The making of a woodshop #7: Starting to look like a building on the outside at least

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Blog entry by JimNEB posted 04-22-2010 01:11 AM 8595 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the shop class is about done with their part of the project (the outside). You can see that my nephew got the electrical roughed in a couple of weeks ago. Three 220 outlets a number of 110s and plenty of lights, I hope. Since its the middle of track season I haven’t gotten much else done on the inside. I’m hoping to start putting up the ceiling this weekend, I think I’m going with all OSB on the ceiling and walls, paint it white for a nice clean look. I still have to put a door in between the old garage and the shop. My plan is to put in a solid door and cut it so I can have a dutch door there. That way I can leave the top open in the summer and the bottom will keep the pack of little mongrels from escaping out to the front. I’ve been reading some of the posts on here about a floor treatment and I’m still up in the air about what to do there. I know I don’t want to stay with the concrete, just too hard on my old back.
This is the west-side with the doors open.

This is the north-side with the doors closed, there’s one more light to put up on the other side of the window.

Here you can see the panel, and the hole for the other outside light.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 02:13 AM

Looks good Jim! Mine is a 16×24 barn and I’ve already got it packed full, wish mine was as clean as yours is right now!

-- Chris L from Beatrice, NE

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 06:59 AM

Nice work. What is that goop on every electrical outlet?

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 07:02 AM

Looks great! Can’t wait for your next entry.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 09:59 AM

Looks good and well designed. Keep up the good work.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 02:52 PM

Sarit, Just some expanding foam. Just wanted to fill in behind the boxes, probably didn’t need to do that. But it did give me something to do while my nephew was doing the real electrical work.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 03:18 PM

Looking good.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 04-23-2010 01:07 AM

Your shop is looking sweet! I think you should go with a floor like Autumn did…relatively inexpensive, simple to put in and will work great and be nice to your back…


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#8 posted 04-26-2010 03:00 AM

Autumn, Thanks for the ideas on the flooring. :)

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 09:19 AM

Don’t answer this if you don’t feel comfortable about it.
Could you describe the whole permitting process to building your own shop? Is it harder/easier than you thought it would be? I’d like to do the same thing one day, but have no idea how to even start.

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#10 posted 05-27-2010 06:34 PM

great shop progress jim

Wonderful shop and idea Autumn

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 03:21 AM

I live in a small town so the permit process was a piece of cake. I went to the city office, got a permit, filled it out, gave them a simple CAD drawing of the site, gave them $75. I got my permit in the mail about a week later. Easy pezy japanezee.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#12 posted 05-28-2010 05:05 AM

Sarit, you might not believe it, but that little bit of foam is a good thing in Nebraska, what with the low temperatures. Even here in California, I do that, but for the opposite reason (heat). That’s a nice shop, JimNEB. Did you seal and/or insulate below the slab? I noticed the eave overhang is boxed. Does that mean the insulation overhangs the shop? That is a seriously smart insulation trick.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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