• Building The Woodshop

    2,409,372 views 7 years ago
    This is about how I built my wood shop. We decided to move from our previous home for a variety of reasons. I saw the move as an opportunity to gain a bigger shop for my wood working hobby. The house we found had everything we wanted, except for a shop or even a garage. It did have a non functioning indoor pool. We thought this space would make a nice wood shop. I could just build a floor over the pool and have a shop. As we got further into the inspection process, it was looking as though fixing the structure over the pool was going to be expensive. It looked like we would have to put a bunch of money into a structure that was not really a wood shop and not a functioning pool either. It made more sense to take out the pool and structure, and then build a wood shop from the ground up. We started this project by regrading our side yard to gain access to the pool in the backyard. Once we had access, we took out the pool. We half filled the hole where the pool was with compacted gravel. I realized that if we sank the shop into the ground I could have the ceiling height I had always wanted in the shop and preserve the view from the house. The design of the shop is a box with a shed roof. The roof wraps down the east side of the structure. I like to think of it as a slightly open toolbox. The entire shop is laid out on a 24 inch grid. The windows and doors fall within this grid. I had a general contractor built the shell and then I built the windows and interior. The interior walls are comprised of a 34 inch concrete stem wall at the base. Above that is a 9 foot, plywood wall. In the space above the plywood wall and below the shed roof is poly carbonate panel to form a clerestory. The tool layout in the shop is divided into 4 areas: an area near the door for material storage and prep, a central area for general wood working, and two areas near the back of the shop, one for turning and one for metal working.

    woodshop tour: http://youtu.be/XmDAInbnPYQ

    band saw video: http://youtu.be/jupHDlunwjg

    jointer video: http://youtu.be/l55YFRHBGx4

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      • 4 years ago
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      • 7 years ago
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    • French Cleat Closet System - Duration: 7 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
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      • 7 years ago
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    • Nesting Stacking Toy - Duration: 6 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
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      • 7 years ago
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      • 7 years ago
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      • 6 years ago
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      • 6 years ago
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      • 6 years ago
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    • Wood Turned Maple Bowl - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 6 years ago
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    Costs breakdown
    Steel $375
    8020 aluminum $876
    water jet cut parts $370
    cnc router parts $2960
    miscellaneous parts $400
    total $4981
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