Hi. It’s been about a month since my last update. John, my contractor, has left the building. He did a fabulous job completing this expansion project over the summer. I am delighted with the end result. Thank you John.
Once John finished, I began working on the interior space. I continued the electrical wiring from the old shop, into the new, making sure to include plenty of receptacles, including some up in the “ceiling” area. For lights, I decided on four 2 ft. by 2 ft. troffers. Then it was on to insulation. I put R-19 between the trusses along the roofline. In order to do so, I had to build out the 3 1/2” truss to 7”. I used the R-13 wall insulation that John kept from the old wall and bought the additional insulation required. I have also started putting T-111 on the walls.
Regarding heat, I was planning (hoping) to buy a new heating unit (Hot Dawg or similar) for the shop but a plumber ran the numbers and determined that my shop calls for 11,000 btu and my family room calls for 16,000 btu. I was hoping for the opposite but my family room has lots of glass. We needed an update to the heating unit in our family room and I was planning to move my 8,800 btu unit from the shop to the family room. So, since there is a call for higher btus in the family room, we bought a unit for that space and I am going to make the 8,800 btu unit work in my shop. I got the heat going about 2 weeks ago but did not use it until I finished the insulation.
Here are a few shots of the shop showing insulation, electricals and the heating unit:
Today there was much warmth in the shop. I don’t speak of the kind you operate via a thermostat. No, this was in the form of four northeastern LJs visiting my home/shop. Ellen (Ellen35), Lorna (moonls), Lisa (Dustbunny) and Gary (GBlock66) joined me today for a tour of the shop, shop talk and lunch. We had a great time and I enjoyed the company immensely. I asked for opinions on tool placement, dust collection, workbenches (I need to build one), etc. and these folks offered plenty of good advice/opinion. They even diagnosed the noise I have been hearing when I use my bandsaw. Thank you folks for tolerating my many questions of how you would use the space, where you would place tools and what type of workbench you think is better. By the way, I am glad you preferred to have lunch in the shop. That was my preference too.
Here is a photo of us during lunch:
Left to right it’s Gary, Lorna, Ellen, Lenny and Lisa
Here’s another shot of folks standing outside the shop, next to a picnic table I recently completed. I will be posting it soon:
A thanks to Gary for thoughtfully bringing 5/4 cherry shorts for our taking. Given the current contentious political environment, I am proud of how democratically we took turns selecting pieces. Once again, to Lisa, Lorna, Gary and Ellen, I enjoyed your visit!
Oops, almost forgot…the shed. Here’s a photo of the completed shed. Well, except for doors which I have started on. Thanks again for checking in on me.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI