Da Workshop #4: The New Chapter

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 01-08-2009 01:14 AM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Well...That Sucked! Part 4 of Da Workshop series Part 5: A snag with only one possible solution »

OK, so, by now I assume you’ve read my previous blog entry. If not, just click here and go read it. This blog will make more sense. I’ll wait…I promise!

You’re back? Great! Now you see what Plan A resulted in (well, you don’t actually see it, because frankly I want to forget about it, but you know what I mean). Of course, it was probably a bit of a freak accident to some extent, the wind usually isn’t that bad around here. However, it can happen (obviously) and will probably happen again at some point. If I’m honest with myself, I had to know that eventually that thing was going to be toast. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be this soon. Anyways, it happened and I feel the need to push forward and persevere through this. I’m just stubborn like that ;)

So, I figured I need to plan accordingly. I have to potential plans, and a third plan which is a combination of the two. Let me outline them for you and I ask your opinions.

Option 1—Build an awning in place of the gazebo

Basically, this would be mounted to the brick wall, have a permanent roof, and be anchored into the concrete porch. There are pros and cons here, and here are some of the ones I identified.

1. Cheaper
2. Easier to build
3. Same footprint I’ve been planning on
4. No need for permits (I believe. I plan on checking to be sure)

1. Still small
2. Can still allow moisture on concrete porch under awning, preventing work due to climate
3. Security…more importantly, the lack there of.

Option 2—Build an actual shop

Honestly, isn’t this self explanatory? ;)

1. Secure
2. Customizeable
3. Much more room!

1. Cost
2. Well…cost is a pretty big one, isn’t it?
3. Building permits and inspections (I assume)

Option 3—Build Both!

Basically, build the awning for the time being, then build the shop down the road. Something for now, then something for later.

1. Best of both worlds. The awning can still be used for the family after the shop is built.

1. Even more expensive than building the shop by itself.

Now, there’s an additional con to each of these. I hate construction projects. But, I can’t afford to hire someone else to build this stuff for me, not in this credit crunch. I’m still trying to recover from my stupid youth, so credit isn’t really an option. The advantage to all of these options is I can buy materials as I need them and put it together that way, hence why cost is such an issue.

Still…I figure I have to seize the moment and make lemons out of lemonade, and any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 02:04 AM

i second that. as long as you make sure you wont be getting direct rain in through the roof (awning) or sides (make the awning overhang enough?) you’ll be ok. My shop is in a ~10×15 “3 seasons room” basically made of sheet metal on 2×4 frame and concrete tile floor. The floor is uneven as hell, and moisture (and MANY bugs) comes in, but no direct rain from top or sides… so i make do – raise any lumber off the floor, etc.

anyway, my point is, i think you’ll be able to do quite well by making a slightly more permanent structure where you are currently working. after hearing that some people work out of a closet, it seems that you can do quite a bit with only a small space.

another option is either building or buying some sort of small, lockable shed that you can set up outside to house some of the tools. that way you can clear things out of the shop when you dont need them, but keep them safe and out of the house at the same time.

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#2 posted 01-08-2009 04:07 AM

The awning looks to be winning this one, which is a little surprising actually…and I guess thankfully too :D

Luckily, the area already has walls on two sides, so I’ll just need to frame up along the other too. One wall is simply a brick partitian between the two back porches (the other belongs to my mother so it’s all good there). I’ll just need to make sure excessive run-off isn’t an issue, but that shouldn’t be to difficult.

I’ll still want an actual shop at some point, but the awning option is probably more practical right now.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 09:27 AM

at least your aircon works! I agree with the building in stages idea. start with the roof and wall it in as you go. Use that opaque corrogated sheet so you dont shut out the light. It should be watertite enough. If not just use lots and lots of silicon sealer!

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

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 11:59 PM

Tomcat, I’ll throw in my vote for the awning as well and if you have some extra cash to throw in put up some sides as well. That would help to add to the security some.
Look forward to seeing what you come up with.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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