We recently finished a new addition to the shop facility that will serve as an outdoor woodworking area and brewing shed. In fact, we mashed, cooked & tanked our first 5 gallons of Barrack Farms English Brown Ale into the fermenter moments after completing the gas piping and H2O plumbing for the shed.
The shed is anchor bolted to concrete footings, built around solid 6×6 red oak posts and framed with 2×6 & 2×4 pine. All of the wood was milled with the Lucas portable sawmill here on site.
The first photo shows the dried sawmill framing lumber after it was cut and sorted by size. After air drying, the boards must be re-sawn to remove defects. The resulting boards may vary in length as you see here. Next, horizontal 2×6 ledgers were drilled and bolted to the existing shop. You can also see the first post and roof joist erected. From that first “reference” joist, the rest of the joists were laid out, erected and then topped with a 2×4 lath onto which the metal roof and siding was attached. Finally, you can see the completed shop and the completed workbench and sink area. Later (not pictured) the gas tank was moved, re-plumbed and set up to run a 15,000 BTU brewing burner. Then the sink was installed over a sheet of plastic laminate leftover from a previous remodeling project. Finally, electrical plugs, fluorescent lighting and compressed air lines were installed throughout the area for convenience.
I’ve often said that a man cannot have enough shop space. I may now be approaching the practical limit of that argument.