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Blog series by jrecord updated 11-02-2009 11:57 PM 11 parts 15058 reads 71 comments total

Part 1: Building it

05-22-2009 04:57 AM by jrecord | 12 comments »

So, I am having a 20×24’ workshop (with 10’ walls) built by Tuff Shed in my backyard. First I needed a slab. So, the concrete guy dug, put in the forms, and the rebar. Then they poured the slab. A week later Tuff Shed showed up at 7:30 in the morning and started putting up the workshop. First they erected the prebuilt walls. Then they put up the roof trusses. And the roof. At 4:30 that afternoon they were done! Here is the interior. And painted to match t...

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Part 2: Now the interior

05-26-2009 03:18 AM by jrecord | 5 comments »

The electrician starts tomorrow. He has to replace my 130 amp house breaker box with a 200 amp box and run an underground conduit to the workshop.Then he roughs in the 120 and 220 circuits and the T8 florescent lighting.Not cheap, but I will have all the electrical up to code. I just heard that Sam Maloof has passed away. His work is inspiring to any woodworker, no matter what style you are interested in. He will be missed.

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Part 3: More progress on workshop

06-13-2009 06:31 PM by jrecord | 5 comments »

The electrician finished the rough electrical and the city inspection was passed. This morning he filled in the trench between the house and the workshop. I had him put in a cable TV coax in case I add a TV some day. So, I now have a 90 amp circuit to the workshop with all of the 110 and 220 volt circuits I will need. I am also putting in many T-8 lighting – as I get older I need more light. Also, the drywall ceiling was installed yesterday. They should be finished in a few days and ...

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Part 4: It has been 4 months, but much progress

09-26-2009 06:00 PM by jrecord | 3 comments »

I now have the walls and ceiling in with the blown-in cellulose insulation. The final electrical is all done; just waiting for the inspection.The mechanical closet is finished. Thanks to my friend Kris for helping with the door.We have done most of the painting. Just one more coat to go.I plan to install the floor next weekend. It will be a DeltaFL moisture barrier with a floating floor on top.Then two weeks from now, I will get the heat pump installed. Then I can move in! I will do the...

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Part 5: Almost forgot the walkway

09-26-2009 06:13 PM by jrecord | 2 comments »

I also just had a concrete walkway that goes from the shop door, to the back door of the house and on around the house to the driveway. That really improves access to the workshop. I also bought a moving dolly from craigslist that has a crank that raises the plate from the floor up to the level of my workbench. This will be good for my aching back.

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Part 7: Bigger pictures

09-28-2009 05:55 AM by jrecord | 20 comments »


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Part 8: Lighting calculator site

09-29-2009 01:05 AM by jrecord | 3 comments »

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Part 9: The floor is done

10-04-2009 03:29 AM by jrecord | 2 comments »

With the help of six friends we installed a moisture barrier (see their web site) and a Pergo floating floor. Pictures soon.The main things left to do are installing the heat pump (AC and heater) and actually moving in.

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Part 10: Shop flooring

10-05-2009 01:10 AM by jrecord | 7 comments »

Here is a picture of the shop with the flooring installed. This is Pergo 7mm floating flooring over Delta-FL moisture barrier. With one person laying out the planks, one person cutting the end pieces to length, and two teams of two people installing the planks, the work took less than 3 hours. The Pergo just clicks together followed by a few taps with a dead blow hammer to tighten up the joints.

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Part 11: Moved in - sort of

11-02-2009 11:57 PM by jrecord | 2 comments »

Well, I have moved most of my tools from the garage to the workshop. So, I guess I am moved in. I have installed a lumber rack. I am assembling my new dust collector in the sound proofed closet. Then I need to build a plywood storage rack and two sets of cabinets for storage. One row of cabinets will be the surface for a compound miter saw. The other cabinets are the surface for the planer. Finally, I have to install ducting for the dust collection system.I am considering Norfab, 6” PV...

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