Building The Woodshop

Building The Woodshop

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.

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20 Replies to “Building The Woodshop”

  1. Frank, that's amazing. I'm so happy you got to do what you wanted and got to put your own design on things. This brought a tear to my eye, as I am in awe of what you have done.

  2. Too sterile…That's a inlaw/rental space…NOT a woodshop…Should have rented a commercial garage…No brainer…Must be nice to be that rich to build something like that for a "HOBBY"?

  3. how did you get the air suction round to the wood turning thingo? which is nowhere near the east wall, and how would you modify things now based on the light issues you had at the wood turning.. lathe? and where is the metal working now you have the ?cnc? table? (yes i know i’m six years late, maybe time for another tour?

  4. What's wrong with 5he woman's voice? Sounds like a broken Siri can't handle watching no more. Horrible irrigating tape it shut!!

  5. If you'd not had to worry with filling the pool, would you went with the sunken floor? I understand it's a positive for the design, look and retaining the view from the house but it seems like a huge negative as far as using the shop. Everything carried in down stairs, built, then lifted out. That would make me think twice about going to the mill and filling the trailer up with slabs!

  6. Ryan has the best materials out there on the market [ Check Details Here=> ]. I was stuck while building my first wood shed, so frustrated I have to abandon that project. I'm glad to have come in contact with Ryan's building plan. It's amazing.

  7. Outstanding job. I like your shop, and the special touches you add in the edit. Keep up the good work.

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