This post has only been THREE YEARS in the making. But first can we talk about foot injuries and one-man construction crews? That combo really sucks… like drinking wine after brushing your teeth. It doesn’t make anyone happy. So it’s been unintentionally quiet here (and literally quiet at the firehouse) as Aaron’s foot heeled. He’s back in motion again and chomping at the bit to get projects back in flight for the living room/dining room redo.
Just before the foot injury claimed two months of his life, he finished the workshop and put it instantly to use to build a pantry for the new trailer… because he (ok… we…) can’t leave well enough alone. Now it’s clean and ready for its’ debut on the interwebs!
We already told you about dropping more power into the space, framing & painting, adding a window and lighting the place up, but there was more work to be done before this space was finished, including a bit of building and installing the dust collection system. (More on that last bit in the next post.)
First Aaron built a wall in the back of the workshop that he covered in pegboard to provide much needed hanging storage.
Then he built a table for the miter saw.
Finally he created an out-feed table for the table saw.
Ok – are you ready for the grand tour? When you come down the stairs, now you see this:
The slated plastic door helps keep dust contained in the workshop (and is really fun to walk through).
Once Aaron started laying out the workshop he realized how small it was relative to the amount of tools he wanted to put it in. So instead of going in the workshop, the lockers we’ve been hoarding are just to the left after you come down the stairs. They’re full of materials like painting supplies and extension cords. (If you’re not familiar with the layout we’re after, check out this post and it will make more sense.) Eventually this walkway will get more finishing touches.
Once you stop into the space it looks like this!!
The finished miter saw table has storage and a charging station below. Overhead a reel and hose make it easy to connect and use air-powered tools in the workshop without moving the air compressor.
On the opposite wall, the router table is tucked to the left (and on wheels for easy relocation) and the table saw and out-feed table dominate the room. This was strategically placed under a floor drain that dips low enough for Aaron to smash his head into.
The out-feed table also has storage below.
Moving left to right: a workbench, air conditioner, the dust collector, the finished pegboard wall, disc/belt sander and jointer.
Here’s the view from the back.
It’s been a long time coming, but it I think it was worth the wait. This space is amazing! Aaron has already used it for a few projects, and it’s a revelation not to have sawdust in our living space or be required to scoot around pieces of wood that have been painted and are drying. But, really, what I love the most about the workshop is that everything has a home… that isn’t my (future) dining room floor. There are all these little moments that make my organization loving heart so, so happy.
And because I’m sucker for a really good before and after. Here’s a look at 3+ years ago vs today.