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A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion #2: Started Expansion of the Shed

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Blog entry by RonInOhio posted 11-24-2012 12:19 AM 1812 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally started the expansion. Its a modest expansion but will end up giving me around 160 sq. feet of shop space. Right now my space is not much more than a place to store my tools. Currently laying down the floor frame and joists. Will post my progress .

Before actual construction began I had to move a small plastic shed that was butted up against the front of my little shop. I ran two tow straps under it, hooked it up to the truck and pulled it forward.

I had previously built a new floating foundation to pull the shed onto, but as expected , I had to do some considerable leveling and jacking up and fixing things underneath. This was done over the course of a few days.

The next thing was to dig out the footprint of the expansion. This involved digging out a 5 foot x 10 foot x 6 inch deep area. All done with a shovel and small wheel barrel.

Ordered a yard of #8 limestone gravel and proceeded to backfill and level the concrete piers.

I thought a half yard would be enough. But I ended up getting two half yard deliveries. This is a half yard of gravel.

Digging out in front of the shed I’m expanding. The front beam was laying directly on the ground. I had to dig under it and expose it and backfilled with gravel and supported with piers.

Here is the foundation bed and floor beams before leveling . Just sort of a dry fitting.

Layed some poly over the gravel and built the frame beams

Put down PT 2×6’s over the beams . Started building the floor frame and getting ready to lay down Reflectix vapor barrier before I lay in the joists.



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#1 posted 12-24-2012 04:33 AM

Looks like you’re making some progress!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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