Level floor for garage workshop #8: Completed workshop/studio floor in use

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Blog entry by jciccare posted 11-20-2015 07:07 PM 1613 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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At this writing (November 20, 2015) our new shop floor has been in use for several months—she making pots and art, me making more sawdust :). Here’s the result—pretty ordinary-looking, but we both remember the planning and effort whenever we enjoy the warm, solid, level surface under our feet and roll stuff around to make room for projects.


The “railing” in front of the pottery wheel isn’t a hand-hold. It supports a canvas tarp that surrounds the “pot throwing area” and covers its floor area for easy cleanup of spattered water and spun-off clay—especially after a pot-trimming (i.e. clay-scrap-centrifugal-slinging) session. Its Mark-II design (shown) is quite solid yet can be removed easily, leaving no tripping points at floor level. The 2×2 posts have hanger bolts at the bottom that screw into 1/4”-20 threaded inserts in the floor and wall column, and also on the top to mate with 1.5×1.5 L-brackets fastened to the ends of the 2×2 rails, using wing nuts (future: fancier threaded wooden balls).

MY DIY / HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOP (I’m not claiming to be “woodworking” just yet)

The aisle is still narrow because non-shop stuff is still being stored on the floor in this area, just out of view, pending completion of wall shelves, which are awaiting plywood to be added over the 110-year old outer wall studs. But it’s usable—I’m actually building things other than a floor.

At the raised floor’s edge along the middle 1/3 of the garage, I framed in an L-shaped wall against which I store tall and half-height sheet goods. The low part of the “L”, currently still without paneling, is visible next to the throwing area in one of the ceramic studio photos. Access to the stored wood is currently awkward—I’ll be adding a flip-down-from-above tilt-stop to the full-height section so I can insert and remove individual sheets by tilting the outermost away from the rest. The adjacent scrap-storage cart is a work in progress, along with a tall wood cabinet that it will roll into.

So it’s finally a workshop. The air filter (JDS Air-Tech 2000) is hung, and all but two of the big objects (interim router table and 8’ interim workbench) are on casters. A Jet 14” bandsaw replaced the Delta BS-100 that served me well cutting the gussets for the floor framing. Next steps include installing dust curtains to cordon off my shop from hers, re-hanging and independent-switching the many flourescent tube fixtures, building Thien separators for the shop vac and the Delta DC, and retrofitting a dust box and port under my Ryobi jobsite TS (or springing for that Ridgid R4512 I’ve been reading good things about on LJ…).

For future blog threads…

John Ciccarelli | Bernal Heights | San Francisco

-- Accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. (Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu)

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#1 posted 11-21-2015 05:25 AM

Great work and congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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