Workshop Upgrage 2010 #6: Major construction - pictures, progress, and lots of sawdust.

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 04-13-2010 07:10 AM 2047 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Whew, it’s Monday evening and I’m still one tired puppy… But we got ‘er done. About 90% of the major construction (hanging the ceiling and walls) is done and I can move ahead on taping/mudding and painting.

Joel Supervising

Here’s my buddy Joel ‘supervising’ as we get started. (Actually Joel was really helpful. He, along with Ralph came over earlier in the week and helped with final preps. He also operated the drywall jack all day Saturday.)

Getting Started

Matt, trimming one of the drywall ceiling panels, while Ralph and Eric look on.


Matt measures for the cut out for the circuit breaker box.


Matt and Ralph making a cutout in one of the wall panels.


When thing are going on in my shop, I’m the one taking photographs… so it looks like I’m doing none of the work. :0 Here I am driving one the hundreds of screws I drove into drywall and OSB over the course of the weekend.


In one of my previous shop picture series, there were complaints that the place was too clean – no sawdust! For y’all here is just a fraction of the drywall and OSB dust we created over the weekend.

All done

Here’s a picture of the south side nearly completed. I’ve got to pick up some expanding foam to seal a gap over the door frame, and then I can fit the missing panel into place. The big screwup was ordering 8” OSB to cover walls that were 8”4’ tall! So I’ve got to cut a ton of trim pieces to close the gaps.

Workshop - South wall

This how the south side looked before we started – no insulation, no walls, no ceiling. When all is said and done, a vast improvement.

The general idea is to finish out the work on the south side, then move what’s currently stored on the north side to the south and then finish the north.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 07:25 AM

Looking good!!

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 07:45 AM

Wow Derek
Great looking shop .nice progress.

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 07:49 AM

looks great so’s also a great feeling with a fresh look and organized
what type of floor treatment are you going to put down?

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 09:17 AM

Looking good guys. You have done a great job so far. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 11:52 AM

looking great sofare
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#6 posted 04-13-2010 01:36 PM

Derek, the shop is really starting to take shape.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 04:05 PM

Thanks guys!

@doordude, I hadn’t particularly planned to do anything to the floor, it’s already sealed and smooth so I was just figuring on putting down rubber matting in strategic places.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 04:24 PM

I was doing almost the exact same thing this past weekend. I think the big difference is I’m trying to do a lot of it by myself and it is seriosuly slowing me down. A good friend helped me pick up my drywall Saturday morning. Then he helped me install R-19 fiberglass and a couple sheetrock panels for a couple of hours. I worked solo the rest of the weekend and am happy to say I’m about 1/3 done. Not bad considering almost ever piece of sheetrock needs to be cut to work around preexisting built in shelves.

One more thing. I don’t know if you’ve ever used the expanding foam before, but I put some in around my door sunday night. it made a huge mess. I did wear gloves and it got through a small tear. I still have that junk on my fingers. Once dried, it seems to have worked well. I think next time I might mask off some areas to avoid messes from the uneven expansion. Best of Luck!

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 06:02 PM

I’m thinking of OSB for my basement shop. Are you planning to paint the walls ? Any tips for working with that material ? Last framing I did was 1976 and we didn’t have OSB then.

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 08:19 PM

I like those photos! Great work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 04-13-2010 09:29 PM

I think the OSB makes a good wall for a shop. I put it in my shop a couple of years ago with the intention of painting it to make the shop brighter. I then decided I liked the look of it natural..Glad I did not paint it and the light is still plenty sufficient with having alot of windows and flourescent lights. It is too bad the don’t have one side of the board clean with no markings or paint lines on it.

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 10:28 PM

@HokieMojo: I saw your reply on my other entry and was thinking of you… :) I’ve used expanding foam before, and the key trick (IMO) is to apply it sparingly and slowly.

@crank49: Yes, I’m planning on painting it – semi gloss white. I just don’t think it’s attractive ‘raw’. If I’d been able to afford plywood (as I originally hoped) I would have left it raw. As far as working with it goes, it’s like plywood in that you’ll need a circular saw and a jig saw with some decent power, it’s tough stuff and you’re frequently going cross grain. If you use a pencil on it to mark for cutouts etc…, keep a pencil sharpener handy as it eats pencils

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#13 posted 04-14-2010 12:02 PM

nice to have lots of friends to help out. If they work for donuts and coffee send them down to my shop, looks like they did a great job. lol

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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