New Workshop #6: Shop is done and I'm moving on in

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Blog entry by jcwalleye posted 09-09-2010 04:42 AM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a couple weeks since the shop was completed and I’m starting to get time to enjoy it. Here are a couple pictures of the epoxy master floor going down. Here it’s being spread with the notched squegee included in the kit.
And then rolled.

Got the hydronic heating system in and running and none too early. The mountains around here have gotten snowed on 4 times in the last 10 days and it’s not melting off. Here’s a pic of the hot water heater, circulating pump, pressure guage and air purger.

Started moving the tools in. Here is the Ridgid corner:
And some more, including remnents from our toast to the completion.

The cabinets were made earlier and painted with leftover paint. They have a little more color than I was expecting, but it softens the harshness of the flourescents a bit. And, it’s not as green as the pictures suggest. The lighting in the shop is very good with the high gloss floor, exterior windows, and gloss white walls. It’s hard to find much of a shadow anywhere except directly under the cabinets.

This blog has been a good place to summarize how things have gone. And it’s been great to get the encouragement and suggestions from you LJ’rs. I may start another series on outfitting the shop, starting with a new mitre saw bench. The old bench, along with my router table was demolished when we cut the door to the new space.

That’s all for now.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 04:45 AM

looks fantastic. those floors look so inviting.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 04:53 AM

It looks fantastic. I might have to drop by and see it in person when my wife and I come to Bozeman:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Clay Ortiz

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 04:57 AM

Man, that’s pretty sweet! I’m jealous, sometimes I feel like I am working by candle light in my shop/garage.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 05:09 AM

looks GREAT, man those floors are shinny, get some saw dust on them quick :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 08:57 AM

Looking good Joe, That is going to be a wonderful playroom this winter.

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 01:13 PM

Love that floor!

-- Joe

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 03:23 PM

Wow I bet you are chomping at the bit to get going on a project.
I like the floor, I do have a ? though. Is there a non skid granule in the epoxy as it looks very smooth and slick?
Makes me wonder if it would be like ice skating once a little saw dust has settled on it.
I wish my shop looked that good…..hmmmmm maybe I should clean it up.
Best of luck.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 03:46 PM

I just read your whole shop build blog posts. Great stuff. I am in the same process, we are just putting the siding on now, but built the whole shop from scratch, and put in the heated floors (which were used last winter and were fabulous) like you have. Click here for my blog.

I hope you enjoy your shop as much as I am enjoying mine!

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 06:45 PM

fantastic Job, enjoy your new shop :)
show us some projects you built out of the new shop

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#10 posted 09-12-2010 02:39 AM

Thanks for the well wishes everybody. And I have gotten the floor covered with sawdust. Built some cabinet carcasses, for the mitre saw.

To JimTheCarver, the floor looks like it should be slick with a little sawdust, and that’s everybody’s first reaction, but that isn’t the case. The epoxy feels a bit sticky, especially to something like a rubber shoe sole. But I suppose with a lot of sawdust, it could get slick. They make a chemical you can sprinkle on that roughs up the surface but I wanted it smooth.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#11 posted 08-04-2011 06:06 AM

Did you end up going with painted OSB for the walls and ceiling? Any issues? Looks really nice!

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#12 posted 08-04-2011 02:44 PM

That is a beautiful shop and your equipment looks great in there. You sure did a fine job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 05:48 PM

Great shop Whan looking at you bench then looking at your shop pics in your profile I was like he must of have upgraded! Man I would love all than room! Congrats to you its a beautiful shop.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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