Building a workshop

by Lambdafarm on June 18, 2011

I feel like I have not been doing much woodworking but have, actually, been hard at work.  I am changing my library into a woodshop.  First I had to move enough bookcases out to make room for the lumber strewn about the house.  Next I built a system of bins to hold the scraps.  They are rather rustic, but they were built with wood I had on hand.

Now I am working on the shelves that will hold the lumber for my projects.  You can buy shelves for lumber, but they are expensive.  These will be build out of pallet slates for the supports and three purchased 1X12X8s for the shelves.  Cutting the panel slates into the appropriate lengths was time consuming with a panel saw, but that is done.  Now I am constructing the actual supports.  This involves screwing sets of slates together into L or T shapes for stability.  Then the boards go on these supports, and the whole thing is screwed to the wall.  I hope to have that completed in a week, then can put some order into the wood pile.

Then I can move out the rest of the books and build a workbench, cabinets, and the other needed storage for my shop.  Finally, I will have a place to work other than my dining room table.  Then I just have to get the tools to make the things I want, or make the tools, depending on what they are.

So, this is my summer project — build a workshop.  What are you working on?

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Melissa June 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I am building a potting shed w/part of it a sort of greenhouse. Then the other half is to store lawnmowers and outdoor tools. We really lack storage space here so finding all of those things a home will be good. I’m mostly finished framing the walls and now need to work on the roof. It’s really hot out now so my progress is slow.


Stephanie Suesan Smith June 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

Ugh, working outside this time of year is brutal. That is why I am working on the interior of the house now. In the fall, I will work on the exterior part of the house and the property.


John Jensen June 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Nice job on the build. I understand the problem of setting up a shop as I have done in my condo where the living room and dining room are so I could do some renovation. Most of my shop equipement is of the portable type and bought so I could move it from site to site or in my case boat to boat. Now I find have so much it really does need a place to live. Something I am looking forward to soon!


Stephanie Suesan Smith June 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I may be able to help you with the home for your equipment. Too bad about you, though.


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