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Shops and Garages

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by crash, Oct 22, 2009.

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  1. Being 21 my parents kicked me out of the garage, part time student, full time job, cycle work on side etc... Renting this place out $450 a month but I split it with another guy
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    The shop
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    Gotta have a beer fridge! Scored the stainless box in a trade still trying to flip it
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    All paint parts and chemicals. Scores the parts washer thru a table saw trade which I only had $20 in ;)
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    Made the bench out of an old table top...red paint...stickers... DONE!!! also made a portaband into a table saw (blade is off right now)
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    Messy work bench but an idea for others. 2x4 and some homemade L brakets got me perfect place for oil spray paint etc!
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    Harbor freight lift. Can't beat the price! They go on sale for like 300 once in awhile and worth the money big time! I would like to make a mini spray booth and another wooden style bike lift eventually.
    But gotta save for a house so I can someday have a shop I can call mine
     
  2. love the work bench! is that stainless?
     
  3. tigman175

    tigman175 XS650 Addict

    No, just mild steel. I give them a wipe down with wd40 every now and then when i clean up.
     
  4. Look at all that space! So jealous
     
  5. CoastsideXS650

    CoastsideXS650 Princeton Motor Works

    Damn, $450 a month for that huge space with tools and power. That would land you a garage about 12' X 8' in my city. The average price of a 1 bdrm apt here is about $2600 right now. I need to move to the midwest.
     
  6. 650hcs

    650hcs Addict

    This is my bedroom/shop and pics of the garage we are building, just leveled the piers today. cant wait to move everything down there and have a real workshop.
     

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  7. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Since there's no 'workshop' category, I figured to wake-up this thread and add on to it.
    Built a 2-story 12x24 barn 10 years ago. Yes, it's cramped...
     

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  8. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    So, recently decided to expand on this, added framework for entry floor.
     

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  9. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Then, added on a 12x26 carport to the front of the barn, and a partially enclosed 18x26 to the side.
     

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  10. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I hope there will be enuff room...
     

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  11. PetesPonies

    PetesPonies XS650 Addict

    I do have an updated pic of my shop with the doors installed. The center doors I built from engineered lumber for the frame, then top materials for the look I wanted. It's a carriage style door. The two ends are roll-up doors. The other building in the picture is a garage as well, with an apartment on top. I am in the process of getting started on my house. But the shop served it purpose so far. But, I don't expect to be fully functional before next summer.The building is 56 x 64. The other building is 24 x 32. And no that is not too much room. [​IMG]
     
  12. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    So, next would be an industrial strength parking lot, truck/delivery entrance in the rear, and a railroad spur?
     
  13. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic XS650.com Supporter

    looks great and there is never to much room!
     
  14. PetesPonies

    PetesPonies XS650 Addict

    Well I do restorations and will start up again once the house is built. So I need room for those activities and customer cars. But again . . I have a lot of toys myself too :) I haven't even started to build the "outbuildings " yet . . to house some of the trucks, etc.

    TwoMany . . if you are working on bikes only, you have a lot of room there. I know, I know, never enough. But you can do some serious bike work with the room you have.
     
  15. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Oh, Pete, the disease is widespread and runs deep....
     
  16. I wanted my shop to blend in with the area so I built it as a barn on the out side.The loft is very handy,as I do a tear down 1 piece at a time goes up.Rebuild, just grab parts from the rear working towards the front.
     

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  17. oldbiker

    oldbiker oldbiker

    ..... i luv your garage/workshop its a gem ,,i,d feel at home in that ,, regards oldbiker
     
  18. grepper

    grepper fiddle futzer

    OK, lots Of pictures here...
    Three years ago I had a little ~12X8 space off my garage where I worked. Built my first three xs650s there. Two years ago I got married, and while my bide's house was bigger, there wasn't a work shop. I fiddle futzed in the crowded 1 car garage and a small corner of the basement. About 1 year ago we closed on our dream house together, a log home on 10 acres. The bonus was an extra 3 and 1/2 car garage in addition to the 2 car garage near the house.
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    The first 1 1/2 stalls walled off with heat and A/C, the previous owner used as a home office.
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    Those red cabinets he built were crap, and there was about a 4 inch gap behind them for tools to fall into. Plus they were too tall to be a work bench.
    So, I tore them apart and rebuilt them.
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    Put in some over head shelving.
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    And some lighting too.
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    The space has a desk I use for wiring.
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    A mini fridge :D
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    And the other two stalls I use for storage.
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    My latest addition....
    In the 2 car garage near the house there's a work bench that never really got used, except to take up space and to bang the car door into.
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    So I took that apart to use to make a motorcycle work bench.
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    I have about $15 into this bench project.. Some extra 2X4s and hooks for tie downs.
    Strong legs, three 2X4's thick.
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    Frame done.
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    Top on there.
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    Middle slides out for changing oil and easy access to the engine underside.
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    Ramp fits inside it.
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    I have to finish reinforcing that ramp.
    Painted it.
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    The stand is about 26 inches high, 3 feet wide.
     
  19. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Holy sawdust, grepper, you've been busy. Now I know why there's a 2x4 shortage. Is that (hard to find) 1 1/2" plywood on that bench?

    Beautiful lush green acreage you've got there, I like it...
     
  20. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Oh yeah, bikes, they're on the list, had to swapout a rearend first.
     

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