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New shop! #1: Finally, new shop, from the ground up.

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Blog entry by Steve Felsheim posted 08-18-2016 04:54 PM 507 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of New shop! series Part 2: February 2016. Shell done, Step 1, lighting »

After corners of a basement, parts of a garage and a shared space, I finally have the opportunity to build a new shop from the ground up.

This series will attempt to document the process and maybe provide others with some ideas. I am always on the lookout for tips too, please feel free comment with them!

I started last winter by purchasing a building in a “storage condo” area. This means, I own the building, but pay association fees for the grounds, snow removal, water etc. I didn’t have the space at my home, so was very happy to have this option.

Stay tuned for more pictures (I am doing a bit of time travel here, but wanted to start from the beginning)

The shop is 26×36 with 12’ ceilings.

Up next, insulation, heat, floor and lighting.



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DadRambles

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 06:34 PM

Dude, that’s the stuff that dreams are made of right there…

Congrats, and I look forward to seeing the progress.

-- My "stuff" can be found at http://Dadrambles.com and http://Youtube.com/DadRambles

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gargey

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 07:13 PM

Tell me about that roof. That such a long span for the beam that spans the whole width horizontally (whatever it is called… beam?). And it looks like a relatively thin/narrow beam. Is is also joined sequentially where I see the metal plates? Tough to see how it has much strength. Is the roof line actually carrying all the weight, and all the structure is there to support the purlins?

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htl

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 07:19 PM

You probably don’t need any windows for security reasons but a few well placed [high up] clear plastic siding that matches the tin would let in some much needed light.
A big fan in the ceiling to suck out the shop and would blow the heat out of the attic, works great in the south.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 08-18-2016 07:46 PM

You should think about putting an epoxy coating on the floor. I did and it made a remarkable difference in the humidity level in my garage. It also makes sweeping up a breeze. I did a very bright yellow, at my daughters request. It really improves the light situation and if you drop the odd screw, nut or bolt they are super easy to locate.

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Steve Felsheim

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#5 posted 08-18-2016 10:40 PM



Tell me about that roof. That such a long span for the beam that spans the whole width horizontally (whatever it is called… beam?). And it looks like a relatively thin/narrow beam. Is is also joined sequentially where I see the metal plates? Tough to see how it has much strength. Is the roof line actually carrying all the weight, and all the structure is there to support the purlins?

- gargey

I did not build the building, it was built by the person that owns the condo association. I think its a pretty standard construction method. It seems a bit like post and beam, without the posts :-) it has triple 2×6 walls every 24” and cross beams that run laterally. The roof is just standard trusses. It better hold!!

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Steve Felsheim

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 10:41 PM



You should think about putting an epoxy coating on the floor. I did and it made a remarkable difference in the humidity level in my garage. It also makes sweeping up a breeze. I did a very bright yellow, at my daughters request. It really improves the light situation and if you drop the odd screw, nut or bolt they are super easy to locate.

- BurlyBob

Great idea :-) I will have a post of doing just that shortly. (I have a backlog of work since I started finishing it in March).

Wow, bright yellow, you are brave!

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Steve Felsheim

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#7 posted 08-18-2016 10:42 PM



You probably don t need any windows for security reasons but a few well placed [high up] clear plastic siding that matches the tin would let in some much needed light.
A big fan in the ceiling to suck out the shop and would blow the heat out of the attic, works great in the south.

- htl

Windows would be nice, but I didn’t have the builder put any in, as I didn’t really know exactly where I wanted stuff. Without fail, if I had them put in windows, it would be right where I didn’t want them :-)

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