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Blog entry by patron posted 03-07-2011 02:51 AM 5378 reads 2 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i have been using what is to be two bedrooms as a shop
for 10 years now just never put up the partition walls there
and have a basic 20’x40’ (minus the bathroom 8’x12’)

last year i had to build a pump house
and as they only would bring me 8 yards of concrete
i dug 24 – 2’ diam. x 2’ deep holes every 10’
and put a ‘wet anchor’ for a 4×4 pressure treated post system
and leveled the floor by making a story pole and a dumpy transit
(i did hire a mexican to dig the holes and hold the story pole
and a pencil and mark each by number)
everything after that is me alone

the project is to have a larger shop
and a master bedroom with walk in closet and master bath
and utility room and laundry room
(which i do have now but in the existing shop as temporary)

so here is the basic do-it-yourself shop beginnings

the holes with ‘wet anchors’ and post they will get bolts when final
and ‘t’ straps too to connect the post to the lam beams
(the ‘cheek’ block is temporary to hold the beam upright as it is being built)

now to laminate 9 – 2×10x20’ staggered end 3 layers deep
over the posts (the end butts land on a post) to a total length of 60’

with an air caulking gun i ran liquid nails top and bottom bead
and did a wavy in between that to all the boards (one at a time)

and clamped and air nailed them together
leap frogging the clamps as i went

there is a total of 4 beams done this way

they still need cross bracing to keep then sturdy
they will be 2×4x12 PT cut to fit and bolted too
(this is under the house it shows the layout of the braces)

so in 4 days this (the 4 beams) is what i did

they will be holding 30’ TGI’s (those wooden ‘I’ beams we use now
at 16” centers and wafer-wood T&G flooring
with r-38 insulation in them
the shop itself will be on the left here
and go to the peak of the house roof shown by the vent
the rest of the floor will be utility and closet and master bath
at the end (the part hanging on the right)
will be a Styrofoam form wall filled with re-bar and concrete
on a 20’x30’ cement floor (with footer) to have a family room

under the master bedroom (also 20’x30’)
the juniper tree will have to go
as the roots are higher than the slab floor

that’s as far as i can go for now
i will staple tar paper ‘covers’ over the beams
as i wait for publishers clearing house
to bring me the $10,000,000 check they have been promising me
(then maybe i’ll hire the mexican to finish ) lol

like the man said
if you think you can
you are right

thanks for looking
play safe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 02:56 AM

Good progress there David

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 03:03 AM

That is one big glue-lam. Thanks for sharing. I will be following this series for sure.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 03:10 AM

The plan is starting to roll along. Keep us posted David. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 03:13 AM

thanks guys
i’ve built 4 of these floors over the years
they give me access to the under for electrics
piping vacuum and any thing i may need down there
much easier than preplaning
and i don’t have to wait for some body to show up with a backhoe
for footers and level the site first

after the cement (and no forms)
i’m building !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 03:47 AM

I would love to see some detailed pictures of setting posts, leveling them and etc. Perhaps it’s too late now but after having received a $10,000 bid for building a 20 feet stairs out of PT lumber, I am facing the challenge of hiring some strong backs and doing it myself. Any details or tips would be very helpful.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 03:47 AM

yippie the project begins…....i love doing construction…but my back always goes into revolt at the i think that is where the mexican comes in…lol…..wishing you all the best david…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 03:47 AM

looks like you are off to a great start, that views in some of your photos are amazing, probably makes it hard to work outside with day dreaming

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 03:51 AM

It’s certainly different, but it looks like it will work.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 03-07-2011 03:51 AM

David do you do anything on a small scale? Looks like a great start. Best wishes as you work on this daunting project. Apparently our favorite Patron like Folger’s coffee!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 03-07-2011 04:00 AM

Now I can see what hurt your back!

That is back breaking work!

You’re doing a wonderful job putting it all together!

Hope you’re feeling better!

Thanks for posting to let us know…

That will be a Dream House as well as Shop!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 03-07-2011 04:30 AM

David: a great start on your workshop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 03-07-2011 04:54 AM

Great job David, are we all invited to the ribbon cutting party?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 03-07-2011 05:02 AM

sorry guys
i laid down for a minuet
and passed out
buddy woke me
paws on my chest
nibbling me lol

praki check this out
hi grizz i was going to get some help from my bud
‘dances with chickens’

but he couldn’t find his other shoe
. phillies it wasn’t the view
it was the wind and cold weather
that was hard to deal with
. emmet the whole house is built this way
got me over the trees
so i could see the mountains
. lenny i used to use a postal scale
but someone took it
yep folgers but only two cups in the morning
. joe thats what keeps me from wasting away
and just watching TV
. karson did i hear you moved
and sold a bunch of wood
good to see you bud
. roger definitely let’s party
bring the wives
there will be lot’s of room to dance

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 03-07-2011 05:05 AM

Coming along nicely David. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 03-07-2011 05:11 AM

mike it was either clean the shop
or build a new one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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