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Ideas and techniques for designing and building workspaces inside and outside the home.
Workshops are not just for carpenters and builders. The workshops in this book have been designed for writers, artists, furniture makers, boat builders, gardeners, collectors and those who like to maintain and restore old cars.
And workshops don't have to be expensive - one of the workshops in this book was constructed inside a closet. Even the most elaborate separate building can be put up for a very reasonable cost if you follow the instructions in this book and do the work yourself.
Based on the success of their previous best selling books - Cabins, Sheds and Playhouses You Can Build - the author team of David and Jeanie Stiles have combined their skills and experience to walk you step-by-step through the selection and construction of a workshop that will give you years of enjoyment and add to the value of your house when you come to sell.
Just a few of the other fact-filled chapters in this book include:
- Why and Where to Build how to design and plan a workshop in your basement, garage, attic, or building an addition or separate building
- Building the Workshop construction and design fundamentals
- Portable and Mini-Workshops no matter how little space you have, you can make something worthwhile
- Skill Review a basic primer on woodworking skills that covers all the basics - no experience necessary.
Workshops You Can Build is packed with over 300 detailed and beautiful illustrations by the author which show every step of the building process in detail.
|Publisher:||Firefly Books, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||8.37(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
David Stiles is a designer/builder and together with his wife Jeanie has authored fifteen books.
Table of Contents
- Why and Where to Build
- Corner Workspace
- Neighbors and Communities
- Designing Your Workshop
- Wall Framing
- Sheathing and Siding
- Fascia and Soffits
- Doors and Windows
- Heat and Electricity
- Building a Partition
- Cotswold Cottage Office/Workshop
- Concrete Floor
- Post and Beam Construction
- Writer's Retreat
- Asphalt Flooring
- Homemade Windows and Screen
- Carpenter's Workshop
- Interior Layout
- Carpenter's Workbench
- Small Woodworking Shop
- Dream Woodworking Shop
- Garage Woodworking Shop
- Ceramic Studio
- Art Studio
- Design Studio
- Architect's and Writer's Workspace
- Tack Room
- Gardener's Workshop
- Boatbuilding Workshop
- Wall-Mounted Tool Chest
- Adjustable Sawhorse
- Closet Workshop
- Potting Table
- Corner Desk
- Armoire Workstation
- Workspace for Kids
- Mini-Office on Wheels
- Wall File
- Artist's Studio Storage
- Tool Rack and Shelves
- Saw Guide
- Drafting Table
- Measurements and Materials
- Cutting and Drilling
- Fastening with Screws and Nails
- Clamping and Gluing
We wrote Workshops You Can Build for do-it-yourself builders who are budget conscious, have adequate building skills and a desire to expand or create a workspace for their hobby or profession. Sometimes this means simply clearing out an unused corner of a room, installing shelves or redesigning space in an attic or basement. It can also mean building an addition to your house or even building a structure separate from your house. We have tried to include as many different workspace situations as possible.
Our aim in writing Workshops You Can Build is to take the mystery out of home construction projects and to describe building techniques and projects in a way that makes them easy to understand and build. The book contains detailed illustrations backed up with clearly written instructions and includes a section with photographs of work spaces used by woodworkers, artists, potters and writers, to mention a few. Our goal is for the reader to feel totally confident when undertaking his or her building project. It is written in layman's terms with details, advice and trade secrets that we have learned from our own experience in designing and building.
As we sit writing this book, at a desk in a cozy corner, sheltered from 35 miles per hour winds and 6 inches of snow outside our window, we are once again reminded of the many advantages of having a workspace in our home. For us, carpentry, designing, illustrating and writing are all done in and around our home. David's workshop is only a few steps from the house and our design studio is in a converted guest room. Working at home, something that used to be a novelty, is now commonplace. The advantages and practical aspects of working at home are obvious no commuting, keeping your own hours, anything you want in the kitchen, fresh roasted coffee beans and the personal freedom to be your own boss.
This book is written for anyone who wants a space in or next to his or her house, for business or for a hobby. It contains workshop designs and ideas for carpenters, mechanics, ceramists, artists, gardeners,
designers, writers and professional business people.
Once the decision to work from home has been made, the question of where to put the new workspace arises. Simple solutions include converting a spare guest room into an office, finding usable attic space, dividing a large room into two smaller ones, using a corner of a large room or foyer, or remodeling a basement or garage. Other more extensive and costly solutions might be to build an addition onto your house or even build a workspace that is separate from the main house. In this book we will discuss the pros and cons of all these possibilities and help you to find a solution that is perfect for your specific situation.
Readers will find more useful building information in our other books and on our website which are listed in the 'Further Reading' section at the end of the book.