Workshop Exterior

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This picture should have been included with the photos I took of my shop’s interior as a kind of introduction, but there were picture count limitations. So, here it is, probably where it should be, anyway. The interior shots are located in the shop pictures section of my page.

The original shop is to the left and that was built for me 25 years ago. However, the section to the right was built by me maybe five years ago, and there is a third section added on at the rear of the original section, as well. The walls of the old section are original, but the interior trusses, which were on 24-inch centers, have additional trusses added by me, making that truss arrangement now on 12-inch centers to better protect the roof from falling tree branches in windstorms. The new section to the right, plus the new section out back, have trusses on 16-inch centers, with the wall studs also at 16-inch intervals.

The original section had a 3/4-inch plywood floor on 2×4 floor joists on 24-inch centers, and with those seated on two 4×4 beams set on concrete blocks. The corners of the original section were secured by house-trailer tie-down straps. To buttress the old section before building the additions I added a third 4×4 beam underneath. The new sections use either 2×4 floor joists on 12-inch centers or 2×6 joists on 16-inch centers, with concrete potted posts sunk into the ground for stability. Later on, the original floor got a layer of 1/2-inch plywood over its surface (bringing it up to 1.25 inches thick) and the other floors each got 3/8-inch plywood layered over 1/2 inch plywood. Both nails and carpenter’s glue (spread on liberally) were used to glue the plywood layers together. The result is a floor that can easily hold the weight of the multitude of tools inside of the shop. (See my interior shop photos for a view of those tools.) If you look closely you can see the two power lines (10 gauge and 12 gauge wires) leading into the shop to the right of the door.

Overall, this is a good shop. Initially, I built a small deck built in front of it, but the deck has been expanded twice (you can see the different wood shades in the photo) to accommodate more adventurous woodworking projects. Eventually, the roof will be needing new shingles (they have held up well due to the tree shade), and when I do that I will first lay down a second layer of sheathing over the existing sheathing. Those tools inside need plenty of protection.

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 10-12-2008 11:47 PM

You look rightly proud of your new shop and correct to do so.May I wish you many years of happiness there and many years of fine woodworking God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 01:44 AM

Nice workshop. Hope you enjoy woodworking in your new shop.
Don’t you have termite problem in the area?

Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 01:55 AM

I get the shop treated underneath with a borax-doped solution, and have scattered Borax powder under the area on my own. So far, so good. At least the raw walls inside let me watch the situation closely. And of course the timbering underneath is all pressure treated.

Howard Ferstler

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 02:26 AM

Thanks for the “termite control and treatment” info you’ve done.
It gives me idea how I shall do mine.

Best luck.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 03:13 AM

Oh to have a shop that big

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 08:34 AM

too right Rustic

my work area is in our garage and we have so much in it already that i hardly have any space to move. But that should change soon, were building a shed out the back :D

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#7 posted 10-14-2008 01:54 AM

Thats a nice workshop.

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#8 posted 10-15-2008 05:47 AM

great job and I gotta love the sign over your door : ) Enjoy your workspace !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 10-15-2008 02:15 PM

Nice workshop building. A nice quit place to work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 08:23 AM

Nice shop…..eeehhh, conviently located next to home depot!!!! :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 05:23 PM

Nice shop

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 09:38 PM

Inciidentally, I misstated some info about the power lines. While the smaller one is 12 gauge (for lights and lighter gear), the thicker one (for the bigger tools) is actually eight gauge instead of ten gauge. It is a long run from the main box at the house to the shop, and I wanted to keep the wire resistance for those bigger tools as low as possible.

I recently put vinyl sheet floor covering over the main section plywood flooring, because the wood surface was beginning to splinter a bit. Plywood can do that, and the two other rooms are not having that problem Looks like a kitchen in that main section now.

I still have not gotten around to putting a second (and insulated) layer of siding on the place. The building sits in deep shade, and so it is not plagued by summer heat all that much. I did put R6 foam insulation panels between the roof trusses inside, however, and that helps to retain warmth in the winter.

Howard Ferstler

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