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Workshop by mrdull posted 03-01-2009 04:33 AM 838 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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.


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#1 posted 03-01-2009 05:10 AM

You have a nice shop space. I like the headroom that you have in there. It really helps when stacking long boards vertically, which makes them easier to get to. And the sawdust makes the shop look like it is being used.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour of your shop.

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

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 03:00 AM

Thanks for the compliment, the shop is 24’ deep front to back and the ceiling is 10’6” for the first 8’ or so and then it vaults up to about 14’ within the next 8’ and then back down to 10’6” at the back wall. The truss was intended for a home with a vaulted room across the back. It does make it possible to handle long stock and store it standing on end. I built a angled sheet goods rack against the front wall and have a hoist rail running the length of the shop. making it easy to pick up the sheet goods and lay them on the table saw torsion tables. Now that I am getting older handling full sheets of MDF can be rough. The hoist also comes in handy loading a finished cabinet into my pickup.

-- “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.

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