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Workshop by mtalley posted 08-04-2014 08:38 PM 1264 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Seattle, WA,
United States

This was my combo woodshop, metal shop, paint booth, bike repair station, storage hut, and garden tool shed. It was a condemned (really) garden shack that was leaning 8” out of square when we bought our 1928 Craftsman. I moved it back somewhat into square with the help of my truck bumper. I then glued and stapled sheeting to one end, reinforced the 2X4 rafters and built load-bearing storage shelves on one wall that help maintain the structure.

I fit a joiner, two table saws, a miter saw, 2 lathes, horizontal and vertical drill press, a shaper, grinder, hand tools, two compressors, workbench, an anvil, welder, torch, a sharpening center, lumber, 6 bikes and Christmas ornaments into. I had to run an extension cord from the house for power…. It was dark and dusty, but dry and served us well in rebuilding the interior of our home.

In the span of 8 years, I built a kitchen, built 14-16 pieces of furniture for the house and garden, made Christmas gifts, built bikes, refinished two hutches, turned bowls & table legs, refinished a bed, made built-ins for the house, and any number of other things.

After a two year stint abroad for work, the whole time fighting with my city’s permit office from 5,264 miles away, I returned home and was able to build a new 23’X30’ shop. I have room for a big lathe, cabinet saws, wood storage, my joiners workbench, room to assemble projects/furniture, a real dust collection system, and all my planes/saws/chisels/hand tools on one side. On the other side of the shop is a mini-machine/fabrication shop with a 10K capacity two post lift, metal lathe, end mill, welders, and a forge/blacksmith shop under the shed roof on the south side.

The Build Series Videos are here:
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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 02:45 AM

Sounds like the size of your shop is not an obstacle for you! Well done.

-- "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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#2 posted 08-17-2014 10:10 AM

Thing just take SO Much longer when you don’t have the space to stage a project. There is no working on multiple projects at once – just no room. In the process of designing a new shop for the house in Seattle, which will be just big enough for storage and projects.

The shop in Toulouse is a hand tool only shop (except for the lathe) and the space is fine for that.

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