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I've been thinking on these cold wintery days in Michigan about our farm and shops.  

 

I recently moved and have a small garage shop.  I am currently outfitting it the way I'd like.   

 

I will post pictures of my shop soon.   In the meantime here is an outside picture of our families granary/workshop.  

 

I have always loved old farm shops.  They just have a charm that new shiny shops don't have.  There is a certain peace i get from an old farm shop.  

 

Let's see your shops. Old and new!!

 

Chris. 

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Too small and too many people working out of/in front of.  

Been a talk lately.  If we cement the storage area we will have full 36x60 area to work.  The 36x24 is tight now.  Was great with the 886 and 684.  But with 2 silage trucks and Magnums.  Wheel loaders and the Need to stock frikin parts for higher wear stuff since dealers wont?.  So we have alot of shelves we never had/needed before.  Be nice to make the storage area now cement then it be for servicing, welding, and parts etc.  Then the current work bay could be cleaned out and have room for bigger stuff.  We notice we bring stuff in to get fixed/built b/c we just dont have room to let the thing sit for week plus for us to pick away at the project.  Like building gates or doing a significant welding repair.  Then since the work area is insulated we can stick a radiant heater in maybe?  Get a nice MIG welder an such.

 

Nice looking building.  I would love a old wood floor equipment dealership likebuildings.  They have personality imo.  Or steel floor is cool.  With a drive in basement for storage.  A loft area for office/Hideout type thing.

But it beats being outside for sure!

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I am trying to decide what to do here also. Thinking adding a 20x72 lean to on the 40x72 i have. I dont need much ceiling height to shove cars into corners to make some working space. In  some moments of weakness i have mentioned selling something... 

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Farmallman 77----

You've got me beat anyway I turn-------your shop/barn has great, great character.

This is a rather unique picture of my otherwise conventional metal shop building taken by my wife a couple of nights ago while snapping a picture of the Christmas star (seen up through the power lines).

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Looking to the southwest from our front yard-------just at twilight.  Lighting came out rather unusual.

Built shop in 1975 after storm blew implement shed down and lots of damage on small Dirt floor shop in 1973.  I kept my my two office real estate practice  here after getting out of farming in 1985-------but I am like Ace (too CLUTTERED nowadays).  I think about it as the new shop-------it's 45 yrs old.

Funny-----this made me think of what a new experience it was to repair, build, and fabricate on a level concrete floor.  Almost like starting over again!!!

Let's see others------this is start of another  good thread.

 

DD

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This is mine. I have no idea of the age but guessing by the construction I would have to guess 40s or 50s era. It's divided 2/3 cement floor and 1/3 gravel with a wall separating it. It currently is not insulated, I need to do some roof work before I think about that. It's plenty big enough to suit my needs, I have lots of room to have multiple projects going at once which isn't always a good thing.

I could replace the building with something more modern but it just wouldn't have the same character as the existing structure.

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Mine is small and not finished and full of junk most of the time....According to my wife building a bigger one would just allow me to collect more JUNK and not fix my work area problems....probably right?. So with that in mind you should only buy one of those small Amish sheds for a shop. I work out in front of mine most of the time anyway and you’d have to keep it neat. 

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2 minutes ago, NY1468 said:

Mine is small and not finished and full of junk most of the time....According to my wife building a bigger one would just allow me to collect more JUNK and not fix my work area problems....probably right?. So with that in mind you should only buy one of those small Amish sheds for a shop. I work out in front of mine most of the time anyway and you’d have to keep it neat. 

Your wife related to mine?? ya mine is probably right too. But to be fair a 30 by 36 garage doesn't leave much room for tractor projects!

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1 hour ago, NY1468 said:

Mine is 24’x50’.. was planning on a 55’x50’ and only got the shed roof part of it donish....06E6CE1B-33E4-4074-88E3-A6212BCF784B.thumb.jpeg.b94834ca7f2a40d28265e099683672e8.jpeg

 

at least it’s warm inside for the mice to have a comfortable life...

I can only dream of having something as nice as what you have Orin.

Warm, dry, and LOTS OF LIGHT, I might actually get more of my projects finished!!!

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Here are some pictures of ours. It is very modest and was built in the 60's as a machine shed. We dug a couple feet of dirt out, poured a new foundation and put in a cement floor the second year we were here. It has been a work in progress for almost 20 years now and we have extremely outgrown it. It is 40 x 48 x 14 tall in the high part. We are designing a new one, but that is a ways off yet. Don't laugh at our messes, a lot goes on in there. Everything from sitting in the chairs by the stove eating cookies to any repair, simply a polish and complete restorations. It has served us well so far, but am dreaming of the new one.

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21 minutes ago, INTERNATIONAL 1466 said:

Here are some pictures of ours. It is very modest and was built in the 60's as a machine shed. We dug a couple feet of dirt out, poured a new foundation and put in a cement floor the second year we were here. It has been a work in progress for almost 20 years now and we have extremely outgrown it. It is 40 x 48 x 14 tall in the high part. We are designing a new one, but that is a ways off yet. Don't laugh at our messes, a lot goes on in there. Everything from sitting in the chairs by the stove eating cookies to any repair, simply a polish and complete restorations. It has served us well so far, but am dreaming of the new one.

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What is the overhead crane?

 I have always dreamt of one....

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Mine. Built a dozen years ago. Could not afford it now. Right 2 bays are heated, 36x40, 14 ft walls. Left 2 bays storage, 26x36. 150,000 btu reznor, instant heat. Best thing I did was a crapper, beer fridge, microwave, air compressor room. Good view out front when I need a break.

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Ours is floor heated and 45 x 48 with 16ft sidewalls.  Dirty as heck I know and needs to be twice the size, and we should have put say more lights in it.  That is my winter project to put more lights in.

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Great comments guys.  Keep them coming. I love looking at shops.  

 

Here is my humble shop. Just moved in here in the end of July.  Slowly working on getting it where I want it.   Just picked up my compressor and need to get it plumbed up.   I actually just picked up the kennedy toolbox and red cabinet over the welder today.  I'm a firm believer in that if you don't have a place to store stuff then it will end up on the nearest flat surface. 

 

Pay no mind to the mess. When moving stuff just seems to end up there.  

 

I like a smaller shop cuz it forces me to focus on one project at a time.   Mine has heat so it works out nice in the winter.  

The brown bench is my bicycle workbench.  I work on and collect bicycles so its really nice for that. 

Chris. 

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