shop construction #1: papaj's shop

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Blog entry by papaj posted 12-15-2009 01:28 PM 1853 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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papaj’s shop

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.
new fence.

ok. that is all for tonite. I will post more pics soon. Thanks for looking.

-- papaj, Oregon

12 comments so far

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 02:17 PM

Papaj, this is going to be a really nice shop when you have it completed. It was nice to see you getting the family, friends and neighbors involved in the construction.

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

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 02:34 PM

We are very lucky to live in a nice neighborhood. Everyone knows each other and we have a great time. Kind of unusual in a bigger city. I have lived here 23 years. I watched all the kids grow up to be fine young men. they all live in differnt parts of town, but all it takes is a phone call and they come over to help out. Chris’s dad is so proud of him that he brings friends over to show them the shop and tell them his son helped build it.
We have a new batch of kids started as most of my neighbors have changed and it is again young couples with small children. Just a few of us old timers now. My wife and I are the neighborhood grandparents. I think we spend as much on the neighbor kids as we do our own grandson. the new guys have all made a pact that no one can move out of the neighborhood until their kids are grown. lol

-- papaj, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 02:35 PM

wow that is going to be quite a large workshop i am green with envy you could not swing a mouse in my workshop never mind a cat..

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 02:43 PM

It is bigger, and nicer than my house. My house was built in 1942 and is only 1200sf. Including the 2nd floor this thing is about 1300sf. the house will be the next project after my boat is finished.

-- papaj, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 03:52 PM

Very impressive looking shop and studio for your wife. It is one shop to be proud of. Looking forward to seeing it thru completion. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-15-2009 05:04 PM

Nice shop surely it would be.
Hope everything goes smoothly according to the plan. Good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 05:37 PM


THAT IS A NICE JOB!! Boy, I’m jealous!

I liked the pics of your shop dog and your “little helper”! So where you going to put his new workbench, Grandpa?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 05:50 PM

Nice progress, Papaj.

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#9 posted 12-15-2009 05:59 PM

Looking good!

If you resize your pictures to 640×480 and then put an exclamation point ’!’ at the start and end of your picture link (with no spaces) and it will display the picture in your blog.

You resize it so that the entire picture will display.

example: (with spaces)
! !

Just remove the spaces after and before the exclamation points and you get this:

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

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David Craig

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#10 posted 12-15-2009 08:16 PM

Sounds like you have your retirement all planned out papaj. You have the workshop, then the boat, then the house. I think we can all relate to that order of priorities :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 12-16-2009 07:15 AM

GaryK. Thanks for the tip. I shall do that.
Firehouse. He already took it home, as I just didn’t have a place to keep it until I can get my shop organized. We will build him his own work area and his own tool box when I get done.

Thanks for the comments. I am having a good time with this project.

-- papaj, Oregon

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 09:05 AM

wish yours was mine!!!!Looked like lots of work, but well worth the effort!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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