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My shop is a work in progress. Started May ‘14 just myself and my son helping with the big stuff. Hope to be able to get to woodworking in it by the end of ‘15 :) 20’ x 20’ stand alone building in my back yard. This has been pretty much my woodworking for the last 14 or so months.

Mid July update – got the porch roof done and more cedar shakes on the front wall. Like watching grass grow at the speed I am working but it was seriously hot this weekend!

August – getting hotter but also getting closer to done. Got the front done finally, and started work on the east wall. My son and I put in the two windows on that side, then I started the cedar shakes below them. Got the first few courses done and was just too hot, plus it was starting to get late, and there are other things to do around here. Next weekend I am volunteering for the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers (GNHW.org) at the 82nd League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury NH, so I won’t get any shop building work done but that’s OK I need a break from it for a weekend.

New August update – finished the cedar shakes on the third (east) wall, only one more to go! Got the three windows installed on the back wall last weekend, I’ll get a pic of that wall up when I start with shakes – it’s kind of dull and boring, house wrap with windows.

End of August update – I got SO CLOSE! I bought 8 bundles of cedar shingles Friday and spent the weekend putting them on the back wall. As you can see in the last picture (removed since this update – dt), I ran out of shingles before I ran out of wall. Ah well. Starting to think about the electrical for inside, trying to decide how many lights, how many outlets, that type of thing. Also, I want to put a ramp on the side of the porch for wheeling heavy things in and out (starting with my band saw and lathe) Hopefully all of that in the next week or so, then have the building inspector come in and give it his final look-see. After that – move in time!

Wow, so it’s October already! I had promised to update this, but things/life happened. Anyway, update today – the outside is finished (first two pictures), the electrical is finished (and that nasty trench in the third picture is filled back in and new grass is growing in its place!), the ceiling is insulated and I am getting the ceiling panels up (fourth picture). And, the building inspector has been by and given me a good final inspection, so I am good to go! I started moving things in. I already had my miter saw, table saw and scroll saw (all of which I had to get out there quick when the hot water heater died, flooding the basement) and have since got the lathe, band saw, misc hand tools and lumber. I probably jumped the gun a bit, as I have been trying to insulate and panel the ceiling around all this stuff! Ah, well, it’s all good. I only need one 4’ x 8’ area clear at a time, right? So that’s where I am now, replaced the pictures with updated pictures, and trying to get this thing buttoned up before the snow flies!

Been a while, thought I’d update. Over the winter I got all the insulation done, got 1/2” plywood sheathing on the interior walls, have most of a rough pine floor down (using all 1×8’s) built a built in lumber rack and miter saw station and am now getting window jam extensions and trim up. The walls and ceiling are all painted white. I have added eight Walmart American Lighting LED shop lights – those things are worth every penny of the $40 each that they charge! I’ll add a couple pics, the lumber rack, the floor (which will have finish on it when it warms up, and some of the window trim I installed today. Every shop should have egg and dart window molding, right? :)

-- Learn Relentlessly


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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 07-14-2015 01:56 PM

That will make a nice shop building. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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David Taylor

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 10:59 PM

Thank you very much Charles. I am enjoying being here.

Just picked up some more cedar shakes, maybe I can get that front wall done over the next couple of days.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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ppworkshop

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 07:48 PM

That is a classy looking building. Great job!

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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David Taylor

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 11:44 PM

Thank you so much Patrick! Getting there little by little!

I’ve moved my miter saw and table saw out there using an extension cord from the house to run things. No real woodworking yet this summer, just the carpentry, but I can use those tools to help get the building done – easier than carrying boards down to the basement with it’s low ceiling like I did before I got the building closed in.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 12:25 AM

I built a shed over the winter…not quite as big as your building. It took me about 3 1/2 months working an hour or so in the evening (not much light when I got home from work) and weekends. I got used to the cold weather, it’s not quite as cold in NC as it is in NH. I would MUCH rather work in cold weather (20s and 30s) than in the 90 degree heat of the summer.

Will you have heat/AC? I just put a mini-split heat pump system in my garage workshop and it works great.

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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David Taylor

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 01:27 AM

Patrick

I am with you I like the cold so much better! I’m from New England originally but lived in Alabama for 9 years and will never do that again! I have a cousin in NC over by Goldsboro – she told me last night it was 99 degrees! No thank you!

I got a price on a mini split heat pump earlier this year, was quoted over $5000. That’s more than I am going to end up spending on the building. I will have some form of heat and A/C, of course the heat will be much more important. We’ve only just gotten to about 90 3 or 4 times this summer so probably a window unit will be fine for cooling. Not sure which way I will go for heating but I have time to decide.

David Taylor

-- Learn Relentlessly

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NormG

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 11:33 PM

You have done a lot of work in a short time frame, nicely done. I am just starting a 16×16. Like the porch idea, I may use it if I can afford it, could add it later I suppose

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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David Taylor

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#8 posted 08-15-2015 02:46 AM

Norman,

Thanks so much! Good luck with your building. It’s a neat thing to create a building where there was nothing before.

The porch was nearly free for me. I didn’t want supports inside the building so I needed 20 foot ceiling joists. The local lumber yard had only 24 footers, and only pressure treated, so I had to cut four feet off of every one. This left me with a stack of four foot pressure treated 2×6’s, which I then used to frame up the porch. The cedar boards were $9 at Lowe’s so that part wasn’t free. I plan on building a ramp on one side of it to move heavy stuff in and out, and a couple steps on the front. The porch is 18” off the ground which is a large step up :)

-- Learn Relentlessly

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Druid

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 10:26 PM

Looks like a very well done job there David. Should be a decent amount of room for lots of projects.
Congratulations.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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David Taylor

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 04:11 AM



Looks like a very well done job there David. Should be a decent amount of room for lots of projects.
Congratulations.

- Druid

Thank you so much, John! I am finding for big projects it’s a bit tight, but otherwise fine. I have started on my workbench build, that’s what pointed out to me it can get a bit tight Only because of the amount of wood, though. Once I get it alltogether, it will, of course be less spread out. Thanks for reading!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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Roger

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#11 posted 04-12-2016 11:38 AM

Really nice shop building. You’ll have a lotta fun in there. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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JPJ

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#12 posted 09-05-2016 03:37 AM

Nice shop!

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