Making the garage a shop #9: South Wall, Done

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 06-28-2011 04:49 AM 5074 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog, let alone updated my progress on the conversion from garage to shop progress.

Mainly because progress has been somewhat slow as real life has been intruding on the idyll of woodworking life.

But to that end, I present this joyous photograph.

That friends, is the south wall of my shop. Completely insulated, and sheathed in 1/2”-ish OSB. French cleats run in two rows, and the lathe bench and workbench are set perpindicular to the wall. The Bandsaw is either going to live there, or another wall as space is cleared up.

But, look toward at the floor, WOODCHIPS! I got things clean enough to turn a pen for a contest entry where I hope to win an also-ran, and a gardening shovel for my wife. That’s why the chips were pink, a bit of tulipwood came under the gouge and skew this last weekend.

The Electrical is almost done, with the exception of running one 20 amp circuit in hopes of purchasing a dust collector soon. Now what is left is 4/5ths of the west wall, and the ceiling which will be getting some sort of insulation. I’m torn between keeping it open so I can use the rafters for storage and such. And, it’s easier to staple up bats than it is to hang drywall then blow in insulation. Though the reflective qualities of some white drywall would be welcome.

But, there’s been progress, and that makes me smile.

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

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 06:43 AM

Nice Shawn, we’re on parallel paths. My garage to shop path is going slow, as I finally bit the bullet and did faced bats and 1/4” OSB on walls and ceiling. I did the ceiling to keep the rafters accessible. I’ll be posting my update soon. I am getting tired of working ON the shop and not IN it. Good job and I look forward to seeing your progress to help inspire mine.

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Bob Kollman

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 08:14 AM

Hello shawn,

I’m kind of lazy today so I just went thru your whole series looking at the pictures
of your tools. You have a great looking shop with some excellent tools Maybe later
I’ll come back and read!!!! :) It’s been a tough day at work for me.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 07:59 PM


I have been more or less following your shop build, and your walls intrigue me. You are in an attached garage, yet you put up OSB. I had always thought OSB was a no no on attached structures. I would like to do OSB on mine, but the fire hazard concerns me. Did you pull permits or are you going fast & loose with this?

The reason I ask is that I need to rip down my sheet rock in my shop, add a sub panel, circuits, and insulation, and then put SOMETHING back up for wall sheathing. OSB or ply would be FAR better in my situation compared to sheet rock as I actually hang things on my walls…

All this time I had thought mine was the smallest 2 car garage ever…. Thanks for proving me wrong!

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 08:26 PM


When I talked to the planning office, about code compliance, he told me that in my neck of the woods, OSB was rated for installation on walls. In this neck of the woods, the exterior walls of most structures are actually OSB, covered with insulation then siding. no more CDX plywood out here.

All my planning office was concerned with was vapor barrier between Insulation and wall, and then only if it is a heated structure. It isn’t, so my insulation is to “Cut down on noise.” Wink wink. All I needed was the cheapest of permits to be nice and legal in raising my taxable value. No inspections, no plans needed, it’s considered a remodel.

A far as size…yeah, it’s freaking small, and gets smaller with each flake of sawdust that falls on the floor. But it’s amazing what a little organization can do.

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