shop  building

This is my new shop, at least it's new to me.  The previous owner had it built a couple of years ago.  The building is about 12 x 18 feet.  At some point I can see me adding on, but I think I'll try it on for size first, I might just like it.  It has a good concrete floor that sits slightly higher than the surrounding yard so it should stay dry which will be a new experience for me.  It has electricity but only one 15 amp circuit.  I would like to run a new line from the meter and install a 100 amp service.  This will require digging a 30 foot trench about 18 inches deep.  I'm not really looking forward to that but I guess it will be a good fall project.

I am still in the early stages of organization, or lack thereof.  I have been working on finding a place for everything and now have a fair size path cut down the middle.  I can actually get all the way to the back wall now. 

what bench?


The bench I built will be easy to sweep under.  Look Ma, no legs!  I plan to put 1/4" hardboard over the top and trim the ends and front with birch to match the plywood supports.  I also plan to mount a woodworkers vise on the front left.  The hardboard top is a neat trick since it is easily replaced when it gets nasty.

In my old shop, I used a 42" attic fan mounted in a plywood box with casters to circulate some air in the summer.  Since this building is much smaller and actually has an attic, I took down the plywood box and put the fan where it belongs.
attic fan

No wiring or ceiling yet.  In the spring I will need to put gable vents on both ends of the building so the air will have somewhere to go.  At least the fan is out of the way now.

Subpages (2): Roubo Bench Shop Addition