Make the most of the wall space in his shop but also make it look spectacular

When Leland Frerichs was designing his brand-new shop, he realized that his penchant for producing artwork in wood differentiated him from many of his fellow crafters. But he also shared a common malady with them—he had loo many things and nowhere to put them.

He also had a self-described fixation on staying organized. "When 1 want something. I want it now and don't want to dig around finding it," he says. "1 had a wrench missing for two

SHOPSPECS

Leland Frerichs' well-organized shop may be the only purple woodworking shop in the world.

TYPE: Prefabricated outbuilding.

ABOVE LEFT: Customized (and colorful) tool holders and cabinetry line this entire corner of the shop. Each tool has a specific place to call home. Abundant overhead light fixtures keep shadows at bay.

ABOVE: Numerous styles and brands of clamps each tout a customized rack next to Leland's workbench.

SHOPSPECS

Leland Frerichs' well-organized shop may be the only purple woodworking shop in the world.

TYPE: Prefabricated outbuilding.

SIZE: 12x32' (384 sq ft), plus 4' overhang to act as a porch.

CONSTRUCTION: Wood frame with plywood siding and floor; shingled roof; steel service door; 5/s" drywail for ceiling, V.V for walls with R-19 insulation.

HEATING: 220-volt electric heater suspended from ceiling.

ELECTRICAL: 120-volt outlet on almost every stud, plus 10 boxes in the ceiling for lights.

LIGHTING: Eight 4' double fluorescent fixtures along center; one above driil press; one off to the side of worktable; and three fixtures above workbench area.

DUST COLLECTION:

16-gallon shop vacuum.

ABOVE LEFT: Customized (and colorful) tool holders and cabinetry line this entire corner of the shop. Each tool has a specific place to call home. Abundant overhead light fixtures keep shadows at bay.

ABOVE: Numerous styles and brands of clamps each tout a customized rack next to Leland's workbench.

melamine-coated particleboard with rabbeted hardwood cleats attached horizontally. (See illustration, page 105.) They hold Leland's vast collection of hand tools, clamps, and other items. For hangers, Leland used V? MDF. If an item is too heavy for one hanger, he attaches a second hanger to the bottom at the appropriate distance.

Custom-built

Leland built the panels so he could easily remove and reposition what's hung on them.

Every tool or sel of tools has a cuslom-buill rack. "I'd seen a bunch of my friends get into trouble whenever they wanted to add or remove something from their walls," he says. "They always had to dismantle a frame or hanger. I didn't want to have to remove anything."

Also, Leland's youngest son has shown a huge interest in woodworking; someday he'll use all the tools in his own shop. "I'd like to just take everything off the walls and have it be his," Leland says.

Leland dismissed perforated hardboard out of hand as not looking good. So he just sat down and started thinking about the way he'd hung cabinets inside the house, using notched cleats. "I knew it would work," he says, confidently. "It was just a matter of getting the dimensions right."

To achieve the snug shape of each tool on each holder, he laid the tool down on wood and very carefully traced around it, cut it out, and cut the back, allowing a pencil-width border. "When I positioned the front and back

LEFT: Leland designed and built this cabinet just for drill bits and accessories. Like the rest of his tool holders, these can be repositioned easily to accommodate new acquisitions.

ABOVE: Behind his drill press, Leland keeps his tablesaw jigs within easy reach via a mounting board with custom holders. Friends and family adorn cabinet doors.

If I had to do it all over again... First, allow enough space for a dust collector. Second, put in an exhaust fan. Third, put

LEFT: Leland designed and built this cabinet just for drill bits and accessories. Like the rest of his tool holders, these can be repositioned easily to accommodate new acquisitions.

in an outside entrance to the storage area above the shop itself."

together, that gave me what I needed," he says.

That Leland chose to combine function with form doesn't surprise anyone who's visited his shop. The exterior purple contrasts starkly with the window casing and the door casing. Even on cloudiest days, the interior dazzles with bright yellows and chili-pepper reds.

In living color

"I wanted something very bright," Leland says. "It makes a good contrast to what I was doing in the shop, and it went okay with the colors of the tools I was buying."

Granted—most woodworkers aren't as color-conscious. But not all have the assistance of a wife with a knack for color like

Susanne. She directed the shop's look and feel. "Last year my wife and I were trying to decide what we could do with our backyard to make it more enjoyable," Leland says. "She suggested that we concrete a majority of the yard and build a shop." It was Christmas in August.

Quickly ruling out a pole-type building as unsuitable for their residential neighborhood, they decided on a 12x32' prefabricated structure. The couple added a 4' overhang that faces the back of the house, acting as a porch.

Leland added two 3x3' cut-ins tor windows, a 36" main door

ABOVE: Behind his drill press, Leland keeps his tablesaw jigs within easy reach via a mounting board with custom holders. Friends and family adorn cabinet doors.

centered along the wall facing the back of the house, and a 4x6' door that went on the west end of the building.

Adding a wood floor for practicality, comfort

Instead of a concrete floor, Leland chose wood, for two reasons. "The first was my knees," he explains. "Being on concrete all day is a killer. The second was heating. When it's cold, walking on a concrete floor is like walking on ice."

Leland added a loft for storage using 12' 2x10s and 3A" decking. The wall studs are 24" on center,

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