Let me first apologize to those of you who were following my shop build back in 2012 – I forgot to post the finished product! I suppose my incomplete blog is the result of a combination of excitement with my new shop and just being busy with woodworking, school, and life in general. I know that if I was following a build and they failed to post the complete shop, I’d be a little ticked off! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the shop.
I will begin with my woodworking shop; which as some of you may recall is a wing off of my Dad’s hanger. These pictures are a couple years old, so I have made a few slight changes to date. I have since dropped the dust collection and hooked it up to my cabinet saw and band saw; the biggest dust creators in my shop. In the future I would like to build a mitre station (as planned) with a dust collection hood, and also build a collection hood for my lathe. I still have extra hook-ups for when I buy a planer and jointer some day. Here are a few photos:
Overall, I am very happy with the way the shop turned out, and it is a perfect size for the work I do. The epoxy floor is great because even when it is dusty; you can’t tell! However, I have found that when I drop small pieces for my models, they are often never found (comparable to the “pit of doom” in a car). The lighting is great with the white walls but it is quite dark on the end where the garage door is. I have since moved my lathe to a better lit area and use the dark end of my shop for material storage and finishing. The entire shop is about 3400 square feet: my wood shop is 550, the hanger is over 2000, and rest is made up of the storage bay, storage room, and restroom.
Now, onto my Dad’s portion of the shop. His hanger turned out beautifully! He spends a majority of his spare time in his hanger whether he be fixing things, cleaning his ride, or just relaxing and watching the news. He has his “happy place” in his hanger, and I have mine in the wood shop. On one side of the hanger he has his workbench and tool cabinets, which have more than enough storage space. The opposing side has more storage cabinets, a murphy-bed, bar, mini fridge, TV, stereo system, and many other details that make for a great place for get-togethers with friends. Here are some photos of his hanger:
I do not have pictures of the car bay, but it is basically just a room used to store the tractors, quads, tools, and other random objects that we do not want taking up space in the more occupied areas of the shop. It is not a “pretty” room, but is sure is handy!
And that concludes the shop build! Thanks for taking a look after all these years.