Finally, My Dream Shop #11: AND THERE WAS LIGHT

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Blog entry by Calgirl posted 11-22-2007 01:29 AM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: He says I can start moving in..... Part 11 of Finally, My Dream Shop series Part 12: Dec 3 is THE day »

Well, I have three flood lights (but no bulbs yet) and one two-tube flourescent. Finally I have electricity! I have found that if I start working out there at about 10 in the morning, by 2 in the afternoon, I have to take a break to rest my back. Then after supper, I’m ready to get back to work. So far I have made a “scooter” to help me get all the heavy stuff out there. I’m going to tackle the drill press and maybe the lathe tonight.
How glorious it will be to see them actually in my brand new shop. I have the cyclone out there (in pieces) and Mike and I are going to put it up this weekend. The motor came without a cord, so I will have to purchase one. The electrician and I wanted to take a gander at the plug for this 230V monster, but alas, for a thousand bucks you get all but the plug!

There’s still some trouble with the final inspection. It appears that the city powers do not have a code for the sliding door which I have. Soooooo, we will have to remove the door and install an overhead garage type door to get the final inspection approval. However, I do not promise not to sneek my original door back on as soon as the inspector is gone! Anyway, that door and the trim are all that remains (and the inspection). I can’t put up any insulation or cover the walls until the inspection, but there is plenty to do just to move all the machinery into the shop. I’m taking it slowly, because I don’t want to strain or sprain any muscles, and that’s alright with me… that I’m finally in my shop! I’ll take some pics after I get kinda set up. It will be a while before I get all the furniture built.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 01:35 AM

This has been a favorite of mine to follow. It’s just so exciting!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 11-22-2007 01:49 AM

This is great..but I am jonesing for PICTURES! ;@)


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 11-22-2007 02:01 AM

Yeah, I was hoping for pictures too. I went over to the projects to see if there were any, no luck.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Alan Robertson

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#4 posted 11-22-2007 02:18 AM

Concerning your door, see if you can sign a waiver or some type of release for them. They have a little problem accepting responsibility should they accept your door if it hasn’t a “Made in China” sticker on it. Remind them that it is an out building ( pardon the term ), not a residence. They may want hooks or latches at the bottom corners to hold it tight in a blow. I have sliders on several of my buildings but I did not have to deal with the – WE KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU PEOPLE. Have dealt with them on remodel jobs and sometimes a signed waiver was needed. Hate to see you waste money on a temporary door when you could waste it on more tools. If memory serves, what type of door do hangers have? If you have a problem, close it in. Painted plywood on the outside, painted osb on the inside. Change it when you are ready and they are gone. I’m off my pedestal. Good luck. Al

-- MrAl

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 02:50 AM

Yeah, dang, no pictures. Makes me mopey and blue. Just dieing to see what is going on.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-22-2007 04:45 AM

Even though you lament the time this shop has taken to build, I think it’s gone by at a wonderful pace. But I do understand the anticipation factor. This has been great to follow and by the way…
pictures, we need pictures ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 11-22-2007 05:00 AM

Hey you cant actually finish the inside walls of this shop and show us all up! Thats just sacreligious to go ahead and completely complete a shop!
Good luck gettin ya stuff in anywayz :-)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 11-22-2007 06:52 AM

Congratulations Cal. Keep it coming.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Myron Wooley

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#9 posted 11-22-2007 10:45 AM

I hardwired my cyclone motor into a contactor that is powered by a 3-way 120VAC circuit. The contactor is inside a small NEMA box, and one switch is next to it, and the other is by the door. The 220VAC is on a dedicated 30A circuit.
I think I would put it on a heavy-duty remote control if I did it over.


-- The days are long and the years are short...

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 11-22-2007 05:01 PM

You can only partially finish the walls or you will be ejected from the LJ group!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Myron Wooley

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#11 posted 11-22-2007 08:09 PM

OK, I’ll be packing my bags now <sniff>. I committed the sin of completely finishing the walls, even putting baseboard down and ceiling fans up. I even put stainless steel switch and outlet plates on the walls. I am a bad bad LumberJock! (and I’m not really leaving)

Go for it, Cal Girl! This is the only time you’ll ever have to make your Girl Cave as perfect as you want- don’t listen to these bare stud galoots! ;)

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#12 posted 11-23-2007 07:04 AM

Calgirl, I hope the envy doesn’t show – but I am jealous AND very happy for you.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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