New Shop building! #8: ...AIR! Gasp! I need AIR!

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 09-23-2014 10:06 PM 2794 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: My take on clamp storage Part 8 of New Shop building! series Part 9: ... Rack 'em up! »

Back in 10aSEE I put my air compressor on the inside of the shop. It was in a corner and pretty much out of the way. I wasn’t always pleased with the noise, but at least it was out of the weather. And when I got ahold of an old compressor tank (freebie) to double my air capacity, I hung the extra tank using chains up in the rafters right above the compressor.

But this new building is smaller than the old one (by almost 400sf) and the ceilings are just barely 8’ high, so I cant afford the space inside the shop for the compressor, much less the extra tank. So my latest project was to build a small shed outside the building that would hold both pieces and be pretty much weatherproof.

When I got the double-wide, they had put 2 supports in each half to hold up the ceiling/roof during transport. When they re-assembled the halves, I kept those supports figuring I could use the 2X4s and MDF for something down the road. You can see the framed supports in this pic…

I had some PT 2×4’s left over from something else so I used those for the runners. The I simply took a few measurements and started building a simple framed shed with a pitched roof. When we moved here I carried some of the tin that was left over when they built my shop in 10aSEE so I used that to close it in.



I didn’t have quite enough of the MDF for the doors but I found a half-sheet of 5/8 plywood and made due. I ripped a couple 1X12’s into narrower strips and made frames so it looked a bit neater. Used plenty of glue and screws to keep it all together. I put 3 coats of exterior house paint on the doors to seal and protect them from the elements and found a few mismatched hinges that’ll do just fine.


Because of the trim strips I used on the shop’s outer walls, this shed sits about 1.5” away from the building. Since hot air rises and the roof is pitched, there’s plenty of air flow to keep it from getting too hot in there.



I scrounged thru some of my hoarded “junk -n- stuff” and came up with a few screen-door springs to keep the doors shut. I actually bolted the two tanks to the floor to keep them from vibrating around, but we have ZERO issues with theft/vandalism here so all I’m interested in is protection from the weather. No need for locks here (Gotta LOVE small-town living!)


Daisy-chained the tanks together and ran the air line in thru a hole I drilled thru the wall. I used an old garden hose hanger to coil the hose on. Bolted the air regulator and air drier to the wall and I’m good to go.



Next up … .Build one of those lumber racks using 2×4’s and EMT conduit

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 10:43 PM

perfect joe

all i can see is the paint doesn’t mach up
on the trailer panels
to the stuff you brought from 10aSEE
having more room inside
and less noise
make up for that however

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Carl W Richardson

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 12:28 AM

Looks good Joe..

Mine makes a lot of racket and it’s located near my saw and bench where I normally work so I still get startled when it kicks on.. I’m thinking about moving the compressor down to the other end of the shop and plumb the entire shop with air drops every 10 feet or so..

Although I like your idea and I’ll have to think about doing something like your setup…

Keep up the good work..

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 01:05 AM

Great idea for the extra space for the air system. Maybe can do the same for the central vac system

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 02:06 AM

I like your thinking. Next may be the roof. Wish I could do the same with my dust collector and vac.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 09:31 AM

Always a good choice to have the noise level down. It’s looking good sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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