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Blog series by DalyArcher updated 02-20-2020 01:02 AM 10 parts 13611 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: conception...

02-24-2016 12:09 AM by DalyArcher | 1 comment »

Well, after much debate and discussion it appears as though I am finally on my way to having a real live workshop all my own! My wife and I bought our current home with the idea of flipping it and buying something else with a large yard and shop. Take a couple years, add a little one to the mix and plans change. Our location is great, walking distance to schools and stores and work. We had considered selling and looking for something else, but we bought at a great time and the property ...

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Part 2: It begins!

03-07-2016 09:52 PM by DalyArcher | 2 comments »

The first real step toward the workshop build took place today. Had a local arborist come in and remove two large, knotty pine trees from the back yard. Nest to find an electrician to discuss a service panel upgrade and then some further site prep.

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Part 3: breaking ground

05-02-2016 04:19 PM by DalyArcher | 1 comment »

Saturday morning I was finally able to coordinate my time with a friend with a tractor and we set to work exercising the stump left from the large pine which was felled. The machine was admittedly small for the task at hand, but I was limited to the size I could get in the back yard. I only have about 7 feet between my house and the neighbours fence. I did not think a pine tree would have so many tap roots! We found a half dozen roots as large as my forearm running straight down. W...

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Part 4: gravel and forms

06-01-2016 07:01 PM by DalyArcher | 2 comments »

well, after getting the stump out and foundation excavated it was time to move in some gravel: And because a wheel barrow full of gravel isn’t heavy enough: I wound up having two loads delivered at roughly 8 yards each. Did not use all of the second one. I compacted between lifts of 2 – 3 inches. The first night after the gravel was delivered I moved 35 wheelbarrow loads by myself. I stopped counting after that. We then set forms: I need to rebuild my deck,...

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Part 5: The big pour

06-13-2016 09:53 PM by DalyArcher | 3 comments »

Well, 17 yards all placed by wheelbarrow. I simply could not commit myself to the extra $1000.00 I was quoted for a pump truck. My friends scoffed when I relayed the estimated costs to them and all unanimously responded with “I have a wheelbarrow”. A date was set, men recruited and at 8:30 on Saturday morning the first truck arrived. Initially there were only 4 of us and after the first 5 or 6 wheelbarrows were dumped, it was looking like we were going to be there a while...

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Part 6: coming together

07-20-2016 11:38 PM by DalyArcher | 1 comment »

Time for an update I suppose. My little buddy helped me strip forms a few days after the pour. The pour turned out great. No cracks or low spots. Not a polished finish, but I do intend to put a subfloor over top so I am not too fussed about the finish. After the pour I ordered the material for the walls and began sinking 3 1/2” ardox spikes with my trusty, yet seldom deployed framing hammer. In short order I had two large sections of wall framed and wandered over to ask the ...

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Part 7: A bit stalled but chipping away

04-20-2018 11:27 PM by DalyArcher | 2 comments »

Well, I certainly put this on the backburner didn’t I? Well, following the sheathing of the roof of course I very quickly managed to throw the shingles in place. The local Canadian Tire had a coil roofing nailer on sale for around a hundred bucks and I fugured I could loose on that even if I only used it once. I dug the electrical supply trench with “help” from my little buddy. I installed doors and a window and had the shop rough wired through the close of summ...

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Part 8: So close, so very close!

11-13-2019 05:27 PM by DalyArcher | 2 comments »

This has taken a LOT longer than I had anticipated it would. Hard to believe I started this whole thing before my wife was pregnant with our little princess who is already a sassy, chatty 2 year old! When last I left this blog I had just drywalled the ceiling. We stalled at this stage for a while. I actually thought we were going to sell and move. I was one signature away on a contract from accepting a new job and moving 1000 kilometers away and starting all over again. That didn’t...

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Part 9: Moving in

01-02-2020 06:16 PM by DalyArcher | 0 comments »

From over a year of near complete inactivity to an absolute whirlwind of progress. After chipping away at mud and taping the drywall (I hate ceilings) I threw on some primer and ceiling paint and was off to pick up some colour for the walls. I had a few different ideas going in but settled on a mild green (Caribou Lichen from the National Parks of Canada collection) A friend from church came round and helped me install a 4000 watt ceiling mount heater. The heater is great. Wall con...

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Part 10: outfeed table

02-20-2020 01:02 AM by DalyArcher | 0 comments »

The first major-ish project in the new shop was to finish setting up the tablesaw. I knew I wanted a large outfeed table in place to support sheet goods. I did not necessarily want the table to function as an assembly table as I did not want the area to become cluttered with project pieces which would have to be moved to facilitate a mid-project ripping operation, so no t-track or over abundance of dog holes. I picked up a few sheets of birch plywood and started sizing the cabinet componen...

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