shop before we moved in. The area to the left is an
The shop after the 2003 modifications that replaced the garage
area between the
shop and house. There were a large
door with a patio door, windows, and an air
of bushes and
downed PaloVerde trees -- snake heaven --
a double rainbow behind the shop and storage shed. We also
cleared the area between
the shop and house several years ago when
we put up a fence around our side
yard (out of the field of view on
the left. Creosote bushes
grow back really fast.
During the summer of 2007, we had the house and shop
painted. It made a huge difference in the appearance
Prior to summer (2003), the shop was
open studs and had a single bay garage door. During
summer 2003, in preparation for our kitchen upgrade project, I decided
needed a better sheet good storage capability. One thing led to
another, and I wound up insulating the walls, putting up wallboard,
replacing the garage door with a patio door, and air-conditioned the
shop. I still have some trim work to finish and need to finish
insulating the center part of the ceiling, but what I have now provides
a great deal more serenity when working in the shop. The white
walls add light, and the change in lighting from the patio doors just
gives it a completely different feel. I don't have a lot of old
pictures, but here is what I have; you can see the stud walls and
garage doors behind the subjects of these pictures. I also took
down a number of the old kitchen cabinets that were in the shop when I
moved in. While they provided storage, it was not efficient
storage and used up a significant amount of wall space.
Here are some pictures from before we moved in (those are not my tools,
nor boat). The guy who owned the house before us was building an
airplane in this shop.
Northwest View , Southeast View, and Northeast view
After we moved in:
South wall. You can see a
cubby-hole wall unit that was here when I moved in and a cheap kitchen
cabinet that I brought with me when I moved in. The cabinet holds
router bits and router supplies. You can also see the stud walls
and my use of the open studs for storage. Also visible are
elements of the dust collection system, using 4" spiral plastic pipe.
South and southeast view
Southeast wall and Northwest view (garage door visible behind rolling
workbench. You can see the kitchen cabinets that were used for
storage. I am not complaining about having them, but they were
Southwest and southeast wall. Note the change from the previous
pictures. Note also the dust collection change to metal
pipe. Going to 5" pipe has greatly increased DC performance.
This is what the northwest wall looks like now with the air
conditioner and patio door and windows installed. I moved some of
the kitchen cabinets over the plywood storage area visible behing the
table saw and have stored some things under the outfeed table. To
the far left, you see the patio door, air conditioner, one of the base
kitchen cabinets from above moved, and a plywood off-cut rolling
storage unit under the center of the upper cabinets.
Northeast side of the
shop. The compound miter saw and a floor sweep are
on this end of the building. The dust collector and cyclone are
at the far right.
Southeast side of the shop. The shaper, a floor sweep and
the tool cabinet are located here. Note the improvement in space
utilization without the kitchen cabinets that were there before.
More organization is in progress. You can also see that I have the
center portion of the shop ceiling to insulate and cover. The
center portion will follow the roof trusses in order to provide more
Southwest side of shop. This corner of the shop used to be dark,
dreary and cluttered. The addition of the wallboard and
installation of the clamp racks has made orders of magnitude difference
in how this corner can be used. The pipe clamps leaning against
the parts bin are there temporarily because they have been extended to
permit use in assembly of the workbench storage drawer cases.
They are normally hanging in the clamp rack.
Central tool area. I put in this
post to bring electrical service to the jointer and planer. The
tools are arranged in this quad such that they do not interfere with
one another and provide a convenient dust collection and electrical
service point. The planer, jointer, bandsaw and drill press all
share this common area.
The wood rack is on the west wall.
The top of the rack is divided into a number of storage compartments
for off-cuts. When the off-cuts get too short they go in the
various buckets you see along the southwest wall.
The final element of the shop reconfiguration
project was the insulation and covering of the center section of
ceiling. I decided to take advantage of the truss centers to make
"vaulted" ceiling to permit some storage in the rafters and also to
permit swinging longer stock if needed.
Here are a few pictures of the views from the windows.
Last Updated: 10/05/2007 mkl