Sad, But True


Introduction: Sad, But True

This is where I do my woodworking- sad isn't it. It is actually just a shipping container.
Oh well, it gets the job done on a rainy day and it keeps the dust down. At least it's got air conditioning.

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    My workshop is converted from an inspection pit type building, with a 6mm steel roof, damp, condensation, leaking, my tools have to be oiled to stop rust and the expensive ones kept indoors. 5ft x 4ft floorspace every spare bit of wall and floor is used for storage and actual workbench area is 18" x 26"... I am continually adapting to it and it to me - its my favourite place in the world.
    We make the best of what we have. This guy is not so lucky...

    Excellent idea!!! It is part of the KISS Keep It Simple Silly!!! An excent iedea!!!

    I love it, I would rather see this than the one I saw earlier where this guy had a place for everything. he actually had thin drawers built with routed openings for each wrench, plyer,screwdriver ect. He said he is retired and now has the money to do what he wants. As nice as that would be seeing your shop makes me feel much better. If I find the tool or part I need I still have to move things around to make room to work. I miss my big shop. This economy sucks I lost my job and have no income now. Im glad you have a place to work. I love how creative people can be with finding a place to work. Whatever works is a good thing. Good luck with the new shop hope you get it some day.

    And where might I acquire one of these high end shipping containers? lol

    Bloomin' Luxury!!!! I used to make tables and chairs in hole int ground........

    It's not that sad, you could use with some ceiling and wall storage. Maybe some nice paint to liven up the place. You've got bright lights, clear solid floor, maybe not too wide, needs more ventilation...okay, sad.

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    I use the room for everything, so I have to transform it to work for whatever project i am working on. For example it was recently a spray booth for some computer tables that I built.
    And the floor... well not so solid. :)

    Small shops demand things be on wheels. Now I'm going to just say two words shopping carts. I just said the words you decide what they can mean. They can mean free heavy duty casters to some people ...

    I actually have some ideas regarding using a shipping container (or a couple containers) as a workshop. Leakage shouldn't be too much of an issue as long as you seal the opening properly. Take a look at exterior plug ins that mount to the outside of a house. They have gaskets to keep the elements out. If you're running power into the container you can put together a conduit that has mounting inside and outside the structure. On the outside have a angle pointing down to avoid any moisture getting in, and insulate it after you run the wires to stop air leakage.

    One of my ideas is to take 2 containers, weld them together then make openings between the two of them so it's closer to one big container than two separate ones. Of course living in the city negates any chance of doing this.

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    While running a 40 foot long weld may sound romantic it'd actually be pretty costly and time consuming. And it'd likely leak even when you were done. Nothing some mesh and cold tar couldn't fix though. But you'd still be better off just running a few tack welds to hold the containers together then weather sealing the seam.

    living in cities negates a lot of worthwhile things.

    Looks like you just need to get organized. Some proper work surfaces and a storage system could go a long way.

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    A lot of the problem is that I keep having to move everything around to make it work for different projects. I have a lot of idea's for work benches and storage, but honestly I have been holding out for a new shop. We were supposed to build a nice permanent building but ran into some zoning issues.

    A few years ago I built a modular bench around an old portable tablesaw. It had fold out wings and a router station. I don't remember the actual dimensions nor do I have any pics, but you could look online for some inspiration. I kept it against the wall for general work and wheeled it outside and unfolded the wings for large builds. It also had a removable top to cover the saw and router for a clean work surface when folded.

    For your miter saw, you could build a drop down station attached to the wall with heavy duty hinges.

    For most of your table top tools you can build a station with pin holes or a detachable top. Attach your tools to some plywood bases and install mating pins or size the bases to securely fit the station.

    Put solid locking casters on everything and you can easily move them around for more room or still when in use. These are all stations you can easily move to your new shop when built.

    It is not so sad. I am in worse case than you, I have not a workshop but use the balcony, the garage and the .backyard.

    Maybe you can profit this instructable. And/or this other.

    Don't complain, that much worse is the "third world"!

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    The metal structure limits what can be attached to it without creating a leak.
    You are right through, I have done work in counties with a lot worse conditions than this.