Workshop Build #2: Some planning

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Blog entry by Mark Gipson posted 10-23-2013 11:12 AM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The rains have stopped, the fill we put on the land a couple of years ago has compacted nicely so we are approaching build time.
We are planning a combined workshop with separate finishing room, a small bathroom and a separate storage area. Construction will be with the standard Thai materials and methods. Anything else would require shipping in builders from Bangkok, engineers and architects. The standard method is concrete poles 4m apart, block walls and a concrete floor. We will be using a metal roof covering to keep costs down, tiles are much more expensive and require far more steel in the roof structure.

I roughed up a plan for the project manager, my mother in law. She is a smart woman who has built a few houses herself so it will be in good hands.

The main shop area works out at just under 700 sq feet. I’m currently working in 115 sq feet so I will probably feel lost in the new shop!

Here is what I have so far.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 11:57 AM

Mark, that looks like a nice workshop in the making. It looks like the finishing room will be the one on the left, but there is no door going to it from the main shop . Is that on purpose to keep the dust down?
Will you need a wider door to enter it for big projects? I would think a 4 foot wide door would be nice for that or two regular doors put together so that one locks into the other one. You can pin the one solid with sliding bolts into the ceiling and the floor. We did that with our shop in Arizona and we have needed that width several times. Great design!............Jim

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Mark Gipson

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 12:14 PM

Jim, the finishing room will be the room right at the back with the small bathroom area. Good thinking about the door though, I hadn’t thought of that. I may actually do away with the wall completely and build a drop down plastic curtain, cheaper and no access problems. Good catch, thanks Jim!
The room on the left will be general and farm storage, I don’t think I need access from the main shop and don’t want to lose too much wall space for cabinets.

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 12:50 PM

An updated version taking in account Jim’s feedback. Removed the tiny door leading to the finishing room and just removed the whole wall. The finishing room will be sealed with a drop down plastic curtain to keep the dust out.

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 02:40 PM

That looks like a great shop. I wish I had the room to build a separate workshop. Looking forward to seeing how it is built.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 11:14 PM

Looks to be a good lookin shop.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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