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Blog series by Combo Prof updated 05-29-2018 01:24 AM 6 parts 9421 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Purchase

06-20-2017 09:14 PM by Combo Prof | 13 comments »

I plan to retire in 2 or 3 years, so we bought a retirement wood shop. It came with a little house. So we are moving from a 4,000 square foot house to a 1,000 square foot house (excluding basements); from 1.9 acres to 0.15 acres; from difficult to travel to easy to travel; from little or no restaurants and stores to lots of them; from the UP to Southwest Michigan; from the forest to the rust belt; from copper country to tulip town; from Houghton to Holland. The house:...

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Part 2: Shop layout

06-21-2017 06:31 PM by Combo Prof | 10 comments »

So far I have contacted an electrician to update electrical service. Currently there is a 100 amp panel in the house but only a 60 amp service meter. There is a 110 line and a 220 line running underground to the shop. The plan is to put a 200 amp service meter on the garage and place a 200 amp panel in the garage with a 100 sub panel in the house. (Maybe that means a 300 amp meter?) All power lines to be buried under ground. I have drawn up this shop layout plan. Please advise me ...

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Part 3: Update

08-09-2017 08:47 PM by Combo Prof | 4 comments »

Not much to report. The wife gets priority so we moved down a lot of her fiber supplies, and some furniture. Thus the to be wood shop looks like this: Mostly empty boxes and boxes to be emptied. Drove to my nieces wedding in Virginia, saw a couple of my wife’s cousins and shopped antique malls for tools. Drove back and unpacked more boxes. Good news is finally I got a contract out of the electrician and a promise that he will start work around the 18-th.Down payment paid an...

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Part 4: Floor is in.

09-01-2017 07:31 PM by Combo Prof | 8 comments »

Manage to get the shop floor in: Floor consists of 4 layers CDX 3/8 plywood oriented orthogonal to layer below. CDX 3/8 plywood oriented orthogonal to layer below. 1.5 inch thick Foam Insulation corralled with 2 by 6 P.T. lumber. 4 mill plastic Here I have the pleasure of drilling pocket holes to receive concrete anchor screws with MF 721 and No. 12 Ford pattern auger bit. I really dislike installing concrete anchor screws by the way. I nearly burnt out my D...

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Part 5: Holiday work in the shop

05-23-2018 01:11 PM by Combo Prof | 2 comments »

Then break between semesters came at December 24, we drove down to the retirement shop and I had hoped to get a lot done in the new shop. But is was so friggen cold the best I could do was to add insulation and shovel snow. I bought UltraTouchâ„¢ R-13 Denim Insulation Batt’s, because of its sound proofing and ease of installation.No mask or gloves needed, each strip fits perfectly between 16 inches on center studs with an 8 foot sealing. Back working on the shop now, but unfortu...

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Part 6: Putting up "exterior walls" and unpacking.

05-29-2018 01:24 AM by Combo Prof | 5 comments »

This week was spent covering 90% of the walls of the shop that share an exterior wall of the garage. Internal walls to be built later. I just had to get some walls up so that I could unpack and hang tools and put up some shelving so that I could either unpack boxes or put them up on a shelf for later unpacking. The procedure was clear boxes and stuff from 8 feet of wall, put a wall section up, add french cleats and/or shelving, rinse and repeat. To start I had 10 CDX 4’ x 8’ x 5/...

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