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workshop poll...(36 posts)

workshop poll...Steve_0
Oct 31, 2002 4:30 AM
Just wondering who all has workshops and what they consist of.

Garage? Spare bedroom? Living room during Matlock reruns?

My garage is equiped for basic car, motorcycle, and bicycle wrenching.

Two boxes, a five-drawer filled with craftsman, and a smaller box filled with Park. (Craftsman is my compromise; Generally I opt for highest quality tools, but if somethings already guaranteed for life.....why spend more?)

My workstand consists of a clamp on a 2X4 which I stick into the workbench vise. Never needed more than that and its very compact.

Also have a decent collection of woodworking powertools, though (for the sake of eliminating clutter) they're all handtools (a workmate, straightedge, ingenuity, and patience can usually replicate any floor-tool, imo).

Oh, and the kerosene heater for those wintery sundays.
Basement & GarageRickC5
Oct 31, 2002 5:38 AM
We luckily bought a house with a finished basement. One alcove-like area is devoted to bike storage, with a large multi-purpose room used for bike wrenching when needed. Park work stand, with all bike tools in a handy bag (one of those with 50 or so compartments/pockets, which can be taken with us on extended road trips).

I use the garage for any really dirty work (like cleaning casettes, etc.) where solvents are needed, plus that's where all the other tools are (full Craftsman rollaway).
EverywhereBill B
Oct 31, 2002 5:52 AM
I live in a studio apartment with three bikes and six sets of wheels, my whole house is bike storage! My workshop is an old ironing board closet. Open door, fold down workbench/diningroom table, tool board is on hinges and swings out. Stand is a Tackx Euro style folding saw horse type that fits right into the closet. Heavy duty cleaning is done in the backyard with a hose and a bucket of rags, sponges and such.
Compressor tooBill B
Oct 31, 2002 5:57 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot. I just got a great deal on a pancake compressor but haven't brought it home yet. I don't think my nabors are going to like it.
re: workshop poll...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 31, 2002 5:45 AM
3rd garage bay with full-sized fridge, homemade plywood & 2x4 table for large marble & stone chess board,, vcr, stereo, bike/trainer combo floorspace, free weights and bench, 6x3x8 workbench with whatever bike-specific tools i've needed so far, bar stools, plus a bottle opener, wire shelving on walls and above door for additional storage, with floorspace to spare. bikes hanging bat-style from above. ultimate pro workstand (quite portable yet stable).

oh, and a fleece pullover from old navy for those wint'ry eves.

i'm eyeing a disco ball and glow-in-the-dark stars & solar system for the ceiling. right now the festive halloween creepy glowing eyes (used year-'round) will have to do.
Oct 31, 2002 5:50 AM
ohyeah, omitted that from my list. Wrenching isnt wrenching without a Heiny.
yep, and having a beer is nice, too. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 27, 2002 4:21 PM
My bikes call the basement home...biknben
Oct 31, 2002 5:47 AM
I've got a small unfinished portion of my basement that is the bike shrine.

The bench is a smaller version of what my LBS has. I mounted an old Performance workstand from the ceiling (just out of picture).

Yes those are Legos on the shelf.

Sorry for the mess. I was tearing down a bike at the time.
You are my idol.......rtyszko
Oct 31, 2002 9:12 AM
Garage - sort ofMcAndrus
Oct 31, 2002 5:58 AM
I use my garage. No special tool boxes, just old cardboard boxes filled with bike tools and spare parts. My stuff is sorted into paper and plastic bags and dropped in the cardboard boxes.

I have a bike stand but only about 1/4 of my workbench is usable: the rest is filled with my wife's gardening stuff. So everytime I work on a bike I have to clear her stuff off first - and there's the occasional argument over that.

It's primitive but it works. The only thing I won't do on a bike is bottom brackets and headsets, because I don't have the tools.
headset tools.Steve_0
Oct 31, 2002 6:03 AM
You probably have a headset press, you just dont realize it.
A length of threaded steel, some washers and nuts, two blocks of hardwood and a pair of crescent wrenches does the trick.
Your Freezer too...Gregory Taylor
Oct 31, 2002 6:08 AM
Pop the cups in the freezer for a while. The temperature makes them shrink a tiny bit, and if you are lucky sometimes they drop right in.
I'm too gutlessMcAndrus
Oct 31, 2002 7:40 AM
I've read that before but I'm too gutless to try it on bikes that I value. Someday I'll have a beater frame and I'll give it a whirl.
front porchterry b
Oct 31, 2002 6:16 AM
you can work outside all the year long here in New Mexico. I have a professional Park work stand (the one with the 100 lb iron plate as the base) on a rubber mat. Tools and parts are kept in a old wooden dresser. My porch is not the customary eastern style raised affair - it wraps around the house and is 75x8 feet.

I also have two 6x8 locked rooms off of my carport (no garage) one of which stores my wife's tack and the other stores my bikes. This room also acts as sort of a maintenance annex - a reduced toolset (levers, box wrenches, ball drivers, tubes, pump) since I sometimes need to make adjustments while I am preparing to leave on a ride. Also store helmet, shoes, gloves and sunglasses in here.

For heavier work I have a small shop off of our barn with a table saw, vise, chop saws, compressor and roll-arounds for tool storage.
Better place to work than at the LBSSpoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2002 6:20 AM
The basement of our condo consists of a two car garage and an 11 X 18 foot bike room. The bike room has hanging storage for all of the bikes except the tandem. The tandem has it's own dedicated parking space under a set of parts and tool storage shelves. A professional Park workstand, work bench, air compressor and professional part cleaning tank are all available. I have an electric heater, but seldom feel it necessary to use it. The lighting's good too.

The bike room connects to the garage so it's easy to roll the bikes in and out. Outside and above the garage door is a wood deck. A hook in the underside of the deck provides a place for hanging muddy mountain bikes so they can be hosed off outdoors and allowed to dry.

I wish that I had a digital camera because I'm really proud of my home workshop.
Bicycles and Harleys, my addiction.Juanmoretime
Oct 31, 2002 6:28 AM
When I built my home 4 and half years ago I had a shop built off the garage. I can keep my bikes there and all my tools, workstand, truing stand tool boxes and shelving for spare parts. I keep, at least almost one spare anything including spokes should I bust one on the weekend. I keep probably two to three years of tires. My goal was to be totally independant of the LBS. I love my local shop although it always appeared that when I would have an issue, it was always the weekend when they were closed which mean't I was screwed.

The Harley has it's own workspace in the garage and tool and part area. Metric and standard American don't mix.
Tools for a Harley?!? Is there no truth to the old saying...RhodyRider
Oct 31, 2002 7:03 AM
...that all you need to fix a H-D is a stick and a rock?
Just kidding! Love that American iron.
Tools for a Harley?!? Is there no truth to the old saying...Juanmoretime
Oct 31, 2002 12:21 PM
To tell the truth it's only three years old and the tools are for my never ending quest for more power and chrome. It's been totally reliable. I do have a cousin with an old shovelhead that any more that a twenty mile ride could lead to an adventure in creative repair. It appears Harley has taken part of the fun out of owning one by making them extremely trouble free.
Time wasSteve_0
Nov 1, 2002 5:20 AM
In the old days, If you were on a Sunday ride and saw a BMW broken down roadside, you knew someone was having a bad sunday.

However, If you saw a Harley broken down roadside, you knew someone was having a typical Sunday.
Garage.......Dave Hickey
Oct 31, 2002 6:37 AM
Full workbench. cable TV, stereo, fan and heater. Regular bikes are hanging from the ceiling. Good bikes are in the spare bedroom. Many spare frames/wheels, hidden from my wife, are in the attic.
The Kitchenette.Sintesi
Oct 31, 2002 6:38 AM
Small apartment. I set up shop on the linoleum floor in front of the sink. Yes, there are oil stains on the floor. It is a ness but I'm to lazy to bother with a drop cloth.
Have used all of the above, but about to start fantasy workshopHumma Hah
Oct 31, 2002 7:48 AM
... I have a new 2-car garage. I had the place built with an extra 50A 240V circuit to the garage to allow me to add a subpanel. I'll have two 20A circuits for outlets, another 15A for track-worklights, a 30A-240V outlet for a welder.

I'll insulate the garage, put sheetrock on the ceiling, chipboard panels on the walls, and paint 'em white for better lighting. Shelves will be adjustable and high -- no steel floor shelves. The table saw, drill press, etc, will go against the wall and not block shelving. I expect to have a solvent storage cabinet.

The floor is already epoxied and looks great. I'll mount a professional-model 1-bike service stand on my side, and there will be a couple of bike hooks on the wall.

There's an electric radiant heater and kerosene heater available for winter.
3rd bedroom...(see pic!)merckx56
Oct 31, 2002 7:52 AM
I have that LeMond posterMcAndrus
Oct 31, 2002 10:06 AM
I'm trying to talk my daughters into getting it framed as a Christmas present. Great poster.
I have that LeMond postermerckx56
Oct 31, 2002 11:13 AM
Dawg Housegrzy
Oct 31, 2002 9:28 AM
800 sqaure feet with room to park two cars
3 sky lights over the 400 sq ft of work shop space
30' of work bench and 20' of floor to ceiling shelving
100 Amp 110/220 V service w/sub-panels & GFI
Wood stove and automatic ventilation w/thermostatic switch
Small milling machine, drill press & air compressor
Cable TV, stereo & 'fridge
Intercom to the house and telephone
Very complete set of hand and power tools for working on cars, bikes, boats, house, sailboards, skis, etc.
GRZY-You are my hero! (nm)merckx56
Oct 31, 2002 11:14 AM
how about a urinal? nmtrekkie1
Oct 31, 2002 1:12 PM
I'm a guy - the world is my urinal! ;-) -nmgrzy
Nov 1, 2002 8:58 AM
been married a long time i see ;-) NmSpirito
Oct 31, 2002 1:49 PM
Key to domestic harmony -grzy
Nov 1, 2002 9:11 AM
- at least for us.

We each have our own space that the other is simply not allowed to mess with - no matter how much it begs to be "fixed" or "cleaned". It's a respect/sanctuary thing and acknowledges each other's nature and the fact that there are things we simply can't change about each other - no matter how much we secretly wish we could. She's a bit of a neat freak and likes to have everything just so and will spend a vast amount of time cleaning and organizing - her code name is the White Tornado. I on the other hand love to tear into things and tackle projects great and small. I have no hesitations about getting dirty so my code name is the Black Tornado. There is bound to conflict when controlled chaos meets it's anit-matter. She'll put up with things that don't work right simply to avoid the clutter and dust that must occur in order to repair something. I simply can not stand it when something doesn't work right and will pull it apart - bike, car, house, etc. It doesn't matter.

Actually we haven't been married that long, but we dated forever so I guess that counts.
re: workshop poll...Miklos
Oct 31, 2002 9:34 AM
24 x 36 shop area in a much larger building that is tractor/RV/motorcycle/snowmobile/hay storage and horse barn.

I am equiped with full mechanic tools since I do all my own wrenching on everything I own. Arc and gas welding capabilities. Many woodworking tools, from planers to radial arm saws. Mandatory air compressor and refridgerator.

Damn, I don't look forward to ever moving again.
re: ... basement...Akirasho
Oct 31, 2002 12:50 PM

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Say, Ahirasho...what's your address again?WrigleyRoadie
Oct 31, 2002 1:26 PM
Mandatory email expressing amazement every time you post a photo of your empire :-)
Does that Blackburn pump actually work?ripSRV
Oct 31, 2002 1:43 PM
Does that Blackburn pump actually work?Akirasho
Nov 1, 2002 1:55 PM
... yup...

It's solidly constructed, is dual stage, and while not particularily faster than other types (when you switch modes to make pumping easier... it takes more stokes) it's reliable and stable... I now have three (one in truck... one in shop... and one modified to inflate disc wheels). It's rated to 160 PSI, but I've gotten 170 out of it.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.