My Shop… the tour!

25 Feb

The jumbled beginnings…

Once I was allowed to take over my future shop space I was SUPER eager to clean it out and fill it up. The timing was unfortunately a bit backwards. I got the space, had enough time to clean out some major shelving units and lots of stuff, and then  immediately afterwards I had the delivery of my table saw. I’d planned to paint the floor before hand- but I was forced to paint it afterwards, in sections. This required moving all the shop contents to one side and then the other, and on my part a lot of sweat and patience. Even more so because I had to coax  away 10 years of  dirt from the concrete with a steel wire broom, some degreaser and THEN treat the floor with concrete conditioner before painting. I had to wait a full day after conditioning and eight hours between coats of floor paint ( I only added  a second coat of paint to high traffic areas). It all happened in the full swing of summer.  Thankfully I had a few old fans to use. Next summer I might consider finding a cheap air conditioner!!

After much cleaning out and some organizing

These shots are after the delivery of my table saw but before painting the floor

You might be able to make out the outline of two massive shelves that were a struggle to remove by myself and stripped screw heads were also a delightful twist

All the stuff needed to be piled out of the way for painting the floor...

I got a lot of exercise this summer!

I wore a gas mask for painting, the fumes were pretty thick in the hot summer air AND it was a tight space.

I couldn't wait to paint over all the rust patches

I was glad that at this stage I hadn't really "installed" anything permanently so everything was easier to move (ie. my bench was still collapsible)

Finally, the floors were sealed!

And then smooth sailing… except….

I had this very optimistic timeline projected onto me by my friends and family members. Surely I’d be set to start woodworking in no time. I had a job to go to and was only fitting in what I could on weekends. I had to arrange the layout satisfactorily and hang up new brackets for wood storage, fix up some kind of bench, and attend to a load of other details that don’t become apparent until you’re facing the need in question. For instance I found it absolutely necessary to track down a sound system. I did so for $20. Then there were other needs piling up, where to sit, how to put up the peg board, where to put this or that, how to make it easier to pull the bandsaw out for use. It went on and on, it felt overwhelming.

Other things weighed heavily on my mind as well. I needed to re-roof  one half of the structure before the first snowfall. I bought shingles, and felt paper and luckily had nails and other supplies.  With the help of my sister who had previous experience with roofing, it was done in one day.

I’ve only found ONE of the “before” shots of the roof and no “after” shots. Oh well. One side of the roof  had shingles that were almost comically corroded. That same side of the roof  now looks immaculate and has proven leak proof thus far.  The building now has a thick layer of snow on top as does the yard.

The before picture! Look at those nasty shingles!

I still have an issue with carpenter ants nibbling away at the framing in the walls. I discovered it around the same time as re-roofing and I tried some house hold product solutions to no avail. I’ll have to call in a professional it seems. Procuring and maintaining a shop space is not always a walk in the park like we’d like it to be!

But after much toil… the moment you’ve been waiting for!

Here are the photos of my shop just a week or two ago.

There's a dust collector in the background. I haven't found a window treatment for the door window yet...

My jointer was made in 1986! There's my planer that I built a base for, but I still lift it up onto the bench.

 

There's my makeshift bench, bench vise, and dehumidifier.

 

And here's my precious.

 

The drill press nook. I have to pull the router table out for use generally.

 

One of my newest additions.

 

The bandsaw that is on loan to me, and the fence that I made-- more on that later.

 

I actually fit quite easily by everything. 8'x16' is tight but so far it's working out.

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour! Next I’ll be talking about the shop furniture and fixtures that I recently made. More specifically: a cross cut sled, an infeed table for my table saw, a rolling base for my planer and a fence for my bandsaw.

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3 Responses to “My Shop… the tour!”

  1. dprvashon March 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tour. What are the shop dimensions? I am in the initial throws of converting an old shed….a really old shed and love looking at other’s ideas. Question, did you put in a shop vacuum system or ??? Here is the link to my shop project….. http://shedtoshop.wordpress.com/
    Thanks again
    Dave

    • Warped Boards March 31, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Dave, My shop dimensions are 8′ x 16′. I have a dust collector outfitted with a rockler expandable dust hose with quick connect fittings, and I use the shop vac for a couple of machines too. Looks like you have quite the project on your hands!

  2. John April 3, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I also have an 8′ by 16′ workshop in my garage and it’s heartening to see how much you and OllyPJ fit into and achieve in your similar spaces.

    I must say I envy you your natural light – my garage is windowless with only an up and over door, which fronts onto the road.

    I suppose I could fit regular hinged doors with obscured safety glass or something, but for now I’m just trying to make the most of the space and time available and keep my chronic tool acquisition in check! 🙂

    I’m now up to date with your blog and look forward to following your progress.

    John

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