Rise Of The Phoenix! A shop re-build

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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 02-17-2011 01:03 AM 3799 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my garage was flooded from a burst water pipe a little over a year ago, I began rebuilding my shop. I completely re-wired, insulated, drywalled and painted the shop. The 1st pic is where I locate my smaller mobile tools and mobile storage cabinets. I installed a 30 amp heater that works really great and is fairly cheap to operate. My refrigerator where I store and dispense my kegged home-brewed beer. Above the fridge is my television, dvd player and satellite radio receiver. The 2nd pic is the deep sink used for cleaning out beer kegs, glasses and racks from the pellet smoker, my steel tip horsehair dart board and part of the new cabinets I built with the wife’s assistance. The 3rd pic is the shallow cabinet with sliding doors that hold glue, hardware and several shop accessories and tools. The 4th pic is my shop built cabinets that provide tool storage and support my benchtop tools. The 5th pic is my drill-press cabinet that holds all my bits, machinist vise, pen mills and various jigs for various projects, and next to the drill press is my dust collector with separator. The final pic is my wood rack and bellow that is some temporary clamp storage and a mobile cabinet I built before the flood for my lathe and grinder and in front of that is my table saw. Not pictured because I can only post 6 pics is my shop built air cleaner and the 4 each 8’ long T8 fluorescent light fixtures that illuminate my man cave. For the electrical I installed an 80 amp sub panel from my main breaker box in each wall 4 extra 20 amp 110 volt outlets each set of outlets are on independent circuits. The light fixtures are also on separate circuits. All was completed to code and inspected.

This was a lot of fun and I learned a lot but none of it would have been possible without the support and help from my loving wife. Thanks for viewing!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 01:10 AM

Looks good form here!! Now, get to work ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 02:39 AM

There’s gotta be some sawdust somewhere!!!! or you’re not using it as God intended….hehehe

The fridge and keg…..nice touch! I’m sure you’ve got lots of male friends…..who want to help you in your workshop!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 03:01 AM

Looks good, but I don’t see any Coast Guard items on the walls. An insulated garage… that would be nice, and I also give you 100 points for the keg.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 04:16 AM

I am doing the same thing to my shop, so I’m happy to see a fellow home-brewer / woodworker here! Mine will take another 6 months, at least, as I’m just doing wiring & panelling the walls now. The first thing I noticed in your shop was the tap on your refrigerator! Nicely done, and thanks for the pics!

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 04:20 AM

Looks clean, well organized, roomy, and … chock full of GREAT tools.

What’s not to like ???

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 05:10 AM

very well organized. well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 05:24 AM

A super rebuild with cool tools and very well organized . Nice work.


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#8 posted 02-17-2011 06:40 AM

My favorite tool I see here has got to be the kegerator. Mmmmm, beer.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#9 posted 02-17-2011 06:55 AM

Nice Job can you give me some more info on the dust collection I have similar space issue and was wondering
how well yours works I think I can squeeze one that size in CHeeeeeerrrrs!!!!!

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 08:14 AM

Thanks all for your input. Rob the dust collector system works great, here is some more info on the separator: . The collector I bought at Rockler and it works very well.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#11 posted 02-17-2011 10:16 AM

Nice shop, tools, storage and fixtures. Great re-build. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 02-17-2011 04:47 PM

Nice rebuild, Coastie!I just built my tiny shop and folks thought I was nuts to get it inspected and above board, but when you are putting in a sub panel w/ 2 220V and 4 110V circuits, it only makes sense. I like some of the things you have done to make the shop home, and my wife would be excited to see me move my homebrew hobby into the same space.

Do you brew in there or merely store, serve, and clean-up? I am stuck in the basement with my shop, so I would have to go electric if I was to brew in the basement. I think I would much rather get a kegging kit and fridge and redivert funds back to making splinters.

Thanks for sharing!

-- -I'm new here, but feel just as capable of making firewood as the next guy.

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#13 posted 02-17-2011 05:54 PM

Hope mine looks this good when I get finished with mine!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#14 posted 02-17-2011 06:46 PM

MikeMc I do brew in the garage but only after sweeping up and during the mashing and racking process I run the air filter and I’ve never had any problems with contamination. The fermenter is placed into an inside closet until I’m ready to keg but everything else is done in the garage.

As far as getting the permits and doing things to code is the smart thing to do. If someone does anything to their house and a fire is started or the house sustains structural damage due to something the owner did to their home and it wasn’t done with permits then their Insurance does not have to pay the claim also if you try to sell your house and you did something without permits you may possibly be fined and forced to remove or bring to code those changes and prevent the sale to be completed.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#15 posted 02-19-2011 05:10 AM

Agree with you 100% on the permitting – don’t want something like that to come back and bite me.

As for the brewing – I’m wishing there was a way to get a garage-style shop up, but the garage I have is too full of kiddo equipment. And the winter/summer extremes make it inhospitable a good part of the year. But a guy can dream ;)

-- -I'm new here, but feel just as capable of making firewood as the next guy.

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