New Workshop #8: Flooring Complete & Support Braces started...

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Blog entry by Bermuda_Les posted 10-12-2015 03:33 PM 904 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been while since I did anything on the new workshop garage. I finally got the flooring completed, but then before I could get started on doing anything inside, we had a visit from Hurricane Joaquin. I knew I should have drilled some holes in the back wall to relieve the pressure from the high winds, but I never got around to it, so when the hurricane force winds hit, the pressure blew out a panel in the rear of the garage.

Luckily, I was able to find the panel in the aftermath of the hurricane, and it had suffered only minimal damage, so the following weekend, with help I was able to force the panel back into place. Boy those things are a bugger to get back into place after the whole garage is built and everything is screwed down and siliconed.

So this weekend I put in some support bracing to strengthen the walls. My fears about the wall strength were realized once the garage was complete. There was no way those walls would support any kind of weight, so I thought putting up some bracing would increase the rigidity and strength.

I designed a brace that was 1 foot and screwed into the floor, and 5 foot 4-1/2 inches up the wall on top of that, screwed into the panel supports. I will put a diagonal brace across these two, but those pieces alone have made the walls incredibly rigid. I will be putting up a sheet of 1/2 inch ply 2 foot by 10 foot 8 inches along one wall, that will serve as the backing for a french cleat system to hang my most used tools. On the other wall, I plan to put a folding workbench designed by fellow lumberjock April Wilkerson who has some really neat projects, and is very easy on the eye.

I ran out of lumber for the cross braces, so next weekend I’ll get those 2 by 4s and some 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch plywood. Stay tuned… it’s almost done.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 04:00 AM

Moving forward great progress

-- Norman

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 12:17 PM

Moving forward great progress

- NormG

Thanks Norm,

It’s been really slow going, but thanks to help from my sons, it’s gettin’ there. Should be finished now soon, and I can get back to making REAL sawdust!! Thanks for your comment.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 05:56 AM

Ah Les I see you survived the storm OK.
The floor looks really great!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 11:14 AM

Hi Robert,

Yes, made it through OK. We have lots of experience surviving hurricanes. Yes, found the panel, only minor damage to it, so was able, with help from my son to force it back into place. Almost ready to move in.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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