Workshop Development #30: Adding the library wing to the manor...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-28-2011 05:31 PM 1264 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now I may have mentioned this before, but my collection of DIY, automotive, and woodworking books, magazines, and other misc publications is gobbling up space in the house, and not really where I need it. So a bit of inspiration came my way, and I decided to build a bookshelf for the shop, sideways, and mount it to the ceiling. Yeah floor space is priceless, but I have ceiling space that is unused…

So today, after work assuming everything has dried out enough, you see it rained like crazy here last night, but I digress, after work today, I head over to the BORG and pick up another 4×8 sheet of their “cabinet grade” sanded plywood that I have been building so many shop projects out of… The idea is a 16”x16”x6’ open sided box, with 2 dividers. Construction will be simple locking rabbets, glue and screws, and the entire thing will be painted high gloss white to avoid darkening up the shop any.

Attachment is going to be directly through the panels / drywall into the studs with 3” #12 screws with fender washers to spread the load over a wider area. Not the prettiest, but plenty stout.

It’s not much of a project to brag about, but it IS something that desperately needs to get done in order to provide storage for my stuff, and to buy some peace at home about where certain items are stored. Not to mention the next owner of the house might just like having a bit of overhead storage in the garage as I do NOT plan on taking this one with me. (However my clam shell cabinets are darned sure coming with me when I go!)

Will keep y’all posted on the progress…

Still looking for local help to install the sub panel / circuits and do the rock / insulation work… Any suggestions for how a not quite rich guy can get this done?

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 11:40 AM

As long as it’s functional Pat, that’s all you need, good idea on painting it white, reflects the light more and lioke you I am forever thinking of ways to create storgae with sacraficing valuable floor space.

On this topic, I had a few days off work last week and spent them in the shop building storage and cabinets, I’ll post you you pics for your perusal.

I heard you guys werer having snow??? in the past day or so?

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 05:02 PM

You may have me confused with someone else. I am in the coastal bend of Texas. While it has been cool, we are far from snow… Although we could use the precipitation, but if we had the snow the northeast is getting, Houston would shut down with a panic…

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 05:33 AM

The basic box with dividers is built. I the joinery is VERY simple, just butt joints / screws, oriented to provide the most rigid joints possible. I have a few more screws to drive, and then the french cleat system to build / install… I have started priming the box for paint, and am quickly realizing that I REALLY want a spray gun… This particular job of finishing stinks… But will be well worth it when I am done. 2 coats primer, with at least 2 coats of ceiling white paint to minimize the impact of the bookshelf on the lighting of the shop…

I did manage to utterly destroy 4 disposable brushes trying to paint this thing, and I have no clue how I am going to un bury my good brushes… I may just end up with a spray gun before next weekend just to get this job done!

I have test loaded my books / magazines, and discovered I only took up about half the space… This is by design. And hopefully it will take years to fill the rest of the space…

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