Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop #2: Turning doors into windows and enlarging windows

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Blog entry by Ric posted 10-27-2007 05:08 AM 3379 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Removing the stalls Part 2 of Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop series Part 3: Installing the furnace and electrical work »

Well, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Had company for three weeks, so things are a bit behind schedule.

I decided to go with the forced air heating system. Saving almost $2,000 and not having to add to my to-do list were irresistable!

Oh the joys of dealing with someone else’s idea of “that’s OK, it’s just a barn” construction techniques!

I framed in the one door I am closing off (it will be behind my wood storage area). When I went to install the OSB, I discovered the 48” door isn’t. It isn’t 48” and it isn’t square. It also is more than 8’ tall. After a bit – OK alot – of jugsaw work and an added piece of OSB it is closed in. Now I just have to pull some board and batten siding so I can put the TYVEK in and re-side it.

Got the other three doors roughed in for windows. Got the siding pull around one and put the TYVEK up – no problem. Then I discovered that this 48” opening isn’t either! It isn’t square or 48” – seemed to be when I measured it, but the window sure didn’t fit. This time I went after it with the circular saw. Looks like &*%#@^, but it fits! I’m going to remeasure those other two 48” opening so see how much the’ve changed since I measured them. Last time they were just a bit large, I hope they still are!<g>

Got some of the siding pulled around the 3 smaller windows. These better go OK, I framed them in! Of course I did go from 38” wide openings to 36” windows, so the only problem should be fixing the OSB around the window openings. We’ll see. Oh the fun and games!

I did take a few more pictures. I’ll see if I can get them up on my shop site.

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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#1 posted 10-27-2007 01:20 PM

Remember the old adage

Measure once, cut twice.

Or as one of our members says: I’ve cut it three times and it’s still too short.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 10-27-2007 01:57 PM

It don’t look like an old horse barn to me. You’ve done a good job so far.

Had a good friend back in the early 80’s named Rick. He was from Bangor. We served on the same ship and used to drive to Bangor to visit and ski Mt.Snow. You’ve sparked some good memories. Fire anyone who thinks “It’s just an old barn”. They just don’t care.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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