Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #4: I Hate Sanding

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Blog entry by Matt posted 03-28-2009 07:41 PM 1067 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Drywall Day - I Have Some Great Friends Part 4 of Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation series Part 5: The Sanding is Done! »

Putting on the tape and mud isn’t so bad. However, sanding absolutely sucks! There, I feel much better. Actually, things are going pretty well. I have about 60% of the garage/shop done. I still have another coat to put on some spots and the area above the garage door to finish.

I’m planning to run some wiring in the next week and look to build a small lumber storage area above the garage door. I’m not cramped, by any means, in here but any additional storage is always a good thing in my book. Especially if it doesn’t get in your way or take up valuable shop space. This space is totally free!

The weather looks like this today so I’m not planning on getting much done in there today. We’re suppose to get 2 inches of snow tonight around St. Louis and the Metro East (my area). Yuck!

Here are some pictures of the progress.


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#1 posted 03-28-2009 09:27 PM

Looking good Matt, You will be there before you know it.

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#2 posted 03-28-2009 09:41 PM

Wow, I never knew Ridgid made a tilt angle stand for the Jet mini! LOL Just kidding, drywall is looking good.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 12:32 AM

I feel for you. I’ve almost finished with the house that I started building 3 years ago, and there are several things that I know I would not care to do for a living. Sanding sheet rock is one. Roofing is another. After getting the walls done in the house, I went for the “random dry wall screw head” look in my shop. You’re going to have a nice shop when you’re done.

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 05:40 PM

Just an update. No pictures so I didn’t see the need for another blog entry. I’m about 70% done sanding the dryall. If the weather would have cooperated after the most recent coat of mud, I probably would have been done. I have 2 fixtures up (4 ft, 2 bulb T-12 cool white lights). I was amazed by how much light only two fixtures add. I’ve got 2 more to unpack and install! It’s going to be nice!

The electrician came out and bid me a hair over 500 bucks to fish a #6, install a 16 slot 60 amp panel, install the grounding electrodes, and do the hookups hook in my main service panel. At that price, I’m going to let him do it. I figured my materials for this at about $250.00. For another $250, I get the proper permits, insurance, references, a pro, and a lot of time saved to do other things.

I’m planning a ‘cleat’ system for most of my cabinets and benchtop tools. The plan is to make a 4X4 or 3X6 assembly table with matching cleats around the perimeter of the table to allow my bench machines to be ‘hung’ on the table when I need them. This should work out nicely for me.

Does anyone have a sloped floor in their converted garage? What did you do to overcome it when it came to putting in cabinets, counters, etc. I’m looking for some pictures and ideas of your setup.

Thanks in advance,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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