I made a big move last week and started the kitchen re-model. Well, more accurately, I started the prep for the re-model. You see, there is this load bearing wall running right through the middle of the proposed new kitchen/dining/gathering room. It supports the ceiling joists for this 23 foot by 24 foot space. It also supports half of the roof rafters at mid span. As near as I can figure it this amounts to about 10,000 pounds with a full snow and ice load for our area. So, what I did is I designed a truss, like a big I-beam, made out of wood. This truss will support about 20,000 pounds with a good safety margin. A friend helped me get the lumber into the attic and we built the truss in place. We built it with about 3/4” of camber across its 24 foot span and I tied the bottom flange to every joist with 3” long #10 deck screws. When all the screws were in place and tensioned so the truss was supportong the ceiling load I tied each joist to the truss with hurricane straps. I’m feeling real good about this project. It’s coming together just like I planned it. Even mother nature helped by giving us a cool, overcast day for the attic work.
What’s this got to do with building my shop? There is a column in the basement, right where my future table saw needs to be that supported the afore mentioned load bearing wall. Now that the load is off the wall I can move the post over a little. Don’t want to remove it completely because that would make the floor in the new kitchen too bouncy for my taste. But I can move it a foot and that will give me room to rip up to 32 inches to the right of the blade and I will then have about 50 inches clear to the left and I think that will be enough for my needs. There will be 9 to 10 feet in front and behind the saw so I think this will work well.
I needed a new compressor and palm nailer to attach the hurricane straps between the joists and to the truss and I happened to catch a Porter Cable pancake compressor on sale with a free pin nailer. The friend who was helping me does remodeling for a living, but is joining the Army in August. He wanted a palm nailer for a deck project he has coming up, so we split the palm nailer. He will use it through the summer and give it to me when he leaves for basic training. Also, he said I was welcome to use his framing nailer when I get to the wall erecting part of the project. Win-win it seems to me.