Workshop Tour #3: The attic and office

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 11-25-2009 05:24 AM 13455 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is just to show some of the things that you can do when you design your own shop.

I knew that I wanted storage in the attic so I had the roof trusses designed with an opening in the middle. I basically told them the span (24 feet), and the pitch (the same as the house) and they designed the biggest possible opening in the middle or the truss. It came out to 9 feet wide by 5’10” high. With a shop length of 40 feet that gave me 360 sq/ft for storage.

I also wanted a small office as a “clean room” for my small projects. It didn’t turn out that way. Dust just seems to appear from nowhere. Oh, well. It has it’s own AC in the window so in the summer I don’t have to cool the entire shop just to work in there.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 05:50 AM

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 06:10 AM

Dust is like water, it always wins…..

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 10:49 AM

Your attic is cleaner then your office :D

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 01:16 PM

I tried to get trusses like that for mine when they built my shop, but my nephew was building another pole barn at the same time, and he was friends with the guy and gave him my trusses. So much for blood being thicker than water. No wonder tigers eat their young heh? Neat videos. You’ve got a great looking shop. No wonder you make such great projects. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 02:09 PM

thanks gary ,

i’ll check back in 10 years or so ,
and see how the ’ organize and cleaning ‘
is coming along ! (LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 11-25-2009 02:41 PM

Great idea for storage, you can never have enough

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 11-25-2009 02:50 PM

What is it with Acid Brushes – It seems like everyone has them but me!


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#8 posted 11-25-2009 02:52 PM

Nice use of your upstairs storage.

I have used that space as well and it really helps.

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 02:53 PM

I watched all three videos Gary.
You have a very well thought out working space and the execution is great as well.
I envy you the “office space” away from the rest of the shop.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 03:01 PM

Thanks for the tour Gary. Very nice extra space. How I envy the ability to walk in a shop ;)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 10:20 PM

Need to get organised as well.. looks like a great place to work … no wonder the quality of your work is so good..not that I mean you don’t have great talent as well! but great talent and a great workshop… just got to produce great projects.

-- Be safe.

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#12 posted 11-29-2009 09:15 AM

patron – I can’t even imagine what it will look like 10 years from now.

ehegwer – Acid brushes are great for spreading glue. Throw them in a cup half filled with water and the last a long time.

David Craig – 4 years ago I had a lot of that stuff in a 2 car garage that I had to share with a washer, dryer and water heater, and had to walk sideways through most of it.

This is the way it was 13 years ago. I had to open the garage door to use the saw.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 02-28-2010 02:55 AM

Thanks for the tour, Gray.

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