A new shop in the making #15: The floor is down and I still wait for the gas fitter

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 07-06-2008 02:14 PM 1461 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Roof is on and now we are painters- not! Part 15 of A new shop in the making series Part 16: A little siding makes a big difference »

The gas fitter that postponed me until after the long weekend did not show up on Wednesday as he agreed.
He didn’t phone me either so not until Thursday did I give him a call and now he says this Monday.
I had arranged to set this laminate flooring this week but with the heat and setbacks I am setting the last of it today. A bit of quarter round and I’m done. This job is sure hard on my old knees and the crap I bought fits together when it wants and separates with too much pressure making the task a lot harder than it should be.
Next task is the siding and we are just about ready to move over some tools.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 07-06-2008 02:24 PM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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Belle City Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-06-2008 02:33 PM

Man, that is a VERY NICE shop space!!! Congratulations!


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#3 posted 07-06-2008 02:35 PM

The shop is finally coming together and it looks great. On another note how do you like your Hitachi MS. I have the same saw and have had a few issues with it. I had trouble getting it set to 90* and the laser was out of alignment. I must say Hitachi has given me good support and all is well now.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#4 posted 07-06-2008 02:37 PM

Looks great, its really starting to come together!

-- Bill, Florida

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#5 posted 07-06-2008 03:01 PM

Really starting to come together. Thanks for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 07-06-2008 03:07 PM

Looks more like a wide screen and some beers belong in there than woodworking tools…heck, why not both? Looks killer….but that floor looks like it might be kinda slippery with sawdust on it?


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#7 posted 07-06-2008 04:09 PM

It’s coming along great, Bob! The phenomenon of the local trades not following through with their promises, is province wide. I look forward to a coffee or three in the new shop. Let me know when all the work is done, and I’ll bring the kids up so you can show them how to make the nutcrackers….that is, if your nuts are cracked from lifting all the cast iron.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 07-06-2008 04:27 PM

And I thought unreliable trades was only a BC trait but I guess living in Alberta, the new economic engine for Cda, it’s not surprising either. Shop is looking good – what a treat to have a wood floor!

-- Phil in British Columbia

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 07-06-2008 04:39 PM

Apart from having a struggle with the “Rebate” from Hitachi, the ssaw performs as anticipated.
The laser beam is very narrow so you have to decide where to set it to keep it straight. I set mine to leave the line. To be honest I haven’t checked the vertical yet. There must be a detent somewhere to adjust if it’s out?

I have worked on both wood and concrete floors all my life and if I never see another concrete floor it will be too soon. As for the trades, I think most are reliable and skilled workers. I also think they should all have to post a performance bond to work in the City. As you know we have no controll over them once they begin a job.
The fellow that did my framing has left his compressor and three nailers , hoses etc. in my back yard for the last three weeks. No phone number to contact him either.

I really don’t know how slippery it will be but i notice that many of the larger “School type” shops have hardwood floors so there can’t be too much of a sawdust problem with them.
My shop at work is just plywood so I have no comparison yet.

Mot, I’d be happy to see you for a coffee after the shop is completed.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 07-06-2008 10:28 PM

Sounds like the beginning of an Alberta Picnic. Sorry I can’t make it, But it would be nice to visit my father’s old homestead in Ribstone and all of the relatives there.

Shop is looking great Bob.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-07-2008 05:10 AM

Looking good buddy!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 07-08-2008 10:42 AM

If thats laminate flooring, it is killer with sawdust on it. I have almost killed myself on laminate on some of jobs I’ve worked on . Be very carefull, it’s totally different from real wood. The shop floor at my son’s school is hardwood but it has a non-slip coating on it.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Bob #2

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#13 posted 07-08-2008 02:12 PM

The stuff I chose has a bit of a texture to the surface. Almost a ripple. I am hoping this will be enough to break the surface with rubber soled shoes. It’s called ”EMBOSSED”
It is called Krona from kronopol in Poland.
I’ve got my fingers crossed.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#14 posted 07-12-2008 07:03 AM

Hey Bob, Your shop is coming along great. That is a fantastic looking floor!

Keep us posted!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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