here is a video of the shop made 9/2011.
Thanks for checking it out!
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com