The Shop #6: Just another brick in the wall

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 05-10-2008 12:58 AM 1198 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I lied. There are no bricks. There are however, walls. OSB walls to be exact. Oh, and shiny stuff. Let me back up a bit.

The “walls” in the old garage were 2×4, spaced every-so-often. No real “on-center” here. That, and some thoughtful placement of 45 degree cross supports pretty much limited my insulation choices to:
1. spray foam
2. netting and blown in
3. Something Different

I went with Something Different. I’ve already got (working from the outside in), T-111-like panels, Tyvex, old 1×10 boards. So, I went with a thermal insulation. Basically it’s a foil-foam-foil product. It only gives me an R factor of 7 or so, but I figured it was better than nothing. It was VERY easy to work with. Cuts clean with a utility knife. Very flexible and light weight, and less than 1/4” thick. My and Mr. Bostitch the stapler had lots and lots of fun. When in was done, I felt like I was inside a space ship. It was still cool (30s-40s) when I installed it, and I had my Mr. Heater (that’s it’s real name) propane heater running. The difference was fantastic and immediate. I had to turn the thing off, as it was getting too hot in there – that was a first (other than in the summer, of course).

Space Lab

So, I am now sort of insulated. Now for the walls. I’d love to have T&G paneling, but it’s just not in the budget, so at $5 or so per sheet, 1/2” OSB will do. After all, it’s my shop, not my library or den. Of course during the installation, I had to question myself: “Why did I put in so many outlets??”. Sure, it’s easy to nail them to the studs, and running the 12/2 wasn’t too bad, but cutting out all the openings in the OSB was a bit of a pain. Let’s just say that a few mistakes were made, but since I’m not posting pictures of said mistakes, they didn’t really happen, did they?

Pay no attention to that gap

I also dry walled the peak area of the front and back walls, and decided to have a little color. Since those parts are not as thick as the walls, I was left with a 2” ledge. What to do? Why, make a shelf of course. It was a little more complicated than that. The peak areas were made with 2×4 laid flat, furring style. So, I covered them with my lovely shiny insulation, then nailed 1×10 shelves in place, then more 2×4s (also helps to secure the shelves), and finally drywall.

Those of you who have been paying attention will also notice that I have installed the ceiling fan, and the lights. The ceiling fan is your average fan, 52”, and the lights – well, let’s just say that it’s plenty bright in there – even for middle-aged sawdust maker. I have 4 fixtures, and each one has 2 110W 8’ long fluorescent bulbs. Yep, if my math is right, that’s 880 watts. Sure, it will make the meter spin some, but more importantly, I CAN SEE! Of course, they’re also the kind that start in cold temps.


That’s it for today.

-- To do is to be

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 01:36 AM

God I hope I’m learning from you cause my turn is comming and you are setting the bar pretty high for my usual standards. <g>
Good job and great to see the progress to.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 03:17 AM

It is really exciting to see these shops coming together!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 03:19 AM

I agree with Todd. It’s fun seeing shops being built.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 04:16 AM

As an avowed shop junkie I love seeing posts like this. It is one thing to simply visually tour another shop but it is a completely different ball game to see one developed from scratch.

Thanks for the post. I have appreciated these construction posts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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John Gray

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 04:12 PM

KEEP US POSTED on your “cool” shop.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 06:00 PM

What a cooo0l start, lookiing forward to your next post. So get off the couch and build, build, build that shop. Thanks much for this post. I love watching shops spring to life.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#7 posted 05-12-2008 07:43 PM

I just completed a similar project myself. You may want to check into H-Mac for the HVAC stuff. They have the best prices I have found and they don’t charge for shipping. So if you need a heater or air conditioner, they would likely be your best best.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.


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