SHOP ALONG #1: new shop floor

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Blog entry by patron posted 08-29-2011 01:29 AM 7312 reads 0 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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last time we left off here

and since i got back from that trip

here is the progress and the build

first the wood arrived tuesday
30 2 1/4”x11 7/8”x30’ TGI’s
and 35 sheets of 3/4”x4×8 T&G OSB
and 3 3/4”x4’x8’ cdx ply for the skirting

and this much got done by dark that night

as i also did a form for the skirt under the house

and help grade the drive
for water runoff

well wednesday i slept all day
to much sun wore me out

thursday morning bright and early
i checked the beams for square after all that time
my fiberglass tape (100’) would stretch 1/2” so i went to plan ‘b’
(pythagorus must have been parting the night before)
and just straightened the outside beam with more braces
and had to bolt it together with 7/16”x6” carriage bolts to tighten it up
and just ‘tagged’ (screwed) the end of the TGI’s to the beam

so the sheeting would find square on it’s own
they were not screwed down anywhere else
and could ‘float free’ till i found square

once they were all up (the TGI’s)
the sheets were carefully marked at the edge at 16” centers
so i could move the TGI’s to that mark
and ‘tag’ them down there

well the end of that night i got this far

friday morning was off and on as i was getting tired
and the hot sun was beating me down
so i didn’t do so much but i did take a nap
then came back and worked some more later
got two more rows of sheeting down

saturday i finished the sheeting
and tagged the TGI’s to the beams as they were straightened by then
and last night it looked like this

and today sunday i painted it so it won’t start to ‘peel’ or ‘pop-corn’
from the winter snow and water
i bought 8 gal. of waterproof paint made for a pool
that is uv inhibitor and mildew proof
and will sweep it off and squeegee it when it snows
as it may be a while before it is closed in
(the 20’ of beams are part of the house
for flooring for master bath and laundry and utility room

the shop is 30’x40’ with 12’ ceilings
so i can clear the peak of the house with the shop roof)

the original beams were pretty close to right on
i will just have to cut about 1/2” off of one of them

i had to ‘steal the first TGI as i needed it for the last one (opps)
but will fix that and the last two feet of decking
i made the beams a bit over 30’ so i will have more insulation between the shop
and the house for sound transfer
i didn’t order more as i was hoping i could rip some for the last 2’
but it is about 28” to finish
and the sheeting needs to be nailed down now too
with 2”galvanized ring shank nails
and the final coat of paint
and the bracing under the whole thing done too

i ordered a palm nailer for the metal straps to hold the beams to the posts
and some hurricane clips for the TGI’s to the beams

but overall i am happy
not bad for an old man working alone

thanks for looking
have a great end of summer and fall

be 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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 01:39 AM


I hope your Back is OK! I hope you worked Smart like you usually do…

Really coming along!

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

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 01:43 AM

I’m thinking of moving out of town and maybe building a separate shop building. If an old man working alone can do it, maybe a middle-aged fat one can, too.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 01:43 AM

I am so impressed with you.
You are the man.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 01:45 AM

thanks joe

don’t know if i work smart or not

but i do seem to work to much

but with buddy laying around
or off to his girlfriend’s

somebody around here has to lol

-- 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 08-29-2011 01:51 AM

David the shop is coming along nicely and spaciously, enjoy the journey …BC

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 01:51 AM

thanks guy’s

like they say

you can do anything you can imagine

and working is supposed to keep us alive longer

-- 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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#7 posted 08-29-2011 02:13 AM

You are on your way to a big shop.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 02:17 AM

You’ve made quite a bit of progress in a short time. It looks like it is going to be a great shop. I enjoy seeing it come to be. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 08-29-2011 02:50 AM

Looks like a great place to land a helicopter…
Nice Goin’ David!!
Here’s hoping your Winter is a mild one…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 08-29-2011 02:51 AM

That’s going to a great shop. It’s pretty impressive that you did it all by yourself. Will we see walls and roof in the spring?

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 02:52 AM

Now this is how to build a shop…!!!!!!!
You make me thirsty… so…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 08-29-2011 03:04 AM

Wow! You did a lot of work in a very short time… You are really good at this.

It looks like you are going to have a lot of space soon.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 08-29-2011 03:06 AM

This is awesome, David! My favorite type of blog to follow.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 08-29-2011 03:07 AM

way to go david…will be happy to see the walls and roof…...and i know so will you…....dont work so hard all at once…and tell buddy to quit chasing the girls and get to work…he can at least bring the water…

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

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#15 posted 08-29-2011 03:11 AM

Wow! I am amazed that you did all that work by yourself. As I look at the pictures of that rugged landscape, I can’t help but envy you. That would be my perfect place for retiring.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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