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This is my 7.5m (24 Feet) x 4.5m (14 Feet) workshop, I started building it last Summer (2010) and have only just got it finished (2011), It’s a bit of a clutter at the moment so my next project is to build some workbenches and some wall cabinets. So fingers crossed by Easter I’ll have it good enough to work in.

I live in town so it is difficult to get planning permission to build much bigger but it should be big enough for my needs if I make efficient use of the space. It’s only 2.2M to the rafters and 2.5M to the ridge. This was my limit due to my small garden and proximity to neighbours.

I lined it with 75mm of polystyrene insulation board then clad the walls with 19mm Luan ply so I hope that will prevent the neighbours from being disturbed by my machines.

I’ll post some more pics when I get the interior sorted out

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 12:36 AM

That’s a real nice shop, kingfish. Welcome to Lumberjocks; you’ll like it here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 02:41 AM

This is certainly a nice looking shop that you have built. I have said many times that I think a stand alone shop is the way to go. And it looks like you have plenty of room in there currently along with a nice collection of tools. I am looking forward to seeing more pictures of the shop when you get it finished.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 05:38 AM

Nice design and finish…good job.

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 06:10 AM

Hi David,
I finally got around to looking at your shop pictures…..Very very nice, indeed. I like the wood floors, and a great selection of tools, also. I’m with Scott on the stand-alone shops. Both of my shops have been stand-alone. Looks like you will have plenty of room to make a lot of sawdust….It looks like you have it well insulated and comfortable in there..It would be a pleasure to work in a shop like yours… Once you get things set up and arranged, shoot some more pictures…I really like taking the shop tours….And I almost forgot… have a very nice looking family…...Goodday mate, Rick.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 06:30 AM

Great looking shop.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 01:10 PM

Thanks fellahs for the feedback, I appreciate the comments. The stand alone was forced upon me really as the garage attached to the house is way too small. I would have liked something a little bigger, maybe one day.
The only downside to having the standalone shop is that my home insurance only covers up to £5000 for outbuildings contents, (tools) When the tools were in the garage, and part of the house they were fully covered. I guess I’ll just have to go on fire picket.

I got someway to go to catch you Rick, but like I said, maybe one day.

Once I get myself settled in I’ll post some more pics. I really enjoy taking shop tours too, there are so many good ideas in the LJ shops.

Thanks again all.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 03:04 AM

Hi David

Very impressive looking shop, inside and out. You should be proud of your beautiful shop. You have done an excellent job thus far. To you it looks like cutter. To me it looks like a neat and organized shop in the making. It looks like your back yard is fenced in. Put a pad lock on the gate and put a sign on it, Beware Of Dog! I have been told both these things deter crooks from coming in the back yard. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing your progress.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 12:37 PM

Hi Tom,

You see what a little bit of effort and some advice from a friend can create, I now have some pics posted on my workshop page, many thanks.

I’ll make sure to update as I progress.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 05:56 AM

Hi David: Great looking shop you have there. I’m putting plywood down for my floors also. How did you finish your floors? Thanks for sharing and for any info you can give me, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 10:38 AM

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the comments. Yep I got a layer of 3/4” OSB (the stuff with the vapour barriesr on one side) as the sub layer then a layer of 3/4” Luan ply. I figured that would be enough as I have fairly substantial tanilised (we have a damp climate) joist bearers down. I then just put on 5 layers of acrylic floor varnish with a latex paint roller. I got all five coats down in one day, it dries in about 20 minutes and re-coatable after half an hour. I just used a cheap roller on a pole. By the time I rinsed it out with water it was almost ready for the next coat. So far it has held up pretty good.

I have dragged a couple of machines over the floor a couple of times but it hasn’t affected the varnish at all.

best of all I just managed to cover the 24×14 foot floor with a gallon and a half of varnish. It took me about 10-12 minutes for each covering.

I hope you get your shop sorted out soon too Steve. Do you suffer from a damp climate up there in Oregeon.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 08:43 PM

Thanks for sharing! You’ve put a lot into getting what looks to be a VERY usable space. I’m sure you’ll get years of enjoyment out of your shop. I wish I could have a stand alone, but no space and the zoning won’t let me. I look forward to more photos in the future.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 10:01 PM

Hi Bob, I guess like most with a stand alone there is quite a lot of work, more than i expected and so time consuming too. i was hoping to have been working wood by now but thje realisation is that could still be sopme ways away.

I too have a very small back yard but luckily i kept it within permitted development as i had a neighbour complain (Ironically, a lady who I helped out by erecting a fence for…for FREE)

Once I have made some sinnificant improvements I will of course up date with pics.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 03-09-2011 12:44 AM

Hello David thats a nice shop.

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#14 posted 03-09-2011 12:27 PM

Thanks Beginning, it was starting to take shape nicely, I have hit a brick wall as far as the continued works go for various reasons, namely being held back by having to send a couple of machines back and the administration issues involved with all of this.

I have a plan lol which I think is important, just having the time at present is the problem. I’m sure this will sort itself out in the near future…......I hope, thanks for looking.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 04-04-2011 11:49 PM

Like the shop – very similar in size to mine (6.5 by 4.5m) or 14×21 but with more height since it also ties into the existing roofline of the house.

I was wondering – were you not permitted to go taller? Here we are mostly regulated by the footprint and distance from a property line or right of way access. but could you have gone say 2.5meters high (full 8 foot) rather than 7 foot walls?
Just curious really – I think the shop looks great regardless – and you will have plenty of room to build nearly any project you can imagine.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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