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Blog series by Dave66 updated 10-03-2012 06:59 PM 4 parts 6842 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: The "foundation"

09-03-2012 02:10 AM by Dave66 | 6 comments »

I just retired from my second 20-plus-year carreer. That’s over forty – plus years doing something I hated. Now its time for a change. I’m not a professional woodworker, I’m not even very experienced. But, I’ve played with woodwork for more than 50 years. I’ve even made some fairly decent keepsake boxes over the years. Now, I want to get into woodworking in a way to find out what I’m capable of. With the support of my new spouse, I’ve take...

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Part 2: More data for those who like data

09-03-2012 04:19 PM by Dave66 | 1 comment »

It occurred to me that some folks might want some hard data on the new shop. This is presented in the intent to inform only. As I said earlier, we extracted some equity from the house to pay for an addition. We are adding an attached addition to the existing structure. This addition is approximately 17.5 ft wide by about 50 ft long. It will include an over-sized third vehicle bay with storage and added driveway to the existing garage, and an attached shop space behind. The garage bay is ex...

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Part 3: Now, the real foundation

09-04-2012 09:28 PM by Dave66 | 0 comments »

Concrete folks are coming Thursday (9/6) to layout forms and get ready for the first pour. This pour is going to be the garage bay and the shop area. Driveways and steps will come later. This means I can wait to specify the location of the exterior door until framing starts. This gives me more time to refine my plans for organizing the shop floor—forming, shaping, assembly and glue-up, tool storage, wood storage, etc. Note: shop floor elevation to be higher than outside patio and ...

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Part 4: Next phase, permits and construction

10-03-2012 06:59 PM by Dave66 | 1 comment »

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? We had some difficulty with the city zoning office trying to get a permit. However, they finally got a flashlight, a map, and a GPS; so they were finally able to find their . . . oops! Sorry, I shouldn’t write stuff like that. Anyway, we got our permit. But, their changes to the plan increased the cost of the roof structure by about $6K! Isn’t government wonderful? The general contractor is splitting that cost growth with me. Since...

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