Building The Workshop (part 3 of 3)

Part 3 in a short series about building a workshop shed using some salvaged and new materials.

This video shows a quick tour of the workshop after it was finished, including a look at the tools I have, wood and tool storage, tool storage, condensation on the metal roof sheets and how I resolved the issue, installation of the electrical supply and cabling, and finally a summary of build costs.

Building The Workshop (part 2 of 3)

Part 2 in a short series about building a workshop shed using some salvaged and new materials.

This video covers the assembling of the frame, installing the shiplap cladding, installing the roof sheets and floor and making the door.

Building The Workshop (part 1 of 3)

Part 1 in a short series about building a workshop shed using some salvaged and new materials.

This video covers the ground works, the salvaged wood, a SketchUp model of the workshop, building a retaining block wall, making the frame, installing the windows, and starting to assemble.

This was my biggest ever project, and I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything bigger than this (unless I build myself a house some day!)

Frankensaw

Meet Frankensaw, my home-made table saw.  It’s made out of a circular saw mounted upside down to a basic table structure.  

Bike Shed

 

Biggest build yet!  I wanted to build something to put my lawnmower, bike and gardening bits in so that I could use my other shed just for storing lots of wood and all my tools.  Eventually I want to replace my other shed with a big workshop and get some workbenches and table tools in there, but that’s another story….

I made the frame first, from old 2x4 timber that used to be my friend’s scooter ramp.  He didn’t want the ramp anymore so we dismantled it a few months back and I’d been wondering what to do with it ever since.

Dining Chairs - restoration

I found these two chairs by a communal bin.  I think they’re made of oak. They were badly broken (someone had tried to do a repair job), upholstered in a funky zebra print material, and the melamine seat panels were rotten as they’d been out in the rain.

I started by taking out the seat panels and using them as a template to cut new seat panels out of some salvaged ½ inch plywood (also found by a bin!)

Ottoman

Ottoman built from salvaged wooden pallet wood donated by a local company, apart from the top which was made from half a scaffold board from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich.  

Stained in dark teak and finished in Briwax.  Built for personal use.

Two Tables

Found an old dining table top by some bins near a council estate. Someone had cut the side off it and used a varnish on the top which was peeling off pretty badly and for some reason written “Lee” on the bottom of it.  

I decided to make two small square tables out of it, one low coffee table and one higher, side table for my living room.  

I bought some 2 x 2 inch pine for the legs from Thornes DIY shop in Norwich city centre, and used some old pine bed slats that I had in my shed to make the rest of the structures.

Media Unit

Made this TV unit from old floorboards that a neighbour was ripping out of his house, and a friend tipped me off.   Some of the boards were split but nothing a bit of wood glue can’t fix and the wood had bags of character - knocks, bumps and nail holes.  The drawer came from an old seventies plywood bit of furniture that I found near a bin on a council estate.  I made a new front for it to match the rest of the wood and just added the drawer runners (from eBay) and a new handle (from Wilkinsons).  

Large Cat Tree

Cat tree.  Made from a log found at Mousehold Heath in Norwich.  Stripped all the bark off, bleached the wood to kill anything that might have been lurking inside.  Hinges made from scraps of timber.  Shelves made from floorboards found in my loft.  Base made from scaffold boards.  

Stained in dark teak and finished in satin varnish. Made for my best buddy and housemate in the whole world, Dylan the handsome cat.

Later added fairy lights, rope to the bottom to use as a scratching post, and carpeted the second shelf (his favourite).

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