Thanks for the nice comments left on the "Christmas present" thread concerning my new shop. I had a ton of questions both posted and by direct emails so I thought I'd kill a bunch of "birds" with one post so to speak.
For years I'd used a tiny corner in our garage as my "bike/man cave" and then about 3 years ago that space got eaten by the addition of another car plus skis, sleds, kids bikes, camping equipment etc etc you get the idea. I was fnally down to no room to even do a simple repair unless I went to the driveway which in the Pacific NW is about impossible during winter. So I had to resort to taking my bikes to the local LBS for repairs, rebuilds and anything mechanical. That didn't and doesn't set well with me as more than half my pleasure comes from getting my hands dirty workin', bumblin' and fumblin' with my bikes.
Last May we start house hunting and the first thing my wonderful says is, "make sure there's either room inside, outside or somewhere for you to have the bikeshop you've always wanted".
Well I about die, I can't believe she said that. Just about the most wonderful thing a wife could ever say to a bike geek, especially with no prompting from me!!!!!
We buy a house in Sept, do almost a 100% remodel, complete it and then the guys started on my shop and completed it just in time for for my wife to present it to me for Christmas.
It's still a work in progress as I get things organized, tools situated, bikes hung etc but it's coming along.
It was built under an existing second story deck which provided great ceiling height, about 9.5' which allows me to hang bikes and still walk under them. The roof is flat and was sealed with a system used for cruise ship decks which is guaranteed waterproof and ultra durable. So we got a cool decking for family use and I got a waterproof, no worry roof/ceiling.
The room is 16'x19' insulated and includes 2 doors, one is an electronic 4'3" wide overheard "garage" door and the other a regular walk in. The large door really makes it easy to get our tandems in and out and will be perfect to open up during spring and summer and allow the outside in. The large door also has keypad entry. I sacraficed overhead hanging space for the door but that's OK. Our house sets at the top of a beautiful ravine so I had 2 large 4x4 windows installed that allow a ton of natural light plus give a great view of the woods and as a plus, I can watch our 5 yr playing in the backyard.
Lighting is critical in a shop so we installed overhead 2 flourescent units(2 bulbs each) along with 4 recessed spots in the general area of the bench/workstand and we also installed a set of directional spots in the far corner.
The contractor had the foresight to use 3/4" plywood for the walls and ceiling instead of sheetrock, that way I can drill anywhere I want or need to for hanging hooks, racks or anything else. I don't have to worry that the rock is not strong enough to hold things.
The bench is a fairly straight forward big hunk of sturdiness that can withstand a ton of abuse and is about 28" deep and 4.5' long w/room for a vice, tool box and plenty of open workspace. The grinder/polishing wheel will set outside under the deck.
And lastly, my wife's favorite feature, a digital intercom system from the shop to house. My wife is the best, thanks for the great gift sweetie!
Left overs:Still don't have enough room for all the "stuff" inside. These are hanging outside the shop under the deck and they include 3 Paramounts, a Lejeune, Raleigh Professional, Schwinn Volare, Santana tandem and others