Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop #2: Clearing Site and Preparing Foundation for Pouring

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 09-02-2013 05:44 PM 4568 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Site Selection and Shop Orientation Part 2 of Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop series Part 3: Pouring Foundation Walls, Backfilling Walls, Red Barn »

Unfortunately I lost some pictures of clearing the underbrush and the trees that needed to come down. This was the most convenient site that I could find for the shop. Unfortunately it required a substantial foundation because of the slope which added to the cost somewhat, but in the long run I think that it will pay off because it is easily accessible to the basement and main floor of the house. It is also near the barn where I will be able to store some, lumber, jigs, and hardware.

The footing for the foundation walls had to be stepped because of the slope. The shop construction is being done under a permit and is being inspected at every key step.

The foundation wall will be 6 ft tall on the lower back left corner (diagonally toward the far corner as seen in the picture above)

The picture above shows the view from beyond the lower part of the footings looking back up toward the back part of the house where the garage is.

In the picture above you can see a view from the back yard of the forms that have been erected for pouring the walls.

This is another view of the forms from the front of the shop.

And a view as seen from a view that parallels the side of the barn. There is a 6 ft. wide door in this side of the barn which will be close to the front roll up door in the shop.

This is another view of the back left corner of the foundation wall.

The picture above shows the highest corner of the walls from the back side.

And above is another view looking up toward the barn from the lower part of the site.

Part 3 of this blog will be about the pouring of the walls. Thanks for reading my blog.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 05:58 PM

First thought was, a split level shop, second thought was, no, to late to change plans, he has been around
long enough to know what he wants. I will just set back and enjoy letting him do all the work on this one.
Thanks for sharing, and you have a great start there, I will keep my Monday morning quarterback under

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 06:12 PM

That is going to be a great workspace! Enjoying the blog.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 06:22 PM

moving right along there charles

i meant to comment about putting services in the floor too
since you have some under floor access there
(unless you plan on backfilling and pouring a slab floor)

in my last shop
i did what i call ‘service stations’ in between the floor joists
about every 10’ simply boxes with both 110 and 220 electricity in the end walls of them
and a main trunk (6’ vacuum line) coming up thru the bottom of the boxes
and an air line in each
that way the floor were clear of all hoses cord and obstructions
(so i could use part carts from tool to tool)

i had a simple ‘lid’ that could be cut around any lines or cords that came thru them
to run any tools wherever they needed to be placed for a good work flow in the shop
that can be recut or replaced as tools might change or be added

it worked very well and the floor was always clear
and there was no overhead hose or cords hanging down anywhere
to catch boards that needed to be spun or flipped around

my 220 outlets were just like the regular 100 ones with two plugs in each
i got them from an electrical supply place for about $10 apiece
and had 1 double on one 220v line
and another on a different 220v line
the same for 110v (both in ‘quad’ boxes)
so i could just plug different tools into whichever one wasn’t in use
then on to the next over ‘service station’
to keep from tripping the breakers
had a total of 6 200v wires
and 6 110v wires too each with it’s own breaker
a total of 6 ‘service stations’

just cap the vacuum if not in use
or bring it up and distribute as needed with shut-off gates to any tools in that area

i will do that in the new shop here too
and of course lines all around the walls
for any tools that are needed there

it is good to see you making progress
will be following along
as you proceed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 06:32 PM

Looking good, Charles! I’m following with great anticipation.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 06:52 PM

So very cool… what a thrill this must be for you!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 07:06 PM

The poured walls will certainly speed up the foundation build. Before you know it, you’ll be making sawdust of your own!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 07:32 PM

Ah, Charles…...There is nothing like seeing your shop take form…..It’s one of the greatest feeling in the world to know that you will soon have the “shop of your dreams”.... I will continue to follow your blog, and watch the shop “come to life”.....Carry on, pal….....enjoy the ride…....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 08:41 PM

May I only suggest that you put a lot of windows in it to enjoy the beauty of the setting. All I see is cornfields where I live. I’ll be watching this with envy!

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 08:43 PM

Great progress Charles. I used to love this kind of work in my younger days when cement was a lot lighter. Your forms look great, so the worst part of the foundation work is already over. Davids advice on the ducts for electric and air are good ideas. It’s a wonderful feeling to build your own shop. I’m sure this one is going to be a great workplace in very nice surroundings when finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-02-2013 08:45 PM

every wood workers dream… THEIR own version of what a shop should be. Like the blog and look forward to the next chapter.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 09-02-2013 09:02 PM

Good luck I know your excited about the project but If I were you I would make that 30×30 into 30×50 If your going to build make it as big as you can . All the trouble in building you might as well add the space your going to need it some day.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#12 posted 09-02-2013 09:28 PM

Must be great to design and build from scratch… putting in all the things you want right from the start… good luck to you…

-- Be safe.

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#13 posted 09-02-2013 09:49 PM

Lookin real good.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 09-02-2013 10:07 PM

That’s gonna need a lot of fill before you can pour the floor. You ARE pouring a concrete slab, right? Looking good so far!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 09-02-2013 10:10 PM

WOW! Charles!

When you decide to move, you MOVE!

You are making fantastic progress!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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