|Workshop by GJK||posted 08-22-2014 05:07 AM||2462 reads||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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In 1997, I designed and had constructed a 400+ sf English-style Conservatory above our garage to serve as a gym. It served me well as a gym for nearly 17 years. In late 2013, I decided to become a woodworker and needed a workshop. The conservatory would be transformed to double as both the gym and the workshop.
First, I had repairs to do to the interior and, as I discovered three months later, to the exterior. I knew the interior had rotted plywood beneath the thick rubber mats, but I did not know the source of the leaks was water dripping down a wall that required major repairs to that wall as well as to the plywood floor.
When those repairs were completed, I discovered to my dismay that carpenter ants had taken advantage of workmen’s failure to properly caulk below some gutters in 1997 and possibly failure of the aluminum gutters as well! Wooden fascia boards were destroyed by the ants, as were several large structural timbers. The very integrity of the entire structure was now threatened!! So before continuing the initial purchase of woodworking tools and interior cabinetry, the entire conservatory had to be saved at all costs!
I documented this extensive work in Part I of a three-part video series.
In Part II, I documented my return to the more calm choices of selecting tools, including the tension between power tools and hand tools, as I found my way toward becoming a joiner and woodworker with some initial projects.
In Part III, I documented the major projects I undertook to build a large western red cedar fence and a channel drain.
-- Gary, Washington, DC