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This is the Instructable for my Workshop Video Tour 2013.
This Shop was constructed for under $2000
Materials for construction(roughly):
35 4x8 sheets of OSB
20 1x4 trim
10 1x6 trim
1 roll of roof felt
3 sheets of plexiglass (windows)
Clear plastic roll (vapor barrier)
4 old pallets and blocks for base
20 contractors grade deck boards
*Before you start do a quick check of your local building codes and have your utilities mark all of their lines.
*Before wiring for electricity, check your local codes. You may need to have your shed inspected and wired by a licensed electrician.
Step 1: Building the Base and Putting Up the Walls.
I framed and sheathed each wall individually and then stood them up with the help of long 2x4 braces. My neighbor let me borrow his framing nailer, which made things go much faster. I added a second cap of 2x4 on the top to make the walls a little more rigid. I then laminated 4 2x4's to construct a ridgeboard. I nailed in some temporary 2x4 supports and had a friend help lift it into final position. Once all of the rafters are cut and nailed into place, the supports were removed.
Step 2: Rafters and Roofwork
Step 3: Doors, Wood Storage and My Workbench.
This is where I started thinking about how I was going to store all of my lumber. I had planned on building a wall rack, similar to what I had used in my single car garage. But I hated using up an entire wall for lumber storage. I also knew from experience that I would easily lay stuff against it and soon be digging lumber and junk out of my way. I decided to use the space under my workbench to store the long boards and I realized that by pulling my bench out from the wall I could slide sheet goods behind it. This created a problem: How do I get it out. The Shop isn't long enough to pull out 8 foot boards from inside and I would probably have to move things around to get to it anyway. So my plan for this came at kind of a sudden epiphany moment, when I decided to cut access doors in the front and build my storage into my workbench area. This has been the single best idea that has come out of my shop. I can't express enough how easy it is for me to get straight to a board i need with no hassles. I just remove the doors and pull out what I need. I can store a surprising amount of lumber in this area. I do have a secondary area for some cutoff sheet goods and a scrap bin next to my table saw in the garage. But this area stores most of my lumber.
Step 4: Trimmed Out, Primed and Painted.
I later added two small 2x4 closets on the left and right sides of the Garden Shed. I use one to store camping and fishing gear, the other I will soon re purpose to use for my kids' sports gear. I preferred the idea of multiple smaller sheds/ closets because I didn't want to bury everything in one big shed.
Step 6: Video Tour: Construction and Design
Step 7: Video Tour 2013 (Inside the Shop)
Step 8: Final Notes
I spent so much time building organizers and filling in just about every square inch on the inside of my shop that I feel it will be better to show some of those in separate Instructables. I made a couple of video tours to try to highlight some of the different aspects of my workshop. I hope you enjoy them and I will work on making my future videos more stable.
What I like best about my shop:
*My wood storage built into my workbench
*All the painstaking time I spent organizing everything has really paid off. Small shops need to be HIGHLY organized with this many tools.
*My tools are stored safely and securely from my 6 adventurous kids.
*All of my power tools along the miter station wall are wired separately to a safety switch which makes my shop much more kid-friendly.
Some things I would like to have done differently:
*It gets very hot in the shop during the summer and that little AC can only do so much. If I had more money in my budget I would have insulated the walls and ceiling to make it more comfortable during the hot summer days.
*Of course I wish it was larger, but I think just about every single workshop owner would tell you the same.
I hope you enjoy this Instructable. Your comments and questions are welcome. Please lt me know if you think I left out details that would be important in the construction part of this Workshop. I hope you look forward to the upcoming Instuctables on the organization of my Workshop.