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Workshop by january posted 01-15-2014 03:21 AM 1803 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Sharing the double-car garage with the usual garage junk (lawnmower, recycles), my gardening paraphenelia and bikes (luckily no cars, though). Not too much to look at now, but this is probably the most organized it’s been in awhile.

Wood rack is just one of those wire shelf systems without the shelves. I used the deepest shelf brackets I could find. I have panel goods slipped in behind the cut-off bins (milk crates and buckets) and my clamp collection hanging on another shelf support off to the right. I’ll probably upgrade at some point. The shelf brackets aren’t really that stable for things that are getting moved often, like wood. (I had a little “incident” involving me laying on the floor with a pile of wood on top of me. Fun times. Who says woodworking’s not exciting?)

The blue bins have everything from electrical to automotive and painting supplies, labeled for The Better Half who complains about not being able to find anything in my Cave. I’ve been making do with two utility tables on bricks (to add height) + a homemade bench hook and judicious clamping for my workbench. Santa has been good this year, though! A bonafide woodworking bench is on it’s way as we speak! Woohoo!

-- Heh heh, you said "wood"

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 04:27 PM

iLooks like a good start! I have a mess of those blue totes as well. Very good idea to label them for your own sanity as well!

I see your have open stud cavity walls. And you are in New York? How do you deal with the cold of winter there?

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 07:11 PM

Yeah, the heating is an issue. I have two space heaters in there and the heat seems to disappear into thin air. In the last few weeks I’ve added a plywood attic floor (uninsulated for now) on the exposed roof joists/rafters, so at least the heat isn’t going up into the attic. That’s seems to have helped a little bit.

2 of my four walls are finished, though I’m not sure what type of insulation is in there (the house was built in 1964). The third is the open stud, as you see, and the fourth an uninsulated garage door. I want to insulate and sheetrock up the stud wall, but I’m planning on putting more windows on that side of the workshop. Not sure if it’s a waste of work to finish it and then rip it all down to the studs again in a year or two. What do you think?

In the meantime, I wear a winter coat, glove liners and a hat while I’m working. The thermometer hovers in the 30-50º F range depending on the weather outside. Pretty brutal.

For the love of wood…

-- Heh heh, you said "wood"

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 03:43 AM

You mentioned that you wanted to add some windows to the unfinished side so that’s keeping you from finishing the walls. Have you considered doing the rough framing from the inside for your windows and going ahead and insulating and install walls and marking where your window opening are. That way the only thing you’ll have to change from the inside is cutting out sheetrock when ready for windows. Just something to think about.

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 05:31 AM

Wow. That is a great idea, George! That never occurred to me. I might just do that. The lack of finished wall has kept me from embarking on building real benches and installing things on the wall, too. That might be the perfect solution.

-- Heh heh, you said "wood"

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 02:38 PM

George is right that’s a good idea. One way to keep things rolling. Might I suggest getting your rough opening sizes before you frame it up. Don’t want your openings to be to small when it comes time to install. Over sized is way easier to deal with.

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 04:34 AM

Just got back from the Big Box, looking at windows and various sizes. I think I just found my windows. I am SOOO gonna do this. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE IDEA. I may get this puppy up to 60º this winter!

-- Heh heh, you said "wood"

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 09:52 PM

Nice space. I like how you’ve used the containers you have to organize your lumber. Always love to see when people make the best of what they have. Thanks for sharing.

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