Shop progress #1: The begining towards the end

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Blog entry by Mario posted 05-15-2007 04:04 PM 2107 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Soo many choices soo little money.

I am in the process of buildin my dream shop and seems like it will take me 20 years to get it done. I guess it is because I am trying to do it without going into debt too much.

to start it is a 48X40 metal sided pole building located in Mid-Michigan, It is a newer building with a cement floor that was with the house we moved into almost two years ago.

The office is 11X24 and has a seperate heater and AC. I have all of my turning stuff in there.

the “Main” shop floor is 47X30 and I just finished putting OSB on all of the walls, the OSB is screwed to the beams that hold the metal siding on. I plan to put studs between the 4X6’s and insulate and then put up ? OSB of Drywall. (decision 1)

I ran a few 240V circuits for table saw and dust collector.

I have put rolled insulation in about 1/3 of the ceiling but $$$$. I may just put osb on ceiling and then blow in insulation. (remember Mi. ). but I need 41 sheets of OSB to cover the ceiling!!!

I still have to figure out what i will do woth the two sliding doors that measure about 10X12. I want to take the back one out but SWMBO says NOOOOO. I like it.

Then I need to find a heater. I was thinking about two. One that will burn wood pelets to keep the temp stable and the other to burn regular wood ( and mistakes/ cutoffs)
I will have a few pics once I figure out how to post.

It seems like this process is a long line of compromises and that is a bit frustrating.
I want this …but I can afford this.

-- Hope Never fails

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#1 posted 05-15-2007 05:32 PM

This has to be a complicated decision. Compromise is an art form. Good luck with your decisions. As I live in Alberta, Canada, insulation and heating would be areas where we can’t compromise. Good luck.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-15-2007 06:56 PM

sounds like your dream shed is still going to be amazing (even with the compromises)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 05-15-2007 07:41 PM

My shop is totally heated by a single wood burner. It does get some of the off cuts, but hopefully not too much. I buy in ready cut logs and I go through about 3 tons in the workshop alone. The shop is used every day and heated throughout the winter.

But the main purpose of the fire, is not to provide heat, but to maintain the humidity leveles at about 45% RH. couple this with a temprature about 15 – 18°C means that my lumber dries to about 8% and maintains between 6 to 9% depending upon the species.

I think that Michigan get a touch chilly in the winter, as it does here (Novemebre to April) Do not comprimise on the insulation, especially the roof (I have 400mm/16” of insulation) you will save the money you paid out very quickly and you will have a nice comfortable retreat in which to get away and work.

I look forward to seeing some photographs, when you can get them posted

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 03:59 AM

WHAT A SHOP! 48 X 40 IS HUGE! Congratulations! So what if it takes 20 years…it is going to be awesome when you finish it. I use one 16,000 btu propane heater for my little 20X30 shop, but then again I live in Louisiana.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 05:50 AM

Mario, I remember a song by Johnnie Cash. He built a car one piece at a time…... Take the time to do it right.

Don’t know about your humidity levels there in Michigan, but here in Southern Indiana blow-in celluose insulation wouldn’t last very long in a building with metal roofing and low ventilation. F.Y.I. You just might want to check. Too much moisture being trapped.

Cannonball track is the best track for sliding doors on a pole barn. It will last forever. Water won’t stand in it.

Sorry I worked at a lumber yard for 17 years selling barns and houses.

Best of luck with the barn.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 06:42 AM

You do what you can with what you have.

-- John

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-16-2007 11:44 PM

Plenty of room, maybe to much. Heating will be expensive. Maybe you could partition off a smaller area for your shop, but its your shop to do what you want.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 02:14 PM

I had a similar situation. My wife & I purchased a 60×40 pole barn for my future shop. It had metal sides, but shingled roof. We ‘filled’ the area between the posts with 2×4 framing, 6” insulation, and sheathed with 3/8” CDX plywood (at the time the price was comparable with OSB, and it looked better). For ceilings, we used 5/8” drywall and insulated with about a foot of blown-in cellulose.
I have heated it the last two winters with an LP gas furnace that I removed from an old trailer house that was also on the land when we bought it. LP gas is NOT an inexpensive way to go, but we only used the shop on weekends. Most of my area is wide open with 14’ ceilings, and with a couple of ceiling fans, we have no problem heating up the space. I aim for about 60 degrees… that seems to be a good temp for working. I have two overhead doors that were already the insulated variety; we just added some weather stripping around the openings to slow down the drafts…

-- Rick

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#9 posted 05-17-2007 02:21 PM

That does sound very familiar. Mine has 11 foot ceilings and is wide open. There were horse stalls along one side but half of that space is now an office and the rest will be used for the lawn mower and wood storage. I will take some pictures and post tham this weekend.

-- Hope Never fails

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