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I have one I built that will go in there but I intend to make some more. I think I am going to build a big 4x8 and put steel on one end for welding.
I recommend something like this. The holes and pegs make lining up angled parts a breeze.
 

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I recommend something like this. The holes and pegs make lining up angled parts a breeze.
That is what I was thinking but have a 4x8 table that half was metal with the holes qnd the other half wood. I would probably need someone I know with a cnc table cut all the holes for me.
 

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That is what I was thinking but have a 4x8 table that half was metal with the holes qnd the other half wood. I would probably need someone I know with a cnc table cut all the holes for me.
plasma cnc not very tight tolerances for such a table. I think off the shelf would be better.
 

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plasma cnc not very tight tolerances for such a table. I think off the shelf would be better.
Some table tops available - I need to explore the options.

I should probably get electricity in there first.
 
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Got the shop walls studded for peg board and a wall cover in the work area and got the frame of the mezzanine done. Still need to hang the joists and get plywood but it is 6:30 and laborer (aka the wife) is headed out to hang with the girls.

The mez floor is 10 feet. I think I should have come down a bit but whatever. I had planned to make it tractor fork height but that is under 8 feet so punted that idea. Stuff that is up there will be stuff I will likely never need - spare axle housings, course birfs, crap like that.

Feel pretty good about it. I need to come up with a stair idea. If I could get an old aircraft maintenance platform or Home Depot stocker stairs that would be cool.

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I took bottom half of an old alum ext ladder and hung it from the wall, it folds up to the mezz height so it doesn’t rob floor space.
I’ll get a picture that explains it, I’ve had it for years now and very happy.
 

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No idea what kind of boat it came from or how it ended up in my town, but I got a Vietnam era fiberglass ships ladder from a local public works auction for $50. Seems to work pretty good and it's narrow so doesn't get in the way too much.

I find 97" clear height to the underside is a good height for a mezzanine. Seems I have a lot of things on wheels that are about 8' tall so that height works for me.
 
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These are what I would want, but the price point seems too high for a home shop.
I like them for saving space while providing the ability to walk up and down the ladder safely with a load (i.e., carrying something on stairs versus a ladder).

Welder plus shop = maybe build a set that suits you and your needs (including the checkbook)
 
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Go lower while you still can. I had a mezzanine in my old shop that the idea was same as yours - storage of stuff I wouldn't need often. Shop didn't have tall walls so I didn't have much choice when it came to height but I frequently found myself up there crawling around or hunched over trying to move/access stuff. You won't regret stand up height if you can do it.

There's a guy not too far from you in Dallas that had a bunch of those roll around industrial step ladders in varying heights. He's rmgrizzle on ebay or if interested, PM me and I have his number saved. Even if you just fixed in one place it makes a great/safe access to a mezzanine.
 

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Go lower while you still can. I had a mezzanine in my old shop that the idea was same as yours - storage of stuff I wouldn't need often. Shop didn't have tall walls so I didn't have much choice when it came to height but I frequently found myself up there crawling around or hunched over trying to move/access stuff. You won't regret stand up height if you can do it.

There's a guy not too far from you in Dallas that had a bunch of those roll around industrial step ladders in varying heights. He's rmgrizzle on ebay or if interested, PM me and I have his number saved. Even if you just fixed in one place it makes a great/safe access to a mezzanine.
@LDowney - thanks for the suggestion. I may look for some scrap laying around and build one eventually.

@Waorani - My thinking is a roll around could do some other stuff too. Get up to my high windows, change bulbs, what not. Though I have a 16 foot step ladder already.

And it is too late to go lower :lol:
Finished it today.
I also went ahead and studded that last section of wall near the roll up door on the right. That is where the electric panel will live eventually.
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Looking good. I would highly recommend you look at commercial grade slatwall instead of pegboard. There was a commercial fixture store near our last house that sold the sheets for around $40 each (4x8 and very heavy). Even if they're $100 per sheet today it would be far superior to pegboard. You can also get slatwall in vinyl panels but I found the commercial grade wood to be very sturdy for everything I needed to hang.
 
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Here is my repurposed ladder setup, I’m 13’ ceiling so the mezz is just a spot to hand stuff up to and then carry on up the ships ladder I built to the attic.

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Is that a 2x12 joist?
Two 2x10s. I found a deck calculator that said it was good to span something like 11'4". Since there is no dynamic load (and nobody will be up there but me and some totes) I feel like I should be good. The alternative was three 2x8s. The joists are 88 inches 16 on center. I know the span is maxed out...or a bit more.
 

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Man, that looks awesome. Made me get out and do a little cleaning in my own junk storage box. Now I doing some figuring on a mezzanine for one corner of mine.

When does the central air go in ;)

Also, where did you get those snazzy plates connecting the post to the carrier beam?
 
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@jynx - I just happened on those plates on an endcap at Lowes. They were not too expensive (they had several brands and these may have been close out - yellow tagged). I started with a couple framing straps but saw these and thought they would look snazzy.
 

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