Workshop #1: Current Situation

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Blog entry by LeChapitre posted 05-25-2009 01:46 PM 1159 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are some views of the current situation with the garage that I intend to use as a workshop. As you can see, it is in need of some serious attention. It’s 3.1m x 6.4m (about 10’ x 20’) which seemed quite big to me, but now seems tiny by comparison with some of the workshops here at Lumberjocks! This is one of 3 garages, so at least I will have exclusive use of it.

Interior 1

It used to be used as a garage, boiler house and fuel store. Since moving in to the house, I’ve removed an old oil storage tank and other debris, and fitted some shutters to the empty window opening to keep out the worst of the weather.

Interior 2

Impatient to start (I’ve been waiting nearly 50 years for a dedicated workshop), I moved in a couple of machines and put up some tool hanging boards and shelves.

However the time has come to try and do a better job, so this post is to record the starting position. Progress will be slow, as I have a number of other commitments, and renovation work to do on the main house (which my better half inexplicably considers more important!). I also have to work to a pretty tight budget – especially given the sterling/euro exchange rate.

Along with the evident cosmetic problems, the roof leaks, the floor is extremely uneven and the electrics are old and unreliable. As well as leaking water, the roof lets in a lot of vegetative debris (the canal tiles allow for very efficient ventilation). This is the reason for the machine covers.

I think the next job will be to deal with the old water heater and boiler flue (shown below). The flue is asbestos, so I think I will be hiding it rather than removing it.
Problem Area

The water heater will go, along with the old plumbing. I will box in the flue, and fit a new consumer unit to supply power and light. I need to deal with the roof problems and then insulate and box out the ceiling. The window at the back needs attention, and there is a load of garden-related junk to move to another shed.

That’s all for now, thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 02:20 PM

Good possibilities! Good shops have started with less! But not much! LOL
A long journey starts with the first step!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 02:55 PM

This area has great potential, it’s 2 feet wider than mine, so you have a little more elbow room.

You can check my blog if you want some ideas. Although I’m not done yet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 03:06 PM

The place looks beautiful, when was it built? Looking forward to the projects you get through it!

-- Matt

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 03:23 PM

looks like a great place with lots of potential, (since it’s still somewhat empty) – If you compare it with the majority of workshops here (most of them are not posted though) you’ll find that yours is actually on the larger side… :)

Enjoy the setting up the shop process, can be a PITA, but can be also just as fun as woodworking sometimes.

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

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 03:24 PM

Looking good, I admire you so much that you have the space!!! Mine is also a garage about the same size as this one, but have to park my car there, and I am moving out the car every time I use there a my workshop.
Looking forward to seeing your progress.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 03:39 PM

Do you know how to eat an elephant?

Just one bite at a time. Don’t get discouraged. After 50 years you deserve this and the journey may be as much fun as the destination.

I look forward to watching your progress.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 04:07 PM

Wow – thanks for all the comments and support. This really is a great community.
I’m not sure how old the place is – the house deeds don’t record anything prior to WWII. I would say probably mid-1800s, but the walls of this garage (in the terracotta blocks) are much later. The wall on the right is patched old lime mortar over stone and part of the original. the garage roof is old too. I think that the garage is probably a rebuild of a derelict lean-to, re-using most of the original roof. The floor is odd – it’s about a foot higher than the rest of the house – I think successive attempts at levelling & renovating have been done on top of the old floor. It really needs to come out and have a new slab poured, but too much work for the moment.

Back to eating the elephant…

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 07:06 PM

We were all potential until we sharpened our skills.
That place looks like a diamond in the rough!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 05-25-2009 09:59 PM

much larger than my first shop. Now all the fun begins.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 05-25-2009 11:37 PM

wow you have a roof!!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 12:06 AM

Well, my first shop was part of a 2 car garage.

Looking forward to seeing your shop take form.

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

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#12 posted 05-26-2009 03:57 PM

what a beautiful space!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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