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I figured it was time I had a place to work. I actually built this 3m x 3m building 8 years ago and we used it as an office for a while. During that time the spiders moved in, the moss took over the roof and the birds crapped all over it. So I took a couple of weeks off work to claim it back. Phase 1 was to renew the exterior which involved brushing, scraping, washing, sanding, filling, sanding, brushing, painting, painting and more painting. Glad that’s over. Phase 2 will be to clear it out and Phase 3 will be to lay on proper electricity, a new floor and insulate the walls and roof so it can be used all year round. It’s a start.

I’ll update with more photos as things progress.

Phase 2 is now complete. All cleared out. Just need to vacuum the cobwebs.

Even the old saw till is no more. LOL.

And so it begins…

The electrics are all done and the battening for the tongue and groove at the bottom on the walls is complete. I gave myself 21 sockets + 1 outside socket, which should be enough in a 3m x 3m space. Sockets are like clamps, you can never have too many. :o)

The bottom insulation is all fitted now ready for the tongue and groove work next weekend.

Tongue and Groove work to the bottom of the walls is now complete. All hand tools, which basically consisted of a little 20” Disston D8 panel saw, a hammer, a block plane, a couple of chisels and a square.

The following shot shows the little panel saw that did all this work. As I stood there sawing I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that I was getting a good workout doing something I enjoyed. I also spared a thought for all those people who were stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride stationary bicycles. LOL.

I can’t decide whether to tackle the top part of the walls next or the ceiling. Guess we’ll all find out next weekend.

I haven’t had much time to progress the workshop lately due to the fact that I’ve been working six days a week for the last couple of weeks. However, I have managed to get the roof insulated and the first layer of insulation on the top half of the walls. Looks a bit space age at the moment.

The upper part of the walls are finally finished. I knew it would be a bit of a challenge to measure and cut the compound angles in the MDF around the corner roof trusses, so I started by making myself a template.

Even though each corner was inevitably slightly different, I was able to use the template to measure and allow for these differences. Glad to say I managed to cut around all the roof trusses with my little Disston panel saw without screwing up.

I made a shelf above the door which is where the stereo will be housed which is wired to a digital ariel on the outside of one of the back walls. I put three sockets on the shelf, one for the stereo, one to power the digital ariel and one spare for a small TV if I decide I want one at a later date.

Next I’ll board out the roof between the trusses.

And as if by magic, here it is done. 12mm MDF for the roof boards.

Only one day of shop time this weekend and this is what I made. Now I ask you, did you ever see such a ridiculous shape?

There’s a lot to be said for putting a flat roof on your workshop. LOL. Still it is up, I have light and that means longer days in the shop are now possible. Can’t knock that! Oh and if you can see any little gaps, well that’s what filler was made for.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#1 posted 141 days ago

Beautiful Andy! If anyone deserves a good work space it’s you. Congrats!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 141 days ago

It looks great, Andy!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 141 days ago

That’s a sweet looking little building, Andy. What type of pines are those in the background?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Awesome! Looks like a great place to sharpen a saw or two.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 141 days ago

Looks just wonderful Andy, I would love to Work there, birds singing, shaves flying and the smell of nature.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 141 days ago

Sweet place Andy. Looking forward to the updates.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 141 days ago

Lots of windows, you must get great light in there. Very nice, especially since you can also step outside if the weather is nice.
Looking forward to seeing the next steps.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#8 posted 141 days ago

Thanks guys. Very small by American standards, but then you don’t need much space when you use hand tools and buy your lumber PAR.

Bob – They’re Scots pines mixed in with silver birch.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 141 days ago

I can see opening the doors and windows , light streaming in, and a smoothing plane leaving flat backlit wisps. Looks like nirvana to me since i’m a basement troll! Let the blogging begin Andy.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#10 posted 140 days ago

It looks fine, Andy! Plenty of space for the master to keep his tools and practice magic…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 140 days ago

Excellent hut of woodworking there Andy! Will be great to see you get it into working order.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#12 posted 140 days ago

congrats Brit it will be nice good light and all I wish my shop had windows and I am focused on ac and heat this year so I can use the shop 4 seasons like you are hooping for too

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#13 posted 140 days ago

Looking good Andy
Now you just need a matching workmate :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 140 days ago

One thing I know for sure Jamie is that is will be a Workmate free zone. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 140 days ago

A wonderful space Andy. It will be great to see how you mold it to fit your use.

-- ~Tony

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