The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #13: Wouldn't you know it!

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 01-10-2011 07:29 PM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: It's been a while Part 13 of The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can series Part 14: I Made a Hole! »

Well wouldn’t you know it! Here I finally start insulating the can, and snow breaks out!

Yes, that right! I finally got around to installing insulation in the can and low and behold snow breaks out!

Maybe it’s a sign. A guy who works in a can is not meant to add some comforts. May be the can is meant to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

Well! I am sorry but I don’t care! It is my damn can, and I will insulate regardless of anyone or anything thinks!

Was that enough ranting for everyone? If not, I got more. All you have to do is ask.

Onto the more serious stuff…..I bought a roll of R13 insulation to see how it would stick if I used some spray adhesive. I now know the answer to that question. Pretty damn good. Originally I was going to cut the insulation in half width wise to fit between the ribs. But it quickly became very obvious that doing so would be time consuming and not the best use of material.

So as you can see from the picture above, I opted to just unroll it and glue it to the wall. Again this was done with 3M spray adhesive. I sprayed the back of the insulation and down the ribs that protruded (ouch big word) into the can. I opted not to dry to drive it into the open spaces. Since I have decided not to pull the cabinets and bench from the wall (at least for now), I only need 10 more rolls to cover the ceiling, and the remainder of the exposed wall space. Although I will be extending the insulation down about 2 inches behind the bench.

After I complete the insulation, I will install 3/4 OSB on the walls and ceiling. I have already marked the locations in which I will be drilling holes from the outside to secure the OSB in the same fashion as I did the bottom half of the french cleats for the upper cabinets I installed before. That is I will drill holes every so often into the metal ribs of the can and run metal roofing screws through those holes and into the OSB. The screws will seal themselves so no worries about water, but I will probably put a spot of silicone over them anyway.

Which brings me to those cabinets and the lights. I will be removing them to install the insulation and OSB. I will then re-hang the cabinets but not on french cleats. Instead I will be mounting them directly to the OSB when all is done. I will also remove the current cleats that the lights are mounted to and instead later, mount directly on to the OSB.

Forgive me as I ramble back and forth a little. I am just writing this as it all comes to me. Hopefully when I done, I will of answered all the questions that everyone may have…..continuing on….

I do not plan to install OSB all the way to the floor on the one wall that is void of anything other then insulation and is the wall shown in the picture. Why? Well to me, I do not have reason to. Once I get beyond half way down the wall I am not mounting anything to it and eventually I will be adding a second can to this one. This being the wall that would be cut into to join the two cans I do not want to put up too much stuff that I will just tear off later. But if I find that it is going to take too long to get another can and join them, then I will rethink this.

While I am doing this I plan on at least starting the conduit run for the electrical. I am coming in just at the end of the bench and am putting in 3 outlet boxes on that side. From one box I will run the conduit up across the ceiling and to the opposite side. I will then install another 3 or 4 outlets on that wall. The 3 or 4 on the opposite wall will support the table saw, band saw, scroll saw, and lathe. Of course all the hand tools and bench top tools are supported by the 3 outlets on the wall with the bench. I may need to add a fourth outlet for the miter saw on the far end of the bench, but I will decide that once I get started.

Cost for insulating:
Well the 10 rolls of R13 will cost me a little over $130, not bad I guess. I have not calculated the cost of the OSB yet.

Well I guess that is all for now…I promise to post more soon and to add some projects. I have been busy, but usually I do not think of taking pictures or documenting the projects here until it is too late. But I will try to get better at that. Because I really love seeing the work that all you guys do.

Warmest Regards!

Will someone, let me out of this damn can?! I updated my blog like I promised….unlock the damn door!

Take care and keep making sawdust!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 08:56 PM

I am sitting in my office, with the heat on, but my office is soooo close to the main doors that I constantly get a rush of cold air when the doors open.. And I bet your toes are getting a LOT colder than mine in that metal can…

For a LOT of reasons you will be glad you insulated, and covered the walls and ceiling. Temp is one of them, but noise is another I can imagine that running a saw in that thing has got to be painful, even with hearing protection.

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 12:02 AM

My problem has been with the cold in general. The floor which is already wood is not cold at all. But boy let a breeze come in the can the wrong way and you know about it.

The noise is not that bad most of the time. Running the table saw is when sound becomes a problem. Good hearing protection is really necessary when using the table saw for sure.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 02:27 AM

When it gets too cold for me to go in my can, I just stay inside and play one of my two Jackson SL2H’s through my Bugera 333XL!! All is good, whether you’re sawing lumber or building up the calouses on your fingers!! ROCK ON!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 04:14 AM

Well, at least you will be able to determine how well the insulation works ;^)

Maybe the insulation will help dampen some of the noise.


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