My workshop #1: Building it

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Blog entry by jrecord posted 05-22-2009 04:57 AM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I am having a 20×24’ workshop (with 10’ walls) built by Tuff Shed in my backyard. First I needed a slab. So, the concrete guy dug, put in the forms, and the rebar.
slab forms

Then they poured the slab.
Slab poured

A week later Tuff Shed showed up at 7:30 in the morning and started putting up the workshop. First they erected the prebuilt walls.
Put up the first wall

Then they put up the roof trusses.
Roof truses

And the roof.

At 4:30 that afternoon they were done!

Here is the interior.

And painted to match the house.

I decided that I needed a closet for the dust collector and air compressor. Both can be noisey and I wanted to mute that noise. So, I framed a closet and will put in an insulated, exterior door. I also will have sound absorbing insulation in the closet walls.
Before closet

I have quotes for the drywall ceiling, electrical work, insulation, and a heat pump. I plan on having cellulose insulation in the 2×6 walls to minimize the need for AC and heat. I plan on installing and painting 7/16” OSB for the walls.
For the floor, I plan on a DeltaFL moisture barrier covered with 3/4” tongue and groove OSB with a clear finish.

The electrician starts next week!

-- Jim in Arvada,Colorado

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 05:15 AM

very cool, its going to be a great workshop. congrats.

-- I Just Love Working With Wood.

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 06:51 AM

outstanding shop

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 02:25 PM

Very cool, keep the pics comming.


-- Hope Never fails

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 02:40 PM

Starting a shop from the ground up i s a great way to go, hopefully you’ll have everything just where you want it. Congratulations and good luck with the rest of the project.

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 02:52 PM

I love it when a plan comes together have fun in their brian

-- gagewestern

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 03:07 PM

I love that stage of a project.

Nice shop.

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

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 03:17 PM

Love it. I’m so jealous! Can’t wait to see more pictures and details. One question: are you going to have an overhead door or at least a double door?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 12:35 AM

This is off to a nice start. It is so nice to see a shop built specifically for that purpose and not the end result of a garage conversion. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 05-23-2009 02:36 AM

Gonna be a nice shop. I envious of the 10’ ceilings. Wish I’d done that. Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 05-26-2009 02:58 AM

I decided on a standard 3’ wide door.

Three reasons:
I measured all of my machines and they are all less than 3’ wide. The widest is my Delta Unisaw.

Second, anything I make has to fit through the door into my house and that is also a standard 3’door.

Finally, my goal is to have a well insulated shop to minimize my heating and AC costs. An insulated exterior door does that.

-- Jim in Arvada,Colorado

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 03:08 AM

Remember a couple of things about that closet.

1. With you dust collector in there you will need an exit hole for the air to get out. This is what I did: HERE

2. With the DC and compressor in the same room the compressor can get clogged up with dust from the DC. No matter how good the DC is there will still be dust.

Good luck

-- 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 04:03 PM

Very nice! Keep the pictures coming.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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