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Old 12-25-2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Tiny workshop in Aus

Thought I'd start a thread about my tiny work space that I have to work with until my home extension and garage gets off the ground.

My space is 3750mm x 2450mm (12' x 8'), essentially a kids cubby that was here when I bought the property. I'm fitting a work bench along 1 wall and adding storage cabinets on another. As I use this space for storage as well it's a slow process of clearing a section, then fitting part of the bench then rearranging for the next bit.



The bench is designed so that a storage bin from the local supermarket will fit on the floor and on the shelf, with just enough space for a thin drawer to hold tools under the top.



Eventually I'll have a 6m x 9m (20' x 30') garage for vehicle projects, and this space will be for smaller wood projects.

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Old 12-25-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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First bench section installed



Old fire reel cabinet framed into the wall, and an old kitchen cabinet hung above the bench area



Next section of bench started.


Have been gradually working on this over the last 2 years over my summer break.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:21 PM   #3
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Crspy Firstly hello and welcome to the GJ.

Its great to see you optimising the workspace you have, well done.

Looking forward to seeing how you progress and thanks for sharing as there are many here that do some great stuff in a small space.

How long before you start your extension and garage?

What neck of the woods are you from?

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Old 12-25-2015, 11:25 PM   #4
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Thanks 1/2 Cup, I watch your thread with envy

I'm in the Yarra Ranges in Melbourne's east.

Plans still have to go to council, but I need to remove some trees before I get there. Hopefully the next couple of months to get everything to planning.
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How sturdy are the workbenches using that size if wood? Looks to be 2 by 4.
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Thanks 1/2 Cup, I watch your thread with envy

I'm in the Yarra Ranges in Melbourne's east.

Plans still have to go to council, but I need to remove some trees before I get there. Hopefully the next couple of months to get everything to planning.
Many thanks Crspy

The Yarra range is a nice part of the State, I love it down there and you may want to include it in your profile as it helps paint the picture so to speak.

All the best with your planning permit.

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How sturdy are the workbenches using that size if wood? Looks to be 2 by 4.
Seems plenty sturdy - it's also screwed to the wall.

Because of my 1 in 3 rise the bench won't need to hold anything I can't carry
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Plans still have to go to council, but I need to remove some trees before I get there. Hopefully the next couple of months to get everything to planning.
Tree removal is never much fun when it comes to Councils. Good luck.
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Crspy, we have an Australian and New Zealand Garage Journal Members Group you may be interested in joining.

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He knows about the group. Justin either 1/2 or myself can get you access.
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Haha, cheers guys

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Tree removal is never much fun when it comes to Councils. Good luck.
Yeah, Yarra Ranges council is especially keen on their trees, but they've advised to removed any required trees that are eligible under the 10/30 rule before going to planning.
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You may have to explain the 10/30 rule as this is a global forum and many may not follow what you have posted.
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You may have to explain the 10/30 rule as this is a global forum and many may not follow what you have posted.
Good point

Most suburban councils over here require planning permission to remove trees. Due to the extreme bushfires we had about 5 years ago the state government instituted a new rule allowing homeowners to clear trees from around their house up to 10 metres, and shrubs up to 30 metres, without requiring planning permission.
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How many trees and shrubs will you need to clear?
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2 large trees before planning, with a smaller one as well so the arborist can bring the large one down safely. Another 2 trees will go to the council for approval. The engineer requires 2 metre piles under the garage slab due to the hill, which would go through the trees root systems.
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That's some decent piles Crspy, the slab should go anywhere.

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Sounds like you will have plenty of fire wood come next winter.
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Now if only I had a fire place....
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A fire pit might be the go.
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