Someone started a thread the other day talking about how at times he was jealous of some of the other work shops shown here on LJs. The ensuing posts quickly brought to bear that it aint the size or how much big expensive fancy equipment you may have, but it’s the work you turn out that matters. I commented that when I came here and started seeing some of the shops here I was a bit embarrased to post pic’s of my place. Well, I decided that youse guys are right, it DONT matter how big or small, how clean or cluttered, or who has the most toys, it’s what you make with the space and equipment allotted you that matters. So here goes my messy hideway….
Here’s the day it was delivered as it was dropped off in our yard (7 years ago). I had rented a storage trailer while were were first setting up house. We had moved here with less than 3 weeks notice.
It’s a 30X40 pole barn and they sent 4 guys who had it up in just 2 days.
I found a guy to pour the driveway and put the floor in the shop all at once. My driveway is 325’ long and 15’ wide, the concrete pour was almost as much as the cost of the building kit … LOL
The first day I unloaded the storage trailer I tried to pile everything in the middle of the shop. The plan was that as I set up and found a home for everything, everything would have a place and I’d have a very user friendly shop with plenty of room to move about. What’s that old saying about best laid plans of mice and men? LOL
Now , seven years later, I’m STILL trying to have room to move…. I dont actually CLEAN, I just sweep and re-arrange the clutter! Here’s a few views.
I built this work table out of 2” square steel tubing, and topped it with 2 layers of 3/4” pressure treated plywood. It sits on 3” steel casters and is pretty easy to move. The 4 little house-looking things are some clocks I’m making as Christmas gifts for the four guys that work in my department.
I did all the wiring myself and the building inspector asked if I was an electrician, he said my job looked more professional than some of the so-called contractors in this town. My motorcycle & trailer and all the accompanying gear takes up almost a quarter of the space. I also added a roll-up garage door so It could get the bike in and out with it’s own door. Here’s the M/C trailer I built.. the box was an old refridgerator and I used a HF trailer kit which I cut down to fit.
So even though I’m pretty crowded in here, every month I still manage to make 4 or 5 bird houses, 4 or 5 cutting boards, and usually 2 or 3 other things like small tables, walking sticks, lamps and such that I give away as door prizes at the Ladies Clinics we put on at my store every month. I guess the thing I’m most proud of is the dining room table I made for the wife last year. It’s made mostly of some 100+ year old oak that someone gave me when they disassembled an old barn after her grandfather passed away. I’ll make a project post about that another time but here’s the finished table.
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