The Shop #3: What's Up?

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 04-07-2008 08:36 PM 732 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A disaster waiting to unhappen Part 3 of The Shop series Part 4: Power to the People »

I can’t find a pic of the new side door, but that’s OK, it doesn’t take much imagination: white, steel, doorknob, dead bolt. That’s about it. I won’t miss the paddlock that I had been using.

So, the outside is coming along nicely, the wind isn’t whipping through the place, and I’ve made several hundred mud dauber wasps homeless. On to the next set of problems. When I started, there was a partition wall running down the middle of the garage, and a small 4×8 area that was walled in as part of a kennel. They all had to go! (pics later, if I can find them).

OK, I’ve now had one continuous space. There is still a problem though. The ceiling. Well, not exactly a ceiling, but the trusses were build such that I had cross beams (2×4 and 2×6 mixed) at about 7’6”. I know from working in the basement, that this will not do. So, I put on my thinking cap, and more importantly called a friend who is a framing carpenter. Together, we came up with a solution – make a vaulted ceiling.


After the new (and much stronger) truss/ceiling frame was in place, I was able to cut out the cross beams. Now, I had a ceiling that was at about 7’6” at the outside walls, but 10’6” in the center. The difference was amazing!

Another Ceiling shot

Up next episode: The trials and tribulations of electricity.

And, a follow up question for you: I’m trying to decide what to do about covering the walls. Sadly, the studs are unevenly spaced, so whatever I do will doubtless be a pain. Currently, I’m considering:
Drywall (cheap, but I really don’t like it)
T&G 1/2” plywood
1/2” OSB

Any thoughts?

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 08:45 PM

Looks like a great solution. Head room is always great.

Looking forward to your electrical installation.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 08:55 PM

It is really beginning to come together. Thanks for sharing.

With regards to your question drywall has the advantage of having a better appearance when painted which will help lighten up the shop.

Plywood will look ok painted but the seams will show. OSG will be tought to cover with paint. But with both of these you will have a solid surface that you can attach to without having to search for studs.

If it were my shop I probably would drywall it because (1) I enjoy painting and (2) the cost differential (meaning I am cheap).

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Jon Spelbring

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 09:09 PM

Scott, thanks for the input. I’m hoping that lighting won’t be an issue. I have 4 windows, and the main shop lights will be:

4 8’ fluorescent fixtures with 2×90 watt bulbs each
2 ceiling fans with 3×60 watt bulbs each

I also have 4 300 watt halogen fixtures for above the bench, and other work areas.

Drywall is indeed cheaper, but after doing the ceiling, I’m not sure that I could face another taping and mudding session :-)

-- To do is to be

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John Gray

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 04:45 PM

If the studs are unevenly spaced put the drywall, 10 footers, on horizontally instead of vertically I believe that will give you less waste.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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