My new shop #2: surely I joist

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Blog entry by EricTwice posted 12-29-2016 03:32 PM 1675 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Digging holes and setting posts Part 2 of My new shop series Part 3: All decked out »

I have the week off, and the weather here has been about as perfect as one can expect in Virginia. I have not missed out on the opportunity to move things along. I have the banding up and now I am putting the floor joists in. I assembled an 8×10 section above where it belongs, and then drop it into place.

I figured it would be easier than inserting them one at a time. As you can see in the picture sometimes dropping them into place means dropping them. (The board I had clamped to the bottom to catch the frame broke. I sure was glad I had extra supports)

this is how I left it last night. The next section is ready to go in. You can see where the two Hickorys were and why they had to come out.

This is my friend Ted helping the sawyer cut them into boards. We also took down a couple of eastern red cedar trees and cut them too.

It’s 10 am and Ive not started because its been raining all night. The clay is like axle grease. I’ll give it a little time to dry and then I can go out and get to work.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 03:48 PM

Wow wish I could say I’m building myself a shop. I’m a little bit jealous. :) But happy for you. I’m sure many beautiful projects will come out the doors.

-- Ray Vanderpool

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 10:35 PM

Last year 2015 in August when we moved I was fortunate enough to be able to build a 16×16 shop, largest (256 sq. ft.) you can build without a permit, inspections etc. I am also in Virginia and the rain was a pest last year also. I like the idea of building and then dropping them in place. I plan on adding 4 feet to the front end as I need it. Congrats and hope all goes well.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 12:58 PM

My problem is that I have been collecting tools for a few years. Between the table saw, joiner, workbench, band saw, lathe, tool cabinets, compressor, etc. I need the space

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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