I am pretty close to finishing my construction project, but will post
some photos of the construction.
I wanted to build most of the shop myself. I did contract out the
work I didn’t want to do as I either don’t like to do it (drywall) or
it was much faster for a crew to do it (concrete & siding). I also
contracted out the spray in foam insulation, as it was more cost
I used the spray in foam to help mitigate noise, as I like to work
late into the night. I have always been a night owl, and I don’t want
complaints from the neighbors. I also retire in 3.5 years and want to
keep monthly utility bills to a minimum. I will heat with propane. I
have triple pane windows. It has been in the teens the last two
weeks, and all I have in there right now for heat are a space heater
on each floor. I have to turn them off while I am working or it is to
hot. I run them on the low setting and it has been plenty warm.
My dad is an electrician. He lives out of state, but was talked into
comming over to help out for a week. We got most of the wire pulled
and the new underground mainline and meter put in. He then stopped by
a couple of months later for a day to help out.
I will start the photos with the first wall that went up.
Walls go up pretty fast. This is where the neighbor kids come in
Chris and Nick came over and helped get the walls up. Nick helped me
out quite a bit when I needed a second pair of hands and some extra
Another neighbor kid we call little Josh as we have quite a few Josh’s
in the neigborhood helped out the most.
The next photo is the beginning of the 2nd floor.
More 2nd floor framing.
Used this boom forklift to lift the beams into place.
rain, rain, go away
the shop dog
My grandson is over on the weekends, and I am teaching him to use
tools. I was busy and he needed to be busy also, so I gave him some
scrap wood, nails, hammer, and a handsaw. I told him to build
something. This is what he built. The next one is of him posing as
the proud woodworker. He was eight.
Starting the roof sheathing.
Boom lift very helpful for numerous tasks. Placing rafters, nailing
sheathing, putting down roof deck..pitch on ends 12:12. you can tip
the basket parallel to the deck for a nice platform.
Have to feed the troops.
My son’s friend Chris named my house slaveways, as I always have a
project for them to help with when they come over.
Dad running some wire. I didn’t want him working over the staircase,
but he told me he is still the boss of me.
I guess I am a slave driver. I wore this one out. Had to sick the
shop dog on him.
Almost done with the outside.
ok. that is all for tonite. I will post more pics soon. Thanks for looking.
-- papaj, Oregon