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Building the shop #8: The wall is up!!!

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Saturday… 0630… In the car heading to Lowe’s for the last few items needed to make the piece of my garage a real shop. Kind of like Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy – my 1/3 of the 3-car garage WANTS to be a woodshop, and I am the maker, Geppetto, who has been carefully, slowly (too slow) making that piece of the garage into a shop.

Rich, my neighbor across the street, and, a “sheetrock guy” by trade, has offered to help my little piece of heaven become the WOODSHOP – and it is now a REAL SHOP with it’s own 4 walls, cordoned off from the remainder of the plain old, boring garage. I’M A REAL SHOP NOW!!!

And a HUGE THANKS to Rich for bringing home his tools over the weekend and taking time away from his home life just for me. I told him what I was doing and planning and he immediately came over to help me measure it all up. When he asked if I was using wood or metal I almost fell over – WOOD OF COURSE! – I responded. He said that was too bad because all he does is sheetrock on METAL. big bummer… I told him that the only difference between wood and metal is how you screw it. Um, you know what I mean… get yer mind outta the gutter!

Had I attempted the sheetrock on my own it would have come out like a Picasso… just sayin` – sheetrock ain’t my thing.

So, Rich agreed to help and below are the pictures of the all day affair with the building of my shop on Saturday.

NOTE: Due to the tracks for my two roll up doors we had to custom build the whole wall – I was “Millwork” cutting the custom studs for the whole wall and Rich was the “Rocker” putting up the sheetrock. The fact that I had to rip each stud was evident with the huge pile of sawdust under my table saw at the end. And, the pile of skinny scraps of 2”x4”x10’ that I was ripping from. Lastly, this wall is not expected to hold heavy loads – it is primarily to keep dust and any other airborn items from hitting my wife’s beautiful car. If you want to see that car, go look at the second blog entry of this series (http://goo.gl/njyGu), scroll down and see the car.

So, finally, here are the pictures for your enjoyment…:::
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That’s Rich working on the first sheet of rock and some of the framing.

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Marchetti Millworks – SAWDUST GALORE!!!

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That’s Rich again, coming along nicely I think!
FYI – we had to build the wall backwards – had to put up the outer frame only, slip the sheet-rock in-between the tracks of the roll-up doors, then put in the skiing studs. Rich is holding one getting ready to put it up.

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SOME of the scraps – certainly not all of it, but you get the idea.

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Now THAT is a wall!

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Final look at the sawdust pile – depth of dust pile? Yes, I measured it! 6.5” deep… I ripped a LOT of wood.

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Peering into the SHOP from the garage… nice view, huh? Yep, that is my new bandsaw – and yes, I had to use it to notch out some of the custom studs to work around the post in the middle of the wall

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Not a great picture, but historic – the LAST PIECE OF SHEETROCK BEING HUNG! That piece fully sealed off the shop from the rest of the world and completed my quest to get the wall built before it rains later this week. That was 9:45PM – Rich was hardcore dedicated to finishing the project!

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And, the view out of the doorway of the shop.

I am SO happy to have this part of the project done. It means a lot because it is a defining milestone in getting the shop completed, but it also means I can start figuring out where each tool and workbench will go in the shop.

Currently, I am tearing apart two Shopsmiths and getting ready to dell the parts on eBay. Why? Well, though the Shopsmith is a neat set of tools, and having two is really cool, I already have a drill press, table saw, lathe, disc sander and I just don’t need the Shopsmiths. I wanted to restore one of them, but that is incredibly time-consuming and I would rather be woodworking instead, so the Shopsmiths are meeting the demise of being parted out. Besides, the money from selling all those parts (have you LOOKED at ShopSmith 10ER parts prices lately??) are going to fund the next few tools I get for the shop. I still need a jointer, so that will likely be the next thing I get…

Anyway – the shop is now a REAL SHOP with walls (still need to get a door and hang it – ran out of cash this weekend!).

It will be raining here in NorCal through the weekend, so not sure how much progress I can make since I need to use the driveway to further purge stuff out and move tools around to figure out where it will all end up.

Stay tuned for details on tool placement and the first project produced in the new shop!

—Jim

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/



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derosa

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#1 posted 947 days ago

For future ease in sheetrocking walls, nails are much easier then screws when attaching to wood except for the tendency to whack your thumb if you don’t use a hammer a lot. Looks like good progress so far. Are you gonna splurge on something to help deaden sound for projects that run into the night?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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MrMeasureTwice

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#2 posted 947 days ago

Not too sure about deadening the noise – I rarely stay up past 10PM most nights, even weekend nights, so I think I will be OK. The city is not staffed well enough to deal with noise complaints, but I don’t see me going past the 11PM timeframe for keeping quiet.

Good thing to think about if I do end up working late on a recurring basis.

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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#3 posted 947 days ago

Congrats

-- Norman

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#4 posted 947 days ago

I’m enjoying the progress! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

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MrMeasureTwice

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#5 posted 946 days ago

Norm/Stumpy – thanks for the support.

Stumpy – I loved your signature about the computer so much I borrowed it for a Facebook status update.

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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