Shop Renovation #1: Shop Renovation #1

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 09-03-2010 02:27 AM 3179 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone. Just over a month ago I wrote that I retired from work and mentioned that the timing coincided with the start of a shop renovation project. Here is the post, “Benchmark: At the time, the foundation walls had been poured. A lot has taken place over the past month but not on the shop. Our contractor is building a mud room at the front of our house in addition to this shop renovation and he decided to work on the mud room first. He has completed the exterior work there and has only a tile floor and finish carpentry left to finalize the project. This week he began framing the shop. He has the two new walls up and has inserted a laminated beam to carry the load of the roof so he can cut out the studs that used to be the outside wall. New trusses, or half-trusses will be installed to continue the roofline out to the new wall.

I am quite excited that I have purchased two fixed skylights that will be installed in the new roof but that will be covered in my next update. Thanks for checking in on me. More to follow!

Here’s a shot of the two exterior walls:

This shot shows the laminated beam towards the top of the wall. The cross member studs on the outside wall show where a through-the-wall air conditioner will be located. I am trying to cover all the amenities. Right now when the A/C is installed in the window, I have no window to open on a nice day.

A shot of the door wall:

A shot from an upstairs window. The contractor has removed the gutter and has begun to prepare for the new trusses. If you notice in the background, there is another structure being built. While all this is going on, I am building a 12’ X 12’ shed!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 09-03-2010 02:44 AM

oh this is looking great lenny…and how fun to start your retirement then to build a shed yourself….i love doing projects like that…is the shed going to be used for wood storage or anything like that…i cant wait to see your new space all finished and you in there with a smile and a a hot mug of coco …i imagine since winter is coming on…by the time its will be a proper christmas gift…are there any new tools coming into the picture to go with the new addition…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 02:56 AM

looking great Lenny! the shed is a great idea to keep all those non woodworking related things out and about.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 03:29 AM

Hi Grizz. I am enjoying building this shed from the ground up. My contractor is great. He checks in on me from time to time, offers tips and advice, teaches me tricks and even lets me borrow tools. How great is that? I do not specifically plan to store lumber in the shed but we will see how things develop. Sharon, to address your comment, we have a lawnmower, snow blower, wheelbarrow, rakes, shovels, fertilizer, a lawn spreader, ladders, etc. in the garage. This shed will help us clear out that clutter from the garage space. Grizz, the only specific new tool I have in mind is to finally purchase a Fein Multimaster. I received enough gift certificates from friends and co-workers to cover the cost so as soon as my local Woodcraft has a 10% off power tools sale, off I go to buy it. Oh yeah, I am seriously considering getting a Worksharp 3000 too.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 03:47 AM

The addittion looks great, can’t wait to see it all done. How big will your shop be after the addittion? Thanks for sharing and keep us posted.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 03:56 AM

Thats good work, Lenny.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 04:00 AM

SUPER there YOUNG MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 04:28 AM

nice lenny ,
not to far now .

i did wonder at this statement however :

Right now when the A/C is installed in the window, I have no window to open on a nice day.

you don’t seem to have any windows to open in the new walls anyway ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 04:28 AM

niice little project in the background to ceep you busy with while your shop is packed down :-)
and the work on the house start to look good
its great you have a contractor like that , when he gives you adwice and small tricks then I´m
pretty sure you will bee satisfired with the finished shop and mud room

looking forward to see the progrees, thanks for sharing it sofare :-)

take care

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 05:05 AM

12×12 is a good size shop… air conditioning!? You tryin to make us all feel bad??? ;-)

My ‘air conditioning’ is to open the garage door to let the heat out!

It’s gonna be a nice man cave when you get done. Did you leave a spot for the beer fridge?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 05:07 AM

Look like LIFE IS GOOD Lenny, keep it up and will see you filming from your new yankee shop…good luck and enjoy the journey my friend…BC

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#11 posted 09-03-2010 05:15 AM

This is exciting. You are going to love the addition of the skylights, that was very smart. The added natural light will be great. We put two into our log home several years ago and they were the best addition to brighten up an otherwise dark space.

Make sure you or your contractor caulks or otherwise insulates any interior exposed flashing. We had a just a small strip of flashing exposed on the underside and in the winter it would condense like crazy and then drip down unexpectedly…. for the first winter we thought there was a leak. Took me a lot of investigating to figure out the water source was actually the air in side the house.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 06:53 AM

The pictures look awesome Lenny! Man are you going to enjoy the new space to work. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Oh yea, the pressure is on now that you have all this new room and plenty of time on your hands to knock out some interesting projects.

All good things come to those who wait! You’re living the dream Lenny…enjoy every minute. The good thing is that I know you will.


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#13 posted 09-03-2010 09:30 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. DAWG and RonPeters, the shop space will go from 8’ by 18’ (144 sq. ft.) to 21’ by 18’ (378 sq. ft.). It’s the shed that will be 12’ by 12’. David, if you look at the first picture above you will see an existing window with an A/C in it. That window is remaining. With the new “through-the-wall” A/C unit, I will be able to open and close the window anytime I prefer. You have me thinking though that I have a long expanse of wall and then another wall with no window. The problem I find with windows is you can’t plan to put anything on the wall in front of them and you can’t really place things in front of them that will impair their functionality. My thinking is that the existing window along with the two skylights and the door will provide sufficient light. Maybe I will discuss this with my contractor and see what he thinks about a raised narrow window on the door wall. Something to consider.

Wilson, always great to hear from you my friend. Thanks for the words of encouragement. The same to you Mike. I AM starting to feel some pressure. I have projects lined up and it’s odd not being able to just start working on them. swirt, thanks for the advice regarding the skylights. I will surely point out your experience to my contractor. Again, thanks evryone for the kind words.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 12:31 PM

You are making great progress… looking forward to seeing it soon.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 09-03-2010 02:25 PM

Boy Lenny, am I jealous. That is so nice. Skylights too. Wow.

I can’t wait for your eighth day to start.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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