A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion #13: Finally Weather Is Breaking

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Blog entry by RonInOhio posted 03-29-2013 12:13 AM 2766 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Soffit and Siding Underlayment Part 13 of A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion series Part 14: Every Day Brings Me Closer To The Goal. »

Been awhile since I last posted to this shop expansion blog, but there has been little to no
progress over the last few months. Most of March has stayed at a steady 32 degrees and just
didn’t motivate myself to go out there.

I may be getting a new table saw if all goes as planned. Going out tomorrow to look at a Ridgid

The shop was a mess and I mean a mess. I’m dealing with a lot of construction grade lumber
left over from the expansion and its really a pain trying to keep it in the shop out of the
weather. Cutoffs, pieces of sheet ply, 2x lumber,etc.

So I spent 4 or 5 hours out there today cleaning up and moving lumber around (again), to
make sure I will have a spot for the saw if I in fact get it.

I also had a bunch of fiberglass insulation I had to sort through. Had it bagged in some construction
grade garbage bags. Some of it got wet and ruined anyway.

Most however was salvagable and I installed it the wall cavities of one wall. That eliminated
3 large construction garbage bags from the mess in the shop. Then I moved and seperated as best I
could all the sheet and board lumber . Put all the cutoffs into some garbage cans for storage ,swept and
tidyed up and called it a day.

I did have a temporary lumber rack of sorts along the outside of one wall of the shop. Basically
a few fence posts spread about 6 feet apart with some heavy duty brackets to hold the lumber.

This worked ok as a temporary solution . I covered it with a tarp. The lumber tended to get wet anyway.

I took all of that racked lumber down and moved it to a pile on the ground out back supported by some landscaping brick and tarped it.

The plan is to build a long “lean to” addition to the side of the shop to store dimensional lumber and a DC system
when I get one.

In the coming days I will finish siding the shed and I need to install soffits on one side yet. Then I will start on phase II of the expansion.

Phase II will involve marrying a smaller shed to the exiting shop to give me a much needed 50 extra sq. feet of space. Doesn’t sound like a lot but it will definitely make a big difference.

If I get the saw I will post pics of it . In the next installment of this series I will hopefully have the siding on and the soffits up. I will post pics of that also . As well, I will post pics of the before and after when I marry the little shed up against the shop.

I will have to literally slide the shed back about a foot and raise the roof to increase head-room.

My first few projects after the expansion will be to put all of that extra lumber to good use building
shop cabinets and the like.

Well thats about all I have for now. Till next time !

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