A new shop in the making #17: Inching closer to moving day

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 07-26-2008 04:25 AM 1950 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: A little siding makes a big difference Part 17 of A new shop in the making series Part 18: Cedar scalloped siding on and light hooked up »

During the last few days I was able to complete the installation of the vinyl siding and wait patiently for my infrared heater.

To make a long story short I contacted a local infrared heater supplier here in Edmonton that turned out to be my worst nightmare.
When I contacted the owner Re: installation e-mailed me back and said they do not allow their customers to see installations and that I would have to appear at his store for further details.
I left it at that for or two to three weeks and went on with my construction when, out of the blue, one of his employees phoned me and asked how I was getting along with my building.
I was again encouraged and immediately contacted him to set up a meeting regarding the purchase of the right size heater and to inquire about the proper layout for same.
He in turn did not return my e-mails nor did he return my subsequent phone calls.
I began to feel like the brunt of a rather cruel joke at this point in time as I had already spent more than five weeks trying to contact this company regarding the Calcan heater I had seen advertised on their website.
Thoroughly peed off, I had my gas fitter order a gas heater from his supplier.

We quickly found out that his supplier was backordered for the item and would be another week.

At this point I was so annoyed that I darted off a letter to the president of Calcan Heating in Calgary to defuse my frustration and lo and behold the owner of the company contacted me almost by return mail.
Within five minutes he had resolved my frustrations and was kind enough to upgrade my heater and ship it complete with exhaust manifold and fresh air intakes.
It arrived here last Friday.

If you live any where near me and want an infrared heater call me and I’ll tell you who not to call.

With my usual luck, my forklift quit on me and I was unable to unload the heater from the truck. Normally I would just lift the box off the truck (110 lbs) but in this case they crated it and the crate was 16 feet long by 4 feet wide by 2 feet high and weighed 450 pounds.
Trucking company graciously took it back to the warehouse and redelivered it for me this Monday.
I have it up in the shop now but not plumbed as my gas fitter ran out of time and we needed to obtain two extra elbows to fit the exhaust around the center roof beam.
Thanks to the goons in Edmonton I now have to run and additional length of line to the heater electronics as we guessed wrong and put the electrical box/switch at the other end.

I managed to get the ditch filled them for where the electrical and gas lines were layed and started cleaning up around the site.

Tomorrow I will start installing the cedar siding on the front of the building that my wife wanted to make the building appear shorter than it is. It will be about 100 trips up and down the ladder with fitting and jigsawing each piece into a half circle on the bottom edge.

When I went purchase cedar to tackle this job and found out the local cedar pirate wanted $1.40 per lineal foot so I got some cedar fence boards and proceeded to mill my own.

First problem I ran into after rabbeting all the lumber was that I did not have a profile in all my router bits that would allow me to cut a 45° bevel.

I used one of my cheap bits with the bearing and removed it and ground the top off.

Here’s a pass for the final profile:

It’s been close to 30°C all week making installing siding in the direct sun like atrip across the Sahara.


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

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 04:27 AM

Thanks for the update Bob. I am excited for you. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 04:40 AM

Making your own siding. Thats a LumberJock for you. Great job.

-- 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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#3 posted 07-26-2008 04:44 AM

Well, at least the end is in sight, huh?

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 04:46 AM

I knew you weren’t sitting around in the shade (although I’m sure you would like to be, with the heat) Nice job on the mill work. I’m the same way. I bought 1400bf of rough cut ash lumber to do the trim and cabinets in my new house. You DO have to get inventive sometimes to get the profiles you’re after. Coming along good. This shop is going to be about the size of the one I had up in Maine. Thanks for the post. Keep up the good work and keep your cool.

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 05:13 AM

Bob the shop really looks like it’s going to be a keeper! Thanks for keeping us in the loop during the build. Can’t wait to see the tools inside and you making sawdust!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 05:31 AM

Those damn Cedar pirates…argggh!
Robert, I’m laughing for you until time will apply the veneer of humor over your seemingly endless travail. You know… the old “Someday we will look back on this and laugh” deal.
The shop looks cute, Mrs. O should have a pleasant view out the window.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 07:06 AM

Hi Bob;

Man, I sure hope you have an incredible amount of fun in the shop when it’s completed.

Lord knows you deserve it after what you’ve been through.

Keep the faith!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Al Navas

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 02:43 PM


You are so close now! Even I can taste the end…. : )

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#9 posted 07-28-2008 02:35 AM

It’s sometimes amazing that companies with lousy customer service like the heater supplier are able to remain in business.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 07-28-2008 03:00 AM

I am used to “ordinary customer service” so for me to even mention this episode is rather noteable.\

Trust me, I will do everything with in reason to make sure that these idiots never get a red cent from any of my friends.
People like that should not be representing decent manufacturers.


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

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