Making the garage a shop #3: The Plan, and movement of a forward nature.

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 02-21-2011 03:38 AM 1113 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much was accomplished this weekend so far, though it is a three day weekend for me, thanks to dead presidents having birthdays close to each other.

I spent a bit of time brainstorming what was going to be needed to make the garage a shop. I opened up Google docs, and listed what I would need to do to get to the finished result. Now that the list is in order, I finally know where to start, and it doesn’t seem too horrible. Here is the outline of the transformation.

1. Clean clutter 2. Insulate garage door. 3. Remove hanging items on ceiling 4. Add 20 amp circuits to walls 5. Add drops for shop lights and track spot-lights. 6. Install lights 7. Hang drywall on ceiling, one section at a time, so walls can be done prior to ceiling completion. 8. Insulate south wall. 9. Sheath south wall in OSB, Maybe paint for reflective quality.
10. Make French cleat strips at varying heights. (1×4” pine strips, with 45degree bevel on top, at varying heights “Parallel” to the floor.)
11. Hang Cleats on south wall.
12. Make cabinets for south wall, hang on cleats.
13. Move tools from boxes to cabinets.
14. Continue hanging drywall on ceiling
15. As drywall is hung on ceiling, insulate and hang OSB on west wall.
16. Install french cleats on west wall, hang shop-made cabinets, etc.
17. Complete ceiling.
18. Finish in North wall with insulation and drywall around garage door.
19. Blow in insulation in ceiling, leaving an access panel to do so.
20. Tape and mud ceiling, paint.
21. Patch holes in drywall around breaker box. Paint.
22. Install wall mounted desk on East wall, next to entry door for books, computer, and plans.
23. Pegs for apron, turning jacket, etc.
24. Install heater of some sort with thermostat to keep shop from dropping below 32F

This is pretty much chronological as I can make it. It may seem odd when looking at it, the first question that may come to mind is, “why not finish the ceiling completely first, then the walls?” It comes down to cost. I don’t want to continue driving up my debt load. It’s reasonable to buy some drywall here and there, then some insulation etc.

Additionally, doing this job in phases will allow me to keep working in the shop. My mother has already commissioned me for a few projects she wants done. In exchange for these ‘commisions’ she’ll trade me some of the hardwood lumber that they have stored in their basement. Also, I need to be able to knock out other projects for sales, etc.

So, the forward momentum is that I was able to clean the mess that had accumulated around the Ryobi TS. I’ve cleaned it up, knocked down the tablesaw and stored it. Finally I’ve got space for the new table saw that is due to be picked up next weekend.

I love forward momentum.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 05:43 AM

You are on your way guy. Waiting for the photo parade. Rand

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 04:28 PM

Sounds like fun. Went through that about a year ago. Recommend a product called Prodex (ordered online) has higher R value than other products. Used silicone to attach to metal garage door. Works great – had temperatures in single digits a few weeks ago and the lowest temperature in the garage was 48 (walls and ceilings are insulated and sheet rocked). Cost delivered $100.00 (200 sq ft). Enjoy building your shop.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 03:43 AM

Shawn K.

Would you like to come to Vermont and assist me in setting up my basement shop? I will be following your shop set up as I simultaneously set up my basement shop. Your progress will help to motivate me to get mine done. With that said, keep up the “forward Progress”, posting and motivational typing.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Shawn K.

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 06:07 AM

Definitely making forward progress. Jack: I looked at the Prodex, it gave me a a few ideas for the garage door, hopefully with a decent r-factor. Randy: Happy to be a motivation, You got the ticket to Vermont, I’ve got the hands. Then you can follow me out to Colorado and help hang sheetrock on the ceiling. ;)

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 07:18 AM

Shawn K.
I need your address to send you a ticket. After we finish my place I’ll (try to) schedule time to get to Colorado (you know how life gets in the way of plans). Lol.
On a more serious note, what is your time line for completion (yeah, I know, a shop is NEVER complete)? My time frame is VERY flexible, trying to fit shop set up in-between two jobs and real life.
Looking forward to your next post & pictures!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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