Welcome to my workshop!
This is my instrument making workshop. It's a separate garage, about 13' x 21'. I bought the house in May 2002, and it was more than a year before the garage was ready for use as a proper shop. I can't say it's "finished," because a good shop is kind of always a work in progress, but anyway it's fully functional. :)
This is as close to a "before" picture as i have, unfortunately. When i got the house, this garage was bare wood studs on the walls & ceiling, the far and right-hand windows were free of glass and boarded up, there were remains of all kinds of trash. My Dad & i have put tons of work into this space, and i'm filled with gratitude for all his help.
Here, we've insulated, drywalled, painted, repaired some large cracks in the foundation & floor, replaced & finished the windows, and installed plenty of electricity for the power tools. It's on the verge of becoming a nice, useful place to work.
|Here's the same view with a new floor, and all the stuff moved in. The lathe is the heart of the shop, of course, and i had a real adventure getting it here. The movers damaged it, so i had months of wrangling with inspectors and insurance agents, until finally the movers' insurance coughed up for a new machine. Even that wasn't the end of it, but i finally have a working lathe again. When the replacement arrived, and it was pink instead of green, i had to paint it with flowers; i'm calling her 'Daisy.'|
|Here is the opposite view, out the garage doors. The table in the middle of the floor, and the bench on the far wall were in the garage when i moved in, and are quite servicable after a little shoring up and tweaking here and there.|
|On the long wall, we've built a 21' workbench, which makes life so nice. There's plenty of shelving and storage underneath, and the view from these windows is of the bamboo thicket growing in my backyard.|
|(15 Aug 2004) Today's the day to replace these old, rotten, ill-fitting carriage doors. The gaps around the doors let in wind, leaves, bugs, probably even cats could get in if they wanted. Also, in the wintertime, i lose lots of precious heat around these crazy doors.|
(15 Aug 2004) ...So we took out the old doors, and walled in the space. We installed a pre-hung, steel-clad door, and it fits great. There's a deadbolt lock and weatherstripping and everything. My Dad and i had to do this work in one day because otherwise there would be a big open non-wall (or non-door) into my shop.
We haven't really decided what to do with the outside yet - probably we'll have a go at stucco.
|(18 Sept) Here's the result of our stucco project. You can never get a perfect match with an existing pattern, but i'm quite happy with this result. It'll look even better with a fresh paint job. (Maybe not for a while, though, give or take the weather...)|
Last updated on 18th September 2004, by Penny.Back to the index page