9 Minutes part 2

Anthony has asked a very interesting question which has caused much food for thought.

Instead of a slab, he asked if I had considered screw pilings.  No need for the slab specifically, I’d loose a bit of shed height by installing a wooden floor (not that I don’t have a few metres spare!)

The end result could look a lot more like the Ideal Tools workshop that I was always so envious of!

An Ideal Workshop

An Ideal Workshop

There is no specific requirement to have a concrete floor, and as Anthony pointed out, it would make running services significantly easier, including having in-floor GPOs (power) right at the tool, and under-floor dust extraction.  That alone would be significant – imagine walking around a workshop with all the large machines and not having to trip over cables and ducting!

Not sure how much screw pilings cost, but definitely worth some serious investigation!

As to the timber for the floor?  There are some different options.  One is to make it out of solid timber, but that would be a phenomenal cost.  However, there other choices.  Such as laying a floor of yellow-tongue, then overlaying it with a product like Gerflor.  Another option is to use some of the timber I recovered from the Menzies Building (Tassie Oak).  I have about 52m2 of it, but that is full thickness (45mm).  If it was resawed, I would still have 20mm of timber on top of the yellow-tongue, and still have about 1/2 my timber for projects.  Hmmm.

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6 Responses

  1. One thing to consider when you talk to a plumber is to put in a toilet and laundry tub for a wash basin.

    • Definitely agree with the sink, and perhaps a tank to collect some of the shed water as the supply. After years of not having a water supply in a shed, I always wanted a sink – water for the very thirsty (comparatively) Tormek sharpener for example.

      As to the toilet however – the house is close enough, and I might plant a lemon tree………..

  2. Poor lemon tree 😦

  3. I like the wooden floor idea. Look at using bamboo over the yellow tongue. It is solid, so can be sanded (when you drop the chisel or screwdriver or???) and compares very well cost-wise with the laminate products.

    Can’t wait for your new shed!

    Dawid Verwey

    • Good point – after experiencing bamboo as the top of the Walko workbenches, it is a good, sustainable material for that sort of application.
      A workshop floor (no matter how good it looks) has to be considered the same as a good looking workbench. If you are scared of scratching or damaging it, you’ve chosen the wrong material!

  4. Hi Stu Stick with the concrete mate, two main problems with timber are 1 the weight of the machinery will cause sagging. and 2 white ants or other pests will enjoy the feast when it is that close to the ground,
    Concrete slabs can be finished in one day and are trouble free.
    That’s what I’ve got.
    Don Y

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