Two years ago my tiny workshop in Bangkok was flooded for 6 weeks. I lost a lot of stuff, jig, wood, some tools and a lot of motivation. After a house move I put together a new shop, still incredibly small and have rebuilt what I lost in the flood along with a router table, shop cart, drill press cart and some furniture for the house.
This year we are currently facing another threat from flooding, some of my tools are currently residing upstairs and I am waiting to see what happens.
All of this has led to a rethink of our plans for a new house and shop build far away from the flood risk areas of Bangkok, many miles away in the NE of Thailand. I am hoping to start building a new stand alone shop / farm storage building later this year or early next.
We have been building up the level of our house plot with new soil for the past couple of years, here is the space set aside for the shop.
Our village is in a pretty remote location. Construction will be done using methods that the local builders are familiar with and using easily obtainable materials. There will be concrete posts supporting a steel roof frame, metal roof, block walls and a concrete floor. A large door and plenty of windows will provide light and easy access. Cooling will be done with wall mounted and floor standing fans. Yes it will be hot but this is Thailand, it’s hot here. The monthly a/c bill would be higher than the rest of the village combined!
Once the building is complete the real fun can begin. I will of course need a big assembly table, chop saw station, table saw workstation, lumber storage, general storage, new workbench and so on. Maybe even build some furniture at some point..