|Workshop by mrdull||posted 03-01-2009 04:33 AM||838 reads||1 time favorited||2 comments|
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My shop is a lesson in scrounging, I have a friend who has a friend who needed the canopy (the part you park under) removed from a drive in eatery, it was made from 12” interlocking aluminum panels. So my wife and I took it down piece by piece and hauled it home. We then built a frame and started putting up an outside wall, I went looking for roof trusses, found a mfg. locally who had some on his yard who were not accepted by the contractor, they had been on his yard for a couple of years, the bottom ones on the stack and the top one were ruined but the balance I bought, he delivered and my friend and I put them up. We (the wife and I) then put the same material on for a roof. I also salvaged enough conduit and trim from the parking canopy to take care of the trim, and the wiring. I even scrounged a Central Heat and Air system from a building remodel to put in the shop this last year. Wood heat is my back up and I dispose of my scrap hardwood.
Most of the tools, work tables and the like are on wheels, the shop has been a work in progress for nine years now. I used it for almost a year before I could pour the concrete floor and parking pad. I opted for a roll door instead of an overhead door because it helped me control air flow and access without having to open the door all the way. I’m very fortunate I have 24’ x 45’ but Shop size has zip to do with what a person produces, the piece I am most proud of was a desk I built in my 1920’s vintage garage 6’8” ceiling, no heat, no door, only hand tools, but I think it is great.
In keeping with an old woodworking tradition, the pics include the sawdust on everything. The snow is an example of our weather on the last day of February after a week of mid 60”s.
-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.