Gareth's Workshop

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Workshop by Gareth posted 02-19-2008 10:14 AM 1502 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I guess the workshop is as good a place as any tp start with. For years I had to make do with a single garage. Last year, I decided to build my own in the garden. The largest I could build without involving the local authority is 30sqr metres. ( sorry for the metric stuff, but that is the way this country has gone. I am a ft & ins man myself).

The first job was to construct a level base, as the site had a 30”” drop from corner to corner.

The first pic shows the basic framework constructed of 4*2 pressure treated timber. I had considered buying roof trusses to save time, but in the end decided I wanted it to be all my own work and so constructed my own. I was particularly proud of the wedged splayed scarf joint that I made to joint the ridgeboard ( pic 2 ). There was no deflection at all when I installed it.

Internally, the w/shop was clad with shuttering ply and externally with pressure treated T&G boards. I used polystyrene foam boards to insulate the voids. The roof was clad with felt shingles, which will hopefully last my remaining lifetime.

Picture 3 & 4 show the finished shop.

I had used my old bakery table as a workbench during construction. Upon completion I ripped it lengthways to provide 16’ of workbench. So old faithful is still serving me well. You can see it in picture 5.

As we all know woodworking creates a dusty environment and I have since built many cupboards and drawers in an attemt to keep the place tidy. I don’t always succeed.

-- Gareth, Amlwch

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 10:24 AM

Great looking shop. I like the roof.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 11:35 AM

job well done very nice shop !

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 01:22 PM

This is a nice looking shop. It is nice to have a planned space in which to work. Outfitting a garage as a shop is fine but the space was designed as a garage and not a shop. Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 04:41 PM

Looks pretty comfy to me!

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 10:22 PM

Nice shop gareth

-- A. Molloy

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#6 posted 02-21-2008 11:06 PM

Great job on the workshop gareth. Hope to see plenty of new pics when you get those cabinets on the walls and the projects rolling out the doors.

-- Dermot Coll,

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#7 posted 02-22-2008 08:48 AM

Great looking shop!!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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