Shop Renovation #2: Before Pictures

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 05-25-2010 03:15 AM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Challenges and A Plan Part 2 of Shop Renovation series Part 3: Wiring is mostly complete! »

In my first blog post of the series, I discussed some considerations for my garage. It didn’t get a huge response, so this time, I’m posting PICTURES BELOW (-: My garage shop renovation has been underway for a couple months with me working every other weekend when time permitted. I’ve been trying to take occasional photos, but haven’t really had a lot of time to keep up with a blog. Here is my retroactive attempt to get things up to speed. But first, here is my to do list:

To Do (bold items are complete as of this blog posting):

1) Clean up and trash unused items/unusable scrap
2) Consolidate everything in the center of the garage
3) Rough in wiring and electrical
4) Get a sub-panel installed
5) Fiberglass insulation
6) Drywall and Mudding
7) Repeat step One
8) Prime (and maybe paint)
9) Install Fire Extinguisher
10) Add T8 light fixtures
11) Reattach hanging items that will be reused
12) Build a more substantial wall mounted lumber rack
13) Complete and re-purpose my mobile lumber rack/sheet goods storage
14) Take a hiatus from woodworking to hang out with the family
15) Build some small projects for gifts
16) Build shop cabinets, router table, workbench, miter station, etc.

That’s quite a list, but I’ve already done a lot. I’ll show that in future blog posts. For now, here are some BEFORE pictures. Unfortunately, these were taken when my wife and I were looking to buy our house about 6 years ago. I wasn’t woodworking until two years later and all I saw the garage for was a place to fit 2 cars. As such, I didn’t take a lot of pictures.

This is from the garage door looking in. You can see a door that is a small closet. It’s useful for a bit of storage but doesn’t have a light so I don’t care much for rummaging around in there. I worry what I’ll find in the dark enclosed space.

Here is the furnace/hot water heater. Nothing exciting, but in the photo you can almost see the closet I mentioned. This is also one of the one and a half walls that are already drywalled (and I assume insulated)

And here is a shot from the back of the garage looking toward the door. You can see some nice big shelves above the door. These seem nice, but I question how much weight they can hold. I know they each supported 200 lbs when I was putting in the insulation/sheetrock but I won’t be putting much heavy stuff up there since i don’t want it coming down on my car, no matter how little value it has. These shelves will also provide some real headaches for me when I try to drywall around the support brackets in future blog posts.

If you want a few more pictures, you can catch glimpses on another of my lumberjocks blogs by looking in the background of the photos. Basically, it is an unfinished garage. Nothing special. Hope you check out my future posts. More should be following in the next few days.

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 03:19 AM

A big list

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 03:21 AM

I’m about ready to start step 10 in real life so I know I can do this. I just need to see if there is interest in the blog before I take the time to blog out steps 2-9 and then continue to completion.

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 03:53 AM

I think that I would be concerned about the “lofts” as well. I would tie the other end of the “L” to the wall in the same fashion as the existing brace. I would also look at brace from front wall up to the “loft” running along side the garage door track.
I have a “loft” in my shop, . There is an eight foot run that is unsupported that I worry about. I did double up on the 2x’s on the leading edge to stiffen it. I have already got a lot of stuff up there. Mostly it’s bulky light stuff.
Best of luck on this build out. Keep those posts coming.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 04:38 AM

The loft does actually have 2 braces per shelf. I think my photo cut off the bracing on each side, probably by an inch. I do wish it had more support, but I’ll be storing similar items (bulky but not too heavy). If I do have heavy item, I’ll keep it as close to the wall as possible so it isn’t hanging out far from the supported shelf.

I must say, yours looks much better than mine.

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 03:04 PM

To Do List! That is a great way for getting things done. For me I put a few easy ones on the list so I can cross something off now and then. Makes me fell good! Also I have been known to add something I have already done and then cross it off, making me fell like I’m getting something done.

Keep up the good work.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 03:21 PM

Alexander – Stay tuned. You get a special mention in a future blog post when I get to my electrical stuff. (-:

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 05:13 PM

Nice list. Step back(take a break) on occasion and reassess what you have done and what has to be done, adjust as needed. Is your garage door metal or wood, if its metal consider a product called Prodex, can be ordered on line. Good luck.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 05:34 PM

I think you should consider the possibility of that closet as a new home to a dust collector and/or air compressor – it would be nice to wall off those two noisy machines if possible (I wish I had provided for that when I built my workshop last summer).


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#9 posted 05-25-2010 05:43 PM

this is cool. so much potential! looking forward to seeing this progress. that closet looks like a good candidate to host a DC in there – keep the noise down, and add another filtration layer to it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 07:48 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Good to know there is some interest in my renovation blog. I hope that I have enough photos. I’m having trouble getting some pictures off of my camera. I’m resorting to some image recovery software that I’ve had luck with in the past. Hopefully the next blog will be up in the next day or so.

workerinwood – The door is wood, but I thought about adding insulation anyway. So far, I seem to have much better temperature regulation just from having the walls done. I’ll revisit solutions for the door if it gets too unbearable when the daytime high’s start hitting the upper 90’s- to low 100’s. As long as it stays reasonable till about 1:00 each day, I’‘ll probably forgo insulating the door until I replace the door altogether.

James and Purp – I’ve thought about housing my DC unit in there, but I think for my family’s sake, I’m going to have to figure out an alternative. The back of the closet shares a wall with the family room. It also has a bunch of the duct work that connects the air handler to the air intake as well as a few floor vents in the house. I’m sure there is a way to work around these issues, but I think the soundproofing could be tricky.

One alternative idea I had was to build a walled in area next to the water heater. There would also maybe be a wall to enclose the furnace/water heats themselves. In this picture, the units look quite clean, but now, they’ve got substantial dust on them. I worry I’m contributing to their early demise. I try to keep them clean, but if dust gets on moving parts, there isn’t much I can do to clean that. I’d have a lot of thinking to do if I were to attempt that.

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 11:05 PM

A suggestion on #6: Use OSB plywood on the walls instead of drywall, that way you can hang tools and stuff anywheres in the shop. Drywall is not strong enough to hold heavy items unless you find the studs. I did this in my workshop and painted the OSB to brighten the room and hanging things is a snap.

Erwin Jacksonville,FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 04:24 PM

Thats a big list to complete.

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 09:12 PM

It is CJ, but I’m slowly getting there. Probably 1/2 way by now.

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