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Blog series by Bermuda_Les updated 10-26-2015 02:54 PM 10 parts 13607 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: I so don't want to do this...

07-06-2015 12:25 PM by Bermuda_Les | 5 comments »

But unfortunatelty (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it) I have sold my house where my workshop was. So I had to empty twelve years of “stuff” out of my old workshop and on to the porch of the house where I live now and set about recreating my worksop. The house where I live now, doesn’t have a garage that I could convert into a workshop, and no spare rooms I could commandeer, so my only choice was to build a workshop. I had two choices: Build from sc...

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Part 2: Fixing the floor...

08-17-2015 01:09 PM by Bermuda_Les | 0 comments »

After looking at the foundation frame I realized that the frame should be stabilized with something (gravel or concrete) so decided to sandwich it between two 3/4” plywood sheets… And then I put some plugs in all the openings for extra support. And finally the track for the walls on top of that.

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Part 3: Next come the walls...

08-17-2015 01:22 PM by Bermuda_Les | 2 comments »

Finally after much rain and generally bad weather we got to start the walls this weekend. The walls were harder to put up than we’d expected. As the wall got longer in length, the harder it was to keep stable. It was all we could do just for one person to hang on to it, while another person got the next panel and upright. But with perseverance, we got the main walls up. Then in order to stabilize the whole structure, we jumped ahead a bunch of steps, and added a couple ...

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Part 4: Flooring down and Roof Struts up...

08-22-2015 08:41 PM by Bermuda_Les | 6 comments »

We got some major work done today. Three quarters of the flooring down, the remaining wall panels and the major roof struts up. My son David is earning some serious good karma by doing 95% of the work. The weather even cooperated, by not raining while we were working and being overcast enough for us to work outside. It’s starting to look like a workshop at last. Tomorrow we will do more roof struts and maybe even get some shingles up.

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Part 5: Got all the roof struts done and the doors on...

08-23-2015 09:14 PM by Bermuda_Les | 2 comments »

I did half of the roof struts this morning, and David showed up in the afternoon and did the other half in a quarter of the time it took me. I guess that’s what height (Dave is 6’1”) youth and flexibility will do for you. We got all the roof struts done, along with all the minor braces. We put the end end panels on the gable ends, then put doors on and called it quits. All that remains now is to put the roof panels on and the roof caps, half of which are transparent to l...

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Part 6: Long weekend and got lots accomplished! Roof finally on! Floor finally down!

09-08-2015 12:25 PM by Bermuda_Les | 0 comments »

The nice long Labour Day weekend gave us three days to get some major work done. Firstly on Saturday we got the roof completed, and this completed the outer structural part of the workshop. It took a while to do this as I put silicone in every joint as I went to try to reduce leaks when it rains. The manufacturers say it isn’t necessary, but my experience says otherwise. It made the going slow, but ultimately we got there. Then on Sunday we got the floor completed and my s...

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Part 7: Half the floor is tiled.

09-12-2015 10:58 PM by Bermuda_Les | 6 comments »

Got my grandson involved in tiling the floor today as my son Dave fell and seriously sprained his ankle. We made good headway and have laid 80 sq. ft. so far. Maybe tomorrow (if I can get help) we could actually finish.

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Part 8: Flooring Complete & Support Braces started...

10-12-2015 03:33 PM by Bermuda_Les | 4 comments »

Well it’s been while since I did anything on the new workshop garage. I finally got the flooring completed, but then before I could get started on doing anything inside, we had a visit from Hurricane Joaquin. I knew I should have drilled some holes in the back wall to relieve the pressure from the high winds, but I never got around to it, so when the hurricane force winds hit, the pressure blew out a panel in the rear of the garage. Luckily, I was able to find the panel in t...

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Part 9: Braces complete & backing up for French Cleat System

10-20-2015 01:25 PM by Bermuda_Les | 4 comments »

Got the cross braces done and put up the plywood backing for the french cleat system to hold my most used tools. I plan on putting all my machines on rolling carts with drawers for storage which is why I haven’t come down further with the plywood. My rolling carts will go up against the wall between the braces. After this I started on the folding worktable as per April Wilkerson’s youtube video, and got it also complete. When I’m done, sometime this week I’ll ...

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Part 10: All over but the shouting...

10-26-2015 02:54 PM by Bermuda_Les | 16 comments »

Well I’ve finally done all the little bits this weekend, and I am considering the New Workshop complete. I started this back on July 6th, and it’s finally done this weekend. Over three and a half months, with many delays including a hurricane, but Thank God It’s Over. I put the ledger pieces up on the wall for the french cleat system. I have two eight foot lengths, so sixteen running feet in total of cleats on which to hang my tools. Looking forward to getting creative ...

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