Building the New Wood Shop #2: foundation and framing the walls

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Blog entry by Popeye Jr. posted 06-17-2009 05:39 AM 8825 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planning Part 2 of Building the New Wood Shop series Part 3: Finishing the rest of the walls »

The foundation was the only part of this that I contracted out. I had never done it before and did not want to mess it up. Once I decided on a contractor and we agreed to a price they set work promptly. Peeling back the grass, grinding out an old stump, digging down and leveling the ground, building the forms and finally laying in the rebar and lots of it for our harsh canadian winters.
. After I had the city inspector come and check the forms and rebar placement and give me the OK to continue they poured the concrete while I was away for the weekend. I had marked out where all the anchor bolts were to be inserted on the forms and they poured the concrete and polished it to a nice glass like finish. Wow what agreat job they did!

I wasted no time in getting to it as I had all the lumber and sheating on hand. I borrowed an air nailer and compressor and away we went. i framed the long wall with the skinny window first and the the back wall with the man door next. That first 24Ft side was was very heavy as we had pre sheated it. it took all of us to get it up into place. Thanks guy’s for all the help!


. That pretty much concluded our first day of framing and it was time for a BBQ and Beer.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 08:19 AM

Great start!! I look forward to seeing the pictures of your progress.

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Todd Thomas

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#2 posted 06-17-2009 11:19 AM

looks good….can’t wait to see more..I love it when a shop is born…

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 06-17-2009 12:03 PM

This looks like you are off to a really good start on your shop. It always is exciting to share the experience of a shop’s evolution so this will be a nice series to follow. I am looking forward to seeing the next installment.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 01:05 PM

It’s gonna be nice! Great that you found a bunch of guys who’ll help for hamburgers and beer. Nice to have good friends. Keep us posted.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 01:57 PM

Looks great so far. Keep the pics comming. It is really fun watching a shop come together.

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 06-17-2009 02:00 PM

I’ve been through this myself, and it’s always fun to see others doing it while looking forward with great anticipation to their finished shop. Good start!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 06-17-2009 03:44 PM

Wow great job. You and the contractor really didn’t waste any time, looks like you’ve got a lot done in a very short time.

-- Alan, Prince George

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 06-17-2009 09:36 PM

The birth of another shop – always brings a tear of joy to my eye.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 06-18-2009 02:19 AM

I can see it already…...!! should have made it 2 feet wider !!.... :) but you gotta start somewhere…good job.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 06:25 AM

The slab looks nice.

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