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  1. I think this was my favorite quote: Some people call this space a studio. There is artistry...but it's a shop. It's noisy. It's physical. Machines play a big role. It's not a factory where parts move from station to station manned by operators. Parts do move from station to station, but they are accompanied by crafts men and women whose hands, eyes, and hearts are engaged in the steps and invested in the outcome.
  2. I've recently been fascinated by shop-made machinery. Specifically I would like to build a stroke sander one day. Philip Morely has a cool one in his small shop, and various FWW authors throughout the years have had the odd gem. Gary Weeks' shop has some seriously cool shop-made machines though! I thought folks would enjoy seeing them if they hadn't already. His "straight line machine" (edge jointer using a shaper spindle) is also interesting.
  3. @drzaius & @AJ_Engineer oh, good point. I also worry that the need for stairs down to a lower level will impact my working floor space, and my original approximate plan was pushing the CEO's acceptable tolerance for eating up backyard outdoor space.
  4. This is cool! I think my wife would love something like this. I am going to see how much of a PITA it'd be to put the rack on hinges so it wouldn't block the window 100% of the time (which is something she probably wouldn't want).
  5. I will be the umpteenth vote for dados on this one. Plus your little divider guys will act like cleats to keep the top flat. Of course if you're worried about that at all, I do wonder if sliding dovetails wouldn't have more mechanical strength from a cleat standpoint. I'm not sure though.
  6. All laughter aside, I am now reconsidering my desire to keep the shop floor level with the garage. So long as I can safely keep surface moisture at bay I think I'm going to try to shoot for steps down to the shop level to maximize the height. Heck, I've dealt with mechanically lifting stuff in my prior shops just fine.
  7. Hey @RJS - great question. The swale definitely cuts the back yard in half, to a point where it drops sharply into a ravine. This will make for a number of nice launching point for a zip line and some future mountain bike/ski trails. The CEO has also requested a series of bridges in the future...hopefully those will help justify a new chainsaw purchase. The driveway/parking area in front of the garage and house is slightly elevated from the area between the house and garage. There is one stone step down to a sloped path that leads into the eastern part of the back yard. The breezeway will eliminate the possibility for anything larger than a riding lawnmower to get back there, though for practical purposes that is not a problem. The setback from my property line to the garage is only 10-15 feet, and mostly tree-lined. "E Yard" in my drawing below is a fairly confined area due to the deep swale and ravines. EMS could get to that yard through my neighbors property in the event of a catastrophe. We have a little bridge by the deck across the swale, and a person can cross the swale itself (albeit with zero expectations of staying clean and dry) when it's not super nasty outside.
  8. I followed your shop build closely, and it definitely looks like yours is a great living proof example!
  9. CEO and I are set on the breezeway (house does not have a mudroom but we need one, and she likes the look we have in mind). Plus the end of the house closest to the garage contains our living room and master bedroom. Not only would would this create much more complex surgery to the house proper than I care to get into myself, but I would be hard pressed to sufficiently abate noise and vibration to an acceptable level. I do appreciate the thoughts though!
  10. Lots of votes for the front-facing gable! I will let the CEO know. I definitely agree on the steeper pitch. It's definitely narrow (the garage was built in the 20s). It may be more complicated and expensive to widen the garage, as I'd have to expand the existing foundation and slab. Plus we can already park my truck and my wife's car in the existing narrow garage, so selling the expansion (when she already likes how narrow it looks!) is likely a no-go. I wanted to back the breezeway off from the front line of part of the house to which it will attach, but to do so would require removing a gas fireplace in that room, and the kick-out on the side of the house that accommodates it. A long narrow breezeway was designed by request. I thought about that, but the CEO wants to minimize how much of our usable outdoor space adjacent to the house is sucked up by my shop. The spot immediately behind the garage is sort of a hidden pocket, hence her being ok with it turning into a shop. Plus the breezeway is a passage between the driveway + front yard to the backyard, which itself is split down the middle by a deep swale that runs into a ravine. The breezeway will be the only practical way to get from the front-left part of the house to the backyard, hence french doors on either side:
  11. I am embarrassed to admit I googled "bagel end" before I realized autocorrect probably corrupted "gable." If I do the straight gable end facing the street approach I will definitely go for a steeper pitch. Good call. The large section you mention is simply one large room on the ground floor and our master BR and bath on the second. They laid it out so that the street-facing wall on the second floor contains the closets (we have wonderful big windows looking out back at the woods though). However, the CEO (I have totally adopted this moniker for my wife - thanks, @Woodenskye) has said she'd like a walk-in closet. A shed dormer on the road-facing side could make that all feasible! The car has a roof rack and ski trays on it.
  12. The garage is old and rough around the edges but still functional (for an uninsulated, unsealed box with dodgey doors). I worry that a full tear-down will not be compatible with the CEO's wishes, as she is attached to the idea of rehabbing what may be basically functional vs. fully replacing it. Personally, I am also really looking forward to doing the work, and I think it will be less practically feasible for me to do it all if it's a full rebuild vs. an in-depth remodel and addition. I also worry that I would potentially need to fully rip and replace the existing garage slab, foundation, etc etc. The prices you mentioned jive with what I have seen around here thus far. I have considered going the post-frame route, and if it is allowed for the shop extension I may do that. @Tpt life Good idea! Those little windows were just to break up the plane in the drawing. The garage faces north anyway.
  13. I have considered it, and doing so is not out of the question. Cost control is top of mind, but I like your idea of using one just for the outside elevations. Thank you! RE: your comment about the extra room going to the CEO, let's just say I have essentially traded most of my say in decor and landscaping for the entirety of the house and property in exchange for the shop. She has complained that my conference calls are too loud, though, so maybe the prospect of my putting my office outside the house proper would be a good bargaining chip. @Minnesota Steve @Chestnut I generally agree with you guys on this. The majority of houses and garages on our road don't have gable ends facing the road for whatever reason. The CEO is also adamant about the garage roofline matching that of the house, despite the structure being oriented perpendicular to the house. More doodles: Two story garage, saltbox roof up front, little monopitch for shop out back. I'd probably need to use rafters to inexpensively get an appropriate ceiling height...CEO will not want the garage roof level with the house. I just cranked out a 4:12 roof straight along the structure, which is probably not the ideal pitch or how it'd actually relate to the breezeway. It would be much less expensive, and much less complex, to do something like this, though. All of your comments are much appreciated!
  14. The CEO is worried about the garage + shop looking too massive. That said, a bonus room would be nice. I agree the little pop up in front looks funky; the intent is to hide the gable end of the garage+shop roof. The house does not have any gable ends facing the street, and the BD here is super picky about rooflines. I don’t know if they will care in this case though. The house itself has a, shall we say, interesting roof. (View from street, garage closeup, rear view) Great call on the coffee and donuts!
  15. There’s also a school out in Grass Valley that offers a wide array of classes. There is lots of hands on instruction near you, @Valleyslim. I second @RichardA‘s advice, too!