The making of a woodshop

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Blog series by JimNEB updated 07-10-2010 01:07 AM 9 parts 22752 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: And so it begins

01-31-2010 01:35 AM by JimNEB | 2 comments »

Well this started last fall when the shop class at the HS I teach in poured the slab. Since they were building two garages and the other on belongs to the superintendent…guess which one has walls and a roof. The slab is 20’ X 20’ and will join with my old garage. I’m hoping this spring they will get back to me and I can make some updates as we go along. I also included a picture of the current garage/workshop and you can see that things are pretty tight in there.

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Part 2: Some sketch-up views

02-17-2010 05:00 AM by JimNEB | 5 comments »

I’ve made a sketch-up model of what I hope it will look like in the future. I’ll share those views with you. The shop teacher said they are finishing the other garage and will be working on mine next week! yipeeee, I will continue to take pictures when the construction gets started.

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Part 3: Part 3-A little progress

02-25-2010 07:35 PM by JimNEB | 2 comments »

There are some walls going up! But as you can see the weather hasn’t been very cooperative.

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Part 4: Walls get sheathing and rafters

03-05-2010 01:30 AM by JimNEB | 5 comments »

The weather’s cleared up a bit and the boys got back to work. The walls got some OSB and they made the 10 rafters in the shop and installed them today. I can almost smell the sweet smell of sawdust in the air. Now if all the mud around would just dry up. I’m thinking about putting one or more of the tube skylights in, has anyone else put those in a shop and how did you like them?

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Part 5: The roof and first big tool purchase

03-18-2010 09:53 PM by JimNEB | 4 comments »

Ok, with a week of decent weather the boys are back at work. The sheathing on the roof is up, and now they have started to shingle. I’ve decided to put in a couple of sun tubes I think the brand is Velux with 10” tube. I’m hoping they will provide some nice natural light during the day. My first major purchase in tools has been done. I’ve ordered a Laguan tools, 5 in 1 combination machine. I’ll have it delivered in June when the shop is more or less ready ...

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Part 6: Little by little

03-27-2010 09:28 PM by JimNEB | 2 comments »

With fair weather this week the boys finished the roof, and started putting soffit up so things are making some progress. In a couple of weeks my nephew is coming to help me wire the project. I’ve been working on a wiring plan so will be making a trip to Menards soon to get all of that. For lighting I’ve got four 8’ double fluorescents and one 4’ that I’m planning on putting up there, I hope that will provide plenty of light for these old eyes. Along with the 2 s...

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Part 7: Starting to look like a building on the outside at least

04-22-2010 01:11 AM by JimNEB | 12 comments »

Well the shop class is about done with their part of the project (the outside). You can see that my nephew got the electrical roughed in a couple of weeks ago. Three 220 outlets a number of 110s and plenty of lights, I hope. Since its the middle of track season I haven’t gotten much else done on the inside. I’m hoping to start putting up the ceiling this weekend, I think I’m going with all OSB on the ceiling and walls, paint it white for a nice clean look. I still have to pu...

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Part 8: Getting Close

06-21-2010 05:44 PM by JimNEB | 9 comments »

Well it’s been awhile since I posted on the project, but I wanted to be able to show some progress. I’ve gotten the outside all painted, and lights up. Here you can see the outside, finally matching the rest of the house. Here you can see the walls on the inside, I insulated and covered them with OSB. They then got a coat of primer and a couple coats in satin white, except for the south wall that I painted Avalanche blue. Just wanted to give it a little color. I was goi...

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Part 9: Making lots of saw dust!

07-10-2010 01:07 AM by JimNEB | 4 comments »

I’ve started moving most of my woodworking stuff in from the garage, and building projects to fill up the space. Here’s an old bookshelf I made in college years ago, a little paint and it makes some good temporary storage, the cart that looks like a coffee table I just built to hold all the accessories for my 5 function machine. Here’s my workbench (a project in progress) and the pegboard tool storage I made a couple weeks ago, I’ll be putting it in the p...

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