Time to make some changes to the shop. #2: Step One - Get rid of the old built in bench.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 09-12-2013 11:09 PM 2825 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Lets get started Part 2 of Time to make some changes to the shop. series Part 3: Not much new here.... But time to make some room. »

Well… today was pretty productive. I definitely prefer building and creating over demolition. But I like that I’m making room for what comes next.

So here is what I started with.

I wasn’t sure how hard taking this bad boy down would be. But I located my crow bar and my favorite hammer and got started. First off… those ridiculous tiles.

There was some leaking from above the window during the fall/winter. It’s all fixed now. But its obvious that it took its toll on the plywood under the tiles. And on the tiles themselves. They weren’t even attached anymore. All I had to do was pick them up and remove them.

Under those tiles and the plywood are these boards. Not too bad. But… they have to go too.

These boards were tongue and groove.

Removing the boards was easier than I thought… Till I got down to the last two. They didn’t seem to want to come off.

The lower shelf was easy. Those boards did not have the long twisty nails. Lots easier.

The last two boards didn’t want to come off. The 2×4 support is nailed into the wall. The problem… the plywood behind it was all rotted out and just crumbled. So I couldn’t get any leverage to pull it off. The last board to the top was nailed into it. I couldn’t get it pried up because of the electric outlet. But finally… I got it. And then behind it… nice… rotted plywood. So I pulled it off and now I need to replace that.

Weird thing… I worked hard on those last two boards… and I couldn’t get them off for anything. Then I went to pick kids up from school and when I came back my little guy James and I were in the shop when his dad (the ex) showed up. He came out and was nosing around. LOL. It came up that I couldn’t get the last two boards. So he asked why. I picked up my crow bar and showed him why it wouldn’t come off… and it came of like nothing. Oh well… Now I have one section down and two to go

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 12:02 AM

Remodeling projects never seem to go as planned. There are always those little hidden surprises that drag them on and on. Don’t give up. Can’t wait to see it finished. You may want to think about treated plywood rather than the OSB for moisture resistance.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 12:26 AM

It looks like your making good progress. I’m sure it will look good when your done. What size osb is on the wall? I think I have some left over when I took my shelfs out of my garage. If you want it to patch the holes let me know.

-- Bailey Indiana

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 12:47 AM

Looking goodn Angie, you’re making progress

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 01:44 AM

Angie, the demo process is never fun, but once you get the scrap cleaned out, the new looks so much better.

Good progress,girl!!!!!!!!!!!..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 01:46 AM

So far, so good! Surprises with this sort of job are the rule, rather than the exception. I don’t mean to belabour the obvious, but FIND THAT LEAK!!! If the sheeting on the walls is rotten, there must be water getting in. Water and a woodworking shop don’t mix.
Keep slugging at it, have fun and be flexable with your short-term goals.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a frickin genius...

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#6 posted 09-13-2013 01:52 AM

Oh… The leak got fixed early this spring. But the damage has already been done.

Bailey… That would be awesome! So cool to have someone that’s in my neck of the woods.

I kinda expected there to be an issue, so I knew going in. That was part of the reason I wanted to get rid of it.

It wasnt bad at all. I’d just rather be in the shop building something.

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 02:00 AM

Angie,a well organized shop sure makes it alot easier and more enjoyable.Keep plugin away you’ll get it done. Keep us posted.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#8 posted 09-13-2013 02:16 AM


You certainly do work fast! We know what you mean about some assemblies just not wanting to come apart. We’ve spent the last year doing some remodeling to an extremely well built house from the mid 1960s. It’s all built of oak and built to last through all Wisconsin’s hurricanes. Oh, I forgot, Wisconsin doesn’t have hurricanes—but if we did, it would withstand them! I didn’t even know that finishing nails came as long as 4”, but much of the trim was nailed on with 4” nails!

You must have just gotten a burst of “superwoman” when the ex came by . . . maybe just to let him know you were managing on your own! Keep up the good work!


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#9 posted 09-13-2013 02:30 AM

You are doing awesome. Keep it up.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 09-13-2013 02:38 AM

I was just finishing up here and heading to the shop when I posted this blog earlier. I hit post and then my mom showed up. She stood in my doorway and said “you want to go riding around with me?”. I couldn’t turn that down. So we went out for a bit. It was nice. Didn’t get any more work done tonight but I’m ok with that. I can hit it tomorrow :)

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#11 posted 09-13-2013 06:01 AM

I love demo! Wish I could help! Keep after it Angie!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 09-13-2013 10:39 AM

The best part of demo is dreaming about what’s to come! I know you didn’t put those tiles on the top of the bench… what a crazy idea!
Looking forward to seeing your construction of the new bench. When I made my new bench, I made it free standing and on wheels… allows your bench to go wherever you want it to and act as an outfeed table to my table saw.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 09-13-2013 10:20 PM

” She stood in my doorway and said “you want to go riding around with me?”. I couldn’t turn that down. So we went out for a bit.”

OK, so what’d tool did she buy you THIS TIME??? :-)

The old T&G top boards look pretty thick. If they’re not rotted, they might come in handy for something else (like a stand for the planer or something)

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#14 posted 09-14-2013 12:17 AM

Lol! No new tool this time. :)

So far… Only one of those boards has any rot. The plywood and tiles took all the damage. I’ve got them set aside… They will definitely become something :)

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#15 posted 09-15-2013 10:58 AM

having fun aren’t you?
cool keep it up, it’s gonna be awesome

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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