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Pictures of workshop construction

I built my current workshop about two years ago. It is a 1000 sq foot (22' x 46')building with 9' ceilings. It is opened up along the side of the existing 2 car garage to create a 20' pass-thru. The building ended up being a little bit narrow in order to avoid a couple of trees I did not want to lose. My little patch of ground has alot of trees (As you can see from the leaves in the pics - It was fall). I Designed the building myself, and did the plans, and general contracting. I hired a concrete guy for the foundation and slab, and hired a framer friend and his crew to do the main framing and roof. They both did a super job!

The shop has a seperate 40A sub-panel for electric, and is fully and extensively wired for power - entirely in conduit. It also has compressed air distribution, and network and phone connections. Lighting was the first to go in, although I made a mistake and got homeowner grade flourescent fixtures 16 of them. Many of them have failed already.

The interior is gradually coming together, but as in most hobby type shops, this is a long, but very enjoyable, process. I am putting up wallboard and insulation throughout although It is not currently heated. Hopefully a heating budget will happen someday. It has a walled off storeroom in the very back which is 22x8 feet, and fully lined with shelves. The rest is in 3 main sections, with my electronics bench and mechanical bench on opposite sides at one end. Between these is a freeestanding center worktable area at sitting height. My version of the dining room table. This gets used alot! At the other, front, end is the woodworking and crafty type stuff. In the center of that is a workbench height 4 x 8 assembly table, also heavily used for all kinds of stuff, and recommended! Both of these tables have underfloor conduits for power, air, and misc wires. There is also a center floor spot for my future Delta Unisaw, where my radial arm saw is currently.

A cautionary tale. When I finally had "all this empty space", and started building furnishings, I "supersized" everything. My Electronics bench and main mechanical bench are each 20' long! While I don't regret that decision, I find I am already running out of "wall space" for the stationary tools, and smaller benches.

In the section called Setting up a shop, I hope to soon post some floor plans, briefly cover the shop setup, and also show details of my electronics bench, which is in its' 3rd evolution. Below are some pics of the construction process. I am still digging up pics of the finished shop, and will post them on this page soon. There are a lot of pics to load on this page. Click on a thumbnail for a full sized version!




Footer finally done. 33 cu yards of concrete. You can see some of the grade and joining issues Still a big mess in the yard! It took 3 trucks to fill this footer ditch! The final footer, ready for the blocks
Now we need some concrete blocks The block layers were only here two days. Joining old with new was tricky. The Inspector was happy! The block in the center is to support a new beam so I could open up the wall Looks like progress. Time to clean up the mess
Blocks laid, ready for a slab. Almost ;-) Another view showing the grade changes. Max looking through the temporary fence at all the commotion The fill is in place, and gravel layed in for the slab. Note the backfill. Another view, and now I need to do some quick work....
Now I get to put in underfloor pipes to various workstations A 4" PVC for dust collection, and 1 1/2" for power are run from the walls Finished fill, ready for concrete, finally! Pipes to the worktable spot. By the time I got them right, they were barely below the slab These pipes go to the assembly table and table saw location (out of picture to right).
A big expanse of concrete. Need some wood next PVC Conduits go from nearest wall to center of floor. They can be plugged even with floor PVC Conduits for Assembly bench and table saw. From the rear. Conduits in foreground are for electronics worktable. Front corner where it joins exisiting garage.
These 3 paralam beams go together to bridge the opening between old & New These are the roof trusses 24', with a custom pitch to match house Now the fun part. First wall is framed long side, first wall is up. Got the back wall up. Framing goes quick...
walls mostly framed. Tarp is to protect old garage. It rains in Ohio View from the front. Opening is for a garage door View of the rear area. Next pic was when I got back home - 9hrs! They set the trusses while I was at my day job, so no pics. This shows the joint with the other roof. Was a little tricky, but looks good in the end.
A view of the roof trusses from the front. Roof decking went slower... Another shot of the roof trusses in the front Inside during sheathing. Starting to look like a building Another inside view. Getting a feel of the space A shot of the rear corner. A man door is to the backyard.
A shot of the long side with sheathing, It will be sided also Front corner Shot from the door opening. The black wall area will be removed to join new with the old garage A view of the front with sheathing and roof decking on. This shows the joint with the old garage. The setback was needed to match the house.
That is all the pics I have dug up so far. I will add some more showing the building after it was done, and the start of inside construction, walls, insulation and plasterboard. See the Setting up a shop section SOON (not now!) for a tour of the completed, but evolving, interior as it is now.


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