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    Your shop,show where you do what you do...
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  • #2
    Actually, I put up a shop tour on YouTube a while back. If you have 25 minutes of your life, that you will never get back, click on the link


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6BsrkpGhEg

    Has it ever occurred to you that the sole purpose for your existence might be to serve as a warning to others?

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    • #3
      My shop has my 47 ford in it just now, but for 25 years, I restored cars here full time. Some work was done outside, and I have additional storage. The machine room is in another section of the barn, and the wood shop and parts department are upstairs. Yes I am not neat. There is a lot of clutter.
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      Bill
      http://www.brauchauto.com/
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      • H. L. Chauvin
        H. L. Chauvin commented
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        Thanks for sharing. Beautiful shop with everything needed to get jobs done quickly.

        For an additional comment on your last sentence, my wife has a helpful sign on her desk ....... something like:

        "Einstein's desk was cluttered also!"

      • Dennis
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        I like your sign in the last picture.

    • #4
      As we are in the, slow, process of building a shop on our property, this is very timely and I look forward to seeing what others have done.

      Our shop will just be for our own stuff, nothing commercial, but our own vehicles, both old and new, etc.

      I'd love to get other suggestions on things like:

      1) A lift - have been considering one of those two-post style lifts
      2) Something like one of those four-post lifts to allow storage of two cars in one spot
      3) Exhaust evacuation system so things can be worked on in the winter when the doors are closed, though probably good to use all the time.
      4) Construction of strong shelving along one side for parts, supplies, etc - was considering pallet racking, but that seems like overkill
      5) Suggestions on lighting - have been looking at some of those 8' strip-type LED fixtures
      6) Anything else we should consider while we are at it?

      This shop is 40x42 with a 14' ceiling. The plan is to have the work benches, tools, equipment, etc in the section between the man door and the stairs to the loft.

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      • BNCHIEF
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        The 8" led lighting will work out great, White ceiling to reflect lighting, insulation of course. I put white building tin on my shop walls you can get it in any length with a 1" rib the reason for doing this is if you work in that shop grinding or welding will prevent a fire. Electrical run it in conduit on the outside of the wall also to help with electrical fires. Build a nice steel bench to work from. You have the start of a fantastic shop.

      • DaWizard
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        I strongly advise getting the drive up on lifts. I know, everyone will say "what about when you need to pull a wheel?" Well, a bottle jack can lift a wheel at a time. Much easier to use and it doesn't take a day to get it off the ground like using a 2 poster. Besides, if you get the tall one you can use it to stack cars. IF you get the 2 poster you still need to get the same tranny jack or oil change can as you would with the ramp style lift.

      • cpf240
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        BNCHIEF - Thank you. I should have said that those pictures were after getting the A out of the wood shed as soon as we could. The basic electrical is all in the walls, and spray foam insulation has been put into the walls and ceiling. Drywall has been installed on all the walls and ceiling, now just waiting for things to warm up a bit so we can seal it, and then paint it. Still thinking about trying to paint/seal the floor.

      • aford193031
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        For a personal shop I would love to have one like that.

      • Rowdy
        Rowdy commented
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        Brent all of the Walmart distribution centers switched to LED lighting last year. Saving nearly 2K a month at our distibution center. I also switched to LED lighting in my shop. Probably saving some, but with only 9 fixtures it is likely barely noticable. The best thing is in the winter I have lights without warming up the shop to a working temp for flourecsant lights. Rod

      • Jeff/Illinois
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        I was in Lowe's the other day and noticed they use short flourescent lites, 8 to a fixture, maybe LED if they were they didn't hurt your eyes to look up at them. Had a reflector behind them put out a lot of light.

        A buddy has a 32X36 garage with all LED's, man that hurts to be in there almost like looking into a welder. It can't be good for your retinas I'm sure there will be health warnings out one day telling you to be careful.

    • #5
      Shop is way too full of parts right now for pics. Barely enough room to work. Listed several things the last few weeks, but not much selling. Ebay and I are having a dispute right now, so if I can figure things out I will start trying to sell on Facebook. Rod
      "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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    • #6
      Here are some pics of my shop and it is messy right now as I do not work in it in the winter time too cold.
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      • BudP
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        Is that a 1956 Crown Vic in the second picture? They were beautiful cars

      • BNCHIEF
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        It is a 1955 it had power windows, power seats,power steering 312 engine and automatic transmission.

      • CM2
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        crown vic...nice

      • Jeff/Illinois
        Jeff/Illinois commented
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        looks like a Kubota wait now I see it!!

    • #7
      I try not to build work benches attached to a wall. they turn into shelves too quick.

      decide on a parts storage system early. I store by Ford part number. standard parts/hardware in one area, bearings in another.

      I'm debating making a tool roll for different sub assemblies with specific wrenchs and special tools to hang on the back wall of a medium bench. one roll for fuel system, one for electric etc. then store the rolls in a tool cabinet. the bench will be well lit, wired with a power strip, have a small compressor/tank with blow gun and airbrush and vice.

      Welding table on wheels. larger assembly table with accompanied larger vice(s). Media cabinet, hookah pipe dust collection. fridge, coffee pot, stove.

      Cabinet for larger tools (krw will have a home). Explosion proof cabinet. Safety can for oily rags etc. parts washer.

      Need to setup electroplating / buffing.

      Now to get it to warm up enough to get in the shop....oh yeah, hvac
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      • BNCHIEF
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        Good ideas Jim my benches are not attached to the walls, the tools are on them until I get them put away. hammers and miscellaneous large tools hang on the metal pegboard.

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        Explosion proof cabinet. Safety can for oily rags etc.
        Yep, those are two things I put in my shop 30 years ago.
        Never saw another hobbyist that bothered.
        I bought mine used at commercial bankruptcy auctions, as I did quite a bit of my big/expensive/commercial tools.

    • #8
      Outstanding layout you have Brent, you are a true professional.

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      • #9
        Holy Smokes!!! Do you have golf carts for your folks to get around and a in-house starbucks?

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        • DaWizard
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          Beauford, I bet he has tricycles for getting around, you know, keep up the exercising.

        • cpf240
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          I'd guess there was a steam locomotive that circles the place with stops at each shop and the food court.

        • Beauford
          Beauford commented
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          Wiz...I'm picturing Benny Hill! HAHAHAHAHA

        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          I would wear roller skates...
          Come to think of it i'm going to put my inlines in the truck tonight so i won't forget them in April

        • JDupuis
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          I hope there is a gift shop at the end of this garage tour! Jeff

      • #10
        Some of you have seen my barn, it is 24x36. In my other life I was always going build a garage, never happened and never will at this point. I called today to get a price on paving the inside of the barn, as it is gravel now. Way too much moisture in there, I will insulate the walls and come up with some kind of heat. I too purchased some T8's for lighting. Come spring I will post some pics once the paving is done.

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        • BILL WILLIAMSON
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          Some strive to get that "PERFECT SHOP", then DIE!!

      • #11
        Originally posted by CarlLaFong View Post
        Actually, I put up a shop tour on YouTube a while back. If you have 25 minutes of your life, that you will never get back, click on the link


        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6BsrkpGhEg

        That is not clutter, that is you, the way you work. My shop was a mess when I bought it. At the time I thought the previous owner was lazy. 15 yrs later it was a replica of the way I got it. I knew where every thing was, could put my hand on any tool I wanted. Way to go.

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        • #12
          Brent, do you have "CITY LIMITS" signs for the sides of that building?

          Next move is to install rails for an assembly line.

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          • Jeff/Illinois
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            Tom he'll have to get his own Body Assy. Plant numbers, like BT001 stamped on the body sill rail!

        • #13
          Just the usual two car garage. I got my wife to let me use both sides for one year and I have to shovel the sidewalk and clean her car off for the whole winter.
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          • #14
            Well, you guys have done it. I am embarrassed to open my garage door and snap a picture, so you will just have believe me when I say I have enough space to do what needs doing.
            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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            • BNCHIEF
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              Wiz my place ain't no thing of beauty, but it is a working shop, that said Brent has to make a good first impression as does someone like Mitch, well we are different in that but I still admire the man's organizational skills.

          • #15
            Last summer my shop was under the maple tree. I dodged showers and was able to lap the valves and finally get the 30 tudor started after not running for over 20 years. I miss having a garage but it can be done without a building.
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            • Mitch
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              You can hang baskets from the limbs and use them as storage or a work cart

          • #16
            my garage is like an eye spy game... 2.5 car garage with 3 cars in it + parts to 2 of them and a canoe...
            I do love those white cardboard parts bins and have recently organized all my model A parts that will fit in them. I have rediscovered things i forgot i had!

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            • #17
              I forgot to add the 'rouge west'.an addition I put on the side of the garage,alternated corrugated pvc,clear and gray roof panels for natural light..also the company service truck, a T270 KW with an IMT dominator body,hydraulic air compressor,miller 225 welder and a 7500 pound crane..company revenue by day,model A by night..
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              • #18
                My shop is full of winter storage. I keep the A’s outside.
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                • Ray Horton
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                  OK, a guy can dream, can’t he?

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              • #19
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                The lift bay. One of 4 work areas. Studebaker M5 resto going on right now
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                • Beauford
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                  Looks too organized! LOL Come over to my garage......please!!

                • Mitch
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                  Can we see the rest of it?

              • #20
                Originally posted by CM2 View Post
                I forgot to add the 'rouge west'.an addition I put on the side of the garage,alternated corrugated pvc,clear and gray roof panels for natural light..also the company service truck, a T270 KW with an IMT dominator body,hydraulic air compressor,miller 225 welder and a 7500 pound crane..company revenue by day,model A by night..
                I wish they would have let me keep my service truck when I retired, loved that crane.

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                • CM2
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                  It's like a pocket on a shirt...with wheels..

              • #21
                Here is my shop. Very cluttered as I have been doing wood work and an engine with a friend plus all my clutter.It stays warm all winter
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                • BNCHIEF
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                  John that roadster is first class.

                • Jeff/Illinois
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                  It is nice. What are the tires you are running??

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                  Mmmm! A Trinco Blast Cabinet!

                • CM2
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                  very nice hot rod ya got there..

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                • CM2
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                  not only do you get style points for rockin a wood bumper,extra credit is awarded for it not being square.or long enough...

                • dmdeaton
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                  shops and garages are never big enough

              • #23
                Jeff, I have LED bulbs in my house, and they are nice lighting with the common frosted outer shell.
                I just noticed that Dollar Tree has Sylvania LED bulbs for only $1.

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                  • George Miller
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                    Kind of a mess right now.

                  • DaWizard
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                    Well, that is disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing George's shop, but all I get are empty boxes.

                  • BNCHIEF
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                    If you work in them they are gonna get that way.

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