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Workshop by Kent posted 06-26-2013 06:50 PM 1758 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Okay, so it’s not a workshop, but it is where I used to do 75% of my puttering. The other 25% was split between the furnace room in the basement, 25 metres away, and wherever I happen to be at the time which is usually in the carport or the back yard.

Just to the right is an 8’ x 12’ shed that I built, but it’s not an ideal work space either. In there I have have a Delta Construction saw that can be wheeled out when necessary, and a variety of standard, consumer-grade tools.

Downstairs I have more hand tools, a scroll saw, a benchtop saw and a floor-standing drill press. It is where I do all my work now. In storage I have a 12” planer, a router, some shop vacs and a shop air filter, and

I had planned to build my new workshop in the summer of 2014. That has been delayed considerably while I recover from being run down by a SUV in May 2014.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.


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#1 posted 08-27-2020 05:11 PM

So, it’s about time for an update. It’s now 7 years later and so much has changed.

For starters, I was run down by an SUV in 2014 and now I have a Traumatic Brain Injury which severely limits what I can do. Since operating most power tools is no longer recommended, I’ve switched over to hand tools. As such, most of my work has been in a 10-foot by 12-foot space in my basement. The commute is easy but SWMBO isn’t all that impressed by the dirt and dust just meters from her computer desk. The Chief Inspector isn’t the least bit bothered, though.

I recently got the proposed workshop to percolate high enough on the priority list that I could look for a contractor to build it this year. Yeah, right. Trying to get a contractor to slow down enough to deal with my specific wishes and cognitive disabilities hasn’t been easy. Eventually I found someone that I think I can trust and who is willing to work with me to get this thing built. It’s just a simple shop, 20 feet wide and 24 feet deep.

The pictures above show what the contractor will be proposing to the city. The city has some pretty arcane zoning laws, so this is pretty much as large as I can go. It will have a raised ceiling to help make it feel larger and to make it easier to swing boards around without hitting anything.

After it’s built, it will be insulated and wired, and the interior will be sheathed with 1/2” plywood so that I can mounts things anywhere on any of the walls. I hate drywall, especially in a shop. I will also have a plywood subfloor placed over the concrete, all the better to protect any falling tools.

The intention is to have a “dirty” workbench to handle metalworking tasks between the 2 doors. I already have some industrial metal shelving for storage along the long, windowless wall, and some Ikea shelving for a computer workstation just inside the garage door. The rest of the space will be developed after I’ve had some time working in the space. I’ll also need to refine the inside of this cabinet.

I’ll also need to finish making a rolling stand for this chest.

Now I just need some patience while I wait, for the city, for the contractor and for everything to fall into place…

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#2 posted 09-29-2020 02:33 PM

The contract is signed and construction should start within a few weeks.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#3 posted 09-30-2020 12:01 AM

Where there any last minute price adjustments with the ever increasing cost of dimensional lumber and OSB/plywood?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 09-30-2020 02:25 AM


Where there any last minute price adjustments with the ever increasing cost of dimensional lumber and OSB/plywood?

- bigblockyeti


The plans were submitted to the city on 1 Sep, so my cost estimates are based on the submitted design and cost estimates were obtained since then. We’re still tweaking the plans to get the approval so I’m sure that will have some effect on cost. As for rising prices, I don’t think I will ever know the premium that I’m going to pay.

Since the contract was signed this morning and the deposit has been made, the contractor is purchasing materials now to be stored at the lumber yard until they are needed, just as a hedge against rising costs. I’ve also offered up some onsite storage space here if it will help reign in the costs.

My wife & I are coming to terms with the sticker-shock since this small shop will cost more than our first house did.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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