New Workshop Construction #1: New Workshop Construction - Part 1

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Blog entry by JKBogle posted 06-25-2011 12:17 AM 8398 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is part one of the construction of my new 16’ x 20’ workshop. This project has been in the planning stage since last fall. The theme of this build is to save money and build wisely. I have had many opportunities over the past 6 months to get some good deals on building materials and am now able to put them to use.

The shop will be a combination of wood and metal stud floor joists, structural metal stud wall framing, exterior grade gypsum sheathing, fiber cement siding and trim, custom made windows and salvage solid oak exterior doors.

Over the past week I have been working on foundation posts, rim joists and metal stud floor joints.

Below are the 4” x 6” pressure treating support posts sunk 2 to 3 feet in the ground with the holes filled with concrete. I graded a minimal amount of dirt around the tops of the posts. I know your not suppose to do that but it it looks pretty and I don’t care.

Next picture is of the exterior 8” rim joists. All wood floor joists, top plate and roof rafters are rough cut hemlock.

Last picture for today is the 8” center joist support beam, 8” metal stud tracks fastened to the hemlock rim joists and half of the 8” metal stud floor joists in place but not fastened. I had access to an excessive amount amount of 8” 20 gauge metal studs. Since they are too light to use as floor joists at 16” on center I decided to place 2 of them back to back every 12”. They are fastened to each other to create an I beam type of truss. At 12” on center they will be plenty sturdy for all present and future work.

This is my first time using metal studs so it will be a learning experience. Additionally, this is my first time building a dedicated, free standing work shop. I am aware that 16’ x 20’ is somewhat small for a shop but it is the extent of what I can build at this time. Ive been reading every post, workshop, book and magazine that involves shops close to my size. I believe with proper planning and space management I will be please with the size.

Im in full swing building this place so I will be updating regularly.

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 12:27 AM

Nice start!

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 12:27 AM

I cant wait for more and 16×20 seems fine to me my shop that I want is 24×24


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#3 posted 06-25-2011 12:49 AM

WOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!

Huge congratulations. You’re off to a great start !!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 12:55 AM

Looks great, can’t wait to see how you get on, you are building my dream…...a dedicated workshop!!

-- Michael, N.Ireland

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 02:25 AM

Good luck, Your gunna wish it was twice as big tho!

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 02:41 AM

Good start. 16’ x 20’ may be a little bit small, but you can always add on later, or add lean-to off the back for lumber storage, dust collection, compressor, etc… Starting on a dedicated space is the important part.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 12:19 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments guys. Lumber storage and compressed air are going to be under the shop in the back. The slope of the ground puts the back of the shop 4 feet in the air. Dust collection will be a small add on attached to the right rear of the shop where you see the existing tan shed. The piping for the dust collection, and some electrical wiring, will be under the shop

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#8 posted 06-25-2011 12:39 PM

Looks like it’s going to be a really nice shop building. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-20-2014 05:48 AM

Is stud track carrying the entire floor load?! I’m no engineer, but using metal stud track as a load bearing joist carrier scares me to death. I signed up to this forum specifically to comment on this. It really jumped out at me when I saw it. Any structural gurus here feel free to set me straight if I’m wrong about this. Genuinely concerned.


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#10 posted 10-16-2014 02:50 AM

I shouldn’t be dragging up my old posts but I wanted to address the last comment on metal studs. I am the structural guru. I could go into the equations as to why all is good, but I’m sure you will just take my word for it.

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