First blog post and a very cold shop.

In the last month a lot of changes have happened in our tiny shop on Vancouver Island. After a lot of planning and discussion we've decided to expand our humble mezzanine an much needed 100 square feet. Here's an abridged version of what we started with to where we are now.

In the beginning, with just a little vision, a SketchUp draft and a lot of time. 

1. Chip away paint. 2. Clean up 3. Spend two days painting walls white and strain neck. 

1. Chip away paint. 2. Clean up 3. Spend two days painting walls white and strain neck. 

We started with a bay in a large building where old quarry trucks were repaired for ove half a century. Little did we know, the pit would come in handy for space and minor alterations to bar stools.

After two weeks we were up and running. 

After winter break, we realized the shop could use a little upgrade. Thus, after a small fraction of the time it took us to build the first mezz, we had the addition up and running.

Important lessons learned:

1. It helps to have the right tools when building. i.e. proper compact drill v. hand cranking with faulty socket wrench.

2. More lights especially near the welding area.

3. Wall-mounted wiring is a must for a small shop. 

4. You learn way more through building out a shop than in design school.

5. Home-made ladders are the best.

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Major test of first beam for mezzanine. Each of the many four inch lag bolts were... hand cranked. 

Major test of first beam for mezzanine. Each of the many four inch lag bolts were... hand cranked. 

Building everything out, and starting to collect big toys.

Building everything out, and starting to collect big toys.

Shop version 2012 complete!
Shop version 2012 complete!

Final product. Shop version 2013