McBridge Cabinets - Progress on the New Shop

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 12-13-2008 08:24 PM 3600 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bow season is over and it is now time to get the shop done. My next step was to close up the two windows with sheet insulation and then cover them with 1/2 inch exterior and interior plywood. My main concern is to keep the noise in and the heat and cold out. If someone else wants the windows back someday, they can open them back up. I will paint them in the spring.

Before I could insulate and cover the back wall, I had to put in 2 X 10 supports for the dust cyclone.

Once that was done, the back wall was covered with rolled insulation and 3/8 plywood. I am planning on making this a clamp wall.

The other three walls of the shop and the ceiling were filled with blown in insulation because the sheet rock was already in place. When I was cleaning up, I noticed a picture on the bag showing a pretty little girl filling the hopper of the blower. Notice the happy smiling girl. Gee, it looks like so much fun and what a clean job it must be! What is wrong with this picture?

Could that picture be false advertising? This is an old man, NOT having so much fun, NOT smiling, dirty, with an R-30 rating in his shorts and everywhere else!!

I plan to put plywood wainscoting on the bottom half of the shop walls and then start the installation of the cyclone and duct work.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Richard Williams

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#1 posted 12-13-2008 08:34 PM

Excellently done job. I checked over your pictures and could tell you did the job right. Very nice job on the 1900 boxes on the side wall. Great piping job on them. Don’t think I could have done any better and I did tht work for 37 years. I have no idea what you are going to be putting in there inside of this well designed work shop but it looks to me that you planned for everything. Great job my friend. Thanks for sharing. Bye.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 12-13-2008 08:50 PM

Looks like everything is coming together for you at last. Thanks for the detailed pictures.

BTW, that smile might really be a grimace or it could be a smile as she is thinking about the poor sap on the other end of the blower.

-- Scott - Chico California

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-13-2008 08:54 PM

I always love watching a shop come together.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-13-2008 09:43 PM

Hello ND, I got my PSI cyclone hung about a month ago, but still need to hook the bag up and run the ducting, I’m just going to do a short run straight down to the floor with metal ducting and hook up a hose there. But anyway, after geting the unit hung I noticed that the motor mount wasn’t positioned correctly to attach the brace that goes to the wall. I then called PSI and was told that I could attach that brace down at the the very bottom of the unit on the cone flange. I needed to cut the brace shorter and redrill a hole in the brace, but it seems to do the job. I just thought I’d give you a heads up being, that it isn’t mentioned in the manual that you can do that. You may want to add some braceing in the wall for it also if you end up going that route. And also, darn nice looking shop, I like the way you run your electrical outside of the rock in conduit, makes for alot easier modifications in the future. I’m jealous.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-13-2008 10:00 PM

From what I here you will soon need those R-30 rated shorts!! LOL. it’s fun to get a shop together. Keep ‘er comin’, Pardner.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Charles Mullins

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#6 posted 12-13-2008 10:51 PM

Haa Haa Haa! I really love the looks of the old man—been there, done that and I hate it! It sure does help though, the insulation that is.

Post more pictures when you get the cyclone done, please. Gotta git me one of them thangs!

God Bless

Charlie Mullins

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 05:33 AM

LQQKING Great… So THAT’S what I have to look forward to when I put the insulation in the ceiling of my new shop. It looks as though it’s best for me to do this job before summer so the skin pores aren’t opened up with sweat & I can be covered up from head to toe also.

From your blogs, I see that you ran conduit for the electric on the previously finished walls. Did that add much to the cost of your wiring portion of the job? ...Or did it save you some $$$?

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 12-15-2008 08:51 AM

Looks great! Love to watch the progress.

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