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Forum topic by gop1ayoutside posted 07-18-2014 05:07 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2014 05:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workshop shop set-up

Hello to everyone, I am starting this forum thread to document the fitting-out of my woodworking / home handyman workshop space so that maybe others setting up shop in the future can benefit from seeing the challenges I run into and how I address them, and maybe I can get some hints or tips from people who have done it in the past. I feel very lucky to have dedicated work-space even though it’s not huge. This first post will establish the current status of the space and as I make progress and reach decision points on the next steps I will make additional posts to the thread to document and hopefully receive some input from the community.

The Space is 15 ft x 15 ft with a 2 ft x 4 ft area unavailable at 1 corner because that’s where the door is framed in. My house has a large detached garage 15 ft wide and long enough to park 2 cars end to end. Previously the entire garage was my playground, it was totally disorganized and not insulated or air conditioned (a major bummer for about 1/2 the year hear on the TX gulf coast). Regardless, I accumulated some tools and began to get a lot of satisfaction out of making small projects. I got married last year and a grand compromise was forged: we added an overhead door on the back end of the garage and she now parks in the from the alley behind our house. In return, I was allowed to wall off the shop space at the front end of the garage and begin to set it up the way I want. Progress has been slow (fishing seasons and the arrival of our first son have caused delays…) but momentum is building now and I am starting to get excited! There is a normal single door in from the parking side which is the main way in and out of the shop, and also the W wall has big swing-open barn-type doors which can be opened to get large objects in and out if needed.

What I have done so far:

- Wall separating workspace from lovely wife’s parking space framed by contractors who were doing some other work for us

- I had the electrical upgraded adding some outlets and setting it up to where each of the 4 walls is on its own circuit. The ceiling outlets are on a switch, also on their own circuit (these control the lights and also a retractable extension cord reel in the center of the room). There is a 6th circuit just for the window A/C, and also a 220v circuit with a single outlet (the 220 was actually there when I bought the house and I decided to keep it in case I ever get a tool that needs it).

- I framed an opening on the north wall of the workshop where nobody can see it from the yard and installed a 10,000 BTU window A/C unit (darling wife requested I not use the existing windows on the yard side because she thinks the A/C hanging out of them is unsightly)

- I insulated all the walls using R13 rolled fiberglass insulation and the ceiling using r19 rolled fiberglass

- I have begun hanging sheetrock and at present have 1 of the 4 walls done. No progress on the ceiling yet and i haven’t done any mudding yet. I am using the ultralight drywall because it’s a little cheaper (anything on the parking / garage side is done with the heavy fire-rated drywall though as per code).

I am hoping to finish hanging drywall by early august and get the mud work and a few coats of primer on by end of August so I can start the fun stuff, cabinets and workbenches etc. This will go a long way to organizing the clutter in there. Currently there are some old build-in workbenches on the parking side of the partition wall that I plan to take down and re-use the wood from, but I can’t do that until I have something build in the new space. Of course the new space is full of clutter that needs to go to some organized storage system once the old benches are removed from the parking side… you get the idea. I attached a few pics I took of the space after finishing the insulation.

I have attached some photos of the current state of the workshop —what to do y’all think?

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 05:20 PM

Hell yeah. I somehow repaired an expensive cord reel a customer was throwing away and it is pure awesome having it. Now if I could just find and air reel for free.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 07:58 PM

Yessir, I do really like the cord reel. Whoever invented those things deserves a pat on the back and a cold beer.

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