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.
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