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Building a Complete DIY Workshop

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Build your own workshop from the ground up!

Most of my photos have detailed notes, so check them out.
This is the Instructable for my Workshop Video Tour 2013.

This Shop was constructed for under $2000
Materials for construction(roughly):

100 2x4x8'
4     2x4x12'  
8     2x6x10'
2     2x6x12'
35  4x8 sheets of OSB
20  1x4  trim
10  1x6  trim
1    roll of roof felt
     shingles
3 sheets of plexiglass (windows)
Clear plastic roll   (vapor barrier)

Deck  ~$65
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.
 
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Step 1: Building the base and putting up the walls.

I spent a full week grading, compacting the soil and leveling each block before laying the floor joist.  The last thing you want is to finish your new workshop and have a corner start sinking into the ground.  My floor inside my shop is perfectly level still with a 6 foot level.  You can see that I had a drop of about 12 inches on the low side.  During heavy rainstorms, water can flow like a stream next to the fence.  I wanted to make sure my workshop was high enough off the ground to avoid any flooding issues.

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.
joelhunn7 months ago
Wood storage is BRILLIANT!!
bizydad (author)  joelhunn6 months ago
Thanks, it's still my favorite part of the whole build. I never have to dig my way through stacks of lumber or leaning plywood, or best of all, piles of junk leaning against my stack of wood! I just pull off the hatches and grab what I need. It also makes it easy to take a quick inventory before i go shopping or start a project.
rkrueger25 months ago
I'd love to know which resources you used on learning the proper techniques for everything you did. I have the intent to build a workshop from scratch myself.

Looks great!
jackowens9 months ago
AWESOME!!! I really want to make something like this now
bizydad (author)  jackowens6 months ago
I spent about 2 years "planning" it in my head before I was able to get started. I recommend taking your time on the base and floor to make sure it is level and sound. The walls and roof are relatively easy. But planning ahead really helps avoid costly mistakes when you're dealing with a tight budget. Good Luck!
AlexTech6 months ago
How many square feet is your workshop?
bizydad (author)  AlexTech6 months ago
120 square feet (12x10) Of course I would have liked to make it larger, but I had to work with a small budget. I built this for less than the kits available at most stores. I even spaced my studs on 16in rather than 24in (requiring more 2x4's) like they do because I planned on hanging a lot on the walls.
AlexTech bizydad6 months ago
Thanks!
Conarymor9 months ago
Great shop! My shop is in my 24x32 pole barn with a 6x32 overhang for additional covered storage. With 800+ sq ft, I still manage to run out of space. And yet, you have managed to maximize every square inch of your shop. This gives me some great ideas on how to improve my current setup. Great Instructable.
bizydad (author)  Conarymor6 months ago
Thanks! What I would give for space for 1 large shop! Since I built my shop, I have acquired several large tools (tablesaw, drillpress, bandsaw, jointer, planer, etc). All of that had to go into my small 11x22 garage. So I now have 2 small shops. I will post som more pics when I get things set up better in there like my shop. I can't complain though, I have space to do what I love. Can't ask for more than that right now..haha
dlee6716 months ago
B-E-A-utiful!!!! very very nice.

How did you run electricity to the unit??
bizydad (author)  dlee6716 months ago
Thanks! I wired the inside on two separate circuits. I ran "temporary" power to the shop with two 10 gauge extension cords plugged into an exterior outlet on a dedicated circuit. One of our next "major" improvements to our home is to have our original panel replaced with a larger one. I plan n having a sub panel run to the shop and a couple more dedicated lines run to my small garage where most of my large power tools now reside.
Love it!
Murpheus!9 months ago
Awesome..!!!!!!
mrcaderly9 months ago
Great workshop! I love all the little things you did to organize things better and have given me ideas for my small shop.

Thank you for sharing this in a great instructable!
slysimon9 months ago
I am very jealous. Great instructable. Has given me a lot of ideas for my own 'man cave'.
lewisb429 months ago
I envy your organization. My shop is a wreck. I can never get to the point where I'm willing to put the time and money toward fixing it up -- because I'm spending that time and money on things I'm building! :)
bizydad (author)  lewisb429 months ago
I have to make another Instructable to explain my organization. I'm a little obsessive about organizing things, but like you, I don't clean up that often because I have multiple ongoing projects. Almost everything in there came from my small garage workshop and also what I inherited from my dad's 2-car garage workshop. I put very little extra money into the shop after I built it. A lot of it laid stacked on the floor or benches and I would walk in there and just start hanging thing up and moving them around to find a good fit for the space over the past couple years. It has made it a lot easier to clean my shop by having a place for almost everything. Thanks for the comment!
You Good Sir, I am just speechless with your awesomeness. Thank you for sharing it. I am certainly looking forward for an ible about your organization.
drobertson12310 months ago
Great instructable and I certainly got some good ideas from it I will use.

I just want to point out something that any handy person should know - there is no such thing as a complete workshop. Great workshops - yes, amazing workshops - yes. Complete workshops - nope, never happens. There is always one more tool, or jig, or material, or something that requires a run to the hardware store.

I would still give this 5 stars despite the mistake in the name. Great job.
bizydad (author)  drobertson12310 months ago
Haha. You are absolutely right, I can't believe I blew that! In fact I keep collecting more tools. I had to move the larger ones back to my garage (table saw, radial arm saw, router table, lg drill press and drum sander). Now I have to try to be more clever when I title my follow up instructables.
Hey, the instructable was great so the technical detail doesn't matter anyhow. Please keep these coming. I alway like to see solid contributions like this.
TheStudio710 months ago
FABULOUS! THANK YOU!
Randall Sly10 months ago
Well done Very Nice
raviolikid10 months ago
Great workshop and storage! I love the doors for getting your wood out and the garden shed on the back. Great design and nice, clear directions.
Collins197510 months ago
Now THIS is a very impressive instructable!
Well done! Thanks for sharing!
chipper3510 months ago
Not just excellent carpentry but an excellent Instructable too!!
rollincaswell10 months ago
wtg.. nice!
caarntedd10 months ago
Nice Instructable. I will be using your pvc slider idea today. I've been dragging heavy sheets from between my benches for years. Thanks.
MOHD-7710 months ago
nice work
Pavelos10 months ago
Great job!
blkhawk10 months ago
Awesome!
testhest10 months ago
Really cool
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