Shops and Garages

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

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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.
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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.
 
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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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.
 
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...
 
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