|Workshop by Dave Owen||posted 01-13-2010 05:45 PM||3473 reads||7 times favorited||41 comments|
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This 543 s.f. shop (and adjoining carport) was designed and built in 2003. The shop is wood frame construction, with Hardie Plank exterior and drywall walls and ceiling on the interior. The floor, unfortunately, is bare concrete – which I eventually hope to remedy. The ceiling height is 9’-0”, and lighting is provided by fifteen 4-foot, 2-bulb, fluorescent fixtures with electronic ballasts and 5,000 Kelvin bulbs. Natural lighting and ventilation is provided by a single 12’ wide x 8’ high sliding glass door. A thru-wall air conditioner provides cooling and heat when needed.
To pre-empt questions about the unusual shape of the shop, here’s a brief explanation. The house in which I live lies on a small lake (an old phosphate pit) in Lakeland, Florida. The owner of the land and house asked me to design a 3-space enclosed garage with an apartment on the 2nd floor adjacent to the house. He particularly wanted the apartment to have a nice view of the lake. The angle at which vehicles would approach, the desire for a good view, and an effort to preserve as much as possible of the owner’s view of the lake all contributed to an unusual floor plan. When the garage/apartment idea was abandoned, I began thinking about building a double carport for the house in which I live, with an adjoining workshop. I soon realized that the parameters that governed my original design were also valid for the carport/workshop, and the final shop plan was much the same size and shape as the original living room for the apartment. The result was a shop layout with a tool layout that I liked and more open space and flexibility than I could have achieved with a rectangular shop of the same area.
The first photo (the Floor Plan), together with the following descriptions should answer most questions about the layout. If not, I’ll be happy to answer any questions.
View 1 shows the wall with the entry door from the carport. To the left of that door is a small space for yard tools and a heavy-duty adjustable shelf system used in conjunction with a portable tools and assembly table that sits in front of the sliding glass door. To the right of the entry door is an ancient radial-arm saw – then a bandsaw, planer, drum sander, oscillating sander and drill press. All of those tools are on rolling stands, and while they can be readily moved anywhere in the shop, I normally use them near their ‘home base’ by simply moving them out a couple of feet from the wall. PVC dust-collection piping runs in the ceiling space, and a drop can be seen near the left-center of the pegboard. Note that on each of the mobile tools, I have extended its dust port to a common height so that each can easily be hooked to the dust piping using the flexible hose at the end of the drop. An air filter is shown on the ceiling, and in the foreground can be seen my tablesaw and some maple planks for the top on my current workbench project. A router is mounted in the end of the tablesaw extension.
View 2 was taken from near the corner to the left of the entry door, and shows the mobile tools referred to above and the two short walls at the rear of the shop. Pegboard on these short walls are used for drill press and tablesaw accessories, as well as the cyclone dust collector and miscellaneous items. The ‘up’ dust pipe from the collector goes to three ceiling drops, while the ‘down’ pipe goes beneath the floor to the tablesaw and jointer. My new workbench base is also shown in View 2 (a temporary location while under construction).
View 3 is not shown. If included, it would have shown the dust collector. jointer, and lumber rack.
View 4 was taken from the same location near the entry door as in View 2. This view shows the lumber rack, plus the corner workbench I built for tool storage and general use. The old vertical file cabinet (between the lumber rack and the wall workbench) was purchased from a hospital ‘garage sale’. It has ten, heavy-duty, full extension drawers that I find exceptionally well suited for hardware storage. The twenty-five drawers in the lower part of the bench are fir ‘tote-trays’ some sixty years of age, that were reclaimed from a demolished schoolhouse. The Workmate shown holding the boards for the top of my new bench is in the location where the new bench will go when completed.
View 5 was taken from center of the small end of the shop, and shows the wall workbench with pegboard storage above and to the right. To the right hand side can be seen a part of one of the three sliding door panels with the view to the lake.
View 6 was taken from the same location as View 5. It shows the router in the tablesaw extension in the foreground. In front of the sliding door is the multi-purpose table mentioned above and to its right, the shelf system that holds my scroll saw and other seldom used tools. To the left is a chair where I take my breaks and enjoy the view. Above the sliding glass door is a shelf for finish materials. Perhaps not the ideal place – but fairly convenient and out of the way.
Newer photos will be posted when available.
-- Dave O.