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My name is Daryn. I joined lumberjocks.com, a couple of years ago when I found myself getting back into woodworking after a long period with very limited amount of time for it due to a very time intensive career choice. I have been interested in woodworking since i was a young boy, and saved up enough money when I was 13 by doing odd jobs for a year, to buy my first Craftsman table saw. I actually just recently sold that saw.

I am finally at a point in my life where I was able to build my dream shop. It is a 36×40 outbuilding, that was included in a home we moved to in 2017. It was only a shell as the previous owner only used it for storage and mechanical work. It did have a 100 amp electrical service as well. Progress on the build out was slow with me doing almost all of it myself, and there has been no shortage of things that need work. Upgraded electrical service, removing garage doors, repairing numerous holes in the metal siding, insulation…

I love to see photos of others shops. Always get some great ideas from looking at the way other folks are working. It has been a huge help to me as I have mucked my way through my shop build out.

I enjoy being a part of lumberjocks and always appreciate all of the many of the great posts and wonderful information on this site.

Finally got some time to post some of the photos after much of the build out is complete. Still missing hand rail on the mezzanine, etc.

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that will be a great space when you get it finished up! Welcome to LJ.
 

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hello Daryn , that is going to be a real nice shop space …Welcome 2 LJ's :<))
 

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Those are some tall walls, and a big space to heat. Looks like a closed cell spray foam with a rigid insulation over that. Getting your self all closed up and ready for a cold winter.

Do you have plans for a mezzanine/second floor in that space?

Welcome to the Club! and thanks for posting your shop.
 

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wow thats a shop space and then some,dream big daryn you got the room and then some.welcome to lumber jocks you'll love it here.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the encouraging posts!

I really can't wait to get it done, for a lot of different reasons, but mainly because a fair amount of my tools are still crated up and in the garage completely clogging up that space…

I will post some more photos as things progress.

magaoitin:
You must be a mindreader! I am definitely building a mezanine for storage and a very small "office" area. I saw a YouTube video where a guy built a really cool pull-down stairway. Kind of like one for an attic, but made for more daily use. It was cool because it had gas struts that made it almost retract by itself. (At least it did not take much to lift back up to a stored away position.) I am going to be a little short on floor space, so this might be a good option. I wish I could find some plans for one!somewhere somi didn't have to guess at the right size/ weight rationg to get for the struts. Either way I go, I did not want waste all of that vertical space.

And, you are correct about the insulation. I am hoping it will allow me to afford to heat it this winter. So far, I have been very impressed with it. My infrared thermometer was reading about 135 to 140 degrees by 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon, after the sun had a chance to warm the metal roof up. With 1 inch of spray foam and 3 inches of sheet foam it is only about 2 or 3 dgrees above the ambient air temp. :)
 

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Welcome to Lumberjocks
 

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When I moved into my shop there was an attic ladder to access the mezzanine, and it broke completely off the structure the first time I tried to use it, and I ended up on my backside. You are correct, it needs to be something much more robust for daily use.

Before I build a permanent set of stairs I saw this youtube and almost copied it.

Not a bad idea, and for $99 HF electric hoist and a couple of pullies everything is out of the way, and you can build a very beefy set of stairs
 

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When I moved into my shop there was an attic ladder to access the mezzanine, and it broke completely off the structure the first time I tried to use it, and I ended up on my backside. You are correct, it needs to be something much more robust for daily use.

Before I build a permanent set of stairs I saw this youtube and almost copied it.

Not a bad idea, and for $99 HF electric hoist and a couple of pullies everything is out of the way, and you can build a very beefy set of stairs

- magaoitin
now thats a pull down ladder! heavy duty and no strain on the body and out of the way when not needed,the way to go in my opinion.
 

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With safe careful planning, a workshop of enormous potential can be created here….have fun and enjoy.
 

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Just want to say thanks to everyone that has posted comments and encouragement.
Well the progress has been slower than I had hoped, but that is par for the course with me these days. I do finally have some new progress photos, and thought it might be better to reserve the "workshop" photos for the final, or closer to final result, and just post the progress pics in the comments. Here are a couple of what it looked like when I got it.





 

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This is a couple of shots while I was still working on the foam insulation. One inch of closed cel spray foam with three inch thick polyiso over that. The silver stuff is a radiant barrier film.







 

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thanks for the update its looking great.man that's a big project to tackle,you need about 10 more guys to help out-lol.cant wait to see what this becomes.thanks for sharing.
 

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And fast forward to today where I am finally getting some of the OSB walls and rough sawn cedar trim up. Wish I could have found some OSB without the printing on it, or thought to sand it all (OSB) with a floor sander before I put it up. Oh well, you can see where I sanded, but the areas with clear poly hide it a little better than nothing.

I will say that the insulation is definitely helping. It was 10 degrees outside when I went into the house this evening, and the 7500 watt, 240 volt space heater was keeping it at 53 inside, and I am only running it on the 5000 watt setting until I get it wired permanently.

Hopefully I will be able to work in the shop, instead of on the shop, before 2019!





 

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Well, I figured that I have finally made enough progress that it might be time for an update on the shop build. It is still moving along slower than I had hoped, but I have learned that things just plain take longer than when I was young.
Anyway, got the mezzanine up and have started doing some of the permanent electrical work. Almost starting to look like a shop. :)







 

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Oh by the way, if anyone other than me is paying attention, I decided against the pull down stairs and just went with a conventional staircase.

 

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Oh by the way, if anyone other than me is paying attention, I decided against the pull down stairs and just went with a conventional staircase.

- WoodWarper
Good call, I find that the pull down stairs in my garage are too steep and flimsy to put anything meaningful up on the second floor. It's a struggle just to get my snow tires up,there!
 

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TungOil:

Yep, that is exactly what I was thinking it would be like…

Also, after I realized how often I would probably be using them, I thought that I might get tired of messing with them every time I went up or down…
 

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TungOil:

Yep, that is exactly what I was thinking it would be like…

Also, after I realized how often I would probably be using them, I thought that I might get tired of messing with them every time I went up or down…

- WoodWarper
And inevitably there is something under them when I need to pull them down as well!
 

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TungOil:

Yep, that is exactly what I was thinking it would be like…

Also, after I realized how often I would probably be using them, I thought that I might get tired of messing with them every time I went up or down…

- WoodWarper

And inevitably there is something under them when I need to pull them down as well!

- TungOil
Usually the heaviest thing in the shop that is not on wheels!!! :eek:
 
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