A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion #16: Progress Update For May 2013

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Blog entry by RonInOhio posted 05-12-2013 04:31 PM 2372 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my last entry, I talked about the issues that this expansion has caused with all the construction
lumber crowding up the inside of my small shop and in the yard.

Also I had some water damage along the back that I addressed. Dug it out, replaced rotted sheathing, and layed in some drainage gravel.

Since then I installed the rear gable vent , measured ,cut ,and primed some trim, put up fanfold water barrier and some siding on the back. Also decided to put up a lean-to on the back to get the lumber and sheet goods out of the way. Going forward I will be using up a lot of the extras in various projects but the goal is
to not clutter up the shop or the lot with an eyesore of extra lumber. Also it will provide dry storage.

The weather went from really dry and nice to cold and rainy. So a slight delay, but I should be able to
resume work this afternoon .

I’m still constructing the pallet frame for the lean-to but should have that done by tomorrow if I get motivated.

A few pictures of my progress.

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 04:51 PM

I would like to build the lean-to larger (deeper), but I have a utility easement issue. Another lean-to is already
in the plans for one of the sides. It will house a DC, air compressor, and a steel locker for finishing supplies and

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 05:02 PM

Hi Ron! looks like good progress! your shed looks about the same size I’ll be shooting for when I get kicked out of my half of the garage. If you’re anywhere near Cbus let me know if you need a hand :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 05:11 PM


Thanks. It has been slow going but I keep plugging away. Not very close to C-bus unfortunately
but I appreciate the offer. I’m up by Cleveland.

The shed is about 10×12 and have a smaller shed that will be connected, to make it overall about 160 sq. ft.

Small , but will be much better than nothing. Will be insulated for these cold Ohio winters.

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 05:45 PM

Hey Ron,

I commented on your progress awhile back. Looks like you are continuing to make progress. Great that you are insulating, insulating, insulating. I started my small barn rehab many years ago from a skeleton. Made lots of mistakes I had to redo.

I have missed the parts of your story, but I am adding you to my buddies list so I can track your journey.

Oh yeah, don’t save everything. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-12-2013 06:01 PM


I started in Oct. and worked right up till the beginning of January. Then hibernated until late
March. :). Kind of sporatic but am back in full swing I think. Thanks for the buddy add. I will do the

Its funny you mention mistakes. If I took the time to fix all my goofs as I go ,I would never get
done. I have made quite a few. I guess most of them can and will be fixed eventually. As we know,
these shop building projects are never really done .

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 02:01 AM

A work in progress. What came first, the work shop or the project

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

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 05:48 AM


The workshop. But I felt that having a place to store all my lumber was something to do now
to open up things inside, and have working access in there. Pics on the chaos inside the shop,
in the blog post before this one, pretty much explains the dilemma I’m having.

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 02:34 PM

Say Ron,

I just read through all your posts on this project and must say you are far more ambitious and talented then I, nice work!

One comment I would make is your gable vent, have you given any thought to a thermostatically controlled electric gable fan? Not too pricey and HD carries these out here in AZ and it makes a world of difference in removing heat and possibly some of the dust you will create…

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