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Old 10-30-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Hi folks, I'm hoping you'll help me with ideas to decorate our new shop. My wife and I recently relocated to Austin, TX and were fortunate to purchase a lovely home with an awesome shop. It's 30x40 with AC/Heat and is a wide open canvas. My intent is to make it a great place to work on our jeeps and also hang out with buddies. Photo attached, pardon the distortion from the phone panorama.

I'm trying to keep the costs low as I have a lot of tools and mods to buy. These are some of the ideas I'm thinking about:

Make a high top table from 55 gallon drum and table top.
Jeep/willy signs off eBay or similar.
Fridge/Keurig/Kegerator
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Go to a salvage yard and find destroyed jeep parts for hanging up
Found a method for making antiqued signs on instructables.

What shop mods ideas do you have for us?
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Love the shop and deco ideas. How about putting a lift into it. By the way, is this Starbrite's hubby?

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if its for you both, make a big banenr that you two can draw the jeep logo n such on and put the anniversary date of your new home. Things you make are always worth more. With the canvas, be careful with a dartboard. kureg is great, just make sure to bring the water out with you! There are a lot of great places to get signs and check out pinterest for table ideas etc. There are some great DIY things you can do to make that place look awesome for next to nothing!
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Love the shop and deco ideas. How about putting a lift into it. By the way, is this Starbrite's hubby?
That's him, jeepers.
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if its for you both, make a big banenr that you two can draw the jeep logo n such on and put the anniversary date of your new home. Things you make are always worth more. With the canvas, be careful with a dartboard. kureg is great, just make sure to bring the water out with you! There are a lot of great places to get signs and check out pinterest for table ideas etc. There are some great DIY things you can do to make that place look awesome for next to nothing!
That's a cool idea! I never would have thought of the banner.

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Pictures of your Jeeps in cool places up on the wall
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Paint a big Jeep grill logo on the floor and add a wet bar with the fridge and kegerator.
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Heh. The jeep logo on the floor would be cool... But should we paint it upsidedown/ backwards as you're walking in, so it would be the beeJ logo?

Cool ideas, guys! Please keep them coming!

Maybe we can get enough shop ideas to start a sticky: 'What Did You Do to Your Shop Today?'

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Build an oversized, sturdy table out of steel with easy access to a vice and table grinder. Make sure your welder leads and plasma cutter can reach the far end of the table with ease. Put a 220 outlet on each wall before the space fills up and you find out later that you need it. Build a small enclosure outside for your compressor, you don't need to have to talk over that noise, and go ahead and pipe air lines around the walls with a fitting on every wall. A parts/tool wash sink is beyond priceless. Put as much fluorescent lighting in the ceiling as possible. Get a refrigerator big enough to hold a couple of cases of beer. Decorating? Keurig? Your man-card is in serious jeopardy. But don't worry, some time with an air chisel, a grinder, and a mig welder will make it right.
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First thing I'd do? Lift!
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Agreed! I'd be looking for a used two-post lift on the old craigslist. Also, whetstone has some great ideas there - running 220 around is a fantastic plan while walls are empty and still easy to get to.
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Love the shop and deco ideas. How about putting a lift into it. By the way, is this Starbrite's hubby?
Yes, she has the misfortune of being married to me. But as I'm sure you've seen, she got a 2014 Hydro out of the deal.

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With the canvas, be careful with a dartboard. kureg is great, just make sure to bring the water out with you! There are a lot of great places to get signs and check out pinterest for table ideas etc. There are some great DIY things you can do to make that place look awesome for next to nothing!
Regarding the Canvas, I meant it figuratively. It's a metal building (which still isn't great for darts, but I'd put a cork and wood sheet backing behind the dart board). I will definitely check out pinterest. I had been looking at Houzz which is a pretty cool ipad app with tons of ideas on remodeling. Most of it is above my beer budget, but great ideas. Pinterest probably has a ton of great stuff more in my budget.

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Build an oversized, sturdy table out of steel with easy access to a vice and table grinder. Make sure your welder leads and plasma cutter can reach the far end of the table with ease. Put a 220 outlet on each wall before the space fills up and you find out later that you need it. Build a small enclosure outside for your compressor, you don't need to have to talk over that noise, and go ahead and pipe air lines around the walls with a fitting on every wall. A parts/tool wash sink is beyond priceless. Put as much fluorescent lighting in the ceiling as possible. Get a refrigerator big enough to hold a couple of cases of beer. Decorating? Keurig? Your man-card is in serious jeopardy. But don't worry, some time with an air chisel, a grinder, and a mig welder will make it right.
Fortunately, this shop was previously owned by a serious woodworker so it has dedicated power from the street and inside it already has a dozen 240 lines and a couple dozen 120 lines for running his lathe, tablesaw, drillpress, etc... The enclosure around the compressor sounds like a great idea as the metal building just bounces the sound around. I'll have to research the best way to do that.

I was thinking about one of the harbor freight or Northern parts washer. They seem like a great idea.

Regarding the Keurig, I haven't found a good beer that has caffeine in it, so I need to balance out my ratio of beer:coffee.

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Agreed! I'd be looking for a used two-post lift on the old craigslist. Also, whetstone has some great ideas there - running 220 around is a fantastic plan while walls are empty and still easy to get to.
A lift would be awesome! I briefly thought about it, but figured that it would be too expensive. Do they have lifts that are reasonable for a DIY'r and safe? Do you have any brands that you would recommend I research?

Thanks for the ideas guys. We are having fun with it.
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I did a quick search on two post life on CL and saw these. There are several postings. I had no idea that they were a couple thousand or cheaper for used.

Car/Truck Lift
automotive shop equipment

Great idea! I'll keep researching.
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You can find lifts for as low as 2500, for a 2 post. I have a lift on my barn list.
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Thanks for all the great ideas, guys!

I promise I won't put up any curtains or use any chintz in the decorating of this space.
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Wow ... Thats beautiful. I would love to have a shop that big. Or live next to you guys and use it
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Hey KJ! You're welcome to come visit any time!

And just think about how much WARMER it'll be here in Texas than Connecticut!
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I can't find the picture, but I saw someone hung a pickup endgate on a wall, but padded the backside so when it was dropped down it doubled as a seat/bench. You could find a Jeep endgate and do the same thing.
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I can't find the picture, but I saw someone hung a pickup endgate on a wall, but padded the backside so when it was dropped down it doubled as a seat/bench. You could find a Jeep endgate and do the same thing.
That's a cool idea! I'll have to check out CL or salvage yards. Today I found a guy that has 2 jeep hoods for $30 each on CL. I might pick one up, paint a logo on it and hang it on the front like a mechanic shop.
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That's a cool idea! I'll have to check out CL or salvage yards. Today I found a guy that has 2 jeep hoods for $30 each on CL. I might pick one up, paint a logo on it and hang it on the front like a mechanic shop.
Here is what I was talking about. You could even go as far to wire the tail lights up and everything.
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That is REALLY cool!!!

I see a trip to the U-pull it in my near future...
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Love that bench. That would make a great fold away table as well.
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That is REALLY cool!!!

I see a trip to the U-pull it in my near future...
Where in TX are you guys? If we ever decide to go out west we will stop in on our way!
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Starbrite and myself are just about dead center in Texas. An hour North of San Antomio.
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Here is what I was talking about. You could even go as far to wire the tail lights up and everything.
How would you power the lights? Is there a straight forward box to purchase that would convert 120v to 12v? I have a pair of useless stock headlights that would be interesting in a grill if I could find a cheap grill.
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How would you power the lights? Is there a straight forward box to purchase that would convert 120v to 12v? I have a pair of useless stock headlights that would be interesting in a grill if I could find a cheap grill.
Yeah AC/DC power supplies are no problem. Biggest concern is power budget, headlights can get fairly power hungry so probably want to go > 72 watts for a safety margin. I can help you source one if you want.
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Yeah AC/DC power supplies are no problem. Biggest concern is power budget, headlights can get fairly power hungry so probably want to go > 72 watts for a safety margin. I can help you source one if you want.
What's the rough cost for something that size? I read an instructable on how to convert a PC power supply into a lab bench power supply, but not sure if that would be sufficient/safe. The good thing is that I have several of those around.

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