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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    London, England

    Building my 'new' shop.

    After many long years of working in my little shed I decided that enough was enough and it was time to build a bigger shop. The new shop has a floor area of 216sq.ft. Although not large this is vast compared to the little shed.

    The new shop stands on a gentle slope and as I did not want to fill the garden up with concrete, I decided to build the shop on timber bearers supported on threaded rod sunk into 3ft deep concrete peers. This allows access to the underside of the building as well as keeping the building totally dry. The only drawback is the noise transmission on the suspended floor. There is an area of solid concrete where an old greenhouse stood. This has been damp-proofed and levelled to the height of the sub-floor.

    All good fun building a structure of this size in a London garden with no direct access. Everything has to be carried through the house. Good for security but a real pain at times. The ridge timber was 20ft long 6 x 3. That was hauled in the front door, up the stairs along the landing and through a bedroom before being passed through an upstairs window down into the garden! What’s more there is only Sue and I building this.

    The frame went up and was clad internally with OSB temporally just to supply some rigidity and keep the rain out. Windows were fitted and the the cladding was completed.

    The finished shop is a vast improvement. As you said you like pictures here are a few of the work being carried out...

    Day one. This is the old greenhouse base that is now under part of the shop.

    Sue's contribution to the build was the concrete. Here is one
    of the peers. That rod is over threefoot long and so is the peer!

    Up goes the frame.

    Work in progress

    What a Mess! everything is taken inside as the rain moves in. That's the
    little shed in the background.

    Getting there.

    Moved in!

    Well that's how it was a couple of years ago. It has changed a bit since then with new cabinets and some other stuff. However after we got that far it was off to Kent to help my brother with his shop...

    Here is Sue showing a rather embarrassed Tim (my brother) how to mix morter and lay bricks… I bet you thought I was joking earlier

    You said you wanted pictures...

    Did I mention it rains over here?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    boy ralph it looks so easy in your pics, from a roughed in set of walls to cabinets in a simple mouse click.....thanks for sharing!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    boy ralph it looks so easy in your pics, from a roughed in set of walls to cabinets in a simple mouse click.....thanks for sharing!

    yeah, I wish My shop went up that easily!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
    Hi Ralph,

    I too like the look of your shop and wish I could have one like that someday!

    By the way you wouldn't happen to be this Ralph Laughton:
    Success with joints
    Laughton, Ralph, 1956-
    Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman,
    Pub date: 2005.
    Pages: 175 p. :
    ISBN: 1861084153
    Item info: 3 copies may be available at MAIN LIBRARY- Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, WEST BOYNTON BRANCH, and WELLINGTON BRANCH.
    5 copies total in all locations.

    I just finished the book and found it to be very instructive.
    Bill Antonacchio

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Bill, I do believe that Ralph and our Ralph are one in the same!

    Ralph, great shop, and I notice you have the same, or similar DeWalt table saw as I do, and even though you got a new bigger shop, looks like you have kept the saw!

    I really like mine, and don't really have the space for a bigger one.

    How are you finding the noise transmission through the suspended floor?

    Thanks for showing us!
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    What a rare wife you have. I do not know any women that know anything about concrete or brick work.

  7. #7

    That is a great photo essay! Thanks for the pics we all look forward to more.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    Very nice Ralph! Thanks for thephoto essay. Jim.
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  9. #9
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Hi Ralph!

    Thank you for sharing

    I love your shop. It looks homey and inviting.

    Hope you spend many hours enjoying it.

    Keep us posted on your brothers shop too.

    We Love Pictures!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Placitas, NM in the foothills of the Sandia Mt
    What a great story Ralph! I can't imagine how you managed to get the ridge timber through the house!!

    I envy your tall ceiling, I'm always bumping into the ceiling in my garage/shop.

    Keep those pictures coming.
    Don't believe everything you think!

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