Workshop And Addition, (blog is in repair, more pictures to come)

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 07-01-2015 11:50 PM 2364 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Standalone workshop addition early of 2015

Now that we are in the spring, it’s time for me to come out of my shell and break ground with the addition onto my shop, I started off by pouring 2’x 2’ concrete pads for the center blocks to sit on, the outer pads I centered 13” deep holes dug with a post hole digger to help stabilize from settling and movement, I used string line levels making sure all of the supports were plumb, Next came the wall to be demoed, I ripped out all of the sheet rock along with the insulation as the exterior siding will have to me knocked out from the inside, in order to do that I had to move tools and equipment out of the way along with my workbench to make room bunching them up together.
My current stand alone shop which can be viewed via my workshop here on the LJ’s site is 12’ x 16’ with an added 3’ x 5’ exterior closet which houses my DC on the opposite end from where the addition will be, the shop now is a bit crowded as it is, I will be adding on an addition 8’ to the end of the 12’ wide building making it 24’ x 12’ the max I am allowed in order to stay within my property boundaries.
Once the new addition has been erected and before completely removing the framing on the wall to be removed, I plan on putting in two 2”x 8” blind headers at ceiling level sandwiching the end truss on each side as even though it’s a common gable wall it still bares some weight and will need to be supported.
I also plan on upgrading the current #10 gauge wire feeding the shop from the main with two separate 30 amp breakers to a single 50 amp and #6 gauge wire single strand.
Showing where the addition will be placed, see all of that pretty grass, say bye bye but it’s for the better cause and besides less mowing :)

Showing the center blocks to be used, lucky my dad had these as extras so I grabbed the gloves and threw them in the back of my truck.
Pads are poured.

I had to make some temporary boxes in order to make some concrete pillars as the pads were not quite even, all support blocks are plum and level with each other in all directions and with the existing blocks on the building.

More photos showing block placement along with exterior trim removed from the building.

Showing the removal of the sheet rock along with the insulation on the wall to be removed, bad lighting on this photo.

Exterior wall is off and the new floor is starting to take shape, with the help of a good friend we have the outer frame locked in and square now comes the floor joist.

The new floor is tied to the old floor using large 1/2” x 3 1/2” hex head lag screws and is now complete with the top 3/4” OCB decking.

The AC is out, the 8000 BTU AC unit was covered in dirt and dust and will be replaced with an 18500 BTU AC with heat pump.
Today we’ll start off with building the trusses, setting them aside, than the walls and will continue until this day ends.

The floor was complete so now came the Trusses / Rafters, 5 total were made, I made a make shift ceiling support on the inside of the building before tearing out the wall to make way for the header, we weren’t able to do a sandwich on each side of the end truss as originally planed due to obstacles in the way and also when my dad and I had built it many years ago we had made a catwalk truss (boards put together in L shape ) for better end support so we instead put the header under the end wall cap, I used two 2×8×12 for the header.
Note, the person in the pictures is the one that’s helping me.

Trusses being built.

Friend shown here is the person that’s helping me with this project.

Old wall being removed.

Wall is completely out and the header is being installed.

Completed framing in on the header adding the last two jack studs on one side removing the temporary stud holding one end of the header along with the temporary ceiling support and also removed the bottom floor wall plate was pretty much all I got done Sunday by late afternoon, it rained two days straight keeping my sitting in front of the TV.
Note; the new floor matched up very well to the existing floor after removing the bottom wall plate that was left in place.

Walls are up, locked in and anchored down with 4” ring shank nails hand pounded in :) , I used 6” x 1/2” Lag Screws to anchor the new walls to the existing walls along with nails, I have one window partially framed in with header, I built the existing rafter in place by attaching a 12’ long board to each end of the trim boards resting on top of the top wall plate creating a rafter and also attaching a second rafter to the outer side of that existing trim boards having two rafters / trusses tied together.
Tomorrow I’ll be completing the rafters and adding the roof sheathing.

OK rafters / Trusses are up and ready for the sheathing, This was a solo day for me, I alone hiked these behemoths up and secured them in place by using bar clamps, by far the hardest part since I was working alone today, since it was only 3 rafters I measured for placement over the studs hence they aren’t true to 24” some are on 25 – 26 center so I decided to tie them all together by notched out the top edge of each rafter at two 24” sections and to the building for better support, I used L shaped hurricane clips to tie the butt end of each 2×4 to the face board they are cut to 7’ length which also allows 11” over hang on the gable end, 11” on the end is all I can due in order to stay out of the easement.
The boards sticking up on the end of the gable on the end are just there to hold the end rafter when I was nailing it to the structure they will be coming off tomorrow before we put the sheathing up.

Got one window completely framed out minus the jack stud to be installed below the window base plate and re-framed for the AC unit by removing one of the studs, moving it over making it a king stud and installing two trimmers with a 2×6 double header and added cripplers it also still needs the bottom frame base plate along with jack studs.
With rain in the weather I had to work fast on getting a cover over the structure, so my friend that is helping came to my aid, we both got the sheathing and the paper up just in time as it started lightly raining on us half way through and once we were done the bottom of the clouds fell out.
Tomorrow not sure how much I will get done if any at all and Sat nothing at all will be done to the building, I’m taking a break with some wind in the face Sat, so Friday my focus is going to be on my Harley, getting it ready for Sat’s ride to see the spring color so I’ll be washing protecting the leather and waxing the bike.

Here is showing the open for window completely framed out.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 12:05 AM

I know the dust’ll be flyin. Lookin really good Randy. Super nice job. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust buddy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 12:52 AM

you did a fine job sir

looks like it’s been this way all along
just needs some dust thrown around
and it will be

‘home sweet shop’

enjoy !

-- 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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#3 posted 07-02-2015 01:02 AM

Excellent! You done super-good.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 01:18 AM

Randy, you get an A-1 rating from Michigan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That place is built for action!!

Way to go ,my friend!!!!!!!!!Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 01:38 AM

TA, Ta, TA TAAAAAAA! The unveiling of a long journey’s end! Thanks for taking the time to post the good and frustration times. A learning experience for us all? LOL! It looks like you have all the space optimized and organized. Helps to find the tool when you put it back???? I’m trying!

How many man hours do you think are in this journey?

Congratulations on seeing it through!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 01:49 AM

Looks good. I’m sure you will enjoy the space

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 02:02 AM

Congrats on a job well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 03:06 AM

You’ve gotta be happy and proud … a lot of work went into your expansion and a lot of enjoyment will come out of it…

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#9 posted 07-02-2015 03:14 AM

Well done Randy!
Congrats on sticking with it until all the i’s were dotted and the t’s crossed before you started back to working in it.
That’s not something I would have been able to do. Now you are rewarded with a fine finished workspace and no nagging little details waiting to be finished.

Good work and a great addition to your space.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 07-02-2015 03:24 AM

Great looking work area.

You should have plenty of enjoyment making projects in there.


-- To see samples of my work, please visit

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#11 posted 07-02-2015 04:31 AM

Blackie, it looks great. Now it needs more sawdust and a bit of clutter. It takes a certain goal-oriented person to stick with the whole job until it is all completely done. Lots of people get part way done and lose focus. They drift away to doing something more pleasant. You have set a fine example for us all. You certainly deserve the LJ seal of approval! Thanks for making us neighbors who got to peek over the fence and watch you as you moved through the steps of building this. I hope it works as well as it looks, but where are you going to put the new tools you buy?

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 07-02-2015 04:56 AM

Thats a shop i would love to work in!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#13 posted 07-02-2015 05:38 AM


I must say that I really hate that you’re finished with the building of the shop this soon….You needed to have drug it out longer so you’d have something to do to keep you busy….:)... Now all you’ll have to work on is projects…too bad….You sure you don’t want to add another extra section to the shop.? Now, like when I did, you’ll just sit in there and stare at all your accomplishments…...Too bad…..:))

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#14 posted 07-02-2015 09:46 AM

There you go, buddy. Congrats.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#15 posted 07-02-2015 10:03 AM

The only complaint I have is that its not my shop! :)

-- "Cause I know that time has numbered my days" -Mumford

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