|Workshop by superstretch||posted 04-04-2011 05:38 AM||2179 reads||0 times favorited||12 comments|
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When I moved into my house a little over a year ago now, I had intended on using one of the lower areas in my barn, as the previous owner had, for a work shop—dedicated breaker box, 220 lines, all that good stuff. I quickly realized that there were some structural concerns and I had a perfectly good small structure immediately behind the house I could use. By “perfectly good” I mean “with lots of work”, as you can see by the first three pictures.
The building used to be a machine shop, where, apparently, men of yore fastened horseshoes, fixed their own shoes, had tea parties, and machined tractor bits, as evidenced by what we found when the massive, aged barn board floor was pulled back. Besides being a big home for wood chucks, the area underneath the floor contained quite a bit of blue and white china, old shoes, horse shoes, and random metal pieces. The shop is built in the same construction as the house, barn, and other outbuildings, so I imagine it was built sometime after the house was, in 1830. The last picture shows the construction style.
The fourth and fifth pictures show the shop in action during the period this was written:
Pardon the dust. I got a dust collector for Christmas and have yet to wheel it out there. Once I get the rest of the odds and ends out and the tools in and arranged (along with a few shop-vac-fulls of saw dust), it should be in tip-top shape.
I know its not a lot of space to work with, so my move out to the barn is probably somewhere off in the future, but this works great for now and is a nice re-purposing of the building. (FYI, the metal siding was half-completed when I bought the house, otherwise, I would have gone for a more traditional look)
Its not to early for Easter Eggs! This is what was left in the rafters of the shop:
-- Dan, Rochester, NY