|Project by JohnnyStrawberry||posted 04-17-2014 08:03 AM||2011 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
...and a whole new workshop!
Well, not entirely new but moving from a 19’x16’ shop to a 16’x9’ small single car garage has had some impact on the layout… :-D
Hmm where to start… I’d been fed up with the management of the old place. The la(te)st issue came (Long story short I had to pay more than twice as much for the shop heating than we pay for our home heating… on top of that I was freezing till November in the shop… :-@ I’m getting hot in here while I’m typing this…) and I immediately gave up that place without having known where to go that time (winter).
I always felt that the former shop was a little oversize for my needs. (Not sure how many of us have ever felt that way. LOL) So I looked more into buying a nearby single car garage. Surprisingly, selection was pretty small. Moving day was coming and I could only find one garage half mile away from home and without electricity… wow, that’s not so shiny… but that was all. Bought. Well, looking back, it was better this way because I could have the garage wired with 3 phases. (My jointer/planer needs 3P.)
BTW, I covered’em up. It can only be opened from inside of the shop. The box hangs on hooks and a threaded rod holds it firmly. I just love this solution. It works fantastic! :-)
You can click on the photos to enlarge them. (Scroll click recommended.)
So, back inside.
I was the only one who wasn’t concerned about the size of the new place… I know what I need. This small single car garage is just perfect for me.(!) Just look at this layout.
You can see how essential the fold-up table is for my small single car garage… It hosts the drill press and mimics the jointer/planer (underneath) in its particular behavior of holding ALL of my tools in use at a time… But having a much larger surface area to litter on… When I want to use the jointer I have to put away the accumulated piles of tools – it’s always been like this, so no change here. :-D
Having enough space in a small garage is one thing. Security is something completely different… Well, I must say that the latter needed much more elaborate thinking. Gotta be little smarter than thieves… Being that said I’ll share only some of the security elements…
I built a second inside door out of 1/8” (and some 1/4”) thickness steel parts throughout. I know it’s overkill but I enjoyed the build so much. :-) Insulated also.
And I built an insulated ceiling also out of steel.
Having poured some concrete in the biggest canyons in the concrete floor meant an uncomfortable amount of water to get rid of… Besides, insulation does prevent proper ventilation so RH climbed pretty high (80%). So I had to install a serious dehumidifier. Works great! It’s a must have IMHO.
And I did have enough steel to make a wall mounted lumber rack in the far upper corner of the shop.
Although it’s steel too but the metal frame of the shelves came with the garage. I put some 1/2” ply shelves in it. And I reclaimed some assorted sheet stuff for the lower shelves. HUGE storage area. How sweet… :-)) No need for additional wall mounted storage at all. Yet. LOL
Noticed the lighting? ;-) My favorite experiment in the new shop. :-) Having absolutely no sunlight in the shop, I decided to go for the most naturalistic (spectrum) artificial option; light bulbs. Halogen ones to save some energy. (3×100W+140W…) They’ve been great at heating the shop as well… Not sure how much I’ll like that in high summer… LOL
So what are these lighting crixtures? The main concept is having focusable, movable, separately operable light sources. These are what I know I need. It has a downside though… It’ll make sanding a more tedious process; I think you know what I mean. LOL
Focus is set by machine screws in the middle beam and/or tightening/loosening the wires on the ends that bends the aluminium sheet. I can hook them anywhere on the ceiling.
Having three phases and three fixtures allowed that each fixture has its own phase which means a much safer operation than relying on one phase only.
So, back to the fold-up table… No, the legs are not sticking out like on the photos; I was just being lazy when I took the photo… The legs have hinges in the back and they have a 1/2” beech ply (scraps) reinforcement and the table top is screwed to the beam on the wall when the table is used.
And another thing about the fold-up table. It’s co-level with the workstation. That means I can easily handle even full sheet goods as well. Or using the crosscut sled even on up to 6.5’ long boards(!).
Thank you for reading along,
-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!