Let's see your Man Castle

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZcacti, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I agree about the walls, but I would have left the ceiling a lighter color. Having the ceiling red is a bit...well...like working in the firepits of hell?
  2. koncha

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    Or the Champagne Room.
  3. BLACK 6 ALPHA

    BLACK 6 ALPHA Here, now.

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    First installment from Frankenstine labs of my shop (to ashamed to show more until it has been cleaned and organized). I just finished this cart (well, the major assembly is done, I still want to paint and do some finish work):

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    It is a section of racking (4'x12') that I placed 2000 lb casters on the legs. Put decking made of 3/4" plywood with metal trusses to help provide support to the deck. I put some metal cabinets that I got back when I used to do construction. Put two layers of 3/4" plywood on the cabinets and mounted my drill press to the shorter one. The top has the same set up as the deck the cabinets are on so it can handle a lot of weight as well.

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    The Drill press is mounted to the cabinet and it has 4 heavy duty full pull slides on it allowing me to pull it out if I need to work on some larger or unwieldy items:

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    Of course I plumbed it for power, installed 3, 4' single bulb florescent lights on a switch, and put a self retracting reel to attach the power cord. The entire reason for the casters is so that during the nice weather, I can move the rig outside on the concrete and work outside. Another reason is that it raises it up enough to fit my motorcycle lift under. Some day it will be put into the floor like I saw someone else in here do, but until then, it gets hidden untill needed.
  4. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Been here awhile

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    Anyone have an idea on what it costs to build a 30x24 garage? Nothing fancy, just a stick built with a concrete floor will do just fine. I'm looking at a house that has one small garage but I'll need some more room eventually.
  5. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    Thats great. I'm a firm believer in having things on wheels. Makes a much more versatile shop. I bought a pallet jack and have as many things as possible set up so they can be easily moved. You never know what project might pop up where you need a big open area. I put casters on a set of 2'x4' shelves that I can roll over next to the bike lift to give me a place to lay all the parts during disassembly and not clutter up the work bench. Then it can be rolled out of the way....Make sure you use a good heavy cord if you roll it a distance and plug in anything with a motor
  6. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    Well, I just built a 29'x36' building for $10,000. But no slab. And no insulation or finished inside walls. $2,300 of it was two garage doors with electric openers. And about $1.700 was electric wiring ,outlets, breaker panel, and 8 light fixtures. All metal roof and siding. Pics a few pages back.... Just to give you an idea. Around here a 4 on 12 pitch 24' roof truss can be had for about $65. You'd need 16 for a 30' building haveing them on 2' centers. Metal here is about $2.10 linear foot (3' wide) (29 guage). I built about as cheaply as you can go. Obviously cost will depend how elaborate you get
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    ^^^ +1

    During heavy rains, it keeps the door seals from being subjected to so much water; no leakage. Also, keeps snow back and off the door. Provides more shade, inside the garage, on sunny days.

    Wish I would've done more overhang on mine.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    This is 24' X 36' X 10' and is just a shell. I paid for concrete labor and wall framing labor. Keep in mind that I didn't use the cheapest siding and trim, windows, or doors. I've got about $17K in it, so far. I'd think with 8' ceilings and less expensive materials, you could do it for around $10-12K.

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  9. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    For those fearing red. A beautiful shop and car. Seen here.

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  10. RevBill

    RevBill Irreverent Reverend

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    ... check in at your local home improvement store ... they can usually help and if you go to Lowe's you can have them put your material list into "QSP" and get you some better prices (shameless spam alert, I work for Lowe's) ... Home Depot has a similar program as well ...

    ... just a thought ...
  11. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Good thought. I totally forgot about doing that.
  12. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    You sir suck. Can I have a ride if ever in Central IL?:D
  13. MetalBender

    MetalBender Banned

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    Some of the bike barn inside. Last one barn is over box of truck in back ground. The idea was to put the RV inside during the winter months, don't know if that's going to happen though.
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  14. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Not mine. Just stumbled onto it.
  15. sbbillder

    sbbillder Been here awhile

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    After living with a disorganized & unfinished Garage for the last year, I finally went through the pain of removing everything from the Garage (shelving, tools, etc...) and began the process of finishing the interior.
    When we bought the house it was only a framed shell. We did the electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, paint and applied an epoxy to the floor. The last item on the list is raise the Garage door header & install a new, taller Garage door.

    I installed 2 light ballasts more than I initially thought I would need, I am so happy I did. The lighting, along with the epoxy floor & the light walls/ceiling makes it great to work in. During the electrical rough-in I ran several switch legs for the lighting so I can use specific task lighting without powering all lights at once.

    Even after getting rid of a fifth bike last week, not much room left in a standard four car Garage!!

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  16. Jack90210

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    I really like the soffit with the recessed lights. Classy and clean-looking.

    And although smooth shiny floors look awesome, I can't imagine pulling in on a bike with wet tires on such a floor.
  17. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    Looks like you could fit a couple more in there, just couldn't put them single file! ;)
  18. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    Made some more progress this week. Check out the pictures.
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    A couple people offered to come over and help Saturday. It ended up being a blessing in disguise. They helped finish up the forth wall (w/ windows) while I went to go help mom with car problems an hour and a half out of town. By the time I got back, they had finished the wall and started measuring for the lower roof rafter. On sunday my father in law came over again around 10am and we started on sheathing and finish all we could on the roof. We sheathed over the windows and will go back and cut them out with a reciprocating saw. I still need to get a ridge board up and a roof rafter template built. I'll be going to get the framers square this week along with some other things. Let me know what you think. :)
  19. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Looking good so far. As for cutting out the windows with that saw, I have another way if you have a Router and are not worried about re-using the wood from the cut sections. Plunge the router into the wood where the opening is located and then pull it to the frame. Now follow the frame around and the piece will fall out. Di it from the outside obviously :hide This is how we did it when I was builing "camps" for the oilfields :patch

  20. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    That's a pretty good idea that I had not thought about. Plus, I could probably make more use out of a router then a reciprocating saw in the long run. Hrm..... interesting! :bmwrider

    Thanks for the suggestion, I might pick up a router.. lol