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Kurt's Wood Working Shop #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by 2Dusty2 posted 09-04-2020 11:12 PM 548 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Covid pandemic affected people in different ways and for those not out in the streets protesting everything from “get your knee off my neck” to “its my my right to get a haircut” it was a time to hunker down and get on the best as possible. Small town Canada underwent a home improvement boom. We resurfaced our deck and put a water proof vinyl plank in our basement but best of wall I started to build a shop big enough to work safely in. Getting a contractor to do the slab on grade proved more difficult than I expected because I hadn’t realized the extent of the pent up demand to get on with getting on. Today the slab was poured. The forms will be stripped in a few days, the building materials will be delivered next Wednesday and the build will take off I hope to have it to lock-up before the snow flies.

-- Cheers



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#1 posted 09-06-2020 08:32 PM

2Dusty,

A home woodshop is my dream. Need a Tablesaw, Jointer, Bandsaw to go with the drill press, planer and router table currently cluttering up my garage.

Happy for you, congratulations.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA

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2Dusty2

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#2 posted 09-13-2020 12:53 AM

Well the walls are up and wrapped. Haven’t decided what to use for the exterior finish. Would like rough cut fir board and batten but not sure my budget could handle it. I am still waiting for trusses so in the meantime will dig the trench for the electrical cable. Can’t energize it until the shop is closed in. The slab turned out great. I will post some pics soon. BTW I live in a lumber town – the home of West Fraser, literally trainloads of dimensional lumber, plywood and and MDF leave here daily and prices are thru the roof. The price of lumber went up 50% in 3 weeks. Whats it like where you are?

-- Cheers

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#3 posted 09-13-2020 11:06 PM

2Dusty2:
Great to hear that you are on your way! I’m still in the waiting room for the tree removal, stump removal process. I have the building all picked out and the Amish builders tell me that they will have it constructed in 2-3 days. All contractors here are booked for 1-3 months. Unbelievable, and you are correct, lumber is going through the roof here also. Paid $5.65 for a 1×4x8, grade 2, AND it came from Sweden at a big box store. If this keeps up, no one will be able to afford to build anything in a shop. Good Luck!

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2Dusty2

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#4 posted 09-14-2020 02:58 AM

Thanks for the well wishes busybeaver I hope all goes well with your build. Will you ble posting about it as it develops. I would like to hear about your plans and progress.

-- Cheers

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2Dusty2

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#5 posted 09-27-2020 07:25 PM

Well my Trusses arrived and are in place with the bottom row of 5/8 T&G plywood nailed down on both sides but then got rained out. More rain this year in the Cariboo than I can remember still lush and green at the end of September. On the upside no fires. Our firefighters are off to the South to help out in California, Oregon and Washington. I heard 150 were sent. Imagine how much worse it could be if Climate change was real…LOL

-- Cheers

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#6 posted 09-29-2020 11:49 PM

Glad to hear you are moving along on your build. Yes lumber prices are sky rocketing down here in the south, heard over $5 for a 2×4x8 white wood. $22 something for a 2×6x16. Glad I purchased all of my material before the major increases.

-- Eric, building the dream

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2Dusty2

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#7 posted 10-19-2020 01:17 AM

It has been a bit since Ive had time to update this blog. I was concerned early on that I wouldn’t get my workshop closed in before the snow. I made it or almost made it. The roof is on the man dorr and windows are in but the garage door needs to go in and it snowed today. I will call the building inspector tomorrow to sign off on the insulation and then the dry wall can go up, the electrician can back and energize the plugs, light and heater. I hope to be making saw dust by Christmas.

-- Cheers

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#8 posted 10-19-2020 01:28 AM

Bet that’s a good feeling to have it dried in. Overhead doors around here are at least 6 weeks out. I got lucky and the company had one that a customer changed their mind on the order.

Looking good

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 10-22-2020 01:28 AM

Didn’t get sinn off from the BI on the insulation was lacking acoustic sealant on top and bottom plates and around window and doors. Never knew. No big deal I’ll do that tomorrow. The over head door is being installed tomorrow and the drywall came today. Closer and closer. Our days are getting shorter and the north wind was stupid cold today so really looking forward to a cozy warm shop.

-- Cheers

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