Shop Build 4

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Blog entry by Eric posted 11-21-2020 10:46 PM 461 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it has been a journey and lots of work with this Shop Build. I broke ground 6 months ago, now I am at the point of a final inspection. Which includes the electrical. That was finally hooked up this past week.

I still have cosmetic work to do inside, starting with taping all of the sheet rock and painting For now I have used an insulated foam board up in the rafters, creating an air baffels against the roof deck. I will add insulation and install 1/4 plywood with battens.



I still need to do some clean up around the exterior and grade the area where the utility company dug up the ground for the service. Then build a ramp for the overhead door.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#1 posted 11-21-2020 10:49 PM

looking really nice inside and outside Eric :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 11-21-2020 11:10 PM

That is really beautiful, and completely functional! Congratulations.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#3 posted 11-21-2020 11:28 PM

Wow Eric, That’s good enough to be a small studio apartment or what we’d call a “granny flat”.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 11-21-2020 11:44 PM

Thanks Michael, I am getting excited to start setting it up.

Thanks Peter, it could be if the was plumbing. A funny thing is I have thought about obtaining some property up in the mountains and building a tiny house for a get away rental. Hikers, kayaker’s, hunters. Think it would be a good investment.

But until then, this is going to be my studio for woodworking.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 11-22-2020 12:38 AM

Now that’s a shop! I’m so glad you left the ceiling open. It looks so much more spacious. White would be a good choice for the paint?
You did a great job on the rafters. To bad they have to be covered up but you will need insulation.
You could probably hold church service in there. Lol

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 11-22-2020 01:20 AM

Thanks James, I was planing on a soft light gray on the walls, and ceiling white. Currently I have 1/2 foam with a foil backing facing the roof deck, I left a 1/2 space for air flow from eve to peak. That will give me approximately a R-5 value, if I add R-13 to the space left over it will be about the same as R-19. That should be sufficient for my area.

I think 1×4 stock with a 1/4” x 1/2” dado to hold the plywood in place. The visible collar ties are going to stay open. If I get really ambitious I might put a window up in the loft, framed out with header already. The window would have to match the roof line along the top though.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 11-22-2020 01:23 AM

Thanks Tony, it will be to get everything painted, to include the floor with expoxy. It is bright in there now without the paint. I really like those LED Strip lights, and all my other lighting is also LED.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 11-22-2020 02:43 AM

Eric you have done a fantastic job. Congratulations. I am envious of you.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#9 posted 11-22-2020 04:41 AM

Great job Eric. You will really enjoy working in this place.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#10 posted 11-22-2020 12:15 PM

Thanks Pjonesy, still some work to do, but I am going to enjoy setting it up. Already thinking about additional items, air cleaner, hard line for air tools, and of course work benches.

I like your tag “Don’t tell me it can’t be done”

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 11-22-2020 12:25 PM

Thanks Ed, sitting here this morning thinking about an air cleaner. I need to find a couple of squirrel blowers. Mount them on the loft with a curved makeup duct to the roof and down through the 12” space along the wall. If I set one on each loft on opposite sides, I can create a circular current in the shop. Always thinking ahead.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 11-22-2020 03:41 PM

Your shop is amazing! You will have a great space to relax and make some sawdust for sure! You will for sure enjoy the natural light in there. May your cuts be straight and your shop be blessed.

-- Be safe out there

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#13 posted 11-22-2020 04:04 PM

Thanks Jake, yes natural lighting along with the LED’s, lots of lighting. And a lot of outlets, 1 every 4’ and they make up 5 circuits, along with 2 separate circuits for 2 floor outlets, (table saw and main bench). Thank you for the blessing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 11-22-2020 05:52 PM

Nice job on shop. Looking forward to your setup pictures.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 11-22-2020 05:58 PM

Thank you Tyvek, yes I am looking forward to that part also. Decided to get in inside finished out first, floor and walls with painting. Planning on a long bench against each long wall, with different heights so I have all the table tops at the same height.

-- Eric, building the dream

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