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Old 2013-09-21, 7:19pm
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Thanks to many LE folks for their info & ideas over the years. I used many of them when I converted a 7x12 ft porch to a shop.

It was on the back of my vintage mobile home & required a roof (only awning before) and additional supports under. Entire cost was about 4K and half that was labor.







Some of the windows I got from garage sale. I opted for AC (and fan) and door with screen to help with make up air.

Every square inch of wall space was utilized as I only had 1 good wall because of roof angle. Since this was outside of my trailer it allowed for heavy support for the ton of stuff I hang on it!

Here is main pic of wall


Glass is color coded (orange boro, blue for 96) I used peg board, pvc and plumbing parts that are zip tied thru the pegboard

close up of frit shelves 1x3's


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Old 2013-09-21, 7:44pm
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My table is a 36in old door. My ventilation had to go thru floor so a hole was cut it the table. I got much vent info from this site and Andrea G. site. I especially love how quiet and effective it is (I did invest $200 extra in a muffler)

Because of the vent I had to place my glass in a bookcase around the vent but works well. Used my short wall for more pegboard and presses


Close up of my vent, floor pic is blocked by trunk but vent is foamed in to hole cut in floor & unit attached to wood under and exits out side.


It works so amazing!! Trunk holds another torch & hoses so I can switch out if want to work hotter



Picture of outside. Shell of garden hose caddy hides my propane which is outside shop & hole drilled for placement.




Again, my thanks for all the tips over the years. I hope this can help someone else. I never dreamed I could have a functional shop in less than 84 sq ft! I have not lit a torch in a long time and that is my goal next week!!

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Old 2013-09-21, 7:49pm
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Wow, Jolene!!! Isn't it wonderful? You've done a lot of work and I know you're thrilled with your studio! One thing, though, I think you need more frit. LOL

BTW, what did you put on your kiln handles?
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Old 2013-09-21, 8:00pm
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Ha Rachael....LOL, u r right..I DO need more frit!

My metal kiln handles get hot - so I put some wooden spools on the ends.

I need a creative idea to keep the bead doors open when I am placing mandrels in, the hinge no longer holds them open...any ideas?
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Old 2013-09-21, 8:03pm
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Ha Rachael....LOL, u r right..I DO need more frit!

My metal kiln handles get hot - so I put some wooden spools on the ends.

I need a creative idea to keep the bead doors open when I am placing mandrels in, the hinge no longer holds them open...any ideas?
Spools. Brilliant!! Mine get hot, as well, and I'm tired of pushing them open with whatever tool is nearby.

Prop them open. Again, tools come to mind (hemostats) but might not be the safest. Graphite block maybe? A piece of 2x4?
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Old 2013-09-21, 8:12pm
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Thanks for ideas ROC! Will give them a try..

I loved it when the bead door just "stays up" when placed in that position...but over the years ...hinges won't do it!

I have always hated the wood spool look...but have not had torch time to make some BHB for kiln door handles, but think it sounds creative & fun
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Old 2013-09-21, 11:26pm
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What a lot of work, but that really turned into an awesome space. Thanks for sharing. Yeah, get torching now!
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Old 2013-09-22, 5:50am
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Wow, I'm I wish I had a shop like that. It's so organized. I'm so disorganized
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Old 2013-09-22, 9:08am
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would magnets work to hold up the doors?
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Old 2013-09-22, 9:14am
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Thanks for responses. Yes, can't wait to make a bead next week! Been so long, I am conflicted on what to try first!

This work space will not look same after I work in it regularly, especially the table!

I tied magnets to hold doors up & kiln exterior gets so hot...no adhesive would hold for very long. Kiln has several areas of dried stuff on it where I tried.
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Old 2013-09-22, 7:58pm
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That is an awesome space! Congratulations on your new studio.
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Old 2013-09-22, 8:58pm
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Thanks jeepinwelch! I am grateful.

I hoped it would encourage others who had limited space and/or money.
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Old 2013-09-23, 4:09am
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What an awesome space. You go girl!
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Old 2013-09-23, 4:12am
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I have magnets on my Paragon, and they don't need adhesive. Since the case is metal, the magnet just stays on. I have those disk magnets like you get at Harbor Freight. They work great.
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Old 2013-09-23, 7:37am
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Thanks Kathy. Sorry to be so lame, but do you use just 1 magnet? Have a pic?
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Old 2013-09-23, 7:46am
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Your shop is beautiful, and I envy your organization, mine used to look like that.........
a long time ago. Now it is cluttered and I have to clean my bench sometime to even work.
Only thing I always think when I see a new studio with ventilation like yours,, is:
too bad you didn't go with a hood instead of the vent in front of the torch like you have.
It's just my opinion, and I'm not alone here, there is no way that can capture the nox and evacuate it. In a small space especially like you have, you are going to be breathing some pretty bad stuff. But I work a lot, 30 hours a week or more, so maybe you don't torch as much and won't be affected much.
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Old 2013-09-23, 11:19am
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Hi Mary, thanks for liking my shop. It definitely won't look this organized in a week!
I have tried a hood for ventilation & had poorer results. Was noisier, height affected draw & it cast a giant shadow on work ( even w additional lighting)

I did not have an option to vent thru the roof so am trying this set up. It tested the best of anything I have had over last 8 years. I know I will miss my surface area on table tho....

I will have a better idea after using it for a month. Based on variety of tests i gave it....I actually think it is the first time I feel completely safe to fume.
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Old 2013-09-23, 12:55pm
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I believe I have basically the same ventilation system; the one Andrea Gaurino's husband designed. It's so strong is sucked up a spider crawling on the tip of my torch. I torch for 8-14 hours at a time, no fumes, and with the muffler, very quiet. Pricey though, about 500.00 plus instillation.
Your studio looks amazing, I'm jealous!!!!!
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Old 2013-09-23, 1:37pm
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Thanks Keoki

Yes, same basic design as mine. I also used mostly from Andrea's recommendations

Hope my set up can catch shop spiders, I hate those things!
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Old 2013-09-26, 8:13pm
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Kathy! Thanks for recommending Harbor Freight disc magnets.... Just got them today.

They hold door open perfectly.... Tried earth magnets & they were not as effective. Not sure why, but am happy to have issue resolved!
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Old 2013-09-27, 9:52am
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What a nice operation you have. The best I have seen so far in a small space and the fact that it is away from the rest of the living area. Do you live in a warm climate where the
torch heat will keep you fairly warm?
Great use of space using pegboard. Pleasant place to go to work in.
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Old 2013-09-27, 11:27am
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Love how well organized and easy on the eyes your pegboard system is.
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Old 2013-09-28, 7:01pm
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Thanks Katie & TJ, I took pictures before I lit my torch cuz I knew it can't stay that neat!
The pegboard wall & zip tied on cut PVC pipes was an idea on LE years ago. Works perfect for super small space. Have to go "up" for storage when less than 100 sq ft!
I live in Portland OR and our winters are wet, but mostly mild. Shop is on porch exterior area so will need to be heated when I work midwinter. With kiln & torch heat should most often be pleasant (I M guessing!)

Twice I have had garage shops, while I loved more space... I froze!
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Old 2013-09-28, 9:10pm
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You did a terrific design with a small space. Really cute.
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Old 2013-09-28, 9:45pm
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Your shop is so nice!! And I think I'm going to steal your idea of using a hose caddy.
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Old 2013-09-28, 10:39pm
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Patti, steal any ideas u want!

Lorraine, I am the lamp worker who met u at Chico storage & gave u a concentrator

Thanks both for being happy for me!
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Old 2013-09-29, 1:44pm
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Ahh, yes I remember! It looks like you are doing well in your new home. I am so glad.


The concentrators are just sitting in the garage until my studio is finished. I have three all needing to be refurbished. We have a OGSI 15 and it will be about 200.00to replace the sieve beds but it is the one I hope to use. The others will become emergency back ups.

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Old 2013-09-29, 4:37pm
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Kathy! Thanks for recommending Harbor Freight disc magnets.... Just got them today.

They hold door open perfectly.... Tried earth magnets & they were not as effective. Not sure why, but am happy to have issue resolved!
Sorry I did not get back to the thread to respond! Glad you found them.
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QUOTE=hooked on glass;4416514]would magnets work to hold up the doors?
Barbara[/quote]

They work great for me. Above each door of my kiln is a rare earth magnet - very small and very mighty. I also put a few on the metal legs of my torching table, and hang my sparker and glass cutter from them.
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Old 2013-09-30, 12:00pm
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Hi Lorraine, yes been watching your posts on your studio progress... Going to be so awesome.

Cheryl, I tried same magnets as yours ....For some reason my door wouldn't/couldn't attatched? Probably "operator error". I am not good at problem solving!

Thankful for LE or I would t be as functional as I am!
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