Building My Shop Before Retirement (the beginning) #1: How it was done #1

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Blog entry by pjones46 posted 03-30-2011 08:40 AM 4323 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The new home for my shop started two years ago before my retirement. All of the work was done by me with the help of a few paid carpenter helpers loaned to me by my nephew who has a construction company. Not including myself, all were Vocational school grads that have been in the field for a number of years. That includes the tree men, excavation, carpentry, and electrical. It all started by clearing the land of trees behind my house, then the excavation, then the foundation and finally the frame. I worked in every stage, running equipment, setting up and taking down foundation forms, framing and finish, and buying lunch. Here are a few shots.

I will post the finish shot and interior next. By the way, I am also a State of MA Licensed Builder and plans were in my head and not on paper. Drove the town, my wife, nephew, and all the helper’s nuts that I wouldn’t tell them what it was going to look like up front other than the size. It was my vision.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 09:22 AM

Let me guess, the top of the I beam is where th floor joist will set. And you’ll be placing jackstuds,(cripples,trimmers what ever you call them in you neck of the woods) beneath the floor joist at the outside walls. This is to eliminate the hinge point of the pony wall at the second floor level. Is the shop going to be on the ground floor?
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#2 posted 03-30-2011 04:45 PM

You’ve got it. Shop is on the first floor and wood storage on the second. Promised my wife storage for household stuff that probably should be tossed will also be on the second floor.

You’re also correct about the beer but in this case it was lunch, coffee break and at the end of the day the beer. Thanks goes to my wife for all the running and her cuss jar which keep everyone on their toes.

She finally learned how to drive my little truck as she didn’t want all “that junk” in her car…....

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 04:55 PM

Oh, are YOU a LUCKY guy !!!!!

So cool.

And … Springer ????

Please don’t ever lose interest in keeping us up-to-date on your progress. I love these blogs !!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 05:22 PM

Very lucky, by the grace of God in many ways.

The short hair pointer, Sweetpea, is three legged born that way with a gimpy leg and breeder was going to put her down, however she came home with me. She is faster than my Lab running and is a great pal. I got her as a pup when I was recouping from colon cancer 6 years ago.


-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 07:19 AM

Looks like your supervisor is keeping you on track, great looking shop so far. Well deserved I am sure.

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 05:08 PM

Looks like a good workshop !
You are maybe doing this already, I would consider utilizing the steel “I beam” from the underside to run a small movable chain hoist.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 06:15 PM

Hey, canadianchips, you’ve been peeking. Exactly what I did in the front 1/2 of the shop (movable chain hoist). You know what they say about great minds…... Ever been to Moncton, NB, that’s where all my family is from, farm boy every summer back in the day of doing things with horses not that I am that old but farms were about 25 years behind us here in the States when growing up, “A”.

Whant to make any more guesses?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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